In a secluded valley in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

Walk in Esperança in the Serra de Sao Mamede

Distance 16 Km Grade Easy
Time 4.5 hours Type Circular walk

A transition from the Sao Mamede massif to the plains of the Alentejo with small quartzite hills, cork plantations, olive groves, crofts and herds of swine. Prolific rock rose and other shrubs.

Mid April, lupins in the cork oak forest
Alentejo blue borders on quaint one story houses

Begin at the the seventeenth century Church of Our Lady of Hope and walk past traditional alentejan architecture of single-storey houses with chimneys playing an important part of the composition along with ochre clays, yellows and blues, Alentejo blue.

Look out for charcoal burning kilns as you ramble towards Marco, the frontier hamlet on the Abrilogo, the stream which forms the border between Spain and Portugal.

On the the south west slope of the Serra dos Louções in a quartzite cave look for the cave paintings of Lapa dos Gaivões. These date back to about 2500/3000 BC.

Esperança, means Hope.

The seventeenth century Church of Our Lady of Hope Hike along the track through the cork oak plantations
Mid february, olive groves, carpet of flowers You could become a passing interest as you hike past
Looking back at the hill and plain Mid february, olive groves with a carpet of daisies

You can find the Parque walking map leaflets in PDF format from the Walking in Alentejo page our Love-Alentejo website.