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VILA VERDE DE FICALHO

THE SMUGGLING ROUTES

WALKING TRAILS

This circular and accessible route takes you on a journey of discovery of the nearby border, following the paths once used by the smugglers. The old watermills, together with the Chança river ecosystem, add to the charms of this route.

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MAIN INFORMATION

• Type: Circular
 

• Distance: 12,6kms
 

• Accumulated uphill elevation: + 200 m

• Approximate duration: 2h50

• Difficulty level: 1 and 2

• Point of departure and arrival: Praça Conde de Ficalho

• GPS coordinates: N37º56'50.4'' W07º18'00.9''

• Points of interest: Moinho da Volta Watermill; Moinho da Várzea Watermill; Nossa Senhora das Pazes Chapel

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This circular route begins and ends by the Mother Church of Vila Verde de Ficalho, also known as the São Jorge Parish Church. 

The route leaves Vila Verde de Ficalho, heading southeast towards the border with Spain. About 2.6km along the way, it comes across the first point of interest, the Nossa Senhora das Pazes Chapel, originally built in the sixteenth century.

Past the chapel, the route follows dirt roads to the river Chança, the border between Portugal and Spain. Following the river downstream, the trail goes past two watermill ruins - Moinho da Várzea and Moinho da Volta - until reaching a tight curve in the river and entering a track that climbs the slope.

After crossing the bridge over the stream, the route starts to climb back towards V.V. Ficalho by dirt roads, past Monte das Pereirinhas, with its view of the town and of the Ficalho mountain range.

There are two final points of interest near the Mother Church: fifty meters to the north, the Archaeological Site and the Igreja Velha de São Jorge church.

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