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WARNING: Half of this section burned down. Caution is recommended due to the moderate risk of mudslides and the probability of ground deterioration. 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
Pedrógão Grande Municipal Council: 236 480 150,
Tips and hintsThis area is known as Vale do Braçal. Before the construction of the Bouçã dam, the banks of the River Zêzere were used essentially for agriculture. It is still possible to observe some of the embankments built from regional stone. Some olive trees and vines still cling to existence here. When the slopes were planted, they mainly produced cereal and potatoes. Today the agricultural land is occupied by different species of trees, especially eucalyptus and pine. There are also some degraded areas, resulting from the fire in 2005, which have been overrun by acacia and needlebush. The needlebush is a small shrub with needle-shaped, robust and very spicy leaves. It belongs to the Proteaceae family and originates from South Australia. It forms thickets, preventing the development of wildlife and natural vegetation. Here you will also find the myrtle, an aromatic shrub that can reach up to five metres high, with numerous dense branches. It has ornamental and medicinal interest and its branches are used for pickling olives.
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.