Algarve Northern Hills - Rocha da Pena and Queremca Walks and Pictures.
Rocha da Pena circular walk to take a look at some windmills in The Algarve.
This is an 8km circular walk leaving from the springs and goes to some derelict windmills then back across a lovely limestone ridge to drop down into Penina before returning back to the start along a pleasant track.
This is a most enjoyable circular walk - there are two climbs although one of them can be avoided if you chose to not visit the windmills. However if
you do go to the windmills you have to go down a steep and winding narrow path which in places is quite slippery underfoot on the gravel and small scree. To get back onto the top of the ridge from the windmills you eventually have to climb up a fairly steep scree bank and then also a very steep and somewhat slippery (because of the gravel and loose stones underfoot) path.
The start is found by leaving the Pena to Salir road, turn at Tapia and follow the signs for Rocha da Pena. On reaching a small cafe / restaurant at Rocha [N37°02" W008°05'54"]
you can easily park alongside the track by the Spring (The Fonte dos Amoados
). Facing the front of the restaurant start off by taking the track on it's left - this quite rough track climbs immediately and bears a little left at first
before turning sharp right as it heads straight towards the ridge - fairly soon the track gets less steep as it continues to head in an easterly direction
underneath the ridge. Around a kilometre from the bend the top of the ridge is reached by a rocky clearing. From here there is an option to simply go left on a switchback path - this will take you back along the top of the ridge towards Penina.
An Algarve circular walk from Querenca via Fontes de Benemola.
This walk of about 8.5KMs heads down to and alongside a small river and visits the Fontes de Benemola then up into hills before circling back via the villages of Coreitos,
Pirineu and Adega. Querenca is located north of Loule just off the 396 road. There is a certain amount of parking available in the square at Querenca by the church
- probably Saturdays and Sundays would be best avoided for this walk since parking is probably easier during the week. There are 2 cafes in the village square.