Morning Hike ~ Monastery & rio Dão

Example of a new series of hikes we are working on ~ to be offered every Friday.

A morning rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Route: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão ~ rio Dão river scape ~ Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão
7 km
Duration: 3-4 hrs depending on group
Hiking level: moderate
Lunch: vegetarian picnic provided by Moinhos do Dão ~ Eco Quinta

Get to know one of the most magnificent cultural heritage sites of the Dão valley: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão. Founded in 1173 by monks of the Cistern Order and active till the early 20th century. The hike will include a guided tour of the outside of the building and adjacent lands. From the monastery the hike passes the Chapel of ‘nossa Senhora da Cabeça’ with a beautiful view on the Monastery.

The walk goes up the Dão valley to enjoy some nice valley views and then go down to follow the river closely until a river crossing of stepping stones. Here the group can enjoy the shallow water and river scape and observe a lot of freshwater wildlife such as many kinds of dragonflies dancing above the water and fish in the river. From the stepping stones we walk back to the Monastery and enjoy our picnic lunch in the historic setting.

Hiking days: stay tuned to the announcements here.