Canoeing

Under the Sign of Cabril II [GR33 - GRZ: Canoeing]

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  • River Zêzere
    / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Meanders of the river Zêzere
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  • / Meandros do Rio Zêzere
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  • / Meandros do Rio Zêzere
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  • / Castelo de Bode dam
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  • / Castelo do Bode reservoir
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  • / Cabril reservoir
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  • / Cabril Dam
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Spanning 32.3 km, this route introduces visitors to the calm waters of the Zêzere, influenced by the Cabril and Castelo de Bode Dams. 
32.3 km
6:43 h
117 m
64 m
Spanning 32.3 km, this route introduces visitors to the calm waters of the Zêzere, influenced by the Cabril and Castelo de Bode Dams, as they flow along the GR33 GRZ - Multistage Route of Zêzere toward Constância, where the route ends. At the start of the route, we are still enveloped by the meanders of the Zêzere, magnificent pronounced curves which extend for kilometres, forming one of the most famous landscapes classified by UNESCO. The landscape inspires well-being and tranquillity, and is worth enjoying. Snaking through schist mountain ranges covered in pine, with steep and profound inclines, it is undoubtedly the river that surprises onlookers with its unique course, making this one of the most beautiful Portuguese river valleys. Evidence of human presence such as the schist walls can be seen scattered along the banks, attesting to subsistence based on agriculture. 

Author’s recommendation

Visit the Aldeia do Xisto of Pedrógão Pequeno, climb down to the Philippine Bridge and then climb up to the viewpoint at Senhora da Confiança to enjoy the surrounding landscape. 

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Rita Machado - A2Z
Updated: August 17, 2020
Highest point
306 m
Lowest point
251 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

The whiteness of the houses attests to the historical importance of what was once a noble “villa”, former municipal seat, the sign of a statute inherited in bygone times. Today it is one of the white villages of the Aldeias do Xisto. An essential element for any Álvaro landscape, the river has also given rise to the river beach that receives numerous visitors in summer. The beach is suitable for doing several sports and engaging in recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, boating and renting pedal boats. It is mandatory to go through the religious circuit of the village. 

Start

"Inicio do Troço – Estação Intermodal de Álvaro Latitude – 39°58'39.40""N; Longitude – 7°57’39.99""O" (264 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.977584, -7.962255
DMS
39°58'39.3"N 7°57'44.1"W
UTM
29S 588611 4425784
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Destination

"Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal do Vale de Góis Latitude – 39° 55' 17"" N; Longitude – 8° 08' 03"" O"

Turn-by-turn directions

This section is entirely along calm waters. Due to the Cabril Dam, upon reaching the Intermodal Station at Góis Valley (Pedrógão Grande), the journey toward the Intermodal Station at Moinho das Freiras [Mill of the Nuns] (Pedrógão Pequeno) is overland, over a distance of approximately 7 km by road (about 12 minutes by car). 

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Coordinates

DD
39.977584, -7.962255
DMS
39°58'39.3"N 7°57'44.1"W
UTM
29S 588611 4425784
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Distance
32.3 km
Duration
6:43h
Ascent
117 m
Descent
64 m

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