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The Tagus Route [GR33 - GRZ: Canoeing]

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  • / Codes stream
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  • / Castelo de Bode dam
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  • / Castelo do Bode reservoir
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  • / Zaboeira river beach
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Spanning 24.5 km, this route follows the Zêzere on its final stretch toward the Tagus. 
24.4 km
4:54 h
3 m
10 m
Spanning 24.5 km, this route follows the Zêzere on its final stretch toward the Tagus. It passes through several scenic, ecological and tourist points of interest. The Penedo Furado is a highly sought after swimming resort. At its highest point, there is a giant rock outcrop with an enormous tapered opening, after which the beach is named. From there, the magnificent landscape of mountain ranges and hills covered in pine can be admired, as can the Codes Stream, the Castelo do Bode Reservoir Dam and some outlying settlements. The entire course of the Zêzere is a true natural paradise with a rich ecosystem, thanks to the varied vegetation (cluster pines, eucalyptus, strawberry trees, heather, olive trees, among other arboreal species), excellent development conditions for fish species, and the chance to watch the diverse birdlife that is characteristic of this region, notably the rare red-necked nightjar, the northern goshawk, the white stork and the osprey. 

Author’s recommendation

Whenever possible, stop by the side of the route and immerse yourself in the forest to appreciate the local flora and fauna, which are plentiful in this region. 

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Updated: August 20, 2020

Highest point
120 m
Lowest point
110 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

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. Aldeia do Mato is on na elevation facing Zêzere. In the past, the main sources of income were olive oil and pine, but the construction of the Castelo de Bode Dam led to the disappearance of the most productive olive groves. Today, forestry is predominant. On some hiking trails you can enjoy the sight of the existing flora and the wide variety of birds characteristic of this region, of note being the rare red-necked nightjar and the white stork. 

Start

Início do Troço – Estação Intermodal da Zaboeira Latitude – 39° 42' 13"" N; Longitude – 8° 13' 21"" O (120 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.703770, -8.222734
DMS
39°42'13.6"N 8°13'21.8"W
UTM
29S 566633 4395168
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Destination

Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal da Aldeia do Mato Latitude – 39° 32' 43"" N; Longitude – 8° 16' 38"" O

Turn-by-turn directions

This section is entirely along calm waters. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.703770, -8.222734
DMS
39°42'13.6"N 8°13'21.8"W
UTM
29S 566633 4395168
w3w 
///bloat.spinach.restarts
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Distance
24.4 km
Duration
4:54h
Ascent
3 m
Descent
10 m

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