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Olive Press Route

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The Olive Press Route takes us back in time to visit old olive oil mills, traditionally known as lagares de varas [pole press].
moderate
Distance 23.8 km
4:15 h
537 m
537 m
 

 

 

The Olive Press Route is circular and enables us to discover a number of former olive presses, traditionally known as beam presses. We begin in Almaceda, close to the first beam press, following the Almaceda brook until we reach the second beam press on our route. Our next stop is the press in the village of Rochas de Cima from where we continue in the direction of the village of Violeiro, where we should not miss seeing the dipping well. We then continue to Almaceda and the end of this route.

Author’s recommendation

Embark on this journey to the past and let your imagination take you back to the daily life that once animated this place. Can you hear the noise of the gears?

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Author
Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR
Updated: February 17, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
553 m
Lowest point
339 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Be careful as it can be warm in the summer and slippery in the winter.

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency – 112

SOS Forest - 117

GNR (Police) - 272 340 900

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 10 18 73

Tips and hints

The cultivation of olive trees, the harvesting of olives, and their transformation into olive oil is an ancestral activity that is quite evident along this route that passes by the pole presses in Almaceda and Rochas de Cima. Passing by the bathing fountain in the village of Violeiro, the route ends in Almaceda, where you can enjoy the riverside garden and beach during the hot months. The riverbanks are rich in flora and fauna. The land is covered by pines, cork oaks, holm oaks, olive trees, Carqueja (Genista tridentata), rosemary, gorse, and broom, a refuge for foxes, rabbits or hares, partridges, thrushes, chaffinches, goldfinches, quails, cuckoos and mockingbirds.

 

Gastronomy

- Roast kid

- Queijo à cabreira (cured goat’s or ewe’s milk cheese)

- Maranho (Goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture)

- Filhós (deep fried dough balls)

- Tigelada (Baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon)

- Olive oil

- Regional smoked sausages

Start

Near Almaceda parish council offices N 40º 00' 30.461'' W 007º 39' 44.056'' (276 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.945210, -7.624501
DMS
39°56'42.8"N 7°37'28.2"W
UTM
29S 617508 4422581
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Destination

Near Almaceda parish council offices N 40º 00' 30.461'' W 007º 39' 44.056''

Turn-by-turn directions

The Olive Press Route is circular and enables us to discover a number of former olive presses, traditionally known as beam presses. We begin in Almaceda near the ruins of the first beam press on our route. We then follow the Almaceda brook whose banks border olive groves and small, neatly cultivated market gardens. Along this brook, shortly after leaving Almaceda, we encounter the second beam press, this one too almost in ruins but where we can still see all the various parts of the press through its half-open windows. We leave the farmland behind and continue along the route through pine forests and new forest plantations, which will take us to the last olive press on this route. The press at Rochas de Cima has recently been restored so we can be visit it and see the olive oil extraction process widely used in the Beira Baixa before more modern industrial processes were introduced. The route then takes us to Rochas de Cima before heading to the village of Violeiro. The “must see” in this village is the dipping well with its cool, crystal clear waters that for much of the last century was the main public water supply. We then continue our journey along forest tracks frequently travelled by resin collectors, which bring us back to Almaceda and the end of this route.

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Coordinates

DD
39.945210, -7.624501
DMS
39°56'42.8"N 7°37'28.2"W
UTM
29S 617508 4422581
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.8 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
537 m
Descent
537 m

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