From the Avessadas monastery to Tongóbriga
This circular trail takes us from the imposing Avessadas Monastery, built in the second half of the 20th century, to the Roman village of Tongóbriga that dates back to the 2nd century. It is not only a time travel but also an experience of walking on many and various types of grounds: old farms, ploughed fields, ancient tracks and bridges, recent tarmac roads, beaten earth stretches and even short medieval and Roman footpaths.
The trail starts at the monastery that hosts the shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague; from there we walk towards Quinta da Mória that stands across the way and belongs to it, and continue down the slope to the valley where we cross an ancient bridge, which is now small and plain but was once one of the main corridors to Marco de Canavezes. After walking through very different areas, including Tuías, we get to Tongóbriga that used to be an important Roman town. The route we take to reach our starting point is also very pleasurable, going through small villages and passing by the shrine of Nossa Senhora do Castelinho.
It is a very interesting trail with no special difficulty that allows the contact with the varied beauty of the landscape, the places it goes through and their people.
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- Itinerante rating: 7/10
- Dificulty: 7/10
- Distance: 13.5km
- Duration: 3h30
- Total ascent: 400m
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