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The Portuguese coast - Cape Espichel

Sea, stunning landscape and.... Dinossaur trails!

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It's not the first time I've been to this place but it still surprises me nevertheless.
The loneliness feeling comes along with a fantastic sense of getting in tune with the sea, the land and the power of the planet.
We can walk around the trails overlooking the sea or maybe we just walk the most interesting one, the dinossaurs trail.
In Pedra da Mua and in the Lagosteiros spot its possible to observe unique dinossaur trails.
The land was flat in this area hundred of million years ago and dinossaur herds walked around leaving their footprints in the mud. Since then, the planet got into action and bent the ground to almost a 90 degrees angle.
Hundred of years ago, people saw the strange trail and associated it with a religious appearance, a miracle.
In consequence, a santuary and a chapel was built in the top of the clifts, at Cape Espichel.
Science as usual told us a different thing and we now know that it's only the evidence of dinossaurs playing around in the beach...
This place is only 40 minutes south of Lisbon and deserves a visit if in the neibourhoods.

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Cheers

Posted by ACoelho 11:28 Archived in Portugal

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