Stage 7 Almeida - Pinhel

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Almeida

Pinhel

21,3 Km Distance
Medium Difficulty
5 Hours Duration
674 m Ameal 7,8 km 16,4 km 7,8 km SALAMANCA 805,3 m 882,8 m (altitudemáx.) Peñasolana 867 m 826 m El Encinar de la Rad 837 m (altitudemáx.) 6,5 km 4,1 km 8,4 km 819,3 m ROBLIZA DE COJOS 810 m Ermida de Santiago 819 m Estrada CV-107 12,4 km 9,6 km 4 km 839 m (altitudemáx.) 797 m Rio Yeltes 821 m Ribeira de Cabrillas SAN MUÑOZ 778 m 844 m (altitude máx.) 10,6 km 7,1 km 8,3 km 771 m Bocacara 727 m Pedro Toro ALBA DE YELTES 784,4 m 689 m (altitudemáx.) 12,4 km 3,6 km 621,5 m CIUDAD RODRIGO 596 m Ponte de Marialba 8,3 km 12,4 km 5,3 km 758,5 m (altitude máx.) Vale da Mula 689 m Aldea del Obispo 718 m Alameda de Gordón 663,3 m GALLEGOS DE ARGAÑAN 12,6 km 5,2 km 3,5 km 540 m Ponte do Rio Côa 739 m ALMEIDA 685 m Valverde 8,8 km 6,7 km 7,4 km 7,8 km 557 m Póvoa del Rei 633,6 m PINHEL 584 m Valbom 605 m Ponte do Abade 862 m TRANCOSO 6,4 km 9,1 km 11,9 km 650 m Benvende 3,5 km 9,5 km 3,8 km 2,7 km 592 m Arcozelo do Cabo 763 m SERNANCELHE 590 m Penso 564 m Vila da Ponte 839,9 m (altitude máx.) 14,6 km 10 km 5 km 451 m Ucanha 759 m Sarzedo 696,8 m MOIMENTA DA BEIRA 9,3 km 6,3 km 5,3 km 6,9 km 387 m Nostim Peso da Régua 529,5 m LAMEGO 258 m Valdigem 883,5 m (altitude máx.) 13,2 km 6 km 8,4 km 157 m Ovelhinha 316,7 m MESÃO FRIO 779 m Padrões 412,4 m (altitude máx.) 8,5 km 7 km 5 km 336 m Caramos 264 m Telões 95,9 m AMARANTE 425,2 m (altitude máx.) 12 km 5,8 km 315,7 m FELGUEIRAS 156 m Arco de Pombeiro 8,9 km 4 km 7,8 km 236 m Fraião 128 m Caldas das Taipas 194,5 m GUIMARÃES 436,7 m (altitude máx.) Falperra Vila de Prado 17 m Penegate 127 m Anais 238 m 274,8 m (altitude máx.) 7 km 12,1 km 8,7 km 7,6 km 190,5 m BRAGA 400,4 m (altitude máx.) 10 km 6 km 2,9 km 30 m Arcozelo Alto da Labruja 2,3 m PONTE DE LIMA 230,9 m (altitude máx.) 11 km 5,7 km 6,1 km 9,7 km 18 m Cruz de São Telmo 31 m O Porriño 83 m Mós 50,8 m TUI 275,3 m (altitude máx.) 11,2 km 2,6 km 4,7 km 34 m Valença 172 m Gontomil 200,7 m RUBIÃES 128,1 m (altitude máx.) 16 km 4,9 km 30 m Briallos 10,1 m PONTEVEDRA 153,3 m (altitude máx.) 5 km 7 km 8 km 31 m O Pobo 5 m Pontesampaio 13,5 m REDONDELA 164,9 m (altitudemáx.) 6,3 km 6,7 km 5,7 km 60 m São Miguel de Valga 147 m Carracedo 24,8 m CALDAS D’EL REIS 12,7 km 5,2 km 6,2 km 40 m A Escravitude 103 m Francos 265,7 m 9,9 m PADRÓN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Introduction

A river from the beginning of the world

Going down the Côa River valley is a journey to the origins of the earth. The landscape - vast, arid and harsh - does not indicate the existence of a river that would have ripped the planet's skin as deeply as this one. We only realise we have descended into a river when we pass the Lady of the Barge sanctuary and begin to glimpse the first water horizons further down. If the Way crossed the Côa River further north, pilgrims would go through the prehistoric rock art territory of the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, classified as World Heritage site. But you don't have to go almost as far as Vila Nova de Foz Côa to feel that you are entering an ancient territory, patiently shaped by the water that has been passing here for 10 million years and which has created steep and inaccessible slopes. The construction of Côa's Ponte Grande illustrates precisely that, by taking advantage of the vertical cliffs to set the pillars.

After crossing the river, you have to go up, first to Valverde, where you can rest and stock up on water and other supplies, and then to Pereiro. From here to the bridge over the Cabras stream, on the outskirts of Pinhel, the route is comfortable, along the river, through the land of grey granite. The entrance to the city, a former diocese, is through the old convent of St. Anthony.

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