Casa do Ramalho, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Walking in Penamacor Central Portugal

We have discovered some wonderful walking trails in Penamacor, Central Portugal. Penamacor itself is very remote, you are free to wander without interruption. Penamacor is so far inland that you are almost in Spain, only 12km from the border.  Portugal is fantastic for walking, particularly inland in Central Portugal due to the more temperate climate, especially in Autumn and the varied landscape. Most towns and even small villages have well signposted and clearly labelled walking routes or ‘rotas’.

This week we discovered an amazing autumnal hike through the hillside town of Penamacor. To follow the rota, head up to the peak of the town past the new Alternative International school, sports centre `and outdoor pool. Marvel at the panoramic views towards the Guarda district of Portugal then follow the signs deeper into the forested hillside.

Ideal Picnic Spot, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

The first stop for us was a large clearing in the oaks and pines with picnic tables for an alfresco lunch. Oh and we had to make time to throw pine cones for our latest petsitting assignment, a stunning Siberian Husky.  So incredible to watch her lead and gracefully guide us through the forest to the Casa do Ramalho, a small cave on the far side of the ridge with a sun carved above the entrance.

Walking in the Woods, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Without a husky as a guide you can follow the red and yellow waymarker signs painted onto granite and trees. Mayhem was so excited to spot the signs and decide which was the wrong way or right way?! We also enjoyed a game of hide and seek, running between the pines and trying not to laugh too much at Mayhem’s ‘excellent’ hiding places. The fresh air, sunshine, scenery, company and exercise made for a fantastic walk and great day out.

Walking the Dog, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Is this the right way? PR Rota, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Mayhem and Daddy on the Rota, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

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Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

11 thoughts on “Walking in Penamacor Central Portugal

    Tracey Abrahams

    (October 22, 2017 - 12:18 am)

    Some beautiful pictures here. I particularly like the ones with the wind turbines. They are a bit controversial here in the UK and particularly where I live as we have several alongside the river Severn. Lots of people hate then but I think they are somehow quite elegant. #mysundayphoto

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (October 22, 2017 - 1:31 am)

    How wonderful this looks and to still be able to do it in shorts and t shirt in late October.

    Victoria Welton

    (October 22, 2017 - 6:05 am)

    I love Portugal but didn’t realise this existed – what a beautiful place x

    John Adams

    (October 22, 2017 - 6:31 am)

    Brings back memories of a walk we went on in Portugal. Although it was coastal, the trees were very similar. I can imagine Mayhem finding some “excellent” hiding spots.
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    (October 22, 2017 - 7:08 am)

    Hi Andrea & Paul, this place looks lovely. It’s great that the children got to have fun on the walk too, it just helps to keep them a little more engaged and interested, but saying that in a place so stunning how can they not be?

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    (October 22, 2017 - 7:13 am)

    How lovely to have a husky for company, did you want to keep him? Stunning scenery, as always. #MySundayPhoto
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    darren coleshill

    (October 22, 2017 - 9:48 am)

    Stunning place to explore. What was in the cave?

    Thank you for linking up
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    Jane A Little Lyrical

    (October 22, 2017 - 8:49 pm)

    Wow that look s like an amazing place to go for a hike, great photos!
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    Emma T

    (October 22, 2017 - 9:06 pm)

    Looks like an interesting place to explore


    (November 18, 2017 - 5:44 am)

    Wow, seems you enjoy a lot exploring adventure.

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