Long distance hiking trail

Just You and the River - Bouçã Rest Area Viewpoint > Bouçã - GRZ on Foot: Stage 6

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  • Bouçã Dam
    / Bouçã Dam
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  • / Bouçã reservoir
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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It is about 3.3km separating the Bouçã Rest Area Viewpoint from Bouçã. 
easy
3.3 km
0:55 h
75 m
180 m
Next, after the initial climb, the GRZ stays on high ground for about 1 km, in an area dominated by eucalyptus and an intricate network of forest paths. The descent that follows, stretching for approximately 800 metres, crosses a watercourse and leads to a municipal road. Taking this route on the left, and again descending slightly, the route continues along the road to the Bouçã bridge, where this stretch ends. 

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View the landscape surrounding the Bouçã Dam. 

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Updated: August 18, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
295 m
Lowest point
150 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

The Bouçã dam is located in Graça Parish in Pedrógão Grande Municipality. It was built on the River Zêzere, near the small town of Bouçã, downstream from Cabril Dam and upstream from Castelo de Bode dam. The construction was completed in 1955. In times of flooding when the Cabril dam spillways open, the Bouçã dam has a feature that differentiates it from all other dams: the discharge water is carried over the wall, giving a cascade of water 63 metres high, creating a unique and indescribable scene. Although the dam is mainly used for producing electricity, the lagoon is now being sought out for a variety of sports and environmental activities, such as fishing, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. On the more exposed slopes, the vegetation is marked by the presence of rock rose, broom and furze and gorse. 

Start

"Área de Descanso do Miradouro da Bouçã Lat.: 39° 51' 19.08"" NLong.: 8° 13' 5.34"" W " (240 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.855234, -8.218113
DMS
39°51'18.8"N 8°13'05.2"W
UTM
29S 566882 4411982
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Destination

"Bouçã Lat.: 39° 51' 21.96"" NLong.: 8° 13' 30"" W "

Turn-by-turn directions

Next, after the initial climb, the GRZ stays on high ground for about 1 km, in an area dominated by eucalyptus and an intricate network of forest paths. The descent that follows, stretching for approximately 800 metres, crosses a watercourse and leads to a municipal road. Taking this route on the left, and again descending slightly, the route continues along the road to the Bouçã bridge, where this stretch ends. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.855234, -8.218113
DMS
39°51'18.8"N 8°13'05.2"W
UTM
29S 566882 4411982
w3w 
///earnestly.catfight.thresholds
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.3 km
Duration
0:55h
Ascent
75 m
Descent
180 m
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