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.