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Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ on Foot: Stage 4

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  • Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Ponte Alvares Rest Area > Tortosendo Camping - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Aldeias do Xisto, Aldeias do Xisto
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This stretch takes you from the Ponte Alvares Resting Area to Tortosendo Campsite, just over 5 km away. 
easy
5.3 km
1:22 h
70 m
70 m
From Ponte Alvares this 5km stretch takes you across the Zêzere River, approaching the freeway by the tar road. They, along dirt tracks, the route follows the motorway and gives a distant perspective on the southern slopes of Serra da Estrela. After leaving the vinicity of the A23 motorway, shortly afterwards you will come to Tortosendo camping park, on the banks of the river. 

Author’s recommendation

Marvel at the view of the southern slope of the Estrela Mountain. Visit the Cherry Interpretative Centre and the Cheese Museum. 

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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 > 4- There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified

Information boards and signs > 4- Well maintained and with interest

Complementary boards > 1- Nonexistent or without minimum quality

Safety and suport structures > 2- Degraded but without danger for the user

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

Landscape integration > 2- Presents little interaction with the landscape, not giving it much relevance

General Safety > 5- The environment allways as some risk

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Updated: August 11, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
452 m
Lowest point
408 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.

 

Even with all the markings, it is recommended to use the 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

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. The Cherry Interpretive Centre, in the village of Ferro, is a space created in the historic village centre, inside a fully refurbished stone house, and highlights one of the most representative products of Cova da Beira. The Centre is open to the public and offers guided tours of the cherry trees, cherry harvesting and a visit to processing companies. It also has a store where all types of cherry derivatives are marketed: liqueurs and jams, among others. In the village of Peraboa, the Cheese Museum allows you to learn about the manufacturing process of one of the best cheeses in the world: Serra da Estrela cheese, an internationally appreciated and recognised specialty. The well known Pedrinha Bridge, from Roman times, located on the old EN 18 over the basin of the River Zêzere, connects Tortosendo, Boidobra and Ferro/Peraboa. A small camping park was built here and there is also a restaurant where you can rest and enjoy the local cuisine. 

Start

Ponte Alvares Rest Area Lat.: 40° 15' 37.8" NLong.: 7° 27' 14.544" W (417 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.260460, -7.453997
DMS
40°15'37.7"N 7°27'14.4"W
UTM
29T 631466 4457812
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Destination

Tortosendo Camping Lat.: 40° 14' 9.96" NLong.: 7° 29' 19.824" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After crossing the river, the GRZ approaches the motorway by road. They, along dirt tracks, the route follows the motorway and gives a distant perspective on the southern slopes of Serra da Estrela. After leaving the vinicity of the A23 motorway, shortly afterwards you will come to Tortosendo camping park, on the banks of the river. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.260460, -7.453997
DMS
40°15'37.7"N 7°27'14.4"W
UTM
29T 631466 4457812
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
1:22h
Ascent
70 m
Descent
70 m
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