Located on a hill in the middle of the southern slope of the Leiranco Mountain and dominating the wide valley ending on the Terva River between Bobadela and Boticas exists a wide hillfort secured by three rugged wall lines. In the western part, a large and deep moat with an exterior grade preceded the defensive walls.

In the image are perceptible a moat and two wall lines. Photo TR/VB

In the site inner platforms, ruins of circular plan houses can be observed, some of which exhibiting slabs on the pavement and still revealing the characteristic polygonal shape on the visible wall remains.

Hillfort of Cabeço. Photo TR/VB

The site was subjected to archaeological excavation works and presented evidence of an occupation up to the elevation foothill, even in Roman times. A granite rock with engravings composed by several cups and grooves was found in the southwest part of the site.


Dirt roads are not suitable for lightweight passenger vehicles.

Learn more about the Terva Valley Archaeological Park (TVAP) here.

Source: Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2014, Rotas do Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Terva, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas.