Surrounded by a pine wood and the old Panasqueira Mines, Barroca still keeps its rural environment commanded by agricultural cycles. To stroll through it is to discover the true spirit of Schist Villages at each step you take, as this is the seat of the entire enterprise. The distance between the banks of the Zêzere River and Casa Grande (Big House), the old 18th century manor house where the Boasting Centre of the Schist Villages is currently located, is short. On your way there, you will find the old windmills, moved by wind power, and, when you get to the water mirror, you will find a pedestrian bridge which invites you to discover the rock art site of Poço do Caldeirão where you will be able to admire two decorated rocks with Palaeolithic engravings representing equidae and goat-like creatures which were probably made around 20.000 and 15.000 years BC. When you return to Casa Grande, a visit to the Interpretative Centre will enlighten your questions and challenge you to discover the entire Rock Art Rout at the Pinhal Interior region.
Surrounded by a pine wood and the old Panasqueira Mines, Barroca still keeps its rural environment commanded by agricultural cycles.