The Vale de Gaios Walk

Vale de Gaios


Beautiful walk along the Rio Cavalo

An easy stroll with numerous colorful wooden bridges.


One of the many bridges at the Vale de Gaios walk This beautiful 6km walk along the Rio Cavalo river is really worth it. It's less than a 20-minute drive (by car) from Casa da Abelenda to the starting point, where you can park.

It's a 3 km walk in and 3 km back. The endpoint is the ancient granite Roman bridge over the Rio Cavalo. And although you return on the same path, the scenery is always changing.

Along the route, you'll traverse various colorful wooden bridges along the banks of the winding Rio Cavalos, a wild tributary of the Rio Mondego.


Roman bridge at the Vale de Gaios walk No roads to be seen or heard along the way. Many rock formations and beautiful forests line the banks, and in the river itself, there are many rocks.
At one point, the river even disappears under the rocks only to resurface a few hundred meters further.

At the beginning, the river is dammed, allowing for delightful swimming in the summer.

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One of the many bridges at the Vale de Gaios walk Waterfall in the Rio Cavalos - Vale de Gaios


The Vale de Gaios walk