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Route of the Knights Templar and the Baroque

In Pombal city, you can start by visiting the square “Largo do Cardal”, then the Municipal Museum within the town hall building (former Convent of Santo António) and the Church “Nossa Senhora do Cardal”. Then continue to the square” Praça Marquês de Pombal”, where you can see the church “Igreja Matriz”, the antique buildings of Pombal, the former prison, the cellar “Celeiro Marquês de Pombal” and the manor-house “Solar dos Condes de Castelo Melhor”. From there, go up the street “Rua do Castelo”, visit the Old Clock Tower of the fifteenth century and the Castle of Pombal.

From Pombal, head up to Abiúl along the road IC8, to know the oldest bullring in Portugal and the Palace of the Dukes of Aveiro.

Return to Pombal along the same road. Continue along the road EN1, to the north, to visit the Templar village of Redinha. Heading to Louriçal, cross the highway. Go through the towns of Almagreira and Paço to reach the road EN237 that crosses the vast square of the Convent of Poor Clares in Louriçal. From Louriçal, take the EN342 national highway, which runs through the rice fields of the small river Castelhana, to reach the road EN109 in Carriço. Turn left to visit the Chapel and its porch, in Guia. Via the road 531-1 you will return to Pombal, through the towns of Ilha and Carnide.

Duration of the Course - 1 day
Course Length - 98 Km

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Route of Serra da Sicó and River Anços

Leave Pombal city using the road IC8 and continue to the intersection of Ramalhais. Turn left into the road EM526 and, after 3 KM, turn left again to Ereiras. The road climbs up to the heart of Serra da Sicó (the mountain of Sicó), through unforgettable fields and landscapes.

Ereiras and Pousadas Vedras are mountainous villages, built of stone. Stay a while and look at the sweetness of the fields, which are divided by small walls of stone, and look also at the rough tops of Sicó. Leaving Pousadas Vedras, the road begins to wind down the mountain, with successive curves, offering splendid views of the village of Jagardo.

At the boundary of the village of Estrada de Anços, at an idyllic place, the river Anços and its magnificent valley spring up. The valley road goes through Anços and Caruncho to reach Redinha. Have a look at this town, then walk up to the village of Arroteia and enjoy the landscape.

Go along the EN1 national highway towards Pelariga. Drive across the pine forests of Água Travessa to get the opportunity to meet the mountainous villages of Monte Vérigo, Vérigo, Barrocal and Caseirinhos, which are very close to Pombal city.

Duration of the Course - 1 day
Course Length - 61 Km

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Route of the Pine Forests and Beaches

Leave Pombal city using the road EN237, and make your way to the coastline along the road EN237-1. This national highway runs through pine woods to finally open on the beautiful rice fields of the river of Carnide and Ratos. Further ahead lie the towns of Mata Mourisca and Guia.

Turn right into the road EN109 and drive northside to get to Carriço. When you get there, turn left and cross the railway. Further ahead, there is a 4 km stretch of road through the pine forests that surround the wood called “Mata Nacional do Urso”, which start at the intersection after “Casa do Guarda do Norte”. At this intersection, turn right and proceed until the next tar road, where you should turn left. It is a straight road which runs along the sand dunes that elevate vertically to the coast, due to the force of the wind. At the end, we can find the vast and quiet Golden Beach called “Osso da Baleia”, which means whale bone. Enjoy the sun and the freshness of the sea.

Get back, at the end of the day, through the villages of Alhais, Silveirinha Pequena and Vieirinhos, using the road EN109. Keep driving to Carriço, then turn left to Louriçal, returning to Pombal city along the road EN237.

Duration of the Course - 1 day
Course Length - 87 Km

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Route of Vale dos Poios

From Pombal city, take the direction of Redinha along the road EN1. When you get at the parish council, go up towards the highest spot to visit the Chapel Nossa Senhora da Estrela, located 350 metres high. At this site you will see a medieval monolithic image that is emblazoned. Here, the panoramic view is breathtaking. You can easily see the sea and the mountains of Boa Viagem.

Go down towards the village of Poios and get ready for a walk to Vale dos Poios. It is well worth. An indescribable landscape of extraordinary beauty awaits you. Here, you can find the first traces of human presence in the region. Visit the caves and enjoy the remaining evidence of the paleolithic era.

Keep visiting the region towards the source of the river Anços, and delight the senses with the murmur of the flowing water that flows from the rocks. Then, go to the parish council, watch the Romanesque bridge and visit the estate “Quinta de Santana”, where you can watch the lush landscape of the valley of the river Anços. Return to Pombal city along the road EN1.

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Route of the Dinosaurs

Departing from Pombal, go towards the parish of Santiago de Litém, along the road EN1.8. A few kilometers from the parish council, turn right towards the small village of Andrés. Here, you will find the Jurassic resting-place, where a specimen of “allosaurus fragilis” was discovered. It is the first dinosaur of this species to be found outside North American territory. While strolling within the parish, you can contemplate the incredible landscape of the valley of Arunca and the views to Serra da Sicó.

Continue your tour heading north towards the parish of Vila Cã. In the heart of the parish council, near the Parochial Church, there is a huge ash-tree which is more than 600 years old. While you are visiting Vila Cã, take the opportunity to see the only windmill in the parish and, afterwards, head for Senhora das Virtudes. In spite of being quite simple, the chapel has a great beauty.

Continue the journey towards the road IC8, crossing it to visit the most antique village of the municipality of Pombal. The buildings in Aldeia do Vale are unique in our county as they are built of stone from Serra da Sicó. Take some time to go up Serra da Sicó and have a look at the stones scattered along the slope. The quantity of fossils on the slope of Sicó is so vast that you might find a “treasure” which testifies the remote history of this region. Return to Pombal city following the road IC8 in time to have dinner in one of the several restaurants in the city.

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