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 was invented by American Dave Ulmer. On May 3, 2000, Ulmer hid a bucket of treasure in a forest near his hometown of Portland. He reported the bucket’s coordinates on the Internet in a satellite navigation discussion group, calling the game “The Great American GPS Stash Hunt.” Anyone with a GPS could then search for the bucket (the stash). On May 4, he is found for the first time by Mike Teague who signed the log.

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.