Penha Garcia, Portugal

Penha Garcia is a Portugese hillside village in the Castelo Branco area of Central Portugal, only a few miles away from the border with Spain.  The views from the village of the surrounding area are simply stunning.  The village has been populated for a very long time.  Neolithic remains have been discovered and the Romans also populated the village.  A popular place when gold was discovered in the river bed and the small village even houses a castle owned by the Knights Templar.

If the history of the area is not enough to intrigue, the fossils certainly will, as Penha Garcia is known for its well preserved ‘Painted snakes’, trace fossils of invertebrates.  This area is part of UNESCOS World Geoparks Network which recognises sites of important Earth History.   The canyon below the village is an amazing place for wild swimming in the river and walking around the village’s fossil discovery trail.

Tank memorial Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Font Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Fossil Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Dam Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Louise says:

    Oh I love Portugal!
    Looks like a wonderful holiday!
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    1. Thanks, isn’t it a lovely country
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  2. The Tank shot reminds us of an event we used to attend called War&Peace in Kent. Lovely piccys #MySundayPhoto x
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    1. Thanks, glad you like the pictures. Kent is great for military events, we went to the ‘salute to the 40’s’ show in Kent
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  3. Fossils and wild swimming, it looks wonderful.

    1. thanks, luckily the giant trilobite creatures found in the fossils are not still in the water!
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  4. John Adams says:

    Wild swimming in such a beautiful area appeals greatly! Was that a fossil pictured there or s a sculpture, I wasn’t 100% sure? Take it the tank is something to do with the 1975 revolution? #MySundayPhoto
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    1. Thanks, its a fossil! Lots of creatures (resembling giant woodlice) are found here, plus the trace fossils which show the creatures behaviour
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    2. Good spot John, 70’s tank
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  5. It looks a wonderful place to explore.

    Thank you for linking up
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    1. Thanks for hosting, we will go back with the camera one day
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  6. Carol says:

    Beautiful geography, ancient history – sounds like this place has it all.

    1. lovely place, fantastic for any geologists
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  7. Notmyyearoff says:

    Sounds like amazing history. Romans got everywhere didn’t they? Wonder what the knights Templar did there?
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    1. The Romans were amazing, there was lots of Templar activity in the area, nearby Monsanto and the Templar headquarters in Tomar
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  8. Tara says:

    That looks like a brilliant place to explore, no matter what your age. The painted snakes are amazing (if a little creepy). #MySundayPhoto
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    1. The creatures found fossilised in this area are some of the biggest examples found! Nice place to explore, the views into the canyon from high up in the village were really great.
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