Ecopista do Dão – cycle along a scenic abandoned railway line

The “Linha do Dão” was a functioning railway that ran between Santa Comba Dão and Viseu until 1988. Now it has been transformed into a bike and walking path called the Ecopista do Dão. With its 49 km, it is not only the longest Ecopista in Portugal, but probably the most beautiful as well. Quinta Dos Três Rios offers bikes for rent or visitors may rent bicycles at select locations along the Ecopista.
Because this cycle path used to be a railway, there are no steep slopes making it very easy to cycle. The path is paved with coloured asphalt, blue in the county of Santa Comba Dão, green in Tondela and red in Viseu.
The first part of this path passes in front of Quinta da Abelenda and runs along the banks of the river Dão. Every bend in the river is followed by a bend in the Ecopista, with stunning views. Later on, the Ecopista  leaves the river, but the landscape remains very beautiful, with views of mountains and valleys covered with oaks, cork oaks and chestnut trees, but also some vineyards, cultivated land and small villages. In the distance the mountains of the Serra do Caramulo (in the north) and the Serra da Estrela (in the south) are always present.

Montebelo Golf Course

The beauty of the Montebelo 27 hole course, combines perfectly with its interesting layout, designed by Mark Stilwell and Malcom Kenyon, which is a real challenge for golf lovers, whatever their handicap. Electric golf buggies and all equipment can be hired.
The course is only 6 km from Quinta dos Três Rios and is a par 72, 6.317 meters with the most spectacular views of the Estrela and Caramulo mountain ranges.



Horseback Riding

For pony trekking, see Portugal By Horse. Just under an hours drive away, experience the wonders of Portugal on horseback.

For dressage lessons, with some stunning Lusitano horses, spend some time at the Dressage Centre. Located at Quinta do Pombal, near Beijos just 15 minutes from us.

Skiing – Serra da Estrela

The skiing centre in Serra da Estrela and the surrounding area with its fauna and flora are unique. It is 80 kilometers from Quinta dos Três Rios and trip itself is extremely worthwhile.

Rock and River

If you are up for a more adrenaline packed adventure, you can check out Rock and River. Located near Oliveira do Hospital in Central Portugal, they specialise in kayaking on the River Mondego, rock climbing, hiking and wild camping in the Serra da Estrela Mountains (Portugal’s Highest).