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Castro Verde

A Journey to the Origins of Portuguese Nationality

Code: CVR PR1
Geographical location: Castro Verde
Type: Circular walk
Main themes: Rurality, history, archaeology
Distance: 11.7 km
Approximate duration: 3 to 4 hours
Type of surface: Country paths
Ascent/descent: 267 m
Minimum altitude: 169 m
Maximum altitude: 246 m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Accessibility: Not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Certifications: Approved by the FPCM (Portuguese Camping and Mountaineering Federation)
Start and finish: The Garden in Namorados, Castro Verde
Geographical coordinates: N37º39'14'' W08º00'33''
Geographical coordinates: 37.653997º -8.009125º
Where to park: Open space for parking at the site.

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The cereal fields of Castro Verde mark the lines of the horizon in every direction, giving you the impression that you could walk to infinity. The starting point for this route is Namorados, a curious name that harks back to the habit of positioning younger soldiers in less dangerous battlefield locations. It once served to guard the ore existing underground and now discretely guards secrets of endless paths. Reaching the Cerro de São Pedro das Cabeças is the equivalent of conquering the best of Portugal’s legendary history, where the origins of Portuguese nationality lie.

Vast spaces deserve walks where the horizon disappears in the distance on a route that pays tribute to the cereal fields. On this circular route, you will find yourself walking for kilometres past vast fields of cereal crops and then having the opportunity to reach the high point of São Pedro das Cabeças.