Miradouro Sapinha


This roadside pullout on the N221 highway 3km north of Escalhão is one of the park's most accessible viewpoints, with sweeping views of vineyard- and orchard-clad slopes dropping into the gorge of the Rio Águeda along the Spanish–Portuguese border.

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