Stage 1
Stage 1 / Chaves - V. N. de Foz Côa / 137 km / 18 May
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Chaves

The beautiful historic city of Chaves, seat of the county, is situated in a fertile valley, next to the Tâmega River and very close to the border with Spain.

With a great natural beauty, Chaves has many interesting points, with a historical center worthy of mention, with the beautiful Camões Square. It also has a strong religious character with several temples throughout the city, such as the churches of Santa Maria Maior, São João de Deus (18th century), Misericórdia (17th century), Nossa Senhora do Rosário (located in the Fort of São Francisco) and the Chapels of Santa Catarina, Nossa Senhora do Loreto (also known as Senhora da Cabeça , the baroque Nossa Senhora da Lapa, Nossa Senhora das Brotas (in the Fort of S.Neutel), the Senhora do Pópulo (in Santo Amaro, XVI century) or the one of São Roque in the Magdalena, century, among many other sanctuaries that swarm this region.

But many other points of interest exist in the region of Chaves, like the entire Roman legacy, or the Museum of the Flavian Region, housed in the former Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (15th century), which exhibits a variety of archaeological finds, Misericórdia de Chaves , installed in the old hospital, XV century, the Convent of the Order of Our Lady of the Conception (seventeenth century) and all the medieval atmosphere here.

Worthy of note is the appreciated Gastronomy typical of the area, with its famous sausages and cured meats, and the traditional Handicraft that has been maintained throughout the centuries, especially works in black clay, the wickerwork of Vilar de Nantes and the Mantas of Soutelo.

V. N. de Foz Côa

Located in the Alto Douro region, in an area of ​​schist lands also known as "Terra Quente", Vila Nova de Foz Côa is a city, seat of county, which saw its name run across borders by the discovery and classification as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO exhibition of its outdoor Paleolithic rock engravings in the Côa River valley, one of the largest archeological centers of rock art in Europe.

It is also known as the "Capital of the Amendoeira", due to the great density of this tree in the county, in part derived from the special microclimate of Mediterranean character that is made here, allowing unique landscapes when these almond trees bloom and dress the fields of white and pink, usually in the second week of February continuing until the first days of March.

This agricultural world shapes the landscape of vineyards, olive groves and the almond trees, allowing unique panoramas of great beauty, among hills and valleys, where water courses abound.

Throughout the county there are Rural Villages, schistous, where tradition and customs still prevail.

The Patrimonial value of the county of Foz Côa is great, in an area of ​​great archaeological interest, having even been discovered and classified about 195 sites. In these places are castles, churches, chapels, pillars, lots, bridges and Roman roads, which demonstrate the mark of the populations who have lived here and wrote the history for centuries.

In the town of Vila Nova de Foz Côa there is a religious fervor in its beautiful Mother Church, with Manueline façade, and in the many chapels, such as Santa Quiteria (thought to have once been a synagogue), St. Peter and Santa Barbara or the Baroque Chapel of St. Anthony. Some stately and emblazoned houses enrich the city's architectural heritage, such as the Casa dos Andrades. The Clock Tower, on the site of the Castle, demonstrates the military architecture of the past.

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The course of this 1st stage is a magical journey through the mountains of northern Portugal and the Douro River, among the World's Oldest Demarcated Wine Region with its typical vineyards and breathtaking landscapes.

And it is precisely on the banks of the river Douro that the whole entourage spends the night, at the end of an unforgettable 1st day, in the surprising High Performance Sports Center of Pocinho, located next to the Dam with the same name.

A taste of Douro and Porto wines before dinner is the best way to celebrate the end of the stage and to keep forever the memories of this region.

Hotel Aquae Flaviae Premium Chaves

Aquae Flaviae is situated in Chaves, next to the city's thermal baths, which have medicinal properties. The hotel benefits from a central location 150 meters from the city center, where it offers a tennis court and a restaurant.

Regional and international dishes are served in the informal-elegant Aquae Flaviae restaurant. Guests can enjoy hot drinks and Portuguese wines in the lounge bar.

Hotel Aquae Flaviae is just 100 meters from the historic city center. The tour desk helps guests organize various activities and excursions.

High Perfomance Sports Center (CAR) of Pocinho

The High Perfomance Sports Center (CAR) of Pocinho is promoted by the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa and is intended for the practice of water sports, with relevance to rowing and canoeing, among other sports.

The CAR is already a reference in high competition, both nationally and internationally, and can accommodate up to 159 athletes in top facilities for the practice, enjoying an extraordinary view and unique landscape framing, in an area of ​​8000 m2.

Alongside the training and sports aspect, including adapted sport, the CAR is prepared with all the necessary conditions to receive various events at national or international level, with accommodation zone, social zone and training zone.

The CAR is a place of attraction for international sportsmen, but also as a leading landmark, in a privileged country on the route of international tourism architecture, in the territory classified by UNESCO with two world heritage: "Valley Rock Prints the Côa "and" Alto Douro Vinhateiro ".