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

The Galegos Walk in the Sao Mamede Hills, Alentejo, Portugal.

Distance 12 Km Grade Easy to Moderate
Time 3 hours Type Circular walk

Starting from the village of Galegos, this walk passes close to the Spanish village of La Fontanera. Winding along medieval laneways and dirt tracks, the only sounds are from the sheep and goat bells as they graze and scramble in the hilly granite countryside. Enjoy the wild but beautiful landscapes and stop at the many streams and places of interest along the way.

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

A close up view of Marvao looking west on the Galegos walk

Ancient walled lanes fringed with cork oak and olive trees are typical on the Galegos walk.

Ancient walled lanes fringed with cork oak and olive trees are typical on the Galegos walk.

This view of Marvao looking west on the road back to Galegos walk is brightened by the mimosa which flowers in February.

This view of Marvao looking west on the road back to Galegos walk is brightened by the mimosa which flowers in February.

Boulder lined ancient footpaths on the Galegos walk, Alentejo, Portugal

Walk between the granite boulders which form the walls of ancient tracks.

Freshly harvested cork oak, Alentejo, Portugal

It is common to see the black areas on the trunk and lower limbs of cork trees but few realise how light and pink they are shortly after being cropped.

Cute inquisitive young goats, Alentejo, Portugal

You will see more goats than people.

Beautiful thread-winged Lacewing or Spoonwings (order Neuroptera, family Nemopteridae), Alentejo, Portugal.

At one particular spot in May and June the walking route is frequented by these beautiful thread-winged Lacewing or Spoonwings (order Neuroptera, family Nemopteridae). They flit between the grasses but it is easy to get a close up view of them.

A knarled cork oak alongside the granite chip path, Alentejo, Portugal

A knarled cork oak alongside the granite chip path. The paths here sparkle in the sun because of the high mica content in this pale pinkish granite.

The smugglers lane near La Frontanera

Next to the Spanish village of La Fontanera hike down this old smugglers road with Marvao up ahead.

Megalithic plutons of granite

The landscape to the north of the peak of Serra de Sao Mamede is very different to the other parts. Here there are huge megalithic plutons of granite which were once protuding magma flows several miles below the earths surface. The surrounding softer rock eroded long ago to reveal these boulders, some as large as houses.

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