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Riamontes Circular Route

A circular, 7-km-long itinerary that takes about two and a half hours to complete, with a difference in height of 260 metres and medium difficulty. It takes us into a beautiful natural setting in excellent condition shaped by the Regato de Riamontes (stream), which features an ethnographic series of 10 waterwheels. At the itinerary’s highest point (343 metres), there are the ruins of the Chapel of San Marcos, which shares the same name as the hill and the viewpoint, from which we have a magnificent view of Val da Maía.

The route begins and ends beside the restored waterwheel in the village of Vilar. Following the signs, we go up a path through a typically rural landscape that takes us to a forest trail. From here we can hear the sound of the water in the pool and see the first of the waterwheels, the only one located on the right-hand riverbank. After crossing a pontella(bridge), the trail continues among ash trees, alders and oaks, which hide the remains of waterwheels, making up a charming, spellbinding place.

After walking about 2 km we arrive at the pool, where the water was dammed in the summer to keep the waterwheels working. A forest trail leads us to the road linking Castelo and Cortegada. After about 20 metres we take a signposted trail on the right and continue on, going up among eucalyptus plantations, as far as the Monte de San Marcos Viewpoint, beside what might have been a medieval watchtower.

We return by following the signs, in a continuous descent, surrounding the hillside first to the south and then to the west. This section of the route alternates between scrubland and eucalyptus woodland. The last 2 km return close to Regato de Riamonte and the riverside forest, where, after crossing a pontella (little bridge), we come back to the same place where we started the itinerary.


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Riamontes Circular Route

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Aldea do Vilar , Ames, 15229
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