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PR 2 FND - Janeiro de Cima Schist Walking Trail - Ahoy, the boat!

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  • / Miradouro da Argemela
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  • / Vale do Rio Zêzere junto à Aldeia de Janeiro de Cima
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  • / Caminho do Xisto de Janeiro de Cima - Ó da Barca!
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  • / Caminho do Xisto de Janeiro de Cima - Ó da Barca!
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  • / Caminho do Xisto de Janeiro de Cima - Ó da Barca!
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  • / Aldeia de Janeiro de Cima
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  • / Rio Zêzere
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This Schist Walking Trail allows visitors to view the narrow quelhos and quelhas in Janeiro de Cima, the rocky ridges of the Zêzere, and then takes them along trails where the remnants of mining exploration are still visible.
moderate
Distance 10 km
3:00 h
165 m
165 m
Starting from the square in front of the New Church, up to the Vale da Canada you can see the beautiful landscapes of the Zêzere meanderings and its rocky crests, World Heritage Site.Later on, we find the farmlands divided by magnificent schist fortress and conheiras, remains of the ancient exploitations of gold and tin.On warm days enjoy the Esteiro pond or the Janeiro de Cima river park, with its traditional Barges moored there and the sing of the old mill-wheel.In the Village, exponents of this urban route, and worthy of your visit, are the Old Church and the Casa das Tecedeiras (traditional linen weaver) .

Author’s recommendation

Don’t miss the opportunity to view the snaking landscapes of the river Zêzere and rocky ridges, classified World Heritage Sites.

 

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Updated: February 17, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
445 m
Lowest point
327 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Beware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.

 

Emergency number: 112

SOS Forest fires: 117

GNR (police) Silvares: (+351) 275 662 453

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - (+351) 275 647 700 | (+351) 960 101 873

Tips and hints

In Janeiro de Cima, Municipality of Fundão, one feels the strong complicity between the village and the Zêzere River. The course of the water designs soft curves that frame the rural landscape, surrounded by a dense vegetation of wild pine trees from where some hills and abrupt cliffs stand out.Be delighted by the horizon view observing the hilltop of St. Sebastian Shrine, and the quartzite outcrops of Santa Luzia dam, which integrate a large quartzite crest that crosses Portugal from northwest to southwest. A magic place you should not missed.The village rests on a perfect harmony between the river and the mountain.The proximity of the Zêzere River is one of the biggest attractions of Janeiro de Cima. A walk to the banks, through a bucolic countryside, leads you in to a large river park, a leisure area that is filled with people on warm days. We suggest a quiet walk not to scare the fauna. Rabbits, partridges, foxes, wild boars, and especially birds such as herons, eagles and other birds of prey witch guard the slopes of the River. The wild pine forest landscape reigns with diferent colours marked by the seasons with species such as arbutus, heather, rosemary, rock roses, and small herbaceous plants that render the spring more colourful. In autumn or in spring there is also a large variety of wild mushrooms. In communion with nature and its familiar background, Janeiro de Cima fills up with people at weekends and in the holidays. In the summer, there are picnics in the pinewoods or you can opt for the coolness of the water in the River Beach. The first village houses sprung up around the old church and from there spread out in a series of narrow, organic streets with a physiognomy of their own, connecting with other narrow streets and lanes, courtyards and alleyways, in a medieval structure of great patrimonial value. Of note is the unique technique for building houses, combining schist with the rolled pebbles from the river. In short, traditions are relived here in knowledge and arts that have never been forgotten and that are reborn at the hands of the present day. On the banks of the Zêzere, call out "Ahoy the boat!" to cross the river. This was how people in the old days were united and did business on both banks. This is still possible today on a trip up the river. In the House of the Weavers, you can hear the orchestra of linen looms in a symphony of coloured. On the walls, white rolled pebbles stand out from the brown schist. These are the visiting card of this village. In the late afternoon sunlight, this unique architecture made from river stones confers a unique reddish tint on the walls of the houses.

 

Gastronomy

- Maranhos

- Kid

- River Fishes

- Local desert

Start

Igreja Nova's Square 40º04.048`N / 007º47.996`W (350 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.067463, -7.800087
DMS
40°04'02.9"N 7°48'00.3"W
UTM
29T 602324 4435934
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Destination

Igreja Nova's Square 40º04.048`N / 007º47.996`W

Turn-by-turn directions

When travelling the Janeiro de Cima Schist Route, start next to the New Church and go up to Vale da Canada, where you will have the opportunity to glimpse the enchanting landscapes the Zêzere River meanders through and the rocky crests classified in a World Heritage network and that are highly spectacular. Further ahead, along the old Covões street (01/JUNE/1912), there are fields separated by magnificent schist forts, showing the liveliness of the locals in the farm work. On the old trails made by the miners, you can still find the rock heaps or large stones, remnants of the former gold and tin mining operations. On hot days, take a swim by Esteiro Weir or in the pleasant Janeiro de Cima River Beach, the high point of the whole route and one of the most beautiful places in the region, with traditional boats moored there and the song of the old wheel, recently restored. When you arrive at the village, you go into the traditional centre and stroll along the old alleyways connecting the squares and the old district. The most important features of this urban route are the old church and the Home of the Weavers, the latter safeguarding the memory of the linen tradition. With a very unique identity, Janeira architecture depicts the Zêzere in the schist stone masonry, dotting it with rolled pebbles from the river bed.

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Coordinates

DD
40.067463, -7.800087
DMS
40°04'02.9"N 7°48'00.3"W
UTM
29T 602324 4435934
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
165 m
Descent
165 m

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