WALK & ART FEST

3 days of Festival with many activities!

The 2nd edition of Barão de São João - Walk & Art Fest will take place from November 01 to 03 of 2019 with its headquarters in the Centro Cultural de Barão de São João.

The Festival promises 3 days filled with activities of environmental education activities for children and families, technical workshops, talks and 8 to 10 daily walks that can be short or long distance or themed (botany, bird watching, archeology, geology, cultural heritage). 

This Festival will have a strong artistic component, combining the local artists that make Barão de São João such a unique place. These artists will be involved in the dynamization of activities ranging from the realization of workshops to guided tours allied to their work. In addition to some inhabitants of the parish who will guide paths in a unique way the land where they live and will tell many secrets that will not leave anyone indifferent. Barão de São João National Forest will feature an artistic installation made by the artists of Barão de São João thinked for the festival and available for visit throughout the year.

The event also counts with numerous partnerships with tourist animation companies and other entities that will energize many of these actions for free.

WALKS

Short and long-term walks and themed

11.30 km
Circular
1h30   Min 8   Max 16   Minimum Age 12

MTB Tour - National Forest

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

We challenge you to bring a bicycle and to join us on a route integrated in the new Barão de São João MTB Center, which is entirely carried out in the...

2.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 5   Max 20   Minimum Age 12

Walking Tours with History

Church of Barão de São João

This tour aims to present the cultural and architectural heritage of Barão de São João.The origins and evolution of the parish of Barão de São...

8.30 km
Linear
2h30   Min 5   Max 25   Minimum Age 15

From Pincho to Bensafrim

Bensafrim's Municipal Market

We will cover part of sector 12 of GR13 - Via Algarviana, from Pincho to Bensafrim. The route takes place on well-marked paths, set in a very rich landscape, with streams...

6.00 km
Circular
3h30   Min 5   Max 15   Minimum Age 10

Stories engraved in rocks and landscapes

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Interpretive course with the purpose of awakening the senses and creating images that help us to remove and interpret the stories stored in the rocks and in the landscapes...

15.00 km
Circular
4h30   Min 0   Max 30  

Archaeology - Southwest script

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Between the enclosed valleys and the agricultural lands along the Machada stream, the walk is dedicated to the writing of the Southwest. During the way we will visit one...

6.00 km
Circular
2h00   Min 4   Max 15  

Artistic Path

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Guided tour by Francisco Roxo, local and one of the creators of the three artistic paths present in the Barão de São João Forest: Poets' Path, ...

2.60 km
Circular
2h00   Min 2   Max 20   Minimum Age 7

Discover Art in Geology

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Geology and art are the motto for this thematic route. Understand how geology influences landscape evolution, see and read in nature the signs of a dynamic earth. During...

4.00 km
Circular
2h30   Min 2   Max 10  

Looking for soaring birds

Pic Nic Area Barão de São João Woods

Join us and we will look for soaring birds that may be passing through the Barão de São João wind farm. We will be attention whit our eyes and ears...

6.10 km
Circular
2h00   Min 8   Max 20   Minimum Age 10

PR1 LGS - Pedestrian Path "Pedra de Galo"

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

This is one of the 12 complementary pedestrian routes to the Long Distance Path Via Algarviana (GR13). The whole path is within the forest area of the "Mata de Barão...

11.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 5   Max 25   Minimum Age 14

Discovering the cultural heritage of Bensafrim

Bensafrim's Municipal Market

Thematic walk that aims to highlight the uniqueness and the timeless dimension of the historical and archaeological heritage existing in the surroundings of the village...

20.00 km
Circular
5h00    Min 7   Max 15   Minimum Age 12

Cork Oak Trail

Bensafrim's Municipal Market

This route aims to show some of the native vegetation of the parish, namely a considerable cork oak spot and a still well preserved ripicle gallery.

13.00 km
Circular
4h30   Min 10   Max 25  

Poetic Energy Walk

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Circular walk of 13 km that takes place in the Forest of Barão de São João

5.50 km
Linear
2h00   Min 5   Max 25   Minimum Age 15

Bensafrim to Barão de São João

Church of Barão de São João

In this walk we will go through a small part of sector 13 of GR13 - Via Algarviana, this Long Distance Path that crosses the inland of the Algarve from Alcoutim to Cabo...

5.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 4   Max 15   Minimum Age 14

Bushland, badland?

Bensafrim's Municipal Market

 A botanical tour that aims to know better the vegetation on the hill of Monte da Rocha (Bensafrim), in an evolutionary and ecological approach. It is by understanding...

7.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 5   Max 30   Minimum Age 8

Walk with Yoga

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

We will walk through the woods of Barão de São João, in full communion with nature. Before beginning the walk we will do some psychobiophysical positions...

10.50 km
Circular
2h30   Min 8   Max 20   Minimum Age 14

Pedestrian Route - National Forest

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Easy route, fully performed in the National Forest of Barão de S. João. It starts at the southern slope of the National Forest, when it reaches it’s extreme west,...

5.00 km
Circular
2h00   Min 5   Max 15   Minimum Age 12

"Photographing Nature" Tour

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

A short walk with the objective of photographing the flora and fauna of Barão de São João Forest. Note: Participants should bring their photografic...

4.00 km
Circular
2h00   Min 1   Max 10  

Visit to Capela do Monte

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Starting from Barão de São João, we will walk to the Capela do Monte.The Chapel is situated on a private land, which belongs to a Swiss/American couple...

16.00 km
Circular
5h   Min 5   Max 25   Minimum Age 12

From Cotifo to Bravura Dam

Café da Paula, Cotifo

In this walk you will have the opportunity to observe the natural and rural landscape of the deep Algarve. Leaving the town of Cotifo, we will take a circular route of about...

17.00 km
Circular
2h00   Min 8   Max 16   Minimum Age 14

MTB Ride - Barão North

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Easy route, without technical difficulty.It circumvents almost all the perimeter of the National Forest.It passes through the guard house and the picnic park.Finishes by...

8.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 10   Max 25  

Mills Trail

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Circular walk of 8 km between pines, eucalyptus, strawberry trees, cork oaks and all the vegetation that surrounds us with the energy of the wind.   Note: The meeting...

12.00 km
Circular
3h30   Min 5   Max 25   Minimum Age 12

Discovering the Woods of Barão de São João

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Circular route within the woods of Barão de São João, which will pass through several areas of interest, among which stand out the house of the...

5.00 km
Circular
3h00   Min 6   Max 12   Minimum Age 16

Walk and Draw in the Woods

Church of Barão de São João

Let's go for a walk in the woods, about 5 km long, with stops to draw. What do I observe along the way, what are the images that attract me? In the stops, we will do simple...

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Technical sessions with specialists from different areas
Sow and take care of our forest
2h   Min 1   Max 15  

Sow and take care of our forest

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Following an activity carried out during the previous year under the Walk & Art Fest 2018, which resulted in the planting and sowing of a native...
Paint with Nature
2h30   Min 5   Max 15  

Paint with Nature

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Walk to the Pedro do Galo Menhir, where you will have a short introduction to the geology and archeology of the place. Collection of organic materials...
Pond's Art
2h   Min 8   Max 16   Minimum Age 4

Pond's Art

Pic Nic Area Barão de São João Woods

The main goal of this activity is to associate creativity with biodiversity present in Mata do Barão de São João. Initially, the...
Forest Invaders Control -  Acacia Shelling
2h   Min 1   Max 10   Minimum Age 15

Forest Invaders Control - Acacia Shelling

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

The uncontrolled expansion of acacias, which spread easily affecting forest production, has destroyed much of our native forests and led to irremediable...
From sea to our home
1h   Min 2   Max 20  

From sea to our home

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Lecture that challenges the participant to reflect on the idea of Mar. Has the Sea always been where it is today? How can you tell if the sea has been...
Sustainabi... what?
1h   Min 5   Max 15   Minimum Age 6

Sustainabi... what?

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Sustaina... what? What a weird word, isn't it? In this ativity you'll learn what "sustainability" means, and how every-single-day we can make something...
Qi Gong - Chi Kung
1h   Min 3   Max 15  

Qi Gong - Chi Kung

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Qi Gong is the art of manipulating energy. Its main principles are breathing, movement and concentration. During the class, relaxation exercises are...
Integral Yoga
2h   Min 6   Max 12   Minimum Age 16

Integral Yoga

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

The Integral Yoga class consists of body postures, deep relaxation, breathing practices and mental concentration - meditation. The postures are made...
Bugs can tell us a thing or two!
2h   Min 4   Max 12  

Bugs can tell us a thing or two!

Parking in the East Entrance (M535) of Barão São João

Did you know little animals living in the rivers can helps us know the water quality of that area? Come and find out how! In an activity directed to...
Tai Chi in Barão
1h30   Min 1   Max 30  

Tai Chi in Barão

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Tai Chi is a secular modality known as "moving meditation" and is also a Chinese martial art, providing a slow and gentle physical activity suitable...
Tales in the Woods
1h   Min 5   Max 20   Minimum Age 6

Tales in the Woods

Pic Nic Area Barão de São João Woods

Let's get together at the Barão de São João Picnic Area to hear the stories that the stones told the trees, the trees told the birds...
Art with Felt
2h   Min 2   Max 8   Minimum Age 8

Art with Felt

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Its a workshop felting a little bag with natural fibres. Its a slow artform in which we only use natural materials, water and soap. Its amazing to see...
Yoga in a Chair
1h   Min 6   Max 12   Minimum Age 16

Yoga in a Chair

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Come experience a different approach to Yoga through gentle and accessible practice.
Natural Guide for Hikers and Pilgrims: Introduction
1h30   Min 4   Max 25   Minimum Age 10

Natural Guide for Hikers and Pilgrims: Introduction

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Hiking is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Physical mobility, harmony with nature and the stimulating effect of WALKING leads us to adventure...
Luohan QiGong (Chi Ckung)
1h   Min 1   Max 30  

Luohan QiGong (Chi Ckung)

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Qi Gong is known as ‘‘life energy cultivation’’. Is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures,...
Mobile Applications for Walkers
0h45   Min 10   Max 20  

Mobile Applications for Walkers

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

This workshop aims to inform about some mobile applications for walkers and explore some features:- Desktop path recording- Programming of routes-...
Meditation at Sunset
1h   Min 1   Max 30  

Meditation at Sunset

Cultural Center of Barão de São João

Meditation is the ability to practice alertness, to be fully aware of the present tense, present in our inside and outside, our mind, our physical body...