The Legend of Monte de São Brás – Hike

A guided walking tour to the classified site of Monte de São Bartolomeu (Monte de São Brás), Nazaré.

On this walk you will be able to delight yourself with fantastic views and learn about the stories and legends that surround this mysterious mountain since King Rodrigo arrived there in the remote year of 711…

Monte de São Bartolomeu (classified as a national natural monument), which is locally known as “Monte de São Brás”, is an elevation of magmatic origin, of great historical and geological interest.

During this journey we will have the opportunity to observe the richness of the local flora and fauna, and above all to discover the legends and ancient stories, some written, others that are part of the oral tradition of these people linked to the sea.


This walk starts in the Parque da Pedralva area in Nazaré, goes up towards Pederneira, the population settlement that gave rise to the village in immemorial times, towards the road of Valado dos Frades, until the foot of the mountain, where we proceed to the ascent to the summit, 156m high, by stairs on the west side. At the top, a place with a privileged view over the surrounding floodplains, there will be a stop for a rest, a snack, relaxation and observation of the landscape and built structures.

The descent will be made along natural trails, surrounding the mountain on the south slope until we enter the millenary dunes covered by the Pinhal de Leiria. (D. Dinis. XIV century). The route continues through the pine forest until entering Pederneira again where you will enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the beach and Vila da Nazaré.


This is a walk that takes place along trails, roads and sandy areas (there may be muddy areas in periods of rain), in a total of 7.6km, with an approximate duration of 2:45 hours. The route, as it aims to visit a hill, comprises a steep climb up stairs and a steep descent down a trail.

Type and Duration
Type of Walk: Circular
Total: 3:00h
Distance: 6.7 km
Difficulty index: Difficult (Physical dexterity is required to climb a steep ladder and descend a slope on a trail)
Highest point: 156 m
Accumulated: 383 m

Gathering place. Departure/Arrival: Nazaré Fire Station Parking (Next to the west entrance of Pedralva Park, Nazaré)
Meeting: 9:45h, Briefing; 9:55 am
Departure: 10:00h. Arrival: 1pm (approximately)

Target Audience: Interested general public, outdoor activities and nature, history and ethnography. Advised to families and animals. Recommended minimum age 10 years.

Keywords: Dog-friendly, Multi-stage route, Scenic, Geological highlights, Flora and fauna, Summit route, Circular route, Family-friendly, Cultural/historical interest.

Number of Participants (minimum and maximum)
Minimum: 4 participants (low season – October to June),
6 participants (high season – July to September)
Maximum: 20 Participants

Price: 25€/pax
Price Includes: Intertidal® certified guide or Geoguide* on site, personal accident insurance.
*Geoguide certified by Aspiring West Geopark (UNESCO)


Take a backpack with snacks (biscuits, fruit, cereal bars, etc.), water (1.5L per person, minimum), hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, comfortable clothing suitable for the weather, comfortable shoes suitable for dirt, sand and mud paths (during rainy periods or spring tides).

Participants must walk in line, in an orderly manner, paying attention to terrain accidents, circulating traffic and instructions from the guides.

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