GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS IN ANDALUCIA
NEW! Walking in Portugal 2019
It is with the greatest of pleasure we introduce to our destinations Portugal – one of our all times favourite countries.
This 7 day centre based trip is in North East Portugal in Castelo De Vide.
Date: June 15th – June 22nd 2019.
Price: €675 per person sharing either a twin or double room.
Single Supplement €125
Castelo De Vide
The Castle of Vide has been a stronghold dating back to the 12th century. Why it was chosen to be a stronghold is unclear but it’s assumed because of its geographical position on an elevated site, It was this that contributed to its selection.
In 1299 Alfonso Sanchez began to build the town walls, this enlargement gave to a better defensive position and slowly the town began to grow to outside the walls, so by the 14th century a network of roads leading to the town and the foundation of churches and grottos coupled with its South facing aspect with good exposure to the sun all helped to its enlargement.
Today Castelo De Vide is a tourist destination and in particular Altenejo described by the National Geographic Traveller as “ Portugal’s Time Capsule “
Depart Dublin Airport at 06:45 on Ryan Air Flight Number FR7328
Flight Time 2:5 hours approx..
Arrival time Lisbon: 09:35
Transfer from Lisbon Airport at 10:30am to Castelo De Vide followed by lunch on arrival ( included )
Day 2: Serra De Saó Paulo
The path begins at Castelo de Vide near the Church of N. Sr.ª dos Remédios, following a gently descending pathway until it crosses the water courses that will form the São João River. Leaving the urban area we stay on the path, climbing up the North Eastern slope of the Serra de São Paulo. The range of views over the village increases step by step. The Santa Fountain is a perfect place to rest and enjoy the landscape. From here the path will follow a very well preserved section of a medieval stone-paved roadway which leads us to the culmination of the journey: the Chapel of N. Sr.ª da Penha. The location gives us a view of the landscape that, from West to East, stretches to the distant horizons. We resume the path downhill by the municipal road, but soon we will move onto an old medieval stone-paved roadway that will lead us to the Alminha of S. Paulo. In a gentle descent we reach the Nova Fountain, next to the EN246 road. Carefully, we across this road and we continue until we come to the São João River, which is no longer the trickle of water that we saw at the beginning of our walk. Here we begin the last climb that will bring us back to the centre of Castelo de Vide.
Walk Type: Circular Grade: Easy Distance: 10k. Time: 4 hrs.
Height Gain: 235m.
Day 3: Castelo De Vide to Marváo
There is a historical connection between two strategic points, Castelo de Vide and Marvão. A centuries-old path through a landscape of rural and natural features, along old walled pathways with some stretches still having medieval stone-paved roadways. The path is marked by the presence of numerous small farms dominated by olive growing and extensive grazing, where the occasional sound of a sheep’s bell denounces the presence of these friendly ruminants. We point out the important representation of the Pyrenean oak, which in this region forms little woods of high ecological value. Along these rural roads we will ﬁnd some constructions characteristic of bygone times, such as ancient fountains, hovels, churches, and a grave excavated in rock, etc. The last 3km is uphill, and partly on the magniﬁcent and well-preserved medieval road that runs through the famous chestnut groves that produce the Marvão Chestnut. At over 800m of altitude we reach the end of the path, opposite the Gate of Ródão, the village gate and our transfer back to base.
Walk Type: Linear Grade: Moderate Distance: 10k Time: 4hrs
Height Gain: 600m.
Day 4: Path Of Torrinha
From the point of departure and arrival, next to the building of the old thermal springs of Castelo de Vide, one can see almost all the granite area where the pathway leads. From here, we foresee a big descent and a big climb. The downward section follows paths and roads ﬂanked by stacked stone walls, beyond which the lands are densely wooded. We will cross the Cáceres Branch of the Eastern Railway Line for the ﬁrst of four times, after which we can choose an alternative path that will take us towards the Dolmen of Pombais. Before we cross the line for the third time we will have to our side the Dolmen of Pincho. We will then take a little-used municipal road, which we will soon abandon in order to walk along ancient footpaths ﬂanked by stone walls. We come out at the Church of Bom Jesus, the start of the northeast slope of the hill where the village of Castelo de Vide is set. We reach the by-pass highway, but soon afterwards, a steeper section of the path appears to us as the ultimate challenge for a ﬁnal attack to conquer the Plaza Alta.
The dating of the Dolmen of Pombais megalithic monument places it in the transition from the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic (Copper Age), was built with granite slabs that form an irregular polygonal chamber with a delineated rectangular entrance, facing north. Originally composed of seven pillars, the Dolmen of Pombais has only ﬁve today, gently sloping into the chamber and sustaining the covering slab. Intervention works in the recent past greatly deformed the morphology and structure of this ancient tomb, which in the last century served as storage for agricultural materials as well as a shelter for shepherds and cattle. It has been a National Monument since 1910.
Walk Type: Circular Grade: Moderate Distance: 12:3k. Time: 4:5 hrs
Height Gain: 550m
Day 5: Free day
Day 6: Fontes Walking Path
The set of fountains of Castelo de Vide and its surroundings reveal the wealth in water resources of this locality. Beginning next to the graveyard, the pathway passes through the busiest areas of the village leading us to discover some of its most noble spaces and to explore some of its hidden corners. Here we ﬁnd monumental fountains and fountains of highly artistic workmanship. The path, then, leads through the peri-urban area, following the Ribeira de São João, surrounded by agricultural lands and farms. In this section we see that the fountains were places that served simultaneously for human consumption, watering cattle and even washing clothes. From them the waters are channelled for irrigation, and in the end, the remaining water always ﬁnds the closest watercourse. The path encircles Castelo de Vide, passing through narrow walled pathways and along a medieval stone-paved roadway at the point where it heads back to the village. The path enters the village’s oldest borough through one of the ancient gates of the wall - the Gate of São Pedro - and crosses the main street of the walled citadel, the Rua Direita. It crosses through the wall again, coming out by the Gate of the Village and continues, fountain by fountain, through the former Jewish quarter. The path ends at the Vila Fountain, but ends up going through some of the noblest areas of the village.
Walk Type: Circular Grade: Easy Distance: 9k Time: 4hrs
Height Gain: 250m
Day 7: Saláo Frio Walking Path
This path takes us through the surrounding area of Portalegre, along its north-eastern highest points, sometimes with panoramic city views from which we can identify some of its most emblematic buildings, other times by ancient narrow stone-paved roadways, passing numerous properties and small villages. This is very green pathway, with numerous groves of Pyrenean oak, chestnut trees, cork oak and pine that are home to other ﬂora and fauna. The abundance of mosses and lichens covering the walls and tree trunks are not only an indication of the cool atmosphere of the place, but its air quality as well. In its more eastern section we have marvellous views of the Serra de São Mamede. Towards the end we go down by Estrada do Boletim Meteorológico and we pass along the Meteorological Station of Portalegre. Just below, the old watchtower called Atalaião arises. Returning to Estrada da Serra, we can still relax and enjoy another view of the city from either the Fountain of Amores, or from the viewpoint located a few meters ahead.
Farewell dinner tonight in a local restaurant ( included ) not drinks or wine
Walk Type: Circular Grade: Moderate Distance: 9:5k Time: 3:5 hrs
Height Gain: 3:5m
Day 8: Bus will depart Castelo De Vide for Lisbon at 10.00am The Bus will drop us at Cais Do Sodré metro station in the city centre by lunch time. There is a left luggage facility here where we can leave our baggage. You have the afternoon free to explore Lisbon. If you plan on returning to Dublin this evening allow yourself sufficent time, if you are taking the Metro to the airport. You have to change lines just the once. Taxi's are more expensive.
Why not prolong your holiday and stay in Lisbon for a few days. Great City. Highly Recommended.
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25metre pool opposite our hotel
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