Hiking week spring 2021: April 30th till May 7th
Full Week Hiking Program.
Gathering in Carapito Friday evening April 30th - we start hiking May 1st.
Last day of hiking May 7th.
Possibility to spend the night in Santa Comba Dão and go canoeing on the Dão/Mondego reservoir on the 8th.
3 Day Hiking Program.
Part 1. Same as first 3 days of the full week, ending Monday late afternoon at the Monastery of Maceira Dão.
Part 2. Friday evening gathering in Alcafache, till Monday late afternoon. A weekend in October. (dates to be announced later)
Daily program* (roughly).
8 am Breakfast
9 am Start of the day’s walk
12:30/13:00 Lunch and resting time
14:30 Continuation of the walk
* In the case of 27+ celcius temperatures we start an hour earlier
Prices Full Caminho
Foreigners € 650
Portuguese Residents* € 550
Prices Half Caminho
Foreigners € 300
Portuguese Residents* € 250
- Overnight stays from Friday April 30th till Friday May 7th.
- Three meals a day starting at dinner on Friday April 30th and ending after lunch on Friday May 7th.
- Transfers costs for the few rides during the week.
Price excludes: Alcoholic beverages and drinks at a stop at a local café. Snacks.
Prices are based on shared rooms. In the case an individual room is desired and possible the price will go up € 25 per night which is € 175 for the week and € 75 for the half week.
* The difference in prices reflect the different economic realities between Portugal and Northern Europe.
Covid Policy - On the Caminho do Dão we will be following the guidelines and rules as set by the Portuguese government: Wearing masks where it is mandatory (going in and out of public spaces). Physical distancing as much as possible. Paying extra attention to hygiene.
All nights between April 30th and May 7th the group will stay in simple yet comfortable Bed and Breakfasts or Hotels. Information about the overnight places will be provided upon booking and can, upon request, also be shared beforehand. In the case of a group of 5+ hikers on 6 of the 8 nights most of the rooms will be shared* (max 2 people per room) and it can be decided together how rooms are divided and shared. If you prefer to have an individual room let us know and we can tell you about the possibilities.
Meals and food.
Included in the price are 3 meals per day: breakfast at the hotel or at a local café, picnic lunch provided by the hotel or bought at a local supermarket and dinner at the hotel or a restaurant in the village. We recommend hikers to additionally bring some of your favorite hiking snacks. Most things are easy to get here and can be replenished in Penalva do Castelo (hiking day 3) or Caregal do Sal (hiking day 5). Except for affordable and good nuts.
Backpack between 30 and 40 ltrs. Clothes appropriate for the weather conditions. Hat. 1 ltr. water bottle. You favorite hiking snacks.
The walking group will be a maximum of 6 people including the guide. This number is based on the max group size due to Covid restrictions.
Trail and terrain.
For the most part the Caminho do Dão is set out on unpaved rural paths and roads. At times these are rougher and more uneven than others and the grade of difficulty varies between easy and moderate. The height differences average about 300m per day.
When setting out the trail the goal was to move through the valley on foot as much as possible. On two days of the trail there are no places to sleep with a group and therefore the choice was made to stay at the best and nearest option possible and use taxi’s to get to and from, resulting in 3 very short taxi rides.
To get to the starting point we will make an effort to help hikers organize a taxi together or make sure you have all the information you need to travel to the nearest public transport stop in Fornos de Algodres and take a taxi from there. From Santa Comba Dão, where the Caminho ends on Saturday, you can travel to your next destination by train or bus.