Walking from Minas de São Domingos to Pomarão, Portugal

Walking Minas de São Domingos to Pomarão is an unforgettable experience.

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The construction of a railroad through which it was possible to transport the production from Minas de São Domingos to Pomarão, a village on the Guadiana River banks, and where ships could access was essential.

Transporting the immense production of the mines using animals was no longer viable. For this reason, this railway line was built.

With the name of “Ramal de São Domingos”, it was always isolated from the rest of the Portuguese train network, having been, perhaps, the second train line to be built in Portugal.

In 1862, the Minas de São Domingos railway line was inaugurated. It was closed in 1965 when the production of the mines also ended.

Later, the railway lines and the “sulipas” (the wooden part that connects the train lines) were removed, leaving an excellent hiking trail.

For security reasons, the various small bridges have been dynamited, creating the only minimum difficulty of this journey. To overcome these obstacles, you will have to go down and then up short slopes.

The walk, which always follows the old railway line route, passes through various tunnels.

I do not remember precisely how many tunnels are there. But I believe there are four.

The last tunnel is the longest. Having your own light is essential, so taking a flashlight or a headlight is advisable.

I have already read several descriptions of this path, referring to various lengths. What I am going to say is different from the rest.

Usually, this route is identified as being about 17 km long. However, as I always walk in the village to see some points of interest before starting the hike, I add another 3.5 km to the mentioned number. The hike is 20.5 km long.

With a gain of 180m in elevation and 320m of elevation loss, it can be said that it is an almost flat or slightly descending route towards Pomarão.

Avoid walking this path during the summer because the temperatures are too high to walk. My preferred time of the year is spring or autumn, almost in winter.

Have fun.

David Monteiro

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