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River Branches II [GR33 - GRZ: Canoeing]

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  • Trízio
    / Trízio
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  • / Fernandaires
    Photo: Aldeias do Xisto, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Praia Fluvial de Fernandaires
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  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Fernandaires > Zaboeira - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Zaboeira river beach
    Photo: Aldeias do Xisto, Aldeias do Xisto
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Spanning 4.6 km, this route passes through three excellent nautical and swimming areas: Trízio, Fernandaires and Zaboeira.  
4.6 km
0:56 h
14 m
7 m
Fernandaires is one of the recreational swimming areas in the municipality of Vila de Rei, where the water quality was classified “Excellent” by Quercus - National Nature Conservation Association. The cool shade of the high tree canopy provides a sense of tranquillity and an opportunity to rest or camp. The size of the reservoir makes it possible to engage in water sports and sport fishing. Zaboeira is a riverside village that attracts many visitors, largely due to the delicious regional cuisine. The highlight goes to the largemouth bass or achigã, after which the annual festival held by region’s restaurants is named. This is also one of the inland swimming areas classified as “Excellent” for their water quality. 

Author’s recommendation

Try some of the local gastronomy, especially the achigã. 

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Rita Machado - A2Z
Updated: August 19, 2020

Highest point
123 m
Lowest point
109 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

Consisting of 13 localities, the civil parish of Palhais is located about 15 km from Sertã. It is one of the oldest towns in the municipality. The civil parish, whose toponym derives from a surname of a Portuguese noble house, has been populated since prehistoric times. The abundance of water was one of the reasons for early settlement in Palhais. Two streams run through the civil parish, the Sertã and the Isna. Besides, of course, the fundamental importance of the river Zêzere, now suffused by the Castelo de Bode Dam. Places to visit include the main church, the chapels of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré in Casal, and S. Pedro, in Trízio. Before you leave, you must try the coscóreis, the maranho and the Palhais cakes. Located at the Castelo de Bode Lagoon, the Zaboeira bathing area of is a pleasant place where you can enjoy moments of pure fun in the floating pool. Dense, pleasant shrubbery prevails in the area around the beach. Zaboeira is one of the riverside villages in Vila de Rei Municipality that attracts most visitors, largely due to the delicious regional cuisine. The focus is on bass, which gives its name to the festival that takes place annually in the municipality's restaurants. This is also one of the inland bathing areas rated "Excellent" in terms of water quality. 

Start

"Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal de Trízio Latitude – 39° 43' 47"" N; Longitude – 8° 13' 50"" O" (116 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.729308, -8.231090
DMS
39°43'45.5"N 8°13'51.9"W
UTM
29S 565892 4397996
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Destination

"Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal da Zaboeira Latitude – 39° 42' 13"" N; Longitude – 8° 13' 21"" O"

Turn-by-turn directions

This section is entirely along calm waters. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.729308, -8.231090
DMS
39°43'45.5"N 8°13'51.9"W
UTM
29S 565892 4397996
w3w 
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Distance
4.6 km
Duration
0:56h
Ascent
14 m
Descent
7 m

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