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PR1 TBU - Midões Schist Walking Trail - In the footsteps of João Brandão

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  • Casa João Brandão
    / Casa João Brandão
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  • / Church of Midões
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  • / Sepulturas em granito, Midões
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  • / Visconde de Midões Palace
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  • / Rio de Cavalos
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The Midões Schist Walking Trail - Na Peugada de João Brandão [In the Footsteps of João Brandão] leads to hidden paths and allows you to discover the trails where the person after whom the route is named sought refuge. 
13.5 km
3:50 h
290 m
290 m
Circular Route, approximately 15 kms, which leads through hidden paths to Coito, Casal de Senhora, São Geraldo, Touriz, Vila de Midões and to the Cavalos River banks.These paths were used in the past by João Brandão, an outstanding figure of the Beiras area, who through his defence of the liberal causes, was often a runaway throughout various locations. Along the trail there are granite monuments, mansions, “pillories", breathtaking scenery and a variety of classified monuments, such as the Sumes Roman bridge and the Midões pillory. 

Author’s recommendation

Observe the huge agricultural presence for yourself and enjoy the grandiose heritage built in the village of Midões.


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Updated: September 09, 2020

Highest point
375 m
Lowest point
242 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Beware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.


Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

GNR Tábua (police): (+351) 235 418 394

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Tips, hints and links

Throughout the course, one has the possibility to observe the magnificent landscapes with the Serra da Estrela mountains in the background, and, as we are at the Beira region plateau and in the heart of the Beiras region, the mountains of the Caramulo and the Lousã are almost always within eyes reach. On the other hand, the small Cavalos River, with its unusual bed, is a huge attraction in the route, in the Sumes area. Also here the fauna and Flora dot the landscape with majestic colours, where the pine and the cork oak predominate the landscape and foxes and wild boars make this location their habitat. Midões is part of the municipality of Tábua and is a region full of history and antiquity, which left traces from prehistory up to the Roman occupation, as well as more recent periods that followed the evolution of the Country, like the pillories and the manors. The village has kept alive its traditions and graceful rural look, where agricultural heritage is still of great importance, marking the population's life style. The Midões parish has in its favour the fact that it belongs to the Demarcated Region of the Serra da Estrela Cheese and the Demarcated Region of the Dão Wine, which the entire municipality of Tábua belongs to. Midões is proud of its heritage, with highlight to the Igreja Matriz (Mother Church), dating back to 1882, in honour of Nossa Senhora das Neves (Our Lady of the Snows), the Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Dores (Our Lady of Sorrow) of the 19th century , the Manueline pillory, the Roman bridge and many other architectural and ethnographic legacies. 


Outeiro de São Miguel – Municipal room for sport N 40°23.171' W 7°56.296' (373 m)
40.386198, -7.937955
40°23'10.3"N 7°56'16.6"W
29T 590143 4471164


Outeiro de São Miguel – Municipal room for sport N 40°23.171' W 7°56.296'

Turn-by-turn directions

The journey begins in the Outeiro of São Miguel, in Coito, where you can visit the São Sebastião Chapel and the pillory. Continue in the direction of the village of Midões, visiting the Caricha fountain and another pillory, as well as a remarkable set of manor houses. Go down Rua do Passadiço up to the Parish Church and the Palace of the 1st Viscount of Midões. Continue towards the former elementary school, walking along the narrow path leading to Casal da Senhora, making a small detour to visit the anthropomorphic graves excavated in granite. In Casal de Senhora, one can see the House where João Brandão was born and lived. Continue towards Cavalos River, where one can make a small detour to visit the Sumes Roman Bridge. Following the river bank, one will find the sulphurous water spout. Ahead, leave the river bank and climb towards the São Geraldo village, and continuing along the forest paths one will reach Pedra do Rei, a viewpoint over the valley and other crossing points of the route. The path now follows on the plateau, it being possible to observe the local flora and to find grazing herds. Climbing down a wooded area, one once again come upon the river bank, reaching Ribeira, finding watermills (one still in operation and with the possibility to be visited by prior appointment). Returning towards Touriz, pass by the old houses and Esporão, where an ancient fresh water fountain can be found. The circle closes in Coito to finish again in the Outeiro de São Miguel. 


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40.386198, -7.937955
40°23'10.3"N 7°56'16.6"W
29T 590143 4471164
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