Grutas da Moeda

How it was discovered

The Grutas da Moeda (Coin Caves) is located in S. Mamede, municipality of Batalha, only 2km from Fátima. They are part of a limestone Massif called the “Maciço Calcário Estremenho”, being of its main touristic attractions. Its discovery happened in 1971. As two hunters while chasing a fox, saw it enter by one natural hole under the bushes. Moved by curiosity, they decided to enter in the galleries full of beautiful limestone formations. Then they realized about its natural beauty. For some months, the two men kept exploring, reaching the galleries which revealed to be very interesting for scientific exploration and touristic exploitation. These same galleries are actually what we visit today. Later, a group of geologists and speleologists confirmed the Caves’ scientific importance. Along the years, the main concern was and still is to preserve rigorously, not only the Caves, but also its surrounding. All galleries were named after suggestion given by limestone formations and by the room’s configuration, such as: Lake of Happiness, Nativity Scene, Sheperd’s Room, Waterfall, Red Cupola, Flawed Chapel, Red Dome and Spring of Tears. The Caves’ visit extension is 350 meters length and 45 meters depth below the entrance point. Temperature is constant around 18ºC all year long.

“Lenda da Moeda” (Legend relating to the name of the Coin Cave)


According to the oral tradition, many years ago, a wealthy man from this region, passing through the woods, around a sinkhole, was attacked by a gang of criminals who tried to loot the bag of coins he was carrying at the waist. With the struggle of the assault, the man fell into a sinkhole, carrying the bag of coins coveted by the burglars. Through the sinkhole were hopelessly spread the lost coins, giving the sinkhole the name which it is known today – Algar da Moeda (Coin Sinkhole).

Lago da Felicidade
Lago da Felicidade
Capela Imperfeita
Capela Imperfeita

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