Stage 7 East - Almeida - Quinta Nova

Village where you can start this stage: Cinco Vilas

This stage starts in the town of Almeida, close to the Municipal House. In order to reach the Route, one has to go out of the fortress passing through the double gates of Santo António (546m, without signs). There the Route proceeds its way around the fortress and goes north through the outskirt area of Santo António, and then through a forest area of cork oak and holm oak. Near by the thermal baths of Fonte Santa, one can take a path to visit the old thermal facilities near the Côa river (track without signs).

The Route continues along the right-side slope of Côa, crossing a large area of diverse woods and pastures. The first olivetrees are a sign that one is getting close to the village of Cinco Vilas. After this village is crossed, one starts traveling down towards Côa. Once the bottom of the valley is reached, the track turns into a rougher footpath until the 'Côa's Old Bridge', one of the most impressive ruins of the entire Route.

The Route crosses the river through a pontoon without protection (only possible during Spring and Summer). Here, one can take a non-signaled path to the village of Vale de Madeira and to its river beach. The Route climbs up the hill until the place of Pesqueiro, from where one can take a path to Pinhel (without signs). Finally, following the 'Brook of the Jew' and skirting the crag, the path leads to the village of Quinta Nova (1,8km without signs).


Technical Info

Starting point: Almeida
Arrival: Quinta Nova
Distance: 23,9 km
Highest point: 755 m
Lowest point: 451 m
Cumulative decrease: 664 m
Cumulative increase: 487 m
Duration (5km/hour): 5 h
Level of dificulty (from 0-5): 5


End of the stage, Quinta Nova
Encostas do Côa, B&B and camping, +351 271 411
Parish of Quinta Nova, Contact Mr. Carlos Videira +351 917 530 009

During the stage,
Parish of Cinco Vilas, Contact Mr. Nuno Miguel +351 962 861 751

FOOD & WATER Check the Interactive Map for details
Pinhel: supermercado, cafés e pontos de água
Quinta Nova: café e mini-mercado

Encostas do Côa,
+351 271 411 132
Taxis square of Pinhel,
+351 271 221 86

Termas da Fonte Santa and the river beach of Vale de Madeira

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