Northern Route Day [ 14 ]

Settlements of the Sicó Mountains

[Rabaçal - Ansião]
19.5 km
300 m
Earth & Asphalt
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The fourteenth day of the Route begins in the village of Rabaçal, at the Main Church (Rua da Igreja), and ends in the town of Ansião, at the Parish Church (Rua Conselheiro António José da Silva). It is 19.5 km long and can be completed in around 5h30. This part of the Route covers a diverse landscape, with altitudes of up to 300m, whereby it may be classified as a difficult stage. It is well suited to a calm pace, and makes its way through an area imbued with the deep relationship between nature and life. It is ideal for contemplation, in the true sense of spirituality. 

The Route passes through the Municipalities of Penela and Ansião and along the extensive Rabaçal Valley. You will see villages that are typical of the Sicó Mountains, immersed in the sublime karst landscape. Here nature moulds its own history. The scenery is marked by the immensity of the natural spaces, from which emerge small villages with fields used for dryland farming and expanses of pasture land for the traditional herds of sheep and goats.