- Accommodations: Selected (4 star inns, farms and manor houses) - Casa da Cisterna
- Activity Level: Intermediate (Daily average: distance 10-15 km | day climbing (1000 m/3300 ft)
- Total distance: 36,3 km/22,5 mi
- Longest day: 10,5 km/6,5 mi
- Shortest day: 8 km/4,9 mi.
Lodge and surroundings:
Located in Castelo Rodrigo Historical Village, Casa da Cisterna is positioned in a privileged place. When you leave the inner garden and walk in to village cobblestone alleys, you quickly realize how wonderful this ancestral place is. These old stones keep the secrets of an era when Castelo Rodrigo was the stage of many battles and long sieges. Around the house and from what remains of the old fortress wall, you can feel the history and traces of mysterious and fascinating times.
From this place, more than 800 meters height, you will have the pleasure to see soaring birds, like eagles or griffins, taking advantage of the thermals to travel distances out of sight. In your return, you can enjoy the peacefulness of Casa da Cisterna to read a book, listening to music or just to take a nape in the garden swing chair. Back to your cozy room, you can connected to the world via Internet and share these precious moments.
Day 1: Castelo Rodrigo. Transfer from the airport to Castelo Rodrigo (optional). The Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo is located at 820 meters high, from where we can see the Marofa mountains ridge, the village of Figueira and magnificent landscapes all the way to Spain.
This village used to be an important place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and is full of traces from the Romantic Period.
The Castle, dating from the 13th Century, was the stage for many battles, whether with Spanish or British troops. Since 1922 is considered a National Monument and is one of the best examples of fortified structures of the Middle Ages in the Iberia Peninsula. Its cylindrical towers go back to the Gothic Period.
Day 2: The path of Alpajares or Devil’s Path (8 km/4,9mi, 3h). Today’s walk will take us to the International Douro Park, which is the habitat of several birds of prey such as the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), the Golden Eagle (A