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Just You and the River - Atalaia Sul > Bouçã Viewpoint Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 5

Long distance hiking trail · Portugal
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  • River Zêzere
    / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Bouçã Dam
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  • / Bouçã reservoir
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  • / Bouçã bridge and dam
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From Atalaia Sul to the Bouçã Viewpoint Rest Area are 2.8km. It is still possible to observe some of the embankments built from regional stone. When the slopes were planted, they mainly produced cereal and potatoes. 
easy
2.8 km
0:45 h
115 m
70 m
The GRZ route in this direction keeps close to the water for a little more than 2 km, after which it begins an ascent that will lead to a viewpoint and rest area, where you can rest and observe the Bouçã dam. 

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Updated: August 18, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
252 m
Lowest point
184 m
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Safety information

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.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Pedrógão Grande Municipal Council: 236 480 150, geral@cm-pedrogaogrande.pt 

Tips, hints and links

This 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. 

Start

"Atalaia Sul Lat.: 39° 51' 33.12"" NLong.: 8° 11' 59.46"" W " (217 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.859162, -8.199824
DMS
39°51'33.0"N 8°11'59.4"W
UTM
29S 568443 4412432
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Destination

"Área de Descanso do Miradouro da Bouçã Lat.: 39° 51' 19.08"" NLong.: 8° 13' 5.34"" W "

Turn-by-turn directions

The GRZ and the PR 8 PGR, "Bouçã Lagoon Shore" separate at this location known as “Vale do Braçal". The GRZ route in this direction keeps close to the water for a little more than 2 km, after which it begins an ascent that will lead to a viewpoint and rest area, where you can rest and observe the Bouçã dam. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.859162, -8.199824
DMS
39°51'33.0"N 8°11'59.4"W
UTM
29S 568443 4412432
w3w 
///unslung.anyway.inhale
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.8 km
Duration
0:45h
Ascent
115 m
Descent
70 m
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