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PR4 PPS - Janeiro de Baixo Schist Walking Trail

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The Schist Walking Trail of Janeiro de Baixo starts by the riverside beach in this Aldeia do Xisto. It passes through Antro dos Penedos and trails where remnants of old ox carts can be found. 
moderate
Distance 9.4 km
3:15 h
422 m
422 m
789 m
607 m
This walking trail starts next to Janeiro de Baixo fluvial beach and follows towards the Quartz gorge where Zezere River looks like strangled. Known as «Antro do Penedos», it is one of the most spectacular spots of the entire trail. The route continues climbing the Janeiro Mountain hillside with great views over Janeiro de Baixo Schist Village and its Zezere river widding course. Arriving back to the village, by an ancient trail next to the river till the village. 

Author’s recommendation

The Antro dos Penedos, a quartzite gorge that seems to strangle the river Zêzere, is one of the most spectacular points along the route.

 

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Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR
Update: February 18, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
789 m
Lowest point
607 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Be careful of heat in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.

 

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergência: 112

SOS Floresta: 117

GNR (police) Pampilhosa da Serra: (+351) 235 590 100

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 101 873 

Tips and hints

The range of the Serra da Açor mountains are a Natura network site that house a substantial population of Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica subsp. Lusitanica). These mountains have the largest populations of Portuguese laurel in the country, and that of the Margaraça Forest is the most important. This is a relic species that has lingered in the forest since the Tertiary times. It is similar to the Laurissilva forest of Madeira which takes its name from the predominance of evergreen species similar to the laurel and Portuguese laurel. In Fajão the Portuguese laurel is associated with an abundant vegetation of oak and cork trees, as well as typical tree species: oaks and chestnut trees. This association of plants in a forest is extremely rare. In the quartzite outcrops there are more very rare species of flora.

Janeiro de Baixo is part of Pampilhosa da Serra Municipality, Coimbra District. This village, which is part of the Schist Villages Network, was built on the right bank of the Zêzere River, making this a location of great beauty and some nostalgia. The village is surrounded by a harmonious set of mountains, rock faces and valleys, lagoons, rivers and streams that you will want to explore. In the centre of the village, the white tower of the parish church comes into view, framing the traditional houses, which underwent restoration.

 

Gastronomy

- Maranho

- Goat stew (Chanfana)

- Kid

- Tigelada sweet

- Rice pudding

 

Start

"The main route PR 4 PPS, leaves and arrives from the café, located next to the Fluvial Beach of Janeiro de Baixo The variant (PR 4.1 PPS) diverges from the PR 4 PPS at the entrance of January de Baixo, near the intersection of the road that goes to Pampilhosa da Serra and is again with the PR 4 PPS in the middle of the Serra de Janeiro." (323 m)
Coordinates:
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40.045919, -7.803804
DMS
40°02'45.3"N 7°48'13.7"W
UTM
29T 602039 4433539
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Destination

"The main route PR 4 PPS, leaves and arrives from the café, located next to the Fluvial Beach of Janeiro de Baixo The variant (PR 4.1 PPS) diverges from the PR 4 PPS at the entrance of January de Baixo, near the intersection of the road that goes to Pampilhosa da Serra and is again with the PR 4 PPS in the middle of the Serra de Janeiro."

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts near the café at the Janeiro de Baixo river beach and continues towards the village. Before entering the village centre, the route turns left and follows the old trail connecting Janeiro de Baixo to Ademoço, continuing towards the quartz gorge that appears to be strangling the River Zêzere. Known as Antro dos Penedos, it is one of the most spectacular points on the whole route. Next you come to the road connecting Janeiro de Baixo to Ademoço, continuing on towards Janeiro de Baixo up to Serra de Janeiro along a small path that will lead you to a trail halfway down the slope. From here, and in the midst of strawberry trees, there is a spectacular view over Janeiro de Baixo and the Zêzere River as it curves to get around the village. A little further ahead, you will cross the PR 4.1 PPS variant, coming from Janeiro de Baixo and which passed by the Sra. da Póvoa Chapel. Continuing on, the route starts descending until it comes to the road from Pampilhosa da Serra. After passing the road, there is an old trail where the marks left by old oxcarts are still visible and that will lead to the road coming from Janeiro de Cima. After passing the road, there is an old trail that goes alongside the river and leads to the village. When you get there, you must visit the stone-encrusted mill standing next to the parish church. The course is almost done, all you have to do is follow a trail along the river, which will take you to the campsite and then to the café at the river beach. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.045919, -7.803804
DMS
40°02'45.3"N 7°48'13.7"W
UTM
29T 602039 4433539
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.4 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
422 m
Descent
422 m
Highest point
789 m
Lowest point
607 m

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