Almagreira is a beach close to Ferrel, its name comes from the red ochre (“almagre” in Portuguese) of its hills. In Ferrel the boys had the tradition, in the XX century, of using this red ochre in the carnival to make pranks to the girls and write love declarations in the walls of the houses. But, before that, another story is related to this beach, the story of seven witches that cursed the local, The Curse of Ferrel’s Witches – original title «A Maldição das Bruxas de Ferrel» by Mariano Calado. The legend tells that an inquiry was made to the locals in the XVII century by Inquisition, trying to discover who was the witch that lived in Ferrel. This inquiry started when a soldier confessed to a priest about a woman he found one night when he was going to Atouguia da Baleia and acidently hurt her with his sword, and because of all the strange circumstances that happen that night he thought she must be a witch. According to the legen,d this curse turn to be real in the 70’s when a nuclear power plant was about to be construted around Almagreira.
by Raquel Hermínio anthropologist & writer