Inner Portuguese Way of Santiago


The section in the municipality of Castro Daire has a length of about 40 km, starts along the Cabrum stream through forest, agricultural and rural areas. highlighting the richness of the cultural and religious heritage along the way, as well as the natural and landscape heritage. Of note is the passage through two chapels dedicated to Santiago, by the Paiva River, integrated in the Natura 2000 network, site of the Paiva River, which presents us with wonderful landscapes throughout its course.

Also noteworthy is the passage through the Serra de Montemuro, also part of the Natura 2000 network, site of the Serra de Montemuro that invites jeep tours, cycling or just walking, during which you can see typical villages, round-winged eagles, horned viper, herds of sheep and goats, hares or even Iberian wolves, among others.

The Inland Portuguese Way of Santiago stretches for 205 km, in Portuguese territory, through the municipalities of Viseu, Castro Daire, Lamego, Peso da Régua, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Vila Real, Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Chaves. It crosses the border in Vila Verde da Raia, traveling about 180 km from Via da Prata, in Spanish territory, until reaching Santiago de Compostela.

This project resulted from the joint efforts of the eight municipalities crossed, and differs from other already marked pilgrimage routes, in Portugal, for several factors:

the rigor in the criteria of recognition and marking of the way;
the patrimonial, iconographic and toponymic wealth associated with Santiago and the way;
the natural and rural environment;
the double meaning, allowing the use of the way for pilgrimage to Santiago and Fatima.

This path, similar to the original one, promotes the safety and comfort of pilgrims, privileges the rurality and the contact with the people and the heritage, such as churches, alminhas, bridges and ancestral roads.

Mountain Biking


CHARACTERIZATION OF
CASTRO DAIRE IN BIKING

Aiming at the high interest of mountain bike lovers in exploring the Inner Portuguese Way of Santiago, the Municipality of Castro Daire surveyed the Section of Castro Daire (Viseu - Lamego direction) in mountain biking, in order to find out what the greatest difficulties and dangers this Trail offers to mountain bikers.

According to this After this analysis, we present a characterization / description of the Portuguese Inner Way of Santiago (Section of Castro Daire) aiming at the interests and concerns of mountain bike lovers want to explore this trail.

  • CABRUM - VILA MEÃ

    Slightly dangerous descent to the Ribeiro de Cabrum. The danger comes from the characteristics of the floor (sandy dirt) and the vegetation on the track.

    When crossing the stream, mountain bikers will have to carry the bike by hand given its flow, the only solution is to cross the stream using some rocks.

    Short climb after the brook, but of high difficulty due to its slope and the characteristics of the floor (sandy and with many loose stones).

    Long climb to the tar road (access to Aguadalte) with a medium degree of difficulty. Hard dirt floor and great conditions for mountain biking.

    Small tarmac descent without any danger.

    It is a very difficult climb up to the Vila Meã aviaries, given its intensity, distance (long) and floor characteristics (uneven and sandy).

    Access and crossing of Vila Meã with tarmac floor and parallel.

  • VILA MEÃ - MOLEDO

    Steep descent on dirt with a high risk of falling due to the unevenness of the floor and the sharp unevenness.

    In this section the signaling could be better, given the speed that can be achieved that makes it difficult to see the markings.

  • MOLEDO - PORTELA (MÕES)

    Long and intense climb to the plateau (tar road), hampered on a large scale by the uneven floor (loose rocks and crevices in the ground) and the inclination of the slope that makes it possible to make the section only with the bike at hand.

    Reaching the tar road, the trail is fast along the plateau (passing the geodetic landmark) with excellent flooring.

    Descent to Portela, something dangerous due to the sandy floor.

    Crossing from Portela to Mões (soccer field) made in tar and parallel, characterized by a moderate descent to Vila de Mões and a medium difficulty climb to the top of Mões (soccer field).

  • MÕES - RIBOLHOS

    Descent to Vila Boa with high risk of falling.

    Vila Boa crossing in parallel.

    The section of Vila Boa to Grijó (A24 Tunnel) is characterized by a steep initial descent with some danger of falling, followed by a high degree of difficulty given its inclination and distance, ending with a short and dangerous descent to to the A24 tunnel.

    From the tunnel to Ribolhos the stretch is made in tar and parallel, with the climb up to the village of Ribolhos with a moderate degree of difficulty.

  • RIBOLHOS - ROTUNDA A24

    The connection from Ribolhos to Vila Franca is made by tar. Zone of low degree of difficulty, especially the descent to the village of Vila Franca with sharp difference.

    Dangerous descent from Vila Franca to Folgosa river beach, with parallel floors and dirt (loose rocks and cracks in the ground).

    Paiva River crossing using the Vila Franca foals (with the bike behind).

    Long and highly difficult climb due to its slope from Folgosa River Beach followed by a short descent to the A24 roundabout. Tarmac stretch.

  • ROTUNDA A24 - FAREJA (CHAPEL)

    Dangerous descent to the river due to the irregularities of the floor and the amount of loose stones in it.

    The river crossing is only possible using the foals (taking the bike to the back).

    Ascent to Tar (Chapel) on tar and parallel with moderate difficulty.

  • FAREJA (CHAPEL) - BALTAR (CRUISE)

    Descent down to the brook is dangerous due to the characteristics of the floor, which in times of rain proves to be very slippery increasing the risk of falling.

    Passage through very humid areas (due to local irrigation).

    Climb on single track, path characterized by pedestrian staircase. In this area the bike has to be carried by hand by the mountain bikers.

    Tarmac climb up to moderate intensity cruising.

  • BALTAR (CRUISE) - PARQUE (VILA POUCA)

    Long climb characterized by tar and parallel flooring with low degree of difficulty.

    Single track access to Vila Pouca can only be performed by taking the bike by hand.

  • ESTRADA NACIONAL (CINFÃES) – AVIÁRIO DO VILAR (BRUNO CARNEIRO)

    Short descent but high risk of falling due to uneven floor (loose stones).

    Very difficult crossing and danger of falling in the “puddle” zone.

    Climb to the aviary of high degree of difficulty caused by the large amount of loose stones along the route.

  • AVIÁRIO (VILAR) – MOURA MORTA

    This section is not wide, relatively flat, except for the ascent (Portuguese sidewalk) that begins after the bridge of the river crossing.

    This section is characterized by a very high degree of demand and a high risk of falling due to the particularities of its floor, characterized by a large number of large loose stones.

  • MOURA MORTA – MEZIO

    I move very fast, being a relatively flat area (plateau) and good floor (dirt road) facilitating the task of mountain bikers.

    Passage through two wetlands caused by irrigated village land.

    Next to the mill (ruins) there is a short climb but with a very high degree of difficulty so that the bicycle transport has to be done by hand.

    Until the Mezio, the stretch is characterized by its ease and speed of execution.

    The crossing of the village of Mezio is made in tar and parallel and the degree of difficulty is greatly reduced.

  • MEZIO – BIGORNE

    Moderately difficult stretch of dirt, except for the single track near the mud bogs on the outskirts of Bigorne, where mountain bikers will face a trail of high vegetation and a large number of large loose rocks.