Miradouros do Penedo Furado e de Fragas do Rabadão
Nature and beach - Vantage / Lookout points
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EN2 Antiga, Penedo Furado, s/n 6110-137
Vila De Rei, Vila De Rei (Castelo Branco)
Tel +351 274 890 010
On the highest part of Praia Fluvial do Penedo Furado, there is a gigantic rock with a huge funnel-shaped opening, where the Penedo Furado Viewpoint was created, inaugurated on July 5, 1964. From here it is possible to admire the magnificent landscape of mountains and hills lined with pine forests, the Codes stream, the Castelo do Bode dam reservoir and some houses in the surrounding villages. At the center of this set of viewpoints we have a recently built nucleus, which consists of a parking space, the Yellow House (a stone tower with a terrace and panoramic windows) and the Panoramic Swing. On the left, a walkway, also recent, leads to the Miradouro do Penedo Furado. On the right, along an older path, the Miradouro das Fragas do Rabadão, where there is a Way of the Cross and a small sanctuary, whose three statuettes scattered around the surrounding mountains were offered by locals. There is a niche with the image of Nossa Senhora dos Caminhos, from where a trail begins confluent with the trail from the previous viewpoint, which allows you to go to the lower part of the cliff to the river beach, passing through the so-called “Bicha Pintada”, a fossil that, according to some scholars, is believed to be over 480 million years old. Thus, with several stories associated with this whole area, the Penedo Furado complex is one of the most mystical places in the region. Myths, tales and legends that the people have been passing down from generation to generation, are part of the history of this place and let the popular imagination combine with all the beauty of the surrounding space.
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