Stage 2 West - Oeste Vilar Maior - Quinta Nova

Villages where you can star the stage: Miuzela, Badamalos, Porto de Ovelha, Malhada Sorda, Jardo, Paraisal, Vale de Madeir, Cinco Vilas, Mangilde, Pinhel
After crossing Vilar Maior and Badamalos, once you find the route, follow the right shore of Côa, sided by green pastures dotted with big trees. The path crosses the brooks of Nave and Vilar Maior and later the Côa. At that point, there is the chance to reach the village of Porto de Ovelha, through a 570m way (without Route signs).

Follow the alternative trail for BTT/Horseback riding Porto de Ovelha/Jardo.
The Route proceeds across pastures and old vegetable gardens until it reaches the place of Açude, where it is possible to follow an access to the village of Malhada Sorda, through a 2,9km track (without Route signs). The Route climbs up towards the village of Jardo and then travels down to the mouth of the Noemi river. There an interesting group of watermills can be seen. The path continues along fields, pastures and cork oak woods on the left shore of Côa. It crosses the train track and reaches Porto de S. Miguel, where it overlaps with the Grand Route of Historical Villages (GR22). There is a non-marked trail towards the Historical Village of Castelo Mendo. (2,3 km). The route matches the road towards Castelo Bom.

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.

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 West route crosses the 'Big Bridge' and makes use of a cobbled street. It goes up through farms and small woods, passing the Bridge of Gaiteiros in between, until it reaches Valverde. There is an alternative trail, not signaled, towards Valverde (514m).
The path goes along the Brook of Gaiteiros through agricultural and forest tracks. It gets close to the village of Mangilde, which can be visited by taking a 500m track (without signs).

Once again in the Route, further way from the village there is another optional course to visit an old pitfall called Curral de Lobos. From this point, the Route makes use of rougher footpaths, going down towards the Farm of Maçainhas. Here there is a track that leads to Vale de Madeira (without signs) and further ahead, after one crosses a brook called Ribeira de Gaiteiros, another track going to the river beach.

The path crosses once again Ribeira de Gaiteiros, where this one flows into the Côa. Then it goes up the hill until the place of Pesqueiro, where it is possible to take a path in the direction of the city of Pinhel (without signs).

Finally, following the 'Brook of the Jew' Rib.ª do Judeu, and skirting the crag, the path leads to the village of Quinta Nova (1,8km without signs).

Technical Info

Starting point: Vilar Maior
Arrival: Quinta Nova
Distance: 62,9 km
Highest point: 791 m
Lowest point: 453 m
Cumulative increase: 1161 m
Cumulative decrease: 1347 m
Physical Difficulty:
high
BTT 03

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Overlaps the Grand Route of the Historical Villages (GR22)
- Castelo Mendo
- Antes de Almeida
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