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9 strange phenomena of nature in Portugal

From sculpted corners of nature to peculiar natural phenomena, there are countless magical places in our country that have the capacity to surprise us and leave us completely surrendered and amazed. Some of these phenomena, curious, strange or bizarre, end up becoming tourist attractions.

But there are phenomena or natural formations whose origin was difficult to explain and that always intrigued our ancestors. By itself, in an attempt to find an explanation for its origin, many times foram crescendo à volta deles.

Now it is easier to explain and perceive these phenomena. But, same assim, it never ceases to enchant or scare us. Let’s leave here a list with 9 unique local desires:

1. Elephant Tromba Arch

Elephant Tromba Arch

Water has the ability to, over thousands of years, sculpt rock, creating extraordinary formations. You can find an exemplar of the genus in the Arquipélago das Berlengas, where you can observe a marine arch of rosy granite, which was formed about 307 thousand years ago. Consonant or angle of observation, you will be able to distinguish an elephant’s head.

2. Vale das Buracas

Buracas do Casmilo
Buracas do Casmilo

In the village of Casmilo, a few kilometers from Condeixa-a-Nova, you can find the Vale das Buracas do Casmilo, whose name advém two various rocky shelters espalhados ao longo do vale, as called buracas. These small caves can be more than 10 meters in diameter and five to seven meters deep. Secondly, it is known that buracas will form in colder times, being in this area that flocks of goats and sheep are sheltered.

3. Ribeira de Odeleite

Ribeira de Odeleite
Ribeira de Odeleite

This ribeira went viral a little all over the world, thanks to its peculiar format and the publication of a Reddit user who traveled from Amesterdão to Marrakesh. Assim, from Castro Marim, a photo of the riverbank, in the format of a dragão, chegou à China, where the dragões symbolize power, strength and good fortune. A riverside gained the name of “Rio do dragão azul” and continues to be widely shared on social networks.

4. Old Head

Head of the Velha
Head of the Velha

You can find Cabeça da Velha em Seia, more specifically in the town of Senhora do Desterro. He tells Lenda that Leonor, a young orfã, lived like her uncle, a powerful fidalgo. Leonor ended up falling in love with Afonso, a poor young man, and kept everything secret for half a year, uncle. The only confidant of the two lovers was Marta, an old woman, who from time to time would bring or be young to Leonor’s presence. Aia chegou to swear allegiance to the house, saying that, if she brought you, she would turn into stone.

One time, she brought a letter from Afonso to Leonor, when she was appalled by this uncle, who forced her to reveal the time at the location of the next meeting. On the combined day, Marta accompanied Leonor when she was found, keeping watch. As soon as we killed people, or married we heard voices and barnacles that we were not sozinhos. Chamara for Marta, but she doesn’t answer them. When foram à sua procura, viram uma pedra com a forma da cabeça da aia, no place where Marta was hiding, and immediately perceived what happened.

Legends aside, the stone itself exists, being located in a beautiful place, where there is a chapel that, according to what is said, was ordered to be built by Leonor in honor of her daughter.

5. Algar de Benagil

Algar de Benagil
Algar de Benagil

Despite being difficult to access, this special place is not lacking in appeal for a visit. This rocky cavity was shaped by nature over two times, being located near the beach that gives it its name, in Lagoa, in the Algarve. The light of the sun enters through the circular opening and creates an impressive game of cores. The access is only by sea, being that the best way to access this cave is by canoe or with another small boat. This is one day Most beautiful beaches of Lagoa!

6. Puppy Arches

Puppy Arches
Puppy Arches

In the village of Puppy, in Bandeiras, on the Island of Pico, you can find these rocky formations, composed of volcanic caves and lava tubes that give rise to a set of solidified lava cutouts. These formations extend far out to sea, causing the seawater to create strong turbulence and whirlpools when it enters our tunnels and caves. A rock stands out-is not set, looking like a sculpted puppy, which contemplates the ocean.,

7. Mouth of Hell

Mouth of Hell
Mouth of Hell

This rocky formation is one of the great attractions of Cascais. It is proven that it was once a grotto, but it is an open-ceilinged cavity, with an arch through which the seawater enters. The name attributed to the local see its morphological characteristics, which makes the waves there feel tremendous, causing a white foam to rise tens of meters high.

8. Olheiros de água twelve

Olheiros of water twelve
Olheiros of water twelve

Foram o olheiros that gave name to the town of Olhos de Água, in Albufeira, the most famous tourist spot in the town. The olheiros de água twelve are nascent from água twelve, which sprout from the areal and the sea, and that you can hardly see in the low sea, height at which the olheiros burst through the areia. This unique phenomenon has been referenced since ancient times, Arab hair.

9. Pedras parideiras

places to visit in Serra da Freita
Pedras parideiras

In the Serra da Freita, in Arouca, we can observe a unique phenomenon in our country and rare in the whole world: the pedras parideiras. Geologically, the formation is called nodular granite from Castanheira, being constituted mainly by light-colored granite and a high quantity of biotitic nodules, a black-colored mineral that accumulates in small agglomerates.

These nodules eventually break free, due to erosion and thermal oscillations, leaving a dark cavity in the rock. This process is quite delayed, and can take about 300 thousand years before a nodule is released. É by isso that is called a pedra parideira, for being a stone that gives birth to stone.

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