Making quiet visits or following more challenging routes, Boticas makes possible all the experiences, in a unique rural environment, that still remains pure and away of the routine confusion of the great urban centers.

The 10 places you can not miss are a selection of Visit Boticas.

Boticas Parque

Boticas Parque. Photo TR/VB

Boticas Parque is one of the most visited places in the county and ideal for family programs. It associates biodiversity and nature with knowledge and leisure, presenting itself as an important active nucleus in the promotion of conservation and preservation of the environment, in close articulation with the community.

Know some of the activities here.

House Museum Quinta do Cruzeiro

House Museum Quinta do Cruzeiro. Photo TR/VB

The Quinta do Cruzeiro house, also known as Casa dos Silvas – the name of the family that lived here for several generations – was once part of a larger agrarian structure, composed of dispersed casais (rural property), who served to support the owners and staff.

The house includes a wine cellar, a alembic, a warehouse of implements, a storehouse of oil and wine, a storehouse or a meat pantry, a potato storehouse, a pig’s corral house, a donkey’s corral house, a chicken and rabbit yard, The tulhão –  complex of the floor, canastros and storage building and accommodation of temporary workers -, a mill and olive oil press.

There is also a hydraulic mill for sawing wood, a flax mill and a small booth to produce electricity by taking advantage of the movement of the water.

Hillfort of Carvalhelhos

Hillfort of Carvalhelhos. Photo TR/VB

Classified in 1951 as a Property of Public Interest, the Hillfort of Carvalhelhos, is one of the most visited fortified settlements of the Iron Age in Barroso. The access with parking makes it ideal for family activities.

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Chapel of Santa Marta of Coimbró

Chapel of Santa Marta. Photo TR/VB

The chapel of Santa Marta is a testimony of the harmonious relationship, between man and nature, in the Barroso region.

It is here, that the believers come to ask for abundance in the crops and protection for their animals, as was done in antiquity, where it was common to choose these kinds of places to raise the altars of the gods.

Hillfort of Outeiro Lesenho

Hillfort of Outeiro Lesenho. Photo TR/VB

The Hillfort of Outeiro Lesenho is one of the most well-known fortified settlements of the Iron Age of the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, not only because of its size and monumentality, but also because it is associated with the largest set of statues of Gala-Roman warriors.

Nadir Afonso Arts Center

Nadir Afonso Arts Center. Photo Fernando Guerra/Nadir Afonso Foundation

Inaugurated in 2013, the Nadir Afonso Arts Center is the result of a partnership between the Town Hall of Boticas and the Nadir Afonso Foundation.

The partnership between the two entities allows the botiquenses, in particular, and all visitors to Boticas, in general, to enjoy part of the estate of the painter’s family and also part of the Foundation’s collection.

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Church of Santa Maria of Covas do Barroso

Church of Santa Maria of Covas. Photo TR/VB

The Church of Santa Maria de Covas is the most outstanding example of the religious architecture of the Romanesque-Gothic style of the Barroso region, dating back to the 14th century.

With an austere exterior, powerful granite faces, and a beautifully decorated chandelier, the church of Santa Maria de Covas has a stunning murals decoration and the tomb with a statue of Afonso Anes de Barroso dating from 1459.

Terva Valley Archaeological Park

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Ancient Rock Carvings of Souto Escuro 1. Photo TR/VB

With about 60 km2 and 47 archaeological sites identified, the TVAP justifies several visits to Boticas. If you do not have time for more, we’ll give you two suggestions. Ancient Rock Carvings of Souto Escuro, which impress by their monumental scale and art, and the Mines of Limarinho, where the cuts and lagoons, resulting from the Roman mining, are the most remarkable landscape expression of the ancient mining of the Terva Valley.

Mines and lagoon of Limarinho. Photo TR/VB

The Interpretive Center, located in the village of Bobadela, is the entrance to the TVAP – the exhibition contents make the bridge to the landscape and heritage in loco, proposed through visitation routes.

Teto do Mundo

Observatory Teto do Mundo. Photo TR/VB

The Teto do Mundo (Roof of the World) viewpoint is located at the top of the Hillfort of Couto dos Corvos, overlooking the left bank of the Rabagão River. From here one benefits from a stunning landscape, from the Larouco and Gerês mountains, in the north and northwest, to the Cabreira and Marão mountains, in the south.

The viewpoint is part of the GIAHS Observatory Network – Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, implemented in the Barroso region in the municipalities of Boticas and Montalegre.

Sources: Boticas Parque / Casa Museu Quinta do Cruzeiro / Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2016, Boticas o Espírito dos Lugares, Boticas; Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2014, Rotas do Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Terva, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas.

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Tiago Rodrigues

Tiago Rodrigues is a graphic designer and art editor at UMinho Editora. He founded Visit Boticas in 2017, where he performs various functions, from management and editorial direction, to design and production of content.