Activity Level: Intermediate - You exercise regularly
Total distance: 72,8km / 45,2mi
Average walking time: 5 hours/day
Total climbing: 2414m / 7920ft
Maximum climbing in one day: 461m / 1512,5ft
Day 5: Douro river railroad and Calçada de Alpajares
After a short transfer to Pocinho we will start our walk in the Douro valley.
We will walk along the famous Douro railroad, no longer in use. The walk is always by the river, with breathtaking views of wine vineyards planted on terraces along the hills of the Douro River. Once we reach the Côa river, a boat will take us to Barca d’Alva.
Barca d’Alva is located in a natural and protected area, known as International Natural Park of Douro, which is the habitat of several birds of prey.
Our hike continues up the famous “Calçada de Alpajares”. The path of Alpajares or Devil’s Path (Calçada do Diabo), as known locally, was part of a Roman road that crossed the Douro river and the Mosteiro stream.
After our walk, a short transfer will take us to the Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 6: Faia Brava Natural Reserve
Today we will visit “Reserva da Faia Brava” (Faia Brava Natural Reserve). The mission of this reserve is to preserve the natural patrimony of Riba Côa area (meaning Côa river-side).
We will start our walk in the small village of Algodres, heading to the Côa Valley. Before our picnic break we will have the chance to stop for some bird watching. The Griffon Vulture and the Bonelli’s Eagle are usually around.
At the end of the day, a short transfer will take us to the Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo. This village used to be an important place for pilgrims who were going to Santiago de Compostela.
The Castle, dated from the 13th Century, was the stage for many battles, whether with Spanish troops, whether with the British ones.
Outside Castelo Rodrigo we can see the Santa Maria de Aguiar Convent dated from the 12th Century, (founded between 1165 and 1170), probably as a benign monastery.
SUPPORTED PRICE: 1790€
Participants: Minimum 4, maximum 16
Price includes: 7 accommodations, daily snacks, , documentation and maps, GPS tracks, van support, transfers, insurance, A2Z t-shirt and water bottle and VAT taxes.
Single supplement: 350€
Extra hotel night in Porto + airport transfer + 1 dinner: 260€