Under the Shade of the Olive Trees
The distance between the city of Santarém and the village of Monsanto in the municipality of Alcanena is around 30 km and can be covered in about 8 hours and 30 minutes.
This long and intense leg of the Route gives it new meaning and geographical orientation, entering into the mountainous territory of the karstic massif, where the Natural Parks of the Aire and Candeeiros Mountain ranges are located. For this reason, we suggest that you divide the day’s journey into five sections, with stops in between.
The plateau of the Santo António mountain range marks the transition to this area of steep slopes, with mountains and cliffs, deep valleys and small valleys dedicated to agriculture. This is also the ancestral territory that separates and connects the river plains of the Tagus River to the Coast.