Walk Cerro da Cabeça is a GPS route from Rother walking guides and B&B Cas al Cubo
Walking route Cerro da Cabeça leads you over an old ridge of hills that seemingly random pop out of the Eastern-Algarvian landscape. Geologists due to it´s karst formations consider it a natural monument. The caves that are hidden in the hills (we haven´t been able to locate them….and trespassing is not allowed) are a source for many Moorish legends and a host to several kinds of bat populations, some of which are unique to the world. We however simply enjoyed walking the hill and climbing to it´s very top.
Walk Cerro da Cabeça is also published in the Rother walking guide and we have gladly taken it into our walking program at B&B Cas al Cubo.
Walk Cerro da Cabeça starts at the foot of the hill in sort of an old and tiny industrial area. The calcareous stone that used to be won at the mountain was processed here still a century ago. During the walk, trails of this old trade are still clearly visible. Alongside the flanks of Cerro da Cabeça, an old an unkempt path leads to the top of the mountain. At a certain point it disappears and you´ll have to find your own way, guided by small piles of stone, Himalaya style, that pop up in view every now and then, pointing out that you are still more or less “on track”.
At a certain point, also the appearance of these “stone men” cease altogether and the only lead you still have is the small statue that shows the highest point of the hill. If you are a true daredevil you´ll certainly reach the top, climbing the meanwhile granite stone blocks that seem to be thrown down randomly by a huge hand from the sky. It makes walk Cerro da Cabeça a real adventure and you can be proud to reach the 249 meters high top!
This exciting trail is only a little over two miles long, and every single yard is almost bliss. The view is ever more stunning while you get higher up the hill. Enjoying a cool drink after the first part of the walk on the shadowy overhang of a big granite rock with panoramic views of the coastline makes you want to sit there forever. The path is lined with flowers and trees, Carob, Medronho being present manifold in this dry area. Halfway you stumble upon a left behind cactus garden near a farmhouse fallen to ruin. It probably belonged to a staff member of the quarry once.
Going down is a quick route. From almost the top of the mountain until the industrial area leads a big staircase via an unkempt viewpoint back to car-level. You are now just about 1 mile outside of the village of Moncarapacho, so there is no reason not to drive into town and have a nice lunch, or at least a cool drink at Ana´s Restaurant on the church square to finalise the walk.