Geocaching in our environment


During your stay in one of our houses you want to discover the beautiful gems of the Alentejo. Walking or cycling is a wonderful adventure, but with Geocaching you add an exciting game element to it.

Geocaching (pronounced: dzjio-kesjing) is a popular game where you use a GPS to look for a treasure (the cache). Such a cache is eg a munition box. In the box there is always a logbook, in which you write your name as proof that you have found the cache (logging).

Geocaching started in the United States and was devised by Dave Ulmer.  3 May 2000, Ulmer hid a bucket of exchange in a forest near his home town Portland in the state of Oregon. He reported the coordinates of the bucket on the Internet in a discussion group on satellite navigation. He calls the game ‘The Great American GPS Stash Hunt’. Everyone with a GPS could then search for the bucket (the stash). On the 4th of May he is found for the first time by Mike Teague who signed the log, took the money and supplemented the contents with cigarettes, a pen and a cassette.

In the vicinity of o-vale-da-mudança are several, at surprising spots, hidden caches. In the villages around you can find all sorts of caches where you also get an explanation about the building or the environment.