Arrabida Natural Park, a special walk (part 1/4) – Portugal
Wild horses in Portugal at Gerês National Park.
I’m at the top of the Arrábida Hills. Around me a breathtaking view makes me wonder why don’t I come here more often … I love this spot.
The look on my teammates faces is tells me they can’t find words to express themselves. They are expressing fragmented and disconnected ideas, is amazing.
We are at the summit of the Arrábida Hills. Is called Formosinho, has 501 m high and is the highest point of the Setúbal’s District.
For many mountaineers reaching the mountains’s summits is an end in itself. I do not feel that call.
For me reaching the summit is interesting, sure is, but I tend to value more the all journey, the going up and the returning from as a all.
This is not a difficult summit to climb neither represents a true challenge in any way. So, what on Earth make’s it so interesting?
The type of view we can have from here is so diverse and so full of details that there are not many summits like this, is one of a kind.
From here we see the sea, the mountains, other small ridges, the cropland with vineyards, the fruit tree fields, the urban sites … is so diverse that for each side we turn we have a unique setting.
The vision of the sea is the one that attracts me the most, there seems to be an endless beach. I fell in love by this 360-degree vision.
For ease of explanation, in the map I marked the Formosinho summit with a red dot and I divided the post in the 4 quadrants of a compass. In counterclockwise I will write about each quadrant at a time.
The Tróia peninsula dominates the landscape, a long tongue of sand headed by some buildings I know to be with summer apartments. More into the ocean, in front of the “head” of this peninsula, there is a large sand outer ring that during the low tide it turns to an immense beach.
On the river Sado side, I imagine the dolphins I can see when I’m there. I know their names, which gives me a pleasant sensation of familiarity.
Tróia has a quite interesting Roman heritage I will explore in a dedicated post.
From Setúbal to Tróia there’s a ferry that crosses the river. I always liked this crossing, is an excellent boat trip.
From the top I can see some green dots moving on the river, are the new ferries crossing the river.
Here I cannot see all of the river Sado estuary but to by seeing this river mouth I remember some hidden places in the estuary which are authentic treasures, such as the archaeological station of Abul with its Phoenician heritage.
In this quadrant by the sea is where you will find the most impressive beach area of the surroundings. Portinho da Arrábida, Figueirinha and Galapos are really the best beaches around … crystal clear waters, fabulous.
to be continued …