September 16, 2017

Set inside a gorge full of fossils, a short walk from a preserved traditional millers house with a working watermill stone and overlooked by Penha Garcia castle you will find the most spectacular natural swimming pool.  Fonte do Pego has to be the best way to cool down ever.  A beautifully crafted swimming hole utilising the natural flowing waters of the river with the added bonus of a waterfall to swim underneath!

Waterfall, Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central PortugalSteps, Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal.

The pool is alongside a Fossil route in the Naturtejo Geopark and this amazing wild swimming hole has been carefully carved out of the rock that surrounds it.  The water here seemed warmer than the nearby faster flowing river beaches and was a welcoming sight after our walk.  We were lucky enough to have had the place to ourselves and after a swim the boys had lots of fun climbing and sliding on the rocks.  Just along from the pool is a fossil museum and working ancient mill.  If you time it right you can still see the power of the water turning the millstone to grind flour.  As we headed back along the Ruta de Fosseis (Fossils walk) to the car park located next to the dam, we spotted loads of amazing looking fossils high on the gorge.

Stepping Stones, Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal.Rock Climbing Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central PortugalFossil, Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal.

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