Used by the Romans as passage to connect some of the largest cities in what is now Portugal, this place was also used as a resting spot by the Portuguese troops heading to battle in 1385, in what would become known as the battle of Aljubarrota. Some 500 years later it became, again, a passage, but this time for the invading French troops.
Still, this is an area best known for its sinkholes which, when filled up with rain water, used to be visited by thirsty bears. Today, there are no bears around, but you can easily access this place, known as Pia do Urso. It’s a little more than a 1 hour drive to the North of Lisbon and it’s worth the visit – I’ll be telling you more about it in future posts.
Pia do Urso is one of those places where there’s always some strange sound coming from the trees and for a split second you find yourself fearing you might actually come across a bear – particularly on a foggy day. 😉
As you can see from the photo above there are quite a few old trees there, mostly oaks. Makes me wonder: What have they seen all these years?