THE PARK

BARROCAL PARK
At the Park, the paths and walkways were designed on site, adapting to the topographic and geomorphological singularities of each corner. Together with the viewpoints, they are privileged observation platforms for to contemplate and experience the Barrocal landscape, the countryside and the city, and to interpret its values and evolution over time. The Lagarto Tunnel, the Abelharucos Observatory and the Dome’s Circle become reference points, and possibilitate various activities. There is a suspension bridge that invites visitors to the São Martinho viewpoint. It is a true nature park within the city.

CHAVE DO BARROCAL BRIDGE

The Chave do Barrocal Bridge brings the visitor to nature with enough time to enjoy it.

CASTELO BRANCO VIEWPOINT

At the top of the Chave do Barrocal Bridge the views over the city’s skyline help us to understand the long history of Castelo Branco.

BARROCAL VIEWPOINT

Here is the granite “cherry” on top of the Barrocal dome! At 425 meters high and over 40 meters above the Meseta, the landscapes are wide and varied, culminating with the mountains in the west, north and east and in the infinite blue towards south. The geodesic landmark, known as talefe is placed at its highest point and marks the exact cartographic location belonging to a triangulation network that started being defined in Portugal since 1790.

LAGARTO TUNNEL

This lizard-shaped tunnel snakes through the granite rocks making the transition between the park area closer to the city, and the park’s inner areas, where the viewpoints are spread in contemplation of Barrocal’s landscape and its rural surroundings. As it is a shaded path, it allows visitors to stop and rest, inviting to the light and shadow games contemplation, that vary throughout the day, and throughout the seasons.

Dome'S Circle

You have arrived at the Dome Circle, the meeting point in the center of the Barrocal Park! This circle invites to rest and to small meetings, cultural events and lectures, where one can learn about the Barrocal landscapes while contemplating the privileged view along the slope, as far as the Sierra de San Pedro, in Spain.

SENHORA DE MÉRCOLES VIEWPOINT

In the Castelo Branco plain, already in the outskirts of the city, hidden between ancient olive trees and holm oaks one can find the Sr.ª de Mércoles sanctuary. Between this and the Santa Ana chapel a Roman villa was located, from which a dam and a bridge can still be found. The sanctuary has its origin dating back from the end of the 13th century, and the chapel was built in the 15th century. The pilgrimage started in 1601 due to a promise made to save the Castelo Branco people from an epidemic.

SÃO MARTINHO VIEWPOINT

Breaking out of the Castelo Branco plain, a quartzite residual landform, the S. Martinho hill rises up to 435 meters. With human occupation since the Neolithic, it was fortified since the final stage of the Bronze Age until the Roman period. At its top one can observe the S. Martinho chapel, with medieval origins.

CARVALHAL VIEWPOINT

In the Barrocal Park, the Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica) is the dominant tree. It keeps a plant association divided by several layers. In the shrub layer, one can find various plant species as the common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), the Iberian pear (Pyrus bourgaeana) and the blackberry (Rubus ulmifolius), among others, some being Iberian endemic plant species. The lower plant layer is composed by groundcovers and climbers to which other small species add bright colours.

RAIA VIEWPOINT

Granite is a rock composed essentially by feldspar, quartz and mica. Successive climate change processes determine temperature, rain volume and intensity, together with different vegetation types and density have been shaping underground and exposing the granite landforms onto the surface. Barrocal is the landscape resulting from past climate changes.

ABELHARUCOS OBSERVATORY

THE BARROCAL BIRDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Spring is the richest and most active season, as it coincides with the bird’s reproductive period and with the return of many bird species from its winter journey in Africa. In Spring it is easy to find many bird species as they spend their time singing, defining their territories, in mating rituals, building nests and looking for food. Summer is a more subtle activity period, when the reproductive period is ending, and the offspring are about to leave their nests. Here its best to observe birds during sun rise and early morning. August, September and October correspond to the pre-autumn period when many birds start their migration movements towards Africa. With some dedication, one can observe the passage of unusual birds, or in large numbers. During Autumn and Winter, the Barrocal hosts a series of wintering species, that find here their refuge and food, escaping from the northern Europe harsh winter.

CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

The Children’s Playground it’s the ideal place for moments of fun and leisure for kids and grown-ups. The Barrocal Park last stop has water vaporizers, a water dispenser, a shadowed leisure area and three slides with different heights.

CAFETERIA AND TERRACE

Available soon.

Barrocal's Shop

At the Barrocal Park shop you can find a collection of useful products, snacks and drinks for your comfortable visit to the park, as well as unique souvenirs of this nature park.

SCHEDULE

Closed on Monday

Winter schedule (October 1 to March 31)

From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, last entry at 3:30 pm


Summer schedule (April 1 to September 30)
From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, last entry at 6:30 pm

CONTACTS

BARROCAL PARK
Rua Adelino Semedo Barata, 6000-040 Castelo Branco
+351 272 330 356  |  barrocal.parque@cm-castelobranco.pt
www.barrocal-parque.pt

Park RULES

WELCOME TO BARROCAL PARK, CASTELO BRANCO’S NATURE PARK!
The Park has a lot to offer. It asks only for all and each one of us to respect it, helping to protect its resources and to improve the existing ecosystem for future generations. The rules are few, but if we follow them, we can enhance nature’s impact upon us. Enjoy this incredible experience in the city of Castelo Branco, intertwined with plentiful unique experiences in nature.
No bikes
Please stay on the marked trails
Please avoid making unnecessary noises and carrying out activities that may disturb the peace
No smoking
Do not start fires
Protect our geological heritage: do not collect rock samples
Please observe plants without collecting them
Please observe fauna without disturbing it
Place all rubbish in its correct place