The Ecopista do Dão is the longest in Portugal, and one of the most beautiful. In addition to conserving its natural environment, it is surrounded by the Estrela and Caramulo mountains and the Dão and Mondego rivers. It is almost 50km of easy walking or cycling. It is a linear route that reveals a rural area, with many vineyards and farming communities. The Ecopista starts at the railway line in Dão, and for this reason spectacular railway heritage sites are also some of the route's highlights. Along the way there is a steam locomotive, stations and modern architecture bridges.
A stroll along the Dão Ecopista is also a walk through medieval history, on which you can discover medieval pillories, manor houses and churches.
The Dão Ecopista forms part of the National Ecopista Network. It has support structures and the route is paved and signposted throughout.
Know more in the official website of this cycle path
Responsible Trails Criteria:
(last audit realized at 14/06/2020)
Direcional signing - 5 (It’s perfectly signed and fulfilling the national requirements)
Path conditions - 4 (In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations)
General conservation (enviroment) - 3 (some place present some degradation but with no negative impacts on the experience)
Head boards and aditional signs - 4 (Well maintained and with interest)
Other boards informations - 1 (Nonexistent)
Safety structures - 5 (All recommended structures well maintained)
Interaction with local comunitiy - 3 (Interaction / occasional contacts with the community)
Landscape integration - 4 (Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest)
General Safety - 5 (The environment allways as some risk)