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PR8 PPS - Pampilhosa da Serra Schist Walking Trail – Unhais River Route

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  • Rio Unhais
    / Rio Unhais
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  • / Santa Luzia Dam
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  • / Pampilhosa da Serra
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The Unhais River Route allows you to discover the stunning landscapes that surround this waterway and where the silence is broken only by the sound of water and the chirping of birds.
moderate
Distance 18.6 km
5:00 h
553 m
810 m
709 m
383 m
Linear route that begins in Pampilhosa da Serra heading east along the watercourse, in the valley of the Unhais river, with an extraordinary landscape. Since the beginning of the route, it is possible find traces of some watermills that once ground the corn and rye productions from the river's fertile slopes. This area was heavily exploited for the cultivation of grain and vegetables. The Unhais river will be present almost all the time and you will cross it to its right side after Ereira village. Walking on trails where you will find a wild landscape, where the silence is interrupted by the sound of running water from the river and the birds' chirping. Going up, the route takes you to Foz do Ribeiro, Cabril and Vale Grande. Here, you can admire the landscape of the imposing quartzite ridges that support the Santa Luzia Dam. Then, the route heads up to Casal da Lapa, near the river beach of Santa Luzia Dam.

Author’s recommendation

Admire the landscapes created by the river Unhais and the quartzite ridges that support the Santa Luzia Dam.

 

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Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR
Update: December 14, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
383 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 river Unhais is surrounded by paradisaical landscapes, their maximum exponent of which can be seen next to the imposing barrier of the Santa Luzia Dam. To the south of the barrier wall, the smooth terrain in Vale Grande contrasts with the wildness of the surrounding area. Cabril itself, is a tangle of streets on a slope with a steep incline, giving it its own characteristic beauty. In certain places, the terraced view is accentuated, opening up to stunning panoramas.

 

Gastronomy

- Maranho (Goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture)

- Cabrito (Kid)

- Chanfana (Goat stewed in red wine)

- Bacalhau da Couvada (Cod with cabbage)

- Tigelada (Baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon)

- Olive oil cake

- Honey cake

- Arroz Doce (Sweet rice pudding with goat milk)

Start

Pampilhosa da Serra (669 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.090100, -7.852000
DMS
40°05'24.4"N 7°51'07.2"W
UTM
29T 597865 4438389
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Destination

Casal da Lapa

Turn-by-turn directions

Linear route that begins in Pampilhosa da Serra heading east along the watercourse, in the valley of the Unhais river, with an extraordinary landscape. The first village, you will encounter, is Ereira. Since the beginning of the route, it is possible find traces of some watermills that once ground the corn and rye productions from the river's fertile slopes. This area was heavily exploited for the cultivation of grain and vegetables. The Unhais river will be present almost all the time and you will cross it to its right side after Ereira village. Walking on trails where you will find a wild landscape, where the silence is interrupted by the sound of running water from the river and the birds' chirping. Here, there is an immaculate view, with little traces of civilization nearby, until you reach thesettlement of Foz do Ribeiro. In this village, the use of schist is very present in the architecture, this stone is in all its constructions with the ancient art of overlapping it.

Going up, on trails and footpaths, to the village of Cabril, known for its narrow roads and quaint architecture, lose yourself here in the immensity of the horizon. Continuing then east, passing on the north side of the settlement of Vale Grande. Here, you can admire the landscape of the imposing quartzite ridges that support the Santa Luzia Dam. Then, the route heads up to the Chapel of St. Luzia, where there is a viewpoint from where it is possible to admire the beautiful landscape over the dam's reservoir. From here, the route goes down to the Santa Luzia Dam, which is one of the oldest dams in Portugal. It was inaugurated in 1942, has a height of 76 meters and a crest length of 115 meters. Passing the weir of the dam, one reaches Casal da Lapa, near the river beach of Santa Luzia Dam. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.090100, -7.852000
DMS
40°05'24.4"N 7°51'07.2"W
UTM
29T 597865 4438389
w3w 
///mobility.flighty.incidentally
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.6 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
553 m
Descent
810 m
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
383 m

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