A stream descends between shale rocks from the highest of a slope, at an altitude of 1100 meters, within the municipality of Castaneira de Pera, the place the ice was saved, which was transported to Lisbon.
The land of the snowmen is positioned in Coentral and the footpaths of Ribeira das Quelhas begin within the neighborhood of Coentral Grande.
Initially between the shadows of the chestnut timber and the enjoyable sound of the stream. After a number of meters we come throughout an open horizon and we now have a transparent thought of what awaits us.
A couple of kilometer up the picket construction winding down the slope, nearly all the time by the stream.
Slightly greater than half manner up, I discovered a pair, Ana and José Guerra, who had been strolling again and counting steps. “516 goes down and there’s much more to come back till it’s throughout. It will get simpler. All of the saints will show you how to get down.”
As for the ascent, they testify that “for many who usually are not used to it, it’s a little tough. We go climbing and it is simpler.”
With tranquility and some stops, the linear route is paved and has superb views.
The sunshine wooden coloration of the walkways types a line that contrasts with the rocky slope.
Actually, additionally it is spectacular how in 2020 they managed to construct a 1200m footbridge on such a tough slope because of the slope and rocky floor.
On one of many slopes of the valley, the vegetation is decrease. Then again, tall timber draw our consideration, some vegetation are brightly coloured, and the noise of many waterfalls attracts consideration. As occurred to the architect who constructed small viewing platforms subsequent to the waterfalls of the stream, changing one another on some sections of the route.
The presence of water was one of many components that impressed José Guerra, “particularly streams. They offer a sense of peace, and once we go up there, we are saying: I did it. It appears we now have reached the summit of Everest. It is not, however it’s true.”
On the high of the strolling paths, we’re subsequent to the wind farms and the steepest a part of the slope. Not everybody. You may see one of many villages of Coentral throughout the valley. The immensity of nature with minimal human intervention. A pure labyrinth that, in line with oral custom, allowed the villagers to cover and be protected from French incursions.
There aren’t any traces of agriculture, solely cattle breeding. There was a practice of a communal herd, however dona Zulmira says that now there’s solely her herd. Simply over 30 goats roam these slopes alongside the footpaths. “It rains on daily basis and generally even snows.”
It needs to be stunning with snow, apart from a stroll. In very popular climate, additionally it is not really helpful to make use of it as a result of it nearly doesn’t give shadows.
Alternatively, you may climb greater, nearly to the highest of the mountain, to see the wells the place ice was beforehand produced and saved in Santo António da Neve.
The tracks of Ribeira das Quellas within the “Everest” Serra da Lusa are a part of the Antena1 program. I’m going there and go You may take heed to the printed of this episode right here.