The Mondego promenade route is between Videmonte and the Caldeirão Dam, with a connection virtually to the Mizarela Bridge, the place we discover the Mondego River once more.
Of the 12 km size, virtually 7 km are on picket walkways that wind alongside the slopes of the mountain.
That is the case of the view in Videmonte, the place the view is misplaced between the distant slopes, with a picket construction forming a line parallel to the river. At the very least go to the pond.
On the entrance to the pedestrian bridge in Videmonte, now we have a large view of the mountain and the picket construction. One other image that surprises us is in entrance of Videmonte. On the street.
The scale of the walkway is fascinating, the best way it goes round down the slope to the dam. If in case you have time, method the street and head in direction of the dam.
On the opposite aspect of the river, now we have a more in-depth perspective of the big ingenuity and energy put into placing collectively this promenade. My go to was earlier than the walkways opened, however the route was already closely used.
On the second method, subsequent to the Caldeirão Dam, one of many methods to enter the walkways was to go underneath a steel mesh that somebody had torn. Dozens of individuals have executed this train. As Pedro Pinto informed me, “many individuals come to see the promenades. What occurs right here in Guarda are the walkways”.
Pedro Pinto works in a bar proper subsequent to the Mizarella Bridge, and close by now we have one other entry to the walkways. It’s a haven. We go by the outdated manufacturing unit that’s subsequent to the river, we discover a number of wells which are used in the summertime for refreshment, and in considered one of them there’s a swing.
The walkway here’s a lengthy picket snake that can take us alongside the gorgeous and imposing Caldeirão waterfall. “Earlier than, the street led alongside the stream. It was the outdated approach. Not everybody may go there. Now with the walkways you possibly can go.”
One other method is immediately subsequent to the dam. We’ve got a view of the water mirror of the reservoir and the massive cliffs during which the stream hides.
The walkways take you proper in entrance of the waterfall. There’s a small viewpoint, however lots of people go straight by means of the pink rocks and polished by the water. Returning is much more troublesome. It’s a lengthy staircase with dozens of steps. The paths past the pedestrian bridges are on outdated paths utilized by shepherds.
There are additionally outdated mills alongside the river. One among them, in Videmonte, is underneath restoration.
Animal husbandry and artisanal bread manufacturing shouldn’t have the dynamics of the previous. Nevertheless, there are a number of legacies that evoke these practices within the villages which are a part of the promenades. That is the case with the villages of Trinta e Meios.
Coolness on the walkways shouldn’t be straightforward to seek out, and it’s advisable to keep away from the most well liked temperatures. Different options are preferable, such because the Videmonte river seaside, Quinta da Taberna, the dam river seaside or the Mondego wells close to the Mizarela bridge.
The fantastic promenades of Mondega are a part of the Antena1 program I’m going there and are available, is supported by Turismo Centro de Portugal, and you’ll hearken to the published of this episode right here.