"Goats in the Serra de Sao Mamede" Top 5 Page for this destination Marvão Local Custom Tip by Bwana_Brown
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It was almost 3 PM by the time we turned off the main IP2 highway at Portalegre, taking the small and twisting N359 up into the Serra de Sao Mamede mountains as we approached Marvao. This was a very nice drive as we climbed up through the forest toward this village 2800 feet (850 meters) above sea level. While pottering along here with our windows down, we gradually began to hear the tinkle of dozens of bells. We soon saw a huge herd of goats moving through a treed pasture beside the road, so we had to stop to fully enjoy this symphony of bells! It was not long after we got out of the car to take some photos that the two sheep dogs began to bark and very quickly came over to check out this possible danger to their flock!
This forested mountain range rises to a peak of 3363 ft (1025 m) and is home to several species of wild animals, including cat-like genet, wild boars and red deer. No wonder the dogs were on the alert! The area was designated as a Nature Park in 1989.