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Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Graça

4880 Vilar de Ferreiros, Portugal
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A Blessed Takeoff Vilar de Ferreiros  Portugal

A Blessed Takeoff

I my way to see hang gliders and paragliders set off from the Lady of the Graça mountain – the highest peak of the region around Mondim de Basto.On my way up the mountain I spot a yellow glider take off from the summit on his way to join the dozens of fellow colourful spots that are circling the mountain. In the old days, fisherman from the west coast used this maintain a reference point and now, is a hotspot for adventure sports. They have become so popular in this area that a recently decommissioned train line has seen its tracks removed and reconverted into an eco-path. It is forty kilometres from start to finish, all most all of these run along the side of the Tamega River valley, offering sights to the otherwise unreachable natural riverside and mountain sights. I took the bicycle, but it was also meant to be walked on enjoyed on horseback.