Route: Monastery of Santa Maria de Maceira Dão ~ Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Cabeça ~ valley vistas and vineyards ~ shaded path along the river ~ river scape with stepping stones ~ Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão
Distance: 7 km
Starting time: 9:00 h
Coordinates starting point: 40.615829, -7.828865
Duration: 3-4 hrs depending on group
Hiking level: moderate
Lunch: vegetarian picnic provided by Moinhos do Dão ~ Eco Quinta
Costs: € 25 (incl. guide, insurance and vegetarian lunch)
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 perspective 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 a variety 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.