Bike trip from Santa Comba Dão to Viseu – Day 3

DAY 1 (18th June 2013) – Santa Comba Dão to Tondela (“Ecopista do Dão”)
Accomodation: Severino José Hotel (Tondela) – 49.5€/double room (breakfast included)
Dinner: São Barnabé Restaurant (Tondela) – 7€/pax
DAY 2 (19th June 2013) – Tondela to Viseu (“Ecopista do Dão”)
Accomodation: Viseu Youth Hostel – 27€/double room (breakfast included)
Dinner: CR Restaurant (Viseu) – 11€/pax
Extras: Ice cream at Tré Santi – 3.5€/pax
DAY 3 (20th June 2013) – Viseu
Accomodation: Viseu Youth Hostel – 27€/double room (breakfast included)
Lunch: take-away (Pingo Doce supermarket): 3.8€/pax
Dinner: Cantinho da Sé Restaurant (Viseu) – 10€/pax
Extras: Strudel and waffle at Tré Santi: 8€
DAY 4 (21th June 2013) – Viseu to Santa Comba Dao (CPIS and Ecopista do Dão)
Accomodation: Quinta da Abelenda – 30€/caravan
DAY 5 (22th June 2013) – Santa Comba Dão to Mortágua (train)
Train: Santa Comba Dão to Mortágua (9 min) – 1.60€

Electricity Museum

Electricity Museum

The 3rd day (20th June 2013) of our bike trip from Santa Comba Dão to Viseu (Portugal) was dedicated to geocaching in Viseu and in its outskirts.

We left the youth hostel after breakfast and went by foot to Abraveses, which is a civil parish in the municipality of Viseu.
On our way to Abraveses we passed by the “Museu da Electricidade” (Electricity Museum), which can be visited only a few days a year, at the time of São Mateus Fair.

Geocache (Abraveses)

Geocache (Abraveses)

We found incredible geocaches in Abraveses. First we “went fishing” near the Church of Abraveses. Next, we had to find out a way to open the biggest geocache we ever saw. For last, we just kept staring at a geocache that was a bird house located in a high spot, but we did not succeed to find out how to bring it to us.

On the way back to Viseu we followed the CPIS, which stands for “Caminho Português Interior de Santiago” (Portuguese Inland St. James Way).

Viriato Statue

Viriato Statue

As soon as we arrived to Viseu we saw a military structure made of soil that is known as “Cava de Viriato”. “Cava de Viriato” has a perimeter of 2 Km and it is believed to have been built in the 2nd or 1st century BC. However, there’s a lot of discussion concerning its origin. There’s people who defend “Cava de Viriato” was a Roman camp while others believe this is a Moorish structure. One thing is certain, it has nothing to do with Viriato (Viriatus), who was the most important leader of the Lusitanians and he’s represented in a statue next to this structure.

S. Francisco Chagas Chapel

S. Francisco Chagas Chapel

It was late and we were feeling hungry. So we went to the Shopping Center where we were expecting to find restaurants that have food ready to serve or that just take a few minutes to prepare. However, to our surprise, the shopping’s restaurant area was very poor. Sandwiches and similar type of food was the only available food in there. There was not even a Mac Donald’s or a Burger King, which are the type of restaurants usually present in Shopping Centers.

We decided to try the take-away service of the supermarket “Pingo Doce”, which was located on the shopping’s ground floor.
We were lucky. There was good food and the employee heated it in plates. So we ended up having a cheap and good meal.

After lunch we went to the youth hostel to take a refreshing shower. After that we visited the “Parque do Fontelo” (Fontelo’s Park) and then we went to the historic center.

Old Fountain

Old Fountain

On that day we had no problem to find a restaurant. We just couldn’t decide which one to choose. So we decided to go inside the one that was closer to us. That one was the “Cantinho da Sé” (Cathedral’s little corner), which was a very small restaurant.
Although the food was good, I felt a little bit disappointed with the dish that I ordered: grilled fished with veggies. But the veggies were just a small portion of bell pepper, which I don’t like. So I ended up snapping some veggies from JB’s dish, which, unexpectedly, had a big and diverse portion of veggies.
When we were finishing our meal we had the chance to watch the restaurant owner singing fado.

For desert, we went again to “Tré Santi”, an ice cream shop. I order a waffle with red fruits and JB order an apple strudel. We were totally surprised by the huge portion size that was served to both of us. We should have asked for only one desert for both of us. However, beside its huge size, we were able to eat everything!

Before going back to the youth hostel, we wanted to check if we were right about a geocache. We confirmed our suspicions, there was no light. We opened the street lamp and..voilà! We found the logbook in there.

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