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PR1 OLR - Schist Trails of Álvaro - The Meanders of the Zêzere

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Along the Meanders of the Zêzere, it takes us along the slopes of the Aldeia do Xisto of Álvaro. It passes through some of the many chapels in the area and also revealing stunning landscapes over the river Zêzere.
easy
Distance 6.4 km
2:00 h
490 m
490 m
Starting at the viewpoint, next to the parish church of Álvaro (Church of S.Tiago), Schist Trails of Álvaro - The Meanders of the Zêzere is a circular route of 6.3 km. It goes through olive groves planted in terraces and are accompanied by the beauty of the curves of the river. We pass the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Consolação and then we reach Gaspalha, where the olive oil presses deserve a visit. Then we descend towards the river Zêzere, to the river beach of Álvaro where we can have a swim. To end the walk there is one last climb to the starting point in Álvaro.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the vast and beautiful religious monuments in the Aldeia do Xisto of Álvaro and contemplate the landscape over the River Zêzere at the viewpoint next to the main church.

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Update: December 15, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
650 m
Lowest point
328 m
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Safety information

Be careful as it can be warm in the summer and slippery in the winter.

 

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency – 112

SOS forests – 117

Anti poisoning information - (+351) 217 950 143

GNR Police Oleiros – (+351) 272 682 311

ADXTUR - Rede Aldeias do Xisto - (+351) 275 647 700

Tips and hints

The valley of the Zêzere dazzles with its imposing landscape and the river that runs a sinuous and surprisingly deep course created by the system of meanders . The meanders of the river Zêzere are one of the sites of the Natural Park of the Tejo, classified by UNESCO, and make this one of the most beautiful river valleys in Portugal. The surrounding region is full of ecological interest.

The woods of Álvaro have always been of exceptional value, in particular as a sample of the indigenous vegetation that grows here spontaneously. On the surrounding steep slopes there is a monoculture of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). It is also worth exploring the myriad of rural trails, you are guaranteed to stumble on areas of hidden paradise at the end of deep ravines. Land use shows that the olive has always played an important role in agriculture here, and the olive tree (Olea europea) plays a significant role in the local landscape.

This is one of the white villages of the network of Schist villages, most the houses are plastered and painted. This is proof that the village was once a noble “town” and the capital of the county. This status is a legacy of the passage of Visigoths and Romans and due to the fact it was an important base for the Order of Malta. The Romans were responsible for building one of the bridges that still links the two sides of the stream of Alvélos today. This parish is also marked by the existence of the “pilgrimage route to Santiago” and by the exceptional religious relics. The Chapel of Misericórdia is classified as property of County Value.

 

Gastronomy

- Fish soup

- Fried river fish (Achigã)

- Roast kid

- Maranhos

- Evergreen strawberry tree brandy

- Honey cake

- Wine callum

 

Start

Near the mother church of S. Tiago. 39º 58' 33'' N 7º 57' 57'' W (366 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.975887, -7.965816
DMS
39°58'33.2"N 7°57'56.9"W
UTM
29S 588309 4425593
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Destination

Near the mother church of S. Tiago. 39º 58' 33'' N 7º 57' 57'' W

Turn-by-turn directions

This circular route starts and ends at the viewpoint overthe River Zêzere next to the parish church of Álvaro (Church of S. Tiago). Before starting the 6.2 km walk, while you are still at the viewpoint, take in the surrounding landscape of the valley of the River Zêzere, that is thought to be one of the most beautiful river valleys in Portugal.

Leaving Álvaro towards Gaspalha, the walk first crosses olive groves planted in terraces on the steep banks o the Zêzere until it reaches the road from Oleiros to Pampilhosa da Serra. Cross the road and then the climb starts, passing the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Consolação. Once we reach Gaspalha, it is worth stopping to visit one of the olive oil presses that still exist in the village.

Next, passing through pine woods the path takes us down towards the river Zêzere and the river beach of Álvaro which invites us in for a swim on warm days. This is the ideal spot for a rest or to try some of the local specialities at the restaurant next to the beach. The route then heads back towards Álvaro, following the river, from where we can see some of the brids that live in the zone. After a slight climb we arrive in Álvaro, where we can still visit some of its beautiful chapels.

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Coordinates

DD
39.975887, -7.965816
DMS
39°58'33.2"N 7°57'56.9"W
UTM
29S 588309 4425593
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.4 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
490 m
Descent
490 m

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