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Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ on Foot: Stage 2

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  • Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
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    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Vale Formoso > Borralheira - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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With about 11.6 km, this section of GRZ departs from Vale Formoso and ends in Borralheira, in the municipality of Covilhã. 
easy
11.6 km
2:35 h
130 m
165 m
This GRZ section is 11.6 km long. Leaving Vale Formoso, the GRZ crosses two access roads to villages on the slopes before going into the Lageosa farm professional school. Continuing in this direction, the route now approaches Orjais, before crossing the EN 18 and moving to the left bank of the Zêzere. Leaving the road again and following the river though the orchards, cross it again to find the Borralheira de Orjais picnic park. 

Author’s recommendation

In Vale Formoso, climb up to the viewpoint and enjoy the scenic natural surroundings, and sample the rich and diversified gastronomy in 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 > 5- In a good overall status of conservation and with no increase of difficulty or risks.

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

Information boards and signs > 3- Reasonably maintained and with interest

Complementary boards > 2- Degraded or not relevant

Safety and suport structures > 5- Very well maintained and with superior quality

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 > 5- The environment allways as some risk

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Updated: August 11, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
431 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Belmonte Sinai Hotel
Casa Abraão
Casa Miriam

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

Situated about 22km from Covilhã, Vale Formoso is an old village where remains of the Roman era are still visible. The main activities of the resident population are fruit-growing, construction and carpentry, handicrafts and small shops. Since this is a nation of religious and popular traditions, the annual village festival is held in mid-august, the date being set each year, in honour of its patron saint, Nossa Senhora da Sáude, in a chapel on top of the hill. As for cultural heritage, we highlight the parish church, the community oven, Manueline windows and the old fountain. It also has a place of interest for tourists – the viewpoint, from where you can enjoy all the natural landscape and the neighbouring localities.

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. 

Start

Vale Formoso Lat.: 40° 22' 23.88" NLong.: 7° 22' 1.704" W (476 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.373319, -7.367195
DMS
40°22'23.9"N 7°22'01.9"W
UTM
29T 638616 4470473
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Destination

Borralheira Lat.: 40° 18' 28.44" NLong.: 7° 24' 53.028" W

Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving Vale Formoso, the GRZ crosses two access roads to villages on the slopes before going into the Lageosa farm professional school. Continuing in this direction, the route now approaches Orjais, before crossing the EN 18 and moving to the left bank of the Zêzere. Leaving the road again and following the river though the orchards, cross it again to find the Borralheira de Orjais picnic park. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.373319, -7.367195
DMS
40°22'23.9"N 7°22'01.9"W
UTM
29T 638616 4470473
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
2:35h
Ascent
130 m
Descent
165 m
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