The great walkways of Mondego: a visit to not be missed this summer time – Portugal

The route of the Mondego walkways goes between Videmonte and the Caldeirão Dam, connecting virtually to the Mizarela Bridge, the place we discover the Mondego River once more.

Of the 12 km lengthy, virtually 7 km are on wood walkways that wind alongside the mountain slopes.

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That is the case with the view in Videmonte, the place the gaze is misplaced between distant slopes, with the wood development making a line parallel to the river. At the least go to the pond.

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On the entrance to the footbridge in Videmonte, now we have a large view of the mountain and the wood construction. One other image that arouses astonishment is earlier than Videmonte. On the street.

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Mondego walkways in Vidmonte

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The dimensions of the walkway is fascinating, the way in which it goes across the slope of the dam. When you’ve got time, take the street entry and head in direction of the spillway.

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From the opposite aspect of the river, now we have a more in-depth perspective of the big ingenuity and energy that went into placing this walkway collectively. My go to was earlier than the opening of the walkways, however the route was already closely used.

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On the different entry, subsequent to the Caldeirão dam, one of many methods to enter the walkways was to go beneath a steel mesh that somebody had torn to items. Dozens of individuals did this train. As Pedro Pinto advised me, “many individuals come to see the walkways. What is going on right here in Guarda is the walkways”.

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Wells in Modego close to the Mizarela Bridge

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Wells in Modego close to the Mizarela Bridge

Pedro Pinto works in a bar proper subsequent to the Mizarela Bridge and close by now we have one other entry to the walkways. It’s a sanctuary. We go an previous manufacturing unit by the river, we discover a number of wells which might be used in the summertime to clean up and in one in every of them there’s a swing.

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The walkway here’s a lengthy wood snake that may take us alongside the attractive and spectacular Caldeirão waterfall. “Earlier than, the trail ran alongside a stream. It was an previous path. Not everybody may go there. Now you’ll be able to stroll with the walkways.”

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Mondego walkways on the Caldeirão dam

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Mondego walkways on the Caldeirão dam

One other entry is true subsequent to the dam. We have now a view of the water stage of the reservoir and the large cliffs the place the stream is hidden.

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Caldeirão Waterfall

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The walkways take you proper in entrance of the waterfall. It’s a small viewpoint, however many go straight forward by means of pink rocks and polished by the water. Tougher is the return. There’s a lengthy staircase with dozens of steps. The paths past the footbridges comply with previous paths utilized by shepherds.

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Previous water mills are additionally situated alongside the river. One in every of them, in Videmonte, is being restored.

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Pastoralism and artisanal bread-making don’t have the dynamism of the previous. Nevertheless, there are a number of legacies that evoke this apply within the villages which might be a part of the walkways. That is the case with the villages of Trinta e Meios.

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It’s not simple to seek out shade on the footpaths and it’s smart to keep away from the most well liked hours. Different choices are preferable, such because the river seaside of Videmonte, Quinta da Taberna, the river seaside on the dam or the wells of Mondego close to the Mizarela bridge.

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The unbelievable walkways of Mondego are a part of the Antena1 programme I’m going there and I come, has the assist of Turismo Centro de Portugal and the printed of this episode might be heard right here.

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