Serra da Gardunha, Fundao

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The Gardunha mountain range, so called by the Moors, is located in central Portugal, in Centro Region, beyond the Serra da Estrela range, giving way to an extensive plain called Cova da Beira. It was covered with vineyards in the time of King Dinis, who reigned in the 13th and 14th centuries. But the sovereign decided to pull them up and replace them with chestnut trees all over the Alcambar valley. The valley became known as the King's groves. Unfortunately though, due to man's negligence, violent fires destroyed a significant number of trees, although some areas were reforested. Pirâmide, is the highest point in Gardunha mountain range.
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  • With several historic villages throughout Sierra is a place where we find many of the cherry blossoms at the region
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  • This Sierra is a mixture of magic and love. Is beautiful and fascinating. If you go to the Glamping park, you can enjoy a wonderful view over Fundão and other areas. If you can afford a night here, yo...  more »
  • We have a wonderful country, but it is all burned, saws and with just a tone. We could be more careful with the preservation of nature.
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  • I grew up looking at the this Serra from Castelejo. There are many ATV and 4x4 trails to play around but I prefer the hiking trail Red and Yellow that starts at the "casa do guarda" and follows the ridge all the way to the huge summit marker.
  • The legend of the Gardunha In time came the Moors, with many wars, in the village of Idanha-a-Velha a widowed man and Rico who married a woman much younger than he. This man had a daughter of the first wife, still small and beautiful, the stepmother didn't treat very well, ralhando you for everything and for nothing. The girl had a dog, was your big friend and accompanied him everywhere. The stepmother abused the dog, to make angry the girl that was your stepdaughter. The girl cried attached to the dog. One day, her stepmother hit the dog and the girl refilou with her. In response, took two hybrid of the stepmother, who told him that, if he said something to his father, I'd kill her. Her and her dog. The girl stood crying. Clung to the dog friend and told him they were going to run away from home. Hide and seek, get a snack with bread, cheese and chouriça, put a shawl for shoulders and ran out of the village. Spotting a saw in the distance, the girl said to the dog: Let's go to Sweep that saw, we there we manage! The dog shook the ears, gave buck and fixed to the legs of the friend. Released, so the paths in the Sierra, which alevantava in the distance. Walked, for paths and paths. When they arrived to the High Sierra, was already the day almost done. Walking a little further, at top, the girl saw some large boulders, where he found a large lapa. The dog entered the lapa and returned to shake that booty. Scared, the right girl in lapa, with his friend dog. They sat and ate lunch. Already in the dark, the girl and the dog huddled in the shawl to spend the night. The girl was fearless, because he had the dog kept. There they fell asleep. With the clarity of the morning to get in lapa, the girl felt someone hit her on the shoulder. He got up, looked around, but just envisioned some clarity. Next, the dog jumped. The air became lighter and at the bottom of the lapa appeared a great brightness. From there, there was a very beautiful Lady, dressed in white and smiling. The girl and the dog were standing staring at you. Then, the Lady, with a voice that seemed to come from the high, said:-Girl! You have to go to your country, to take a message. The girl ruffled and asked the Lady: who is vocemecê? The Lady, laughing, told him: I am the Lord! I came from heaven to help you and the people from your country! The girl was very clumsy, looking at you. The Lady walked to the girl, put her hand on his shoulder and said to him:-run your ground and tell your father and all the people who run here because the Moors are coming close, to kill everything. Here, may well defend themselves, to save themselves. The girl and the dog friend ran first saw below. The dog in front, because I knew the best way. As soon as I arrived at the Idanha, the girl told his father what had happened. Our Lady appeared to her and that it told to flee of Idanha. The father didn't believe me and said her daughter that she must have been sick or dreaming. The girl continued to tell his dad that everything was true. The Lady told him it came from the sky to warn them and help them. That escape all for Sierra, because the Moors were already near Idanha. The News ran right through the streets and in the fields. The people, doing what you said to the girl, soon escaped and was flogged by rocks and limpets, waiting for you to come, good or bad. When the Moors arrived, no one was in Idanha. Just found the empty houses. They ran for the hills, looking for those of Idanha, but were defeated by the people who fled. On the heights of the serra, were in advantageous positions and still on top, protected by our Lady. The people of Idanha, who has fled to the hills, having been warned by our Lady, started calling the Sierra Gardunha, what I wanted to say: Kept those of Idanha. The people of Idanha-a-Velha, a refugee in Sierra, soon turned the lapa, where the apparition Chapel and put an image of the Lady, which was renamed our Lady of Serra and love her for the miracle you did.
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  • Very nice place, top view, more beautiful than the Serra da Estrela
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