Canoeing

Return to Serenity [GR33 - GRZ: Canoeing]

Canoeing · Portugal
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  • Rocks of Prudência
    / Rocks of Prudência
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Valbom
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Foz de Alge > Valbom Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Foz de Alge > Valbom Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Foz de Alge > Valbom Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
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Spanning 9.3 km, this route envelops visitors in the serenity of the river, thanks to the Castelo de Bode Reservoir, away from the roiling waters found further upstream. 
9.4 km
1:55 h
18 m
10 m
On the banks of the Alge Stream, we find one of the most important testimony of Portugal's industrial history, the Ferrarias [Blacksmith Shops] of Foz de Alge, which cover three centuries of Portuguese history, where the stream was used to drive a variety of equipment. You can also see the traditional three-board barges of the river Zêzere, which are still used for fishing and transportation. 

Author’s recommendation

The village of Dornes is one of the most beautiful on the Zêzere shoreline and is worth stop for a visit. There, you can also visit one of the last builders of the traditional three-board barges.  

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Updated: August 18, 2020
Highest point
125 m
Lowest point
107 m

Safety information

Classification / Navigability of the river

 

Level 1

a) Calm waters with slight current, maximum velocity of 4 km/hour, without navigation difficulties.

b) Water currents with velocities ranging from 4 km/hour to 10 km/hour and without any obstacles.

c) When the current is more than 10 km/hour, there may be some difficulties which require the attention of canoeists. The use of lifejackets is advised

 

Level 2

Some difficulties, with currents, small dams and easy rapids. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is advised.

 

Level 3

Difficult navigation Strong currents and fast rapids that require mastery of the vessel. The use of an appropriate vessel is advised. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 4

Very difficult but without any danger to well-trained canoeists. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 5

Extremely difficult and dangerous navigation. Only for fully trained and prepared canoeists. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 6

Impassable. Impracticable. Cannot be navigated. 

Tips, hints and links

On the banks of the small river Alge, you can find the most important evidence of the history of the industry in the country, the Foz de Alge Forges, which spanned three centuries of Portuguese history, operating from 1692 to 1834. In this region, the eagle-owl and the alder are the prime examples of fauna and flora. Among the many activities that can be practised here, traditional fishing prominently stands out. The traditional boats of the Zêzere River still endure, the three-board boats, still used in fishing and transportation between the banks.

Dornes is one of the best-preserved and most characteristic villages on the banks of the Zêzere with a history dating back to Roman times. It is superbly framed by the landscape provided by the river and surrounding the mountains, with cobbled streets and medieval layout, finishing at the river and the Nossa Senhora do Pranto Shrine, which is an important place of pilgrimage (Círios). Also of note are the houses in traditional architecture, where evidence of the Order of Christ can be found, helping to tell the story of the unique Medieval Templar Pentagonal Tower, a defensive watchtower on the Zêzere, admirable for its splendid location and mysticism and a veritable landmark of the region. In the surrounding area, there are restaurants where you can savour freshwater fish, terraces with views of the river and Rural Tourism and Residential accommodation. There is also a boatyard where the Abrangel boat is built.

Start

"Início do Troço – Estação Intermodal de Foz de Alge Latitude – 39° 49' 49"" N; Longitude – 8° 16' 34"" O" (116 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.830337, -8.276393
DMS
39°49'49.2"N 8°16'35.0"W
UTM
29S 561919 4409177
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Destination

"Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal de Dornes Latitude – 39° 46' 14"" N; Longitude – 8° 16' 12"" O"

Turn-by-turn directions

This section is entirely along calm waters. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.830337, -8.276393
DMS
39°49'49.2"N 8°16'35.0"W
UTM
29S 561919 4409177
w3w 
///rooftop.sinewy.payoff
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Distance
9.4 km
Duration
1:55h
Ascent
18 m
Descent
10 m

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