We take our way back saying goodbye to Alvorge, from which we will say goodbye passing in front of the stairs of the church, to take a detour to the left that will take us between small forests and recreational areas to Ribeira de Alcalamouque, on the way to Cernache. From here we will have to follow the road N347-1, as we always tell you, taking extreme precautions to the maximum. After the detour to Rua Ribeira de Baixo, we arrive at Rabaçal, where there is a museum dedicated to the ancient Roman villa in the area.
We resume our journey towards Zambujal, which we will reach effortlessly after following tracks and paths where vineyards and olive trees form the dominant landscape. From Zambujal, we will continue towards Fonte Coberta and after reaching the picnic area, instead of crossing the bridge, we will continue along a path that takes us to the left. This stretch is extremely beautiful, marked by the lullaby of the water and the exuberant riverside vegetation.
After following the road, we will arrive at Poço, from where we will continue in a north-westerly direction, entering the wooded landscape of the valley slope, until we reach Conímbriga, where we will be able to contemplate the ruins of its Roman city. Here we recommend a stop to visit the excavations and the museum, we assure you that it is worth it.
Once we have resumed our march from Conímbriga, we will continue bordering Condeixa-a-Nova to the north. We will pass through the neighbourhoods of Atadoa, Orelhudo and Casconha, arriving later at Cernache.
Today’s stage is undoubtedly a rest, and reaching Cernache is almost a walk, however, tomorrow we head to Coimbra, so we recommend leaving Alvorge early and getting a good rest to get up early and complete tomorrow’s stage as quickly as possible. This way we can spend more time getting to know the city.
Places of interest
- Roman remains of Conímbriga
- Quinta dos Condes de Esperança – Cernache
- Parish Church of Cernache
- Moinho das Lapas Museum – Cernache
- Kid roasted in lenha oven
- Leitão roasted in the fashion of Bairrada
- Rabaçal and chanfana cheese
- Jeropiga and Escarapiada