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PR2 CTB - Schist Trail of Martim Branco

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This route links the Aldeia do Xisto of Martim Branco to Almaceda, following levadas (irrigation ducts), trails, pathways and forest paths, where natural heritage is particularly prominent, and there is always an enchanting spot to be found.
moderate
Distance 10.7 km
2:40 h
126 m
17 m
 

 

 

 The route begins in Martim Branco Village. After the last houses, cross the river and, taking the paths that traverse the floodplain, it is possible to follow the levada channels, contemplating a weir and blends of olive groves, strawberry trees and holm oaks. The old mills take us back to the era when maize and rye were ground to ensure “our daily bread”. Always ensconced within this remarkable natural heritage, the route ends in Almaceda, where the small riverside garden and beach provide a well-deserved rest.

Author’s recommendation

 Keep an eye out for the landscape, both rugged and gentle, bare and forested. Take the opportunity to observe and listen to the fauna which you can sense along the entire way.

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Update: July 06, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
364 m
Lowest point
160 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Aldeia do Xisto de Martim Branco
Xisto Sentido
Bem-Me-Quer
Almaceda River Beach

Safety information

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

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency – 112

SOS Forest - 117 GNR (Police) - 272 340 900

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 10 18 73

Tips and hints

O casario em xisto e taipa da Aldeia do Xisto de Martim Branco situa-se no vale da ribeira de Almaceda, entre penedias e quedas de água, onde o património natural assume particular relevância. Aqui, abundam essências florestais comuns em quase toda a Beira Baixa: o pinheiro, o sobreiro, a azinheira e a oliveira. Os terrenos não cultivados cobrem-se de matos característicos da região: a carqueja, o rosmaninho, o tojo e a giesta. A fauna é variada: se escutarmos e olharmos com atenção podemos ser presenteados com visões de rara beleza de uma raposa, um coelho ou lebre, perdiz, tordo, tentilhão, pintassilgo, codorniz, cuco ou cotovia. Ao longo da ribeira, escondem-se ainda antigos moinhos, onde se moíam o centeio e o milho.

A tradição gastronómica desta região centra-se nas carnes de cabra e porco e na doçaria:

- Maranho

- Tigelada

- Enchidos

- Cabrito no forno

- Filhós fintas

- Borrachões

- Biscoitos de azeite

Start

Village of Martim Branco (276 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.945329, -7.624537
DMS
39°56'43.2"N 7°37'28.3"W
UTM
29S 617504 4422595
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Destination

Almaceda

Turn-by-turn directions

 The route begins at the entrance of the village, in the urban network, and passes near the House of Arts and Crafts. After the last houses, cross the river on a small iron bridge and, taking the paths that traverse the floodplain, it is possible to follow the levada channels, contemplating a weir and blends of olive groves, strawberry trees and holm oaks. Further ahead, you once again cross the River on the Volta bridge, joining a new trail that follows a stream coming from a high weir. Going up about 30 metres, follow the Levada Nova until you reach the weir, where a path leads to a forest trail. Then you will come to a crossroads where a bridge will lead you to Porto da Vila. Following this trail, you will again see the riverside corridor of Almaceda river, where you will be surrounded by a landscape of small vegetable gardens, olive groves and traditional schist houses. Then it’s across the river again on some branches, leading you along the forest trail to Almaceda Village, whose riverside garden and river beach invite you to take a well-deserved rest. As an alternative to the main route a shorter variant was created (PR 2.1). After crossing the Volta bridge, follow the “Levada dos Moinhos" passing the former milling centre on the way to Martim Branco.

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Coordinates

DD
39.945329, -7.624537
DMS
39°56'43.2"N 7°37'28.3"W
UTM
29S 617504 4422595
w3w 
///coconut.gardening.wildly
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
126 m
Descent
17 m

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