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Spring Walk: Ponte das Três Entradas - Aldeia das Dez

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With a 45 kilometres long route, the Spring Walk takes place between Três Entradas Bridge and Aldeia das Dez, in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital. 
Distance 44.5 km
4:40 h
901 m
691 m
564 m
202 m
With a 45 kilometres long route, the Spring Walk takes place between Três Entradas Bridge and Aldeia das Dez, in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital. The route crosses, among other locations, São Sebastião da Feira, Caldas de São Pulo, Penalva de Alva, Oliveira do Hospital, Nogueira do Cravo, Venda da Esperança, Aldeia do Xisto of Vila Cova de Alva and Avô.

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Update: October 02, 2020
Highest point
564 m
Lowest point
202 m

Safety information

- Plan your tour in advance

- Pay attention to the possibility of crossing with motorized vehicles on public signposted paths

- Advisable use of GPS and helmet

 

Useful contacts:

- SOS Emergency: 112

- Aldeias do Xisto: (+351) 275 647 700 | (+351) 960 101 873

Tips and hints

Along this route, you will come face-to-face with breathtaking landscapes and Aldeias do Xisto full of stories and traditions to be experienced:

- Três Entradas Bridge, located in the village of the same name, in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital, is unique in the country. On the one hand, and as the denomination lets one guess, it presents derivations for three distinct directions; on the other hand, it where the rivers Alva and Alvôco meet;

- Vila Cova de Alva is the Aldeia do Xisto with the most monuments. One by one, enjoy the houses with Manueline features on the "16th century" street. Visit the Mother Church and the church at the Santo António Convent. Enjoy the cheese and smoked sausages and the fresh river Alva;

- In Aldeia das Dez, admire the Mother Church’s interior, and enjoy the work of the old wood carvers, the views offered by the viewpoints around the village and the impressive architecture of the unfinished Casa da Obra. Enjoy the refined menu at the João Brandão restaurant. Do not leave without tasting the cavacas and the coscoréis traditional sweets;

- The Mount Colcurinho is located in Açor mountain range at 1242 meters and is part of the Parish of Aldeia das Dez. It is a place of rare beauty that comes from the vast horizon that extends to from Estrela to Caramulo and from Montemuro and Açor mountains. It's probably one of the best places to watch the sun rise and the sun set. At the top of the hill is the chapel of Nª Sr.ª das Necessidades, which is part of the sanctuary of Nª Sr.ª das Preces.

Gastronomy: Goat stew, river fishes, greaves, roasted goat, arbutus berries grapa, sponge cake, rice pudding.

Start

Ponte das Três Entradas (247 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.306711, -7.869601
DMS
40°18'24.2"N 7°52'10.6"W
UTM
29T 596058 4462413
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Destination

Aldeia do Xisto de Aldeia das Dez

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at Três Entradas Bridge, following the M514 towards São Sebastião da Feira. After passing Santo António do Alva, Caldas São Paulo, Penalva do Alva and Mosteiro, the route continues to the R514, passing through Catraia São Paio and Sampaio Gramoços, before reaching Oliveira do Hospital. At the municipal seat, the route takes the M509 and crosses Nogueira do Cravo and Galizes, then entering the Estrada da Beira N17, passing Venda da Esperança, Lourosa, Campo, Digueifel and the Aldeia do Xisto of Vila Cova de Alva. Here, he moves to the R342, towards Avô and then taking the M506 to Aldeia das Dez.

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Coordinates

DD
40.306711, -7.869601
DMS
40°18'24.2"N 7°52'10.6"W
UTM
29T 596058 4462413
w3w 
///gratuity.numerous.collides
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Distance
44.5 km
Duration
4:40 h
Ascent
901 m
Descent
691 m
Highest point
564 m
Lowest point
202 m

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