Category: wildlife

Freya van Dien

Sangemil Sunday Morning Hike ~ a glimpse of history and a full dose of the current reality of life in the Dão valley.

Route: Hotel Beira Dão – Corujeiro – Furadouro – Penedo – várzeas do Rio Dão – Sangemil Distance: 8 km Duration: 3-4 hrs depending on group Hiking level: moderate Lunch: optional at Hotel Beira Dão Costs: € 12,50 for the hike,  € 25 for the hike & lunch (cost for kinds under 12: half price …

Freya van Dien

Morning Hike ~ Monastery Santa Maria de Maceira Dão & rio Dão river scape.

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 …

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Day Hike ~ Biodiversity and abandoned mills between Quinta da Ponte & Entre Águas.

Route: Quinta da Ponte – Qta. Dos Ferreiros – Entre Águas – Ponte Dum – Quinta da Ponte Coordinates starting point: 40.701599, -7.579616 Distance: 15 km Duration: 5 – 6 hrs depending on group Hiking level: moderate Lunch: vegetarian picnic provided by Moinhos do Dão ~ Eco Quinta Costs: € 40 (incl. guide, insurance and …

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CdD 1.0 ~ Where the fires came

Yesterday on hiking day 5 we walked into the part of the Dão valley that burned in the fires of October 2017. These fires burned their way through the Centro region of Portugal and lasted 1.5 days, consuming 500.000 hectares, many lives were lost (human and animal) and houses and businesses destroyed. I am estimating …