Anta da Capela dos Mouros


The Anta da Capela dos Mouros (dolmen of the moors’ chapel) is a funerary monument of chamber and corridor, barely differentiated between them. It is one of the oldest dolmens of this region; it is estimated to have been built about 6000 years ago. The presence of 11 upright stones and the medium size corridor of 3.90 meters lengthwise characterize this dolmen. Poorly differentiated in plant and in elevation, it also presents 5 upright stones kept in camera and 14 in the corridor. The mound well conserved presents about 18 meters radius, constituting itself as a monument with architectural features little common in the regional megalithic universe. The axe found here is proof that these people already practiced agriculture, hunting and gathering.

Natural Patrimony

The Talhadas mountain, in spite of being dominated by plantations, is habitat for quite interesting species, as the sparrowhawk (forest bird of prey) and common buzzard. The protected marsh fritillary butterfly finds nourishment in the cultivated lands of this plateau, and the natterjack toad can be seen here when we looking under stones near grass lands. The stream of Alombada crosses the fields where the belle demoiselle lives, always lurking in and out of the riparian vegetation, and the otter comes occasionally hunting when the stream runs full of water.

Archaeological Patrimony

In addition to the Capela dos Mouros, there are two more megalithic monuments in the vicinity with younger ages: the Anta do Poço dos Mouros (moors’ pit dolmen – from 5000 years ago) and the Sepultura do Rei (king’s tomb – dating back to the late chalcolithic/beginning of the Bronze Age, about 4000 years). The Poço dos Mouros is a plant similar to the Capela dos Mouros, but its special feature is the exclusive use of stones for the construction of the support mound. The Sepultura do Rei is a monument with a simple chamber of rectangular plant that corresponds to a single grave, certainly belonging to someone important, unlike the collective graves from the Neolithic period.


Technical information

  • Level of Dificulty Low
  • Type of Route Linear
  • Access Car/Pedestrian