WATER AND STONE ROUTE
The Water and Stone Route (RAP) is a tourist route which crosses an area comprising 7 towns stretching from the Douro to the Vouga, running through the Freita, Arada and Montemuro hills.
The RAP route constitutes a different manner of discovering these hill ranges, as it involves unveiling the region´s rich natural and cultural heritage, focused on the rivers and hills comprising the same. A natural value which is endorsed by the areas protected under the Natura 2000 network, which covers over 50% of the land of the Magic Mountains.
The RAP route stands out due to the fact it places value on the region´s natural and cultural heritage associated with water and stone. Waterfalls, rivers, prehistoric engravings, peat bogs, old mines, cairns, cliffs, fossils, geological phenomena, valleys and quartzite crests are just some of the reasons to come and discover a land of magnificent landscapes, with valleys and hills sculpted by millions of years of erosion. Man and nature worked together in harmony in these parts, with the villages, terraced slopes and irrigation channels shaping the landscape, transforming this region into one of the most beautiful in Portugal.
POINTS ALONG THE WATER AND STONE ROUTE
The RAP route was designed as a visitation network with over 100 interpretation panels, where each panel features a central point of interest and one to three additional points, to be visited along a specific route, on foot, by car, or using less conventional means. Your visit to the points of interest along the RAP route is backed up by a field guide containing all the details of the itinerary.
The Magic Mountains are discovered as if you were on a train line, featuring stops at the places worth visiting among the immense area of hills between the Douro and Vouga rivers. The lines are the natural elements which reign here, alternating between rivers and hills.