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.
Distance 13.5 km
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.
Observe the huge agricultural presence for yourself and enjoy the grandiose heritage built in the village of Midões.
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AuthorAldeias do Xisto
Update: September 09, 2020
Safety informationBeware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.
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Tips and hintsThroughout 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.
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