With a surprising diversity of landscapes and heritage, the “Six thousand year hike” combines natural, archaeological and architectural heritage, over a period of about six thousand years.

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Ancient rock carvings of Alto da Seara. Photo TR/VB

The hike combines natural, archaeological and architectural heritage, over a period of about six thousand years.

From the ancient rock carvings, from the so-called Atlantic Art, which is generally acknowledged to have been produced by the communities that occupied the territory between the 4th and 1st millenium BC, to the fortified settlements of the Bronze and Iron Age (castros), the heritage left by the Roman occupation, the Middle Ages, Modern and present.

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XVII Roman Road. Photo TR/VB

On the 25 km route, which winds through the Leiranco mountain range and crosses the upper valley of the Terva River, it will be possible to visit the hillforts (castros) of Brejo and Nogueira, the medieval road and the Fragas da Contenda castle, sections of the XVII Roman Road, the ancient rock carvings of Alto da Seara, the mining settlement of Batocas, the aqueduct of Alto da Abobeleira, the Bobadela heaps and the old mines of Limarinho, Poço das Freitas and Brejo, with countless mouths of galleries and wells in a landscape cut by trenches and dominated by oak forests.

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Detail of the Casa dos Arcos, Bobadela. Photo TR/VB

The new route (for GPS navigation), which will be published in 2021, is the result of a selection of sites of the Terva Valley Archaeological Park (TVAP) and is intended to be a contribution to the dissemination of heritage and development of archaeological tourism in Boticas.

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