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.
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.
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.
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