In this proposal we’re going to Valada by bike to enjoy the services and equipment of River Park, a small resort that provides us with equipment to make various water sports.
* To ensure the visit and availability of equipment for water sports, please contact the:
Valada do Ribatejo
(+351) 966 675 554 / (+351) 918 283 080
THIS PROPOSAL INCLUDES A VISIT TO THE LOCAL HERITAGE.
Exit the Marchanta through the gate on the river side, turning to the right with the dam on your left. The route will always be straight ahead along the narrow tar road, on the way to Valada at 2,5kms.
A small warning for a situation to take into account, midway, where the road lined the Epal facilities. At this point you can choose the route by the road, where you have to take into account that the traffic is done in both directions and the road is narrow, or you can choose to go on the top of the dam, but where you have to take into account a pillar at the entrance and the exit of this route. After going through this place, go ahead until Valada where we are going to delight with the view.
We are getting to Valada, to the rossio of the village, where it began. A ramp takes us up to the dike where we can stop to interpret what we see. On the right side we have a church of the thirteenth century, in the same place where a small castle once existed, when the Tagus River defined the southern border of Portugal.
The two great historical landmarks of this village were the “Peace Agreement of Valada” agreement signed between the Portuguese kingdom and the Castilian kingdom in the fourteenth century; and the “Kilometer launched of Valada”, one of the first car races that happened in the country, and that had the presence of the king in 1906.
On the side of the river, where once were a river port, there is now a marina where several boats dock. Let’s move on through the top of the dam, bypassing the portals from time to time.
Let’s take the opportunity to go down to the coffee shop just after the marina. Here we take contact with the locals and who knows, we will hear stories of the great cyclist Alfredo Trindade, twice winner of the Tour of Portugal.
In honor of this, we will continue our journey after having a drink. We return to the top of the dam to see both sides of the village. We go this way until we reach a ramp towards the river, which leads us down to the River Park just after the graveyard. River Park is near.
Arrived at our destination, we will request a place to leave our bikes and see the availability of equipment to choose the aquatic activity that we are going to practice.
On the way back, we will follow the same path.