Stage 6 East - Castelo Mendo - Almeida

Villages where you can start this stage: Castelo Bom, Senouras, Aldeia Nova
This stage starts near the village of Castelo Mendo. The way to reach it from the village is done through agricultural and forest tracks (1,7km, without signs). Once in its starting point, the Route draws its path along the slope, with the Côa to its right side below. Part of way is done by car road until the Chapel of São Roque. Here, there is an optional track to the village of Castelo Bom (2,8km, without signs).

The Route keeps on going through thickets and woods, either close to the river or climbing up the slope to avoid the hilly areas. In the pontoon Manuel José, one crosses the Côa river. Here, it is possible to follow a non-signaled way to Aldeia Nova (3km) and to choose an alternative route for horse-riding that avoids more rocky parts (identified as 'Desvio Equestre Aldeia Nova'). Once on the right shore of the river, the Route points towards the town of Almeida.

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When it reaches the road EN340, it overlaps with the Grand Route of the Historical Villages (coded GR22). Here, one chooses to pursue the Route through its East track on the way to Almeida or through its West track on the way to the village of Valverde. The first one goes up to finally reach Almeida, where it passes by the Convent of Senhor da Barca and enters the fortress through the double gates of Santo António. From there the way is not signaled. It ends 546m further away in front of the Municipal House.

Technical Info

Starting point: Castelo Mendo
Arrival: Almeida
Distance: 24,6 km
Highest point: 756 m
Lowest point: 554 m
Cumulative decrease: 526 m
Cumulative increase: 544 m
Duration (5km/hour): 5 h
Level of dificulty (from 0-5): 5

Tips

WHERE TO SLEEP
End of the stage, Almeida
Casa da Juventude de Almeida, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Casa da Pedra, +351 919 625 138
Hospedaria A Muralha: +351 271 571 769
Hotel Fortaleza: +351 271 574 283
Residencial Morgado: +351 271 574 412
During the stage,
Associação Aldeia de São Sebastião, Castelo Bom, contact Mr. António Fernandes
+351 967 559 086 [one should bring his sleeping bag]
Parish of Senouras, contact Mr. José Batista, +351 962 210 874 [one should bring his sleeping bag]
Parish of Aldeia Nova, contact Mr. Humberto: +351 917 618 127 [one should bring his sleeping bag]

FOOD & WATER Check the  Interactive Map for details
Aldeia Nova: Coffee and water fountains
Almeida: Grosseries shop, coffee and water fountains

TAXI & TRANSFER
Taxi Square of Almeida +351 271 221 863

VISIT
Picadeiro d'el Rey, Termas da Fonte Santa, Museu Histórico-Militar e a Fortaleza de Almeida

Alerts

Possibility of flooding in some points, on rainy season
Crossroad with GR22 - Grand Route of Historical Villages
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