If you get to Rabaçal yesterday you just have to walk 18 kilometers to Cernache and just another 13 kilometers to get to the end of today’s stage: Coimbra. To get to these two cities you have to cross another village such as Conímbriga a Roman city; there is lots of research concerning to this city. Finally, you will get to Coimbra that was declared World Heritage Site. This city is full of lovely churches, quintas and parks.
If you start in Rabaçal you will have to walk to the N-348 to Zanbujal turning right and walk through small paths to get to the Roman road. After three kilometers and a half you will get to Zambujal that belongs to Condeixa a Nova. A little bit after you will get to a valley and you will have to cross a bridge to get again to the N-348, now walking to Fonte Coberta. Then you will walk surrounded by olive trees and also the typical landscape to get to Poço. Then you will have to walk up a little bit following the Mouros river that will lead you to Conímbriga a Roman city that is located on the military road that used to Lisbon and Braga. It is the Roman city most researched in Portugal. They have discovered many monuments and also other remains. In Condeixa a Vlha you could visit a museum where you can see how Romans used to live in this old city.
There are 6 kilometres left to get to Cernache, but first you will have to cross Atadoa, Avessada, Orelhudo and Casconcha. Then you will have to cross a bridge over the IC2 and continue to Largo da Praça next to the local church. Then you will leave the village through the Rua 1º de Maio street to Pousada through the Roman road. You will cross Outeiro Negro, Palheira and Cruz de Morouços. You will get to Rua do Comareiro street after crossing a bridge over the IC2. After crossing this street you will turn right to Largo da Capela and descend through O Bordalo.
Once you get there you will have to walk to Mesura, through its main road and walking to Largo Almas de Freiro and then to Alto de Santa Clara. Once you get there you will have to descend to get to a convent with the same name and then get to Mondego bridge. You will cross the Convento de São Francisco convent that currently houses a congress center. Finally, you will get to the old city through Largo da Portagem and through Rua Adro de Cima where the Igreja de São Bartolomeu is located. Then you will have to cross Praça Velha ou do Com´recio, the old Hospital Real hospital and the Igreja de Santiago from the 13 century, the end of today’s stage.
What to see
Visit Conímbriga is a must, here you can see the Celtic origins of the city.
What to eat
- Chanfana (typical goat cheese)
- Roasted lamb
- Roasted potatoes
- Roasted suckling pig
- Typical cheese from Rabaçal and Broa
- Jeropiga and Escarapiada
- Arroz doce y Arroz doce and Pastele de Coimbra (Typical dessert and pastries from Coimbra)
Bear in mind
If you want you can conclude in Condeixa Velha or Codeixa a Nova to stay the night if you don’t want to get to Coímbra that is located 10 kilometers from these two villages. This is an easy stage for everyone.What to see
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