Stage 3 West - Quinta Nova - Museu do Côa

Villages where you can start the stage: Azevo, Faia, Quintã de Pêro Martins, Algodres, Almendra, Castelo Melhor, Orgal
This stage starts in the village of Quinta Nova. The Route can be found 1,8km from there (non-signaled way).

Once in the Route, the path points down and proceeds through abandoned agricultural areas until reaching the Côa shores. Here, with the road EN221.

Follow the alternative track for mountain-biking and horse-riding 'Desvio BTT/Equestre Quinta da Chinchela'.

The Route continues along the left shore of the river until it reaches the mouth of the rook Ribª dos Gaiteiros, which is to be crossed (Spring and Summer). The path climbs up the hill until Quinta da Cotovia 'Farm of Lark', then tracing itself through agricultural and forest areas, all the way to the village of Azêvo. The access to the village is done through a non-signaled way.

The Route carries on through walled tracks and footpaths, crossing the place of Faia. The route crosses farms and large rocky areas, until the village of Cidadelhe, making its way through the village and going down to the Côa River, first along rougher footpaths, then along a car road, ending up in the 'Union Bridge'.

The next section of this stage follows the road on its way up to the entrance of the Faia Brava Reserve. From this point, the way continues through forest tracks and footpaths, passing by large areas of cork oak and holm oak, interrupted by olive tree plantations and pastures.

At a point of the way there is a hundred-year-old tree. Around there one can observe the vertical cliffs of Côa. There is a trail towards the village of Algodres.
The route proceeds towards west on the way to the Côa River and crossing olive-tree and almond-tree plantations and vineyards. Then one skirts around the hilltop of Resenha and continues to the north, getting closer to the Côa where the Spring of Espinho is located. Here, the view towards the valley is especially impressive. The Route carries on through agricultural tracks until the village of Almendra.

The village is cut across from south to north, and the church is revealed on the way. The next stop is the village of Castelo Melhor, to where one has to arrive from olive-tree and vineyard fields. Once in the village, one goes around the castle by its right side.
The path is done through walled tracks, among olivetrees and vineyards. At a certain point it is possible to take an optional track to the Chapel of São Gabriel (without signs), from where one gets a panoramic view over all the Côa valley.

The Route goes on through pastures and old agricultural areas, passing by the village of Orgal.

Follow the alternative trail for Moutain bike/Horseback "Desvio BTT/Equestre Orgal".

The Route passes the bridge (National road 222)
Follow the alternative trail for mountain bike/horseback riding 'Desvio BTT/Equestre Museu do Côa'.
Once the hilltop is reached, the Route proceeds by car road until finally arriving at the Côa Museum.

Technical Info

Starting point: Quinta Nova
Arrival: Côa Museum
Distance: 50,3 km
Highest point: 645 m
Lowest point: 127 m
Cumulative increase: 1668 m
Cumulative decrease: 1422 m
Physical Difficulty: high

BTT 04

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Overlaps the national road, asphalt.
Overlaps the Grand Route of the Historical Villages (GR22)
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