Monte dos Amantes – Megalithic Nightcache
This short and very simple nightcache will lead you to a prehistoric burial site near Vila do Bispo. Here you can discover several broken menhirs at the ground, some of them with engraved symbols. The menhirs have been upraised about 4000-2000 BC as landmarks, religious phallic symbols or marking of graves. There are fragments of 9 Menhirs at Monte dos Amantes, but only 2 are shown with this cache. The other 7 are very hard to find and too far away for a reflective trail (south of the farm).
This cache can be completed at night only! You need a flashlight or a headlamp to discover the reflective pins and to investigate the engravings on the menhirs! I have placed much more reflective pins than needed, so the trail can be found even with a weak flashlight.
white reflectors: trail
white + yellow reflector: change direction
white + red reflector: stage
3 white + 1 red reflector: find direction from this place to the final location
Park you car at the given coordinates. You can acces this point from the big roundabout at Vila do Bispo only (not from the N268 directly). At the wooden sign "Roteiro Megalitico" you have to take the road that goes right underneath the bridge.
Menhir 1 can be found on the right side of the path. Look with your flashlight for an engraving on the eastern side of the broken, horizontal menhir. Hold your light tiltet and plane to the stone. What can you discover?
cross in a circle: A=111
zigzag-line around the menhir: A= 342
double-spiral: A= 27
Investigate the east side of the second menhir with your flashlight. Which engraving can you discover? (This is a bit tricky to identify.)
animal (deer or cattle): B=143
phallic symbol: B=38
Next to Menhir 2 you can find a late Neolithic Collective Grave (younger than the menhirs). The rectangular grave is bordered by upright standing flagstones. You have nothing to do here except of looking out for 3 white and 1 red reflector!
If you reach the place with the 3 white and 1 red reflector, you have to find direction to the cache location.
The small box is situated under a bigger stone in a distance of A meters in B degrees (true North).
Have fun with this cache!