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Hills and Valleys of Santana da Serra

Geographical location: Santana da Serra, Ourique
Type: Circular walk
Main themes: Rurality, Scenery
Distance: 13.5 km
Approximate duration: 3 to 4 hours
Type of surface: Country paths
Ascent/descent: 486 m
Minimum altitude: 165 m
Maximum altitude: 330 m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Certifications: Approved by the FPCM (Portuguese Camping and Mountaineering Federation)
Start and finish: Car park at the entrance to Santana da Serra
Geographical coordinates: N37º29'54'' W08º17'59''
Geographical coordinates: 37.498342 -8.299990
Where to park: Car park at the site

Useful Contacts:

Ourique Tourist Office
Telephone: +351 286 510 414

The terrain is quite hilly and is marked by hills separated by valleys carved out in an area that is already a transitional one leading into the Algarve uplands. The landscapes are seemingly endless, in a sea of green and boulders. Dotted around the countryside you will see ruined hamlets that bear witness to bygone days when people lived in scattered settlements and the inhabitants struggled to make a living in these lands.

This is demanding route that goes up- and downhill, along the crests of the many hills in the region. The paths themselves are wide and easy to walk on but there is not much shade so you will be exposed to the sun for almost the entire length of the walk.