PR 1 AGN - Benfeita Schist trail - The freshness of waterfalls
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Fraga da Pena waterfallPhoto: Aldeias do Xisto, Aldeias do Xisto
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Responsible Trails Criteria:
(last audit by RT at May 2020)
Direcional signing - 4- it has all the needed marks and signs to navigate without support
Path conditions - 3- Some degradation that can increase the difficulty of the trail.
General conservation (enviroment) - 4- There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified.
Head boards and aditional signs - 3- Reasonably maintained and with interest
Other boards informations - n.a.
Safety structures - 4- Well-maintained essential structures
Interaction with local comunitiy - 4- Encourages integration / contacts with the community
Landscape integration - 5- Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest
General Safety - 4- Has occasional low-risk situations
Track typesShow elevation profile
Rest stopsBenfeita River Beach
Casa do Rosmaninho
Safety informationTemperatures can be high in the summer and the terrain may be slippery in the winter.
SOS Emergency : 112
SOS Forest Fires: 117
Arganil Police: 235 20 05 20
Schist Village Network - ADXTUR: 275 647 700; 960 10 18 73
Tips and hintsThe route fits into the Protected Landscape Area of the Serra do Açor, with a great diversity of fauna and flora, such as the Lusitanian-salamander, the orange-colored merman, the goshawk and the owl-do-nabal , and also the oaks, the chestnut trees and the laurel trees.
Here, it crosses also the Forest of Margaraça, classified as Biogenetic Reserve, one of the few remaining examples of the primitive Portuguese vegetation in the Schist slopes of the Central region of Portugal. Besides tree species such as oak, chestnut, Portuguese laurel, cherry and elm, there are also numerous endemic vascular plants of significant scientific interest in this forest, including Solomon's seal and the Martagon lily.
The cliffs of Pena is a leisure and recreation area, with its waterfalls, also has an extremely interesting variety of unique plants which make the area quite special.
The village of Benfeita has many unique and interesting places and buildings such as:
- Torre da Paz (Peace Tower)
- Parish Church
- Traditional narrow streets and the river beach;
- The Schist Villages Shop
- Simões Dias House Museum
- The small museum in Pardieiros
- “Chanfana” lamb or goat stew
- Kid, Stuffed craw
- Egg pudding
- Rice pudding
- Pumpkin pastries
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