Villages where you can start this stage: Cinco Vilas e Vale de Madeira
This stage starts near the village of Castelo Mendo. The way to reach it from the village is done through agricultural and forest tracks (1,7km, without signs).
Once in its starting point, the Route draws its path along the slope, with the Côa to its right side below. Part of way is done by car road until the Chapel of São Roque. Here, there is an optional track to the village of Castelo Bom (2,8km, without signs). The Route keeps on going through thickets and woods, either close to the river or climbing up the slope to avoid the hilly areas. In the pontoon Manuel José, one crosses the Côa river. Here, it is possible to follow a non-signaled way to Aldeia Nova (3km) and to choose an alternative route for horse-riding that avoids more rocky parts (identified as 'Desvio Equestre Aldeia Nova'). Once on the right shore of the river, the Route points towards the town of Almeida. When it arrives at the road EN340, it overlaps with the Grand Route of Historical Villages (coded GR22). Here, one chooses to pursue the Route through its East track on the way to Almeida or through its West track on the way to the village of Valverde.
The West route crosses the 'Big Bridge' and makes use of a cobbled street. It goes up through farms and small woods, passing the Bridge of Gaiteiros in between, until it reaches Valverde. The stage finishes in Valverde, although the access to it is not signaled (514m).
Starting point: Castelo Mendo
Distance: 25,7 km
Highest point: 745 m
Lowest point: 551 m
Cumulative decrease: 553 m
Cumulative increase: 512 m
Duration (5km/hour): 5 h
Level of dificulty (from 0-5): 5
Final da etapa, Valverde
Junta de Freguesia de Valverde, Contactar o Sr. Luís Morgado, +351 965 470 961
During the stage,
Associação Aldeia de São Sebastião, Castelo Bom, contact Mr. António Fernandes +351 967 559 086
Junta de Freguesia de Senouras, contact Mr. José Batista, +351 962 210 874
Junta de Freguesia de Aldeia Nova, contact Mr. Humberto: +351 917 618 127
FOOD & WATER Check the Interactive Map for details
Valverde: Grosseries shop, coffee and fountains
TAXIS & TRANSFERS
Taxi square of Almeida +351 271 221 863
Possibility of flooding in some points, on rainy season
Overlaps GR22 - Grand Route of Historical Villages