The lonely roads between Castelo de Vide and the Spanish border draw you into wide open spaces with far horizons, and huge outcrops of granite.
Around Castelo de Vide there are many prehistoric remains. The Tourist Office in the town may have information, otherwise arm yourself beforehand and be prepared for inaccuracies on the maps. At the Povoa e Meadas Dam (above), there are these tombs, the Necropolis of Boa Morte, dating back to c.4,000-5,000 BC, I think.
On the road around the dam is this Chafurdão Vale de Cales. I can’t find information and am not sure if it is old or new.
The Menhir de Meada is the tallest such standing stone on the peninsular at just over 7m high. The track leading to it was very rutted but don’t give up!
The Megalithic Park of Coureleiras is more easily accessible.
And in sight of the town is the Anta of Melrica.
The road back to Flor da Rosa was through miles of cork oaks, often with sheep, cattle, or goats roaming in the lush grass and wild flowers under the trees.
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