Peneda Gerês National Park – day 4

DAY 1: Braga, Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre (12th May 2014)
Hike: “Trilho de Pitões das Júnias”
Accommodation: Montalegre Hotel (79€/ 2 pax / 2 nights)
DAY 2: Xertelo – Lamalonga – Minas de Carris – Xertelo (13th May 2014)
Hike: Trail from Xertelo to Minas de Carris
Accommodation: Montalegre Hotel (79€/ 2 pax / 2 nights)
DAY 3: Montalegre to Gerês (14th May 2014)
Places visited: Misarela bridge, Fafião, Tahiti waterfall, Arado waterfall, Pedra Bela Viewpoint
Accommodation: Gerês Aparthotel (85.5€/ 4 persons/ 2 nights)
Restaurant: Lurdes Capela Restaurant (11€/ person)
DAY 4: S. Bento da Porta Aberta, Covide (15th May 2014)
Hike: “PR 1 – Trilho da Cidade da Calcedónia”
Accommodation: Gerês Aparthotel (85.5€/ 4 persons/ 2 nights)
DAY 5: Portela de Leonte, Torneiros (Spain), Lindoso (16th May 2014)
Places visited: “Pé de Cabril”, “Prado do Vidoal”, Hot spring of Torneiros (Spain), abandoned house (near Compostela, Spain) Lindoso

Before leaving Gerês Aparthotel, we prepared some sandwiches to take with us for our lunch.
We were lucky to have the baker stopping in front of our place to sell some bread. And, fortunately, my brother saw him from his window’s room.

On the 4th day of our trip to Peneda-Gerês National Park (PNPG), we stopped in the parish of Rio Caldo to visit the “Santuário de São Bento da Porta Aberta” (Sanctuary of St. Benedict of the Open Door).

Sanctuary of São Bento da Porta Aberta

Sanctuary of São Bento da Porta Aberta

The origin of this Sanctuary goes back to 1640, when the first chapel was built. As that chapel had its doors always opened, it was named Sanctuary of St. Benedict of the Open Door. The actual Sanctuary is from 1895. However, due to its small dimensions and to the high number of pilgrims, a new building was inaugurated in 2002.

The new crypt is quite big and luminous and it offers a great view over Caldo river. The surrounding cloister is adorned by beautiful tile panels that depict St. Benedict’s life.

In front of the Sanctuary there’s a beautiful park which we visited, too. There are several tables for a picnic in that park, as well as public toilets.

Milestone

Milestone

We went back to the car and drove to the village of Covide, namely to the Calvary Square.
It was about 11:15 when we arrived there. It was a bit early to have lunch but, that way, we wouldn’t have to carry the food with us.
It was midday when we initiated the pedestrian route “PR 1 – Trilho da Cidade da Calcedónia” (Trail of the city of Calcedónia). It took us almost 6 hours to finish the trail and to go back to the car.

Before we return to Gerês, we went by car to the “Cruzeiro de São João do Campo” (Cross of St. John of the Field), where a well preserved milestone can be seen. This milestone marks the XXVII mile of the “Via Nova”, which is a roman road that connected “Bracara Augusta” (Braga), in Portugal, and “Astúrica Augusta” (Astorga), in Spain.

Before going to Gerês Aparthotel, we stopped in the town to go to the supermarket to buy some food.
My brother and his girlfriend were the cookers. They prepared a delicious bean rice to eat with with the steaks. JB and I only prepared some green cabbage. It was a delicious and pleasant dinner.

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