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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
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.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
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Tips and hints
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.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.