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The mining route of São Domingos (PR10 MTL)

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This route takes you to the heritage mining complex of São Domingos while also passing through some astonishing landscapes.

moderate
15.5 km
5:00 h
180 m
176 m

The mining complex of São Domingos was installed during the 19th century for the exploration of copper pyrite, which was explored in both the Roman and Pre-Roman periods. The mines closed in 1967 leaving behind several challenges for the area but also many stories to tell. Over the years the environmental requalification began and now there is a route that leads to many heritage spots.

The village of São Domingos is the location of the mining site and from there you may walk (or even cycle) along the industrial complex, extending to the areas of Moitinha and Achada do Gamo, with spectacular landscapes all around. You may also walk around the mining village and relax near the water reservoirs or on the beach of Tapada Grande. Environmental requalification has provided a lush habitat for many bird species that are using the site for nesting and feeding, representing a sign of resilience.

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Updated: January 21, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
190 m
Lowest point
71 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Al Andaluz
Casa de Pasto A Taberna
Hotel São Domingos
Restaurant/Guest House "De São Domingos"
Seppia - Alentejo Star Hotel

Tips, hints and links

Explore the mining site and relax at the beach of Tapada Grande

Information about the site - here

Start

Mina de São Domingos (139 m)
Coordinates:
DD
37.669801, -7.495904
DMS
37°40'11.3"N 7°29'45.3"W
UTM
29S 632649 4170244
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Destination

Mina de São Domingos

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all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Take the road from Mértola to São Domingos (20 km) and stop at the entrance of the village, walking from there following signs for the trails.

Coordinates

DD
37.669801, -7.495904
DMS
37°40'11.3"N 7°29'45.3"W
UTM
29S 632649 4170244
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
5:00h
Ascent
180 m
Descent
176 m
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