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Santo Antonio Caves


Santo António Caves

Discovered by chance by two men working in the Pedra do Altar, Porto de Mós, in 1955, the Santo António Caves are part of a set of caves in the Serra de Minde, in the Natural Park of Serra de Aires and Candeeiros, area so rich in this type of heritage, part of the Limestone Massif of Estremadura.

The cave occupies an approximate area of 6,000m2, the largest room is 80 by 50m, with a maximum height of 43m.The temperature inside the cave fluctuates between 16 and 18ºC, when it is less than 12ºC, it is usually closed until the normal values are naturally established again. Along the cave there is a special lighting to enhance the natural beauty of the cave, with an appropriate musical background.

It is estimated that the caves of Santo António have existed for 50 thousand years, growing stalactites and stalagmites at the rate of one centimeter for each century.
Visit the Santo António Caves in Pedra do Altar. Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation at affordable prices , here at Restaurant "A Gralha".
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Natural Park of Serras de Aire and Candeeiros

Is inserted in the large Limestone Massif of Estremadura and was for long centuries an area adverse to human fixation as a result of the absence of surface water, from the aggressiveness of limestones, to the almost absence of agricultural soils, to the marked slopes and the difficulty of access, almost a marginalized territory where the presence of great limestone massifs dominates the landscape of Central Estremadura, and constitutes one of the most vigorous elements of its originality, creating an inhospitable environment,where village houses and hamlets collect rainwater in cisterns and crops during the summer rely only on dew and oceanic mists. For years the dominion of shepherds and charcoal farmers, taking advantage of the impoverished clay of the karst depressions thanks to the manure of the sheep and goats, protecting the thick-walled cattle roads like defense walls, where the stone removed has been displayed to take advantage of the land and create large covered areas of a dot of olive trees, to speak of the Estremadura Limestone Massif is to speak of a vast territory and of the different communities that inhabit it.