Walking and listen to the birds singing
Don' t miss a walk in any direction in the surroundings of Escoural and you will immediately listen to the natural sounds of a great variety of birds and of the sheepbells, coming from everywhere and bringing to you quietness and peaceful feelings
- Farm Stay
The Caves of Escoural
This cave is made from a natural cavity formed in granite installed on a wide zone of limestone. The first settlement goes back to the Middle Palaeolithic, when groups of Neanderthal hunters-gatherers used the cave as a temporary shelter as a base for their main activity: the hunting for large animals such as the aurochs During the Upper Palaeolithic (35 000 - 8 000 BC) the cave was used as a rupestrian sanctuary for anatomically modern people.
Then inner walls served as the canvases for the various drawings, inserted in a vast universe called Pre-Historic Art. The centre of these representations were bovine and equine animals (drawn in black) and various signs which, though difficult to interpret, are probably related to some primitive religion or magic (drawn in red).
It was after the Neolithic period (5 000 - 3 000 BC) that the cave was transformed into a cemetery for the farmer-herdsmen communities of the region. The bodies were lain in the Cave, together with various offerings such as ceramic vases, axes and adzes in polished stone, flint blades and lamellae, bone and shell jewellery. These same groups used the limestone walls on the outside to engrave several schematic motifs and stylised animal figures, creating an outdoor rupestrian sanctuary.
At the end of the Neolithic period the Cave was blocked. The exterior was used by the Copper Age populations (2 000 BC) who built a fortified settlement and a monument where they buried their dead. This funerary monument, called the Escoural Tholos, about 600 metres from the Cave and fortified settlement, is made up of a circular chamber, corridor and entrance. These communities had a more complex and varied economic structure, divided between farming, pasturing and mining, as suggested by the archaeological findings.
The Escoural Cave was discovered by chance on 17th April 1963 during the working of a marble quarry.
Animals on the suroundings
This is a must see for me. I love animals and if you pay atentiont and drive a bit off the centre of the town you'll find lots of small farms which have lots of cows and sheeps. Be careful cos i had a goat jumping off the road almost hitting my car.
Strange decorated house
This house in near the main street if you're heding the main chrch i stays on the left side.
When I say it I couldn't believe what I was watching. I found a house decorated with dolls all over, From small ducks in ceramics to plastic dinassaurs you have it all. You can notice a man and a ceramics woman loking at the window.
You can count how many different door knocks you have in town. You'll find a big head ache due to the large amount of different door knocks. All seem and look interesting. This type of door knock come all the way from Arab times that used Fatima's Hand has a talisman of good luck and getting the evil eye away from their door: "A'udhu Billahi Mina Ash-shataini Ar-radjimi"
Big chimney on the main square
Apart from a local old factory chimney already out of order, this is the biggest chimney in town. It comes up to your eyes right away because you'll find almost only 1 floor houses and this huge block pops up in front of you. Possibly this was the house from some bakery or blackshift that used to work all day with fire which gave the town problems if didn't have a high chimeny in order to make the smoke go away quickly and not comming directly to people's houses and eyes.
Strong painted houses
This is indeed a strong color for a house. Thre's a big difference beteen colors people actually paint their houses, so besides this one which is red you have another painted in yellow. It gives a special ambiance to the town.
Main street scene. Very nice contrast between house and sky. Remember this is in begining February. Nice weather for a winter day.
Public water tap
Just in case you're thirsty remember that you'll find more than one public water tap from where you can drink good fresh water. This one is located in the main church square.