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Ecopista do Dão

Got the Visit from my German friend this Summer.
He has a big family, so the logistics are always challenging, never the less we arranged a Bicycle tour with one night camping, just we two of us.

Of we go to the very nice Ecopista do Dão, it is an old deactivated Train track, of course it was updated  and has now a very nice underground for cycling and running. The level gain is minimal and connect Santa Comba Dão with Viseu, along the Dão River, which is one of the most beautiful River i have seen.

There are bathing opportunities on the River and a lot of Shadows and wild Sightseeing spots. The Route from St. Comba Dão to Viseu is 50km long, and slightly but persistent uphill.

We started the Track around 11:30 from the Abeleda Mountain Bike Rental shop, which is exactly the beginning of the Track and arrived in Viseu around 18:30. We did some stops along the route and went always easy on us.

Because we found the best place to camp on an old train station, after provisioning, we cycled back 10 km to that place, where we had a wonderful sunset with hot backed beans, local cheese and some vegetables.

It’ s really great to be out in the nature, this track is worth all the effort and can be done without  roblem all year round. Please note that in Portugal it is forbidden to wild camp, especially in the summer because of the Wild fires. So please be cautious where you stay, we choose the deactivated  train station because of that, the risk to get into a wild fire would be minimal.