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Coimbra

2nd Walk for Health – Verride (Montemor-o-Velho)

Philharmonic Association of Verride organized the “Walk for Health” with its first edition in 2016. Being present in this first edition, I couldn`t miss the second one, a longer hiking route, starting at the Philharmonic’s headquarters in Verride and arriving at Outeiro da Moura (photograph above), where after about...
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Extra-Percursos

New map available!

Hello! They say that when we do what we like, time runs fast…that’s true. So, Sola Gasta is almost ten years old! I hike the first trail in Mizarela (Arouca) almost a decade ago and here I am today with about 350 hiking trails in Portugal. The blog also...
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Hiking in Portugal

PR2 – From the Seashore to Pedras Negras – São Pedro de Moel (Marinha Grande)

We started the “PR2 – From the Seashore to Pedras Negras” in the Afonso Lopes Vieira Square, near the beach of São Pedro de Moel, parish of Marinha Grande. Its official starting point is located in Vale do Ribeiro Park, at the back of this square where we can...
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Aveiro

Aveiro Flavours (Aveiro)

Aveiro is a living city, on the streets we feel a contagious joy and the colorful “moliceiros” of “Ria de Aveiro” gladden everyone who visit the city. But a visit to Aveiro wouldn’t be complete without a tasting of traditional flavors. At Zeca, before or after a moliceiro ride,...
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Açores

PR1 COR – Cara do Índio (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

The van stopped halfway up the road between the village and “Caldeirão” (Caldron). This was the last afternoon spent in Corvo Island because in the next morning, after four fantastic days, we had the flight to the continent booked at the lunch hour. We couldn’t return without visiting “Cara do Índio” (Indian Face),...
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Açores

Hiking Discovering Corvo Village and its History (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

Corvo Island is not only one of the most isolated places in Portugal. For those who visit it, quickly realize that it’s much more than that. It’s a place of affections, shares, stories of pirates and smugglers, cruel stories, sorrows and escapes, stunning reports of a harder life. But...
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Açores

Hiking from Fajã Grande to Aldeia da Cuada (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

Fajã Grande is the Europe’s westernmost place and that alone was a very good reason for a visit. It was also the village where we finished the hiking trail “PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada“, a little tired of the effort it takes to walk in a muddy and slippery...
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Açores

PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada (Lajes das Flores and Santa Cruz das Flores – Flores)

The day dawned cool and cloudy in Aldeia da Cuada. I don’t know how it would be in the whole Flores island but in midsummer in a Azorean island is not surprising waking up in the morning wrapped in fog, something that residents have become accustomed but saddens anyone who is visiting,...
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Açores

Hiking Trail from “Aldeia da Cuada” to “Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro” (“Poço da Alagoinha”) (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

This is our second visit to the Azorean Archipelago. Two years ago we’ve been on S. Miguel island and now we would visit the Western Group islands, Flores and Corvo. Anxiety grew with the approach of the flight and now with the baby, the precautions and the preparation of...
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Coimbra

Hiking Trail from Verride to Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde (Montemor-o-Velho)

This hiking trail from Verride to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, in Montemor-o-Velho municipality, was organized by Luis Moreira, in partnership with AFUV (Associação Filarmónica União Verridense) under the motto “Walk for Health”. Starting early in AFUV headquarters, the walkers followed by “Direita” Street towards “Quinta do...
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Hiking in Portugal

Hiking Trail from Riverside to Riverside (Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto)

There are many reasons to spend a day full of fun on the riversides of Porto and Gaia. By water, land or air, there are several activities to fill the soul with memories and the suitcase with eagerness to return soon. On a Douro’s Cruise we discover the riverine areas of the two...
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Coimbra

Walking Trail of Biological Park of Serra da Lousã – Quinta da Paiva (Miranda do Corvo)

On Father’s Day, the women from home joined to conspire among themselves, preparing this surprise without my suspicion. The plan consist of enjoying the day outdoors, despite a unfavorable weather forecast, and also taking the opportunity to hike and to picnic. Yes, simple things in life make us happiest,...
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Leiria

Cockles from Nazaré

The town of Nazaré is now internationally known for its “cannon”, a submerged canyon of tectonic origin, located off its coast which causes the formation of a huge size waves, the “giant waves” of Nazaré. These makes the delights of the bravest surfers and attract to this village in the...
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Braga

Night Walk on São Bento da Porta Aberta Feasts (Terras de Bouro)

The celebration of “São Bento da Porta Aberta” occur every year during the month of August, more specifically between 10 and 15th when, by tradition, is made the great pilgrimage that animates the region. This town of Terras de Bouro municipality, in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (PNPG), receive a huge...
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Hiking in Portugal

Walking Discovering the Historic Centre of the City of Santarém (Santarém)

I have repeatedly go by next to Santarém, in trips to the south of Portugal, but actually never had the opportunity to stop and calmly know the capital of the Ribatejo. Today was the day. This hike begins near the beautiful market of Santarém, opened in 1930. My eyes immediately jump...
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Viana Do Castelo

Warmth at the table

It was after covering part of the “PR9 VCT – Trail of the Water Pipes” that I went to Viana do Castelo to comfort the stomach. It’s already passed the 2 pm and near the fishing port I found the Santos Restaurant where I still managed one table. The friendliness with which I was received...
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Hiking in Portugal

PR7 VCT – Paçô Fort Trail – Carreço Trails (Viana do Castelo)

The “PR7 VCT – Paçô Fort Trail” is one of several hiking routes marked in Viana do Castelo county. About 4 kms in length is classified of small route (PR) and develops more properly in Montedor village, Carreço parish. Reaching the beaches in Carreço, I go to north on the cobbled...
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Hiking in Portugal

Hiking from “Rendufe” to “Santa Maria de Émeres” (Valpaços)

This hike connects the villages of ‘Rendufe’ and ‘Santa Maria de Emeres’ in Valpaços county. I start walking on the sidewalk of Rua Formosa, in Rendufe, and down it to find the asphalt outside the village. The surrounding landscape consists mainly of vast expanses of olive groves, chestnut groves,...
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Hiking in Portugal

Hiking Trail of “Caldeirinhas” (Valpaços)

The Hiking Trail of “Caldeirinhas” is a small circular footpath, which develops at the gates of the city of Valpaços. Beginning on the western entrance of the city, more specifically in the “Casa Branca” neighborhood, the first few meters of the road are made in “Souto do Pedreiro” Street, heading southwest....
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Hiking in Portugal

Hiking Trail from Argeriz to “Pias dos Mouros” (Valpaços)

Who drives the National Road 206 (EN 206) west to the east, about 12 kilometers before the town of Valpaços is Argeriz, seated at the foot of “Serra da Padrela” and full of prehistoric remains. Due to its privileged location, this village of “Trás-os-Montes” benefits from an amazing view over the region....
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Valpaços

Rendufe’s Cheese

If you passed by Valpaços municipality, either for pleasure or for professional reasons, do not miss visiting Rendufe. This small place next to “Santa Maria de Émeres” still has activity in a traditional cheese dairy and oil mill. The final product of any one of them is delicious. You can walk the...
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SOLA GASTA news

“Sola Gasta” renovated

The Sola Gasta project () is starting today with a new face. Following the new trends, I developed a new portal optimized for multiple platforms and mobile devices, where in addition to the hiking trails that I’m doing in Portugal, was also given more emphasis to the adventures performed out of doors in “Worldwide” section. In...
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Hiking in Portugal

Quinta D’Alagoa Hiking Trails (Valpaços)

Situada entre Carrazedo de Montenegro e Santa Maria de Émeres, próxima da Serra da Padrela e numa zona de grande beleza paisagística, a Quinta D’Alagoa tem cerca de 70 hectares de terrenos agrícolas, nomeadamente soutos, pomares, vinhas, olivais, lameiros e hortas, bem como uma consequente diversidade de trilhos e caminhos...
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Chaves

Chaves Cycle Route (Chaves)

A ciclovia de Chaves acompanha o rio Tâmega pelas duas margens, na área urbana da cidade, numa extensão de cerca de 7 quilómetros. Sendo permitida a circulação de peões no seu traçado circular, optei por começar a caminhada junto à Ponte Romana de Trajano, talvez o mais conhecido ex-libris de Chaves. Na...
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Chaves

Hiking Trail “From Quinta de Samaiões to Sr. dos Aflitos Chapel” (Chaves)

O dia amanheceu frio e chuvoso na aldeia transmontana de Paradela da Veiga, agora pertencente à União das Freguesias da Madalena e Samaiões, no concelho de Chaves. Não foi fácil encontrar coragem para deixar o aconchego do Hotel Rural Casa de Samaiões e expor-me a estas condições climatéricas. Pela frente tinha os cerca de...
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Hiking in Portugal

From Vila Pouca de Aguiar to Pedras Salgadas by Ecopista do Corgo (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

O dia estava fresco ameaçando a queda de alguma chuva e possibilidade de trovoada. Nada que me fizesse alterar os planos e assim, bem cedo, estava já a percorrer os primeiros metros do troço da Ecopista da Linha do Corgo, que liga Vila Pouca de Aguiar a Pedras Salgadas....
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Hiking in Portugal

Walk in the Roman Mining Complex of Tresminas (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Existiram em tempos idos, no período romano, um conjunto de minas de ouro que abasteciam o império na época auge do mesmo. A exploração mineira de Tresminas foi considerada uma das maiores. Feita pelo sistema de cortas a céu aberto, ainda hoje podemos testemunhar os vestígios dessa exploração, através de crateras...
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Hiking in Portugal

Along the Hiking Trails of Falperra Dam (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Depois de, durante a manhã, ter percorrido o “Trilho Interpretativo dos Mamíferos Aquáticos”, um dos percursos assinalados do concelho de Vila Pouca de Aguiar, decidi ficar mais um pouco na Barragem da Falperra e caminhar agora ainda mais perto das águas da albufeira do rio Torno. Esta zona é lindíssima...
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Hiking in Portugal

Interpretive Hiking Trail of Aquatic Mammals (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Com o pequeno-almoço tomado, o relógio marcava as 10h quando cheguei ao estacionamento do Parque de Merendas da Barragem da Falperra. Um reconhecimento rápido do local fez-me perceber que estava num sítio lindíssimo. A pequena albufeira brilhava de um azul intenso, espelhando o céu que a envolvia. A barragem foi...
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Hiking in Portugal

Hiking Discovering Vila Pouca de Aguiar (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Este percurso começa no Hotel Aguiar da Pena e leva-nos a descobrir a tranquila e bonita Vila Pouca de Aguiar. Saindo do hotel, encaminhei-me pela direita e desci a Rua Imperador Teodósio. Antes da rotunda, olho à minha esquerda e espreitando sobre os telhados, como quem protege a vila e as suas gentes, a...
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Braga

From the Dam to the Submerged Village of Vilarinho das Furnas (Terras de Bouro)

Vilarinho das Furnas (ou Vilarinho da Furna) foi uma aldeia comunitária, situada no sopé da Serra Amarela, na freguesia do Campo do Gerês, concelho de Terras de Bouro. Em 1971, esta aldeia da margem direita do Rio Homem, viu subir as águas deste e o silêncio abraçou-a de vez. Mas...
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