You probably never heard about Portugal's Covão dos Conchos. In fact, until the beginning of the year, this “monument” was a secret that remained unknown until three Portuguese presented it to the world. They challenge themselves to do the 2-hour hike in the Serra da Estrela mountains, carrying all the necessary equipment, and film this “mystery”. The video about the strange case of Covão dos Conchos went viral and this difficult access area is now part of the Portuguese landscape treasures.
Unveiling the mystery beyond Covão dos Conchos
If you see Covão dos Conchos it sure seems like a nature masterpiece. Although, the tunnel was built back in 1955 to ensure the water diversion from Ribeira das Naves to Lagoa Comprida. The 1,519 meters long hole creates the illusion that the dam is broken, similar to a portal to the center of the earth. Recently another video was made – using a drone – where it is possible to see the channel more closely.
© Portugal visto do Ceu
If you are planning to visit this “secret” in Serra da Estrela the blog “Viagens à Solta” offers some recommendations:
- To bring walking shoes, preferably waterproof, some "snacks" and water;
- To wear appropriate clothing for the cold. Ideally dressing three layers (thermal underwear, then a polar and finally a waterproof warm jacket), gloves, hat and a headband or scarf;
- To avoid stepping on the ice, as it is very slippery.