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Into the path of Portugal (PR1 CVR)

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  • Chapel Sao Pedro das Cabecas
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m 500 400 300 200 10 8 6 4 2 km Birdspot - Santa Bárbara dos Padrões Capela de São Pedro das Cabeças

Hiking trail along Castro Verde Biosphere Reserve with opportunities for bird watching and a stop at the historical site of S. Pedro das Cabeças.

moderate
11.7 km
4:00 h
127 m
127 m

The trail begins at the village of Namorados (the word means “boyfriends” in English) and leads to the fields of the cereal steppe of Castro Verde. This territory is classified as a Biosphere Reserve due to the presence of endangered bird species such as the Great Bustard (Otis tarda).

The agriculture practiced in the fields along the trail are compatible with the preservation of the local biodiversity and continues to be an important source of income for local farmers. This trail will also go through areas of Mediterranean forest (montado) with cork trees (Quercus suber) and other oaks (Quercus rotundifolia) which provide habitat to many species of birds and mammals.

Along the way, you can also visit the historical place of São Pedro das Cabeças, where the first Portuguese king fought an epic battle against Moorish kings. You will arrive at a charming white chapel on the top of the hill with a view of the surrounding landscape.

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Updated: January 21, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
241 m
Lowest point
170 m
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São Pedro das Cabeças is a great opportunity to break during the walk, to have some food and to rest before continuing on the loop back to Namorados.

Start

Namorados (222 m)
Coordinates:
DD
37.654068, -8.008996
DMS
37°39'14.6"N 8°00'32.4"W
UTM
29S 587415 4167896
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Destination

Namorados

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Getting there

From Castro Verde Verde you will go south. On the road you will turn left in the direction of Santa Barbara dos Padrões. After 8 Km you will arrive in Namorados, the starting point of the trail.

Parking

At the village of Namorados.

Coordinates

DD
37.654068, -8.008996
DMS
37°39'14.6"N 8°00'32.4"W
UTM
29S 587415 4167896
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.7 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
127 m
Descent
127 m
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