Drave, the magical village

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Drave is decidedly a magic and mystic village. Abandoned and uninhabited the village lies somewhere in the valley between the mount of Freita and mount S. Macário (Portugal).

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It is only possible to reach the village on foot. It is around a 2 hours trek from the closest village (Regoufe) in the municipality of Arouca. A visit to this place is all about walking through unspoilt nature until you reach the beautiful shale village.

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The landscape all around you is simply enchanting. Once there, be prepared to find only the deserted houses. The village does not have a pub nor a grocery shop, neither it has electricity or running water. Despite this, Drave is enchanting in its own, special charm.

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The deserted houses along the stream are inviting to those who like to stay in isolated places. And, it is possible to wild camp there and there is a beautiful natural pool to swim. Those who have been to Peru may have the feeling that this landscape reminds them of the Andes with its small villages.

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As for me, I love the solitude of the place and the opportunity to listen to the silence.

Photos: @ Rui Daniel da Silva

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