Sound of silence and beautiful panoramic views
From the Serra do Caldeirão, the Algarve emerges like an amphitheatre which descends gradually to the sea. The scenery is marked by gentle, undulating land covered in gorse bushes, rock roses and wild flowers, and white country houses, trimmed in blue, peeping out of valleys.
Though not particularly high (no more than 600 metres in height) the Serra do Caldeirão is the largest mountain range in the Algarve.
On the slopes facing the East, there are cork oak trees as far as the eye can see, painting the countryside a deep, vibrant green. Further on, there are two areas of exceptional beauty: the Fonte da Benémola and the Fonte Ferro.
Like an oasis of nature, the Fonte da Benémola is a protected area with plant and animal life not commonly seen in the Algarve. The Fonte Ferro, on the other hand, is noted for its collection of regional plant species, such as the arbutus berry trees, brooms, heather, rock roses, French lavender, eucalyptus, pines and oleanders; and of animals, such as wild rabbits, partridges, thrushes and blackbirds.
The Serra do Caldeirão is also made up of schist rock - a smooth, impermeable, dry rock in warm shades of red. Here, the only sign of man is the lone shepherd with his flock of sheep and goats.
These are lands with wide, open spaces and ravishing, unforgettable landscapes.