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Irrigating Cova da Beira - Barco > Área de Descanso do Barco - GRZ on Foot: Stage 7

Long distance hiking trail · Portugal
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  • Irrigating Cova da Beira - Barco > Área de Descanso do Barco - GRZ: Stage 7
    / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Barco > Área de Descanso do Barco - GRZ: Stage 7
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Barco > Área de Descanso do Barco - GRZ: Stage 7
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Barco > Área de Descanso do Barco - GRZ: Stage 7
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This stretch of just over 1km connects Barco to the Rest Area of ​​the same name.
easy
1.1 km
2:00 h
40 m
15 m
You leave this area on a secondary country road, a dirt track, which connects to Ourondo. The trail begins a climb that gradually gives you more sweeping views over the river. Once you reach the highest point on this climb, you will be confronted by a window into the history of these communities, with the village on one side, the old mines on the other and the curves of the river separating them. The route is just over 1km. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the landscapes provided by the river Zêzere. 

Book your acommodation, experience or meal in Book in Xisto.

 

Responsible Trails Criteria: 

(last audit by RT at June 2020)

 

Waymarks > 4 - Is has all the needed marks and signs to navigate without support

Conservation of the path > 4 - In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations

General conservation > 3 - some place present some degradation but with no negative impacts on the experience.

Information boards and signs > 2 - Degraded or not relevant

Complementary boards > 1 - Nonexistent or without minimum quality

Safety and suport structures > 4 - Well-maintained essential structures

Local community integration > 3 - Interaction / occasional contacts with the community

Landscape integration > 4 - Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest

General Safety > 4 - Has occasional low-risk situations

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Aldeias do Xisto
Updated: August 11, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
424 m
Lowest point
384 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

This section was affected by summer fires mainly in the section running along the southern bank of the Zêzere, and although some areas were severely affected, visitors are not advised against travelling this way since it represents only a small percentage of the total section.Take the necessary precautions for high temperatures in summer and slippery terrain in the winter. The levels of difficulty and times given are only indicative. They were calculated on a physical effort basis and do not include stops. Make your estimate by analising the technical data of path to be taken.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Covilhã Municipal Council: (+351) 275 330 600 | info@cm-covilha.pt 

Tips, hints and links

This bucolic village with a splendid landscape stretching along the north bank of the River Zêzere was for many years the crossing point for people and goods between the banks of the river, earning hence its name (Barco - boat). Barco is proud of its typical mountain houses, rural aspect and monuments such as the parish church, the Roman fountain or the many shrines to be found in the region, a symbol of the religious fervour of the people. It also has tourist attractions that draw visitors to the village, such as the river beach, the olive press, the ruins of a Roman camp known as Cabeço da Argemela and the very natural landscape, especially the River Zêzere. Trade, industry, construction and handicrafts, including paintings and making Orelos quilts, are also some of the activities the resident population engages in.

 

This parish is rich in gastronomy, with its well-known regional sausages, freshwater fish, wild boar and the already very famous brulhões that are the theme of the Brulhão Festival every year. 

Start

Barco Lat.: 40° 10' 23.16" NLong.: 7° 36' 50.688" W (401 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.173069, -7.614082
DMS
40°10'23.0"N 7°36'50.7"W
UTM
29T 618004 4447887
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Destination

Área de Descanso do Barco Lat.: 40° 10' 22.44" NLong.: 7° 37' 30.972" W

Turn-by-turn directions

You leave Barco on a secondary country road, a dirt track, which connects to Ourondo. The trail begins a climb that gradually gives you more sweeping views over the river. Once you reach the highest point on this climb, you will be confronted by a window into the history of these communities, with the village on one side, the old mines on the other and the curves of the river separating them. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.173069, -7.614082
DMS
40°10'23.0"N 7°36'50.7"W
UTM
29T 618004 4447887
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.1 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
40 m
Descent
15 m
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