The walk starts in Caldas with an ascent to Fornalha and from there up to Corte Grande and Corte Pequeno, to two places where huge cork oaks tell stories from their silent lives over three centuries. Later, on the way to Ginjeira and Monchique, ancient chestnut trees tell of the great national forest fires of 2003 and what tricks they used to survive it.
Meeting point: Hotel Central Caldas de Monchique
Length: 20 km
Time: 5 hours