Long distance hiking trail

Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3

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  • Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Borralheira > Ponte Alvares Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 3
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Bridge over river Zêzere
    Photo: Aldeias do Xisto, Aldeias do Xisto
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This 10.4 km long stretch links Borralheira to the Ponte Alvares Rest Area. 
easy
10.4 km
2:25 h
145 m
170 m
Staying on the right bank of the river, the GRZ approaches the railway line that is has been following in the distance. Shortly afterwards, it crosses the line and heads south along forest roads with a wide view over Cova da Beira. After crossing the motorway access via the underpass, the route again comes to a road which will take you to Ponte Alvares. This stage has a length of 10.4 km. 

Author’s recommendation

Indulge in the rich and diverse gastronomy of Borralheira. Book your acommodation, experience or meal in Book in Xisto.

 

Waymarks > 3- It’s missing signs in at least one crossroad that can compromise the navigation without a map or GPS.

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 > 4- Well maintained and with interest

Complementary boards > 1- Nonexistent or without minimum quality

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

Local community integration > 2- Does not encourage interaction / contact with the community

Landscape integration > 3- Well integrated into the landscape but without relevant points of interest

General Safety > 4- Has occasional low-risk situations

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Updated: August 11, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
412 m
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Safety information

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.

 

There is more than one intersection without signaling so we recommend using GPS or APP.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

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

Tips, hints and links

Borralheira is located in Teixoso Parish, whose settlement dates back to Roman times, as evidenced by some archaeological remains found in the Terlamonte area. Industry, agriculture, livestock, tapestry and embroidery, retail and services are some of the activities the active population engages in. The village has quite extensive architectural heritage. Worth noting are the parish church and the chapel of Santo Cristo, the latter classified as property of national interest.

The cuisine is very rich and diverse. Oven broth, pan in the oven, roast mountain goat, parsnips, maize porridge and rice pudding are the delight of visitors and tourists. The Ponte Alvares is located between Ferro Parish and Peraboa Parish, liking these two places to Covilhã City. This part of the river was onde used as a river beach by neighbouring populations. Families would gather there to fishing, have picnics, go swimming or even to wash clothes. 

Start

Borralheira Lat.: 40° 18' 28.44" NLong.: 7° 24' 53.028" W (437 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.307998, -7.414844
DMS
40°18'28.8"N 7°24'53.4"W
UTM
29T 634701 4463148
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Destination

Área de Descanso da Ponte Alvares Lat.: 40° 15' 37.8" NLong.: 7° 27' 14.544" W

Turn-by-turn directions

Staying on the right bank of the river, the GRZ approaches the railway line that is has been following in the distance. Shortly afterwards, it crosses the line and heads south along forest roads with a wide view over Cova da Beira. After crossing the motorway access via the underpass, the route again comes to a road which will take you to Ponte Alvares. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.307998, -7.414844
DMS
40°18'28.8"N 7°24'53.4"W
UTM
29T 634701 4463148
w3w 
///gossiping.storyteller.ribcage
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
2:25h
Ascent
145 m
Descent
170 m
Multi-stage route Point-to-point Healthy climate Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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