The Serra do Bando Codes Viewpoint, reaches more than 100 km in line of sight...
Third highest point in the district of Santarém - 624 m
The surrounding landscape encompasses three regions: Beira Baixa, Alto Alentejo and Ribatejo and in addition to the spectacular views, the silence is also worthy of note here.
Excellent place for the practice of several adventure sports, such as mountain biking, among others.
The recommended access begins in the village of Vale de Amêndoa on a dirt road.) A previous reconnaissance of the terrain is advisable.
Regarding the etymology of 'Bandua', to which we associate the toponym 'Bando' ('Bandos', plural) referring to the mountain ranges of Mace, we share the following text:
"Rather than follow a reductionist theory, I prefer to opt for a comprehensive hypothesis as a working basis for a modern cult. Specifically, that of Bandua as a god protector of the community, not only in the military sense, but also of the preservation of the bonds, health and prosperity of the citizens. Thus, the facets identifiable with Tutelage, Mars and perhaps Mercury are brought together and the connection to the high points of the landscape is maintained, not because Bandua is seen as a celestial god, but rather as a divinity of fortified spaces - the castles, the towers, the fortresses - structures traditionally erected on mountain tops and a symbol of the defence or security of the community, besides often being the point from which the settlements grew. Which makes Bandua a warrior god, but not of war; that is, an apotropaic deity who is not limited to the battlefield, but who fights against anything that threatens the community. And this includes not only the literal sense of invading troops, but also misfortune, disasters, disease, internal conflicts and the dissolution of community life that can ensue. In short, the god who unites, who keeps cohesive or full - but not just soldiers or in the military sense."
(Source: Full article here: https://omoledro.wordpress.com/deuses-ibericos/bandua/)
Serra Bando do Codes
N 39º 36' 33.199'' W 8º 1' 27.500''
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