Anta do Pinheiro dos Abraços/Bobadela

Anta/Dolmen - Neolithic e Bronze Age (3012)
The Anta do Pinheiro dos Abraços, also known as Dolmen da Abobadela or Pinhal da Coutena, is located in the Tapada do Pinheiro/Tapada do Pinheiro dos Abraços pine forest. It can be found in a small hill that gently connects to the Rio de Cavalos running 70m bellow, 900m from the monument. The Dolmen possesses an enlarged polygonal chamber with eight orthostats, measuring 2.5m of maximum diameter. The access corridor is 7m long and 1.25 of average width, with only nine lasting orthostats in the N side and four on the S side. Nowadays, only one cover slab remains preserved at the location (the slab that connects both orthostats in the corridor, right after the chamber). The mamoa measures approximately 18m in the WNW - ESSE direction and 12m in the NNE - SSW direction. The excavation works carried out allow the discovery of mostly lithic artefacts - arrowheads, blades, microliths, adzes, axes, collar beads - as well as plain and decorated ceramic artefacts - three bell-beaker vessels (two identified in the chamber and one in the corridor), small and medium carinated cups, plain based bowl, drum-shaped jug, inverted truncated cone vessels. A copper arrowhead was also identified. The dolmen might have been constructed/used during the Late Neolithic/Chalcolithic and later reused in other periods, namely during the Bronze Age as some artefacts may attest (i.e.: inverted truncated cone vessels).


The site is visitable and is properly signposted (explanatory panel on site and tourist-cultural traffic sign). It is present in the Active Tourism Guide Oliveira do Hospital - Route of megalithic monuments:

Visit conditions

Free entrance with information




    How to get there? Best practices

    Best practices

    Good practices when visiting archaeological sites

    To visit an archaeological site is to connect with our origins, to understand our path and evolution as a species integrated in the environment, and to respect and safeguard our heritage so that future generations can also visit and enjoy it.

    Walking the paths and enjoying the structures and archaeological pieces that survived over time, fosters the understanding of what is different, but also of what is common among different populations: basically, what identifies us as Homo Sapiens.

    More than just vestiges and ruins of the past, archaeological sites showcase our capacity for creative thought, adaptation, interconnection, comprehension and resilience. Without these traits we would not have been successful as cultural beings participating in an ongoing evolutionary process. These sites also allow to consider choices made in the past thus contributing for decisions in the present to be made with greater awareness and knowledge.

    Archaeological sites are unique and irreplaceable. These sites are fragile resources vulnerable to changes driven by human development. The information they keep, if destroyed, can never be recovered again.

    As such, the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) invites all visitors to enjoy the beauty and authenticity of these sites, while helping to preserve them for future generations by adopting the following set of good practices:

    • Respect all signs; 
    • Do not try to access fenced areas; 
    • Do not climb, sit or walk on archaeological structures and remains; 
    • Respect areas where archaeological excavations are being carried out, not disturbing them; 
    • Do not collect materials or sediments;
    • Do not write or make graffiti on archaeological structures; 
    • Put the garbage in appropriate containers. If none exist, take the garbage with you until you find a suitable container; 
    • Leave the archaeological site as you found it; 
    • Do not drive bicycles or motor vehicles over archaeological sites; 
    • Respect and protect the plants and animals that live in the areas surrounding archaeological sites;
    • Report signs of vandalism or destruction to DGPC or Regional Directorates of Culture (DRC);
    • Share the visiting experience and the archaeological sites, as a way of raising awareness to their preservation and making them better known;
    • Do not buy archaeological materials and report to public security authorities, DGPC or DRC, if you suspect that archaeological materials may be for sale.

    Further information:

    AIA / ATTA (2013) – Guide to best practices for archaeological tourism. 

    Raposo, J. (2016) – Código de conduta para uma visita responsável a sítios arqueológicos. In Sítios arqueológicos portugueses revisitados: 500 arqueossítios ou conjuntos em condições de fruição pública responsável. Al-madan, 2ª série, p. 20 – 77. 

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