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Meanders - Dornelas do Zêzere > Janeiro de Cima - GRZ on Foot: Stage 1

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m 450 400 350 10 8 6 4 2 km Casa de Janeiro Miradouro do Aguilhão Casa do Silvério Xisto Camping Lameirinhos Casa de Campo Miradouro da Sarnadela
With just over 10km, this section connects Dornelas to the Aldeia do Xisto of Janeiro de Cima, along secular paths. 
moderate
10.5 km
2:50 h
345 m
340 m
Connecting Dornelas do Zêzere to the Aldeia do Xisto of Janeiro de Cima, this section is just over 10 km long. The crossing of the Zêzere at the Dornelas weir takes you towards Alqueidão. The road bridge has a bypass that is mostly used in winter. From Alqueidão, the route stretches out over 8.5 km, almost always following along the left bank of river Zêzere, and includes a picnic park. After this, the GRZ follows the roadside for another 1000 meters to reach the Aldeia do Xisto of Janeiro de Cima. 

Author’s recommendation

Cool off at the Dornelas riverside beach and stroll through the narrow quelhos and quelhas in the Aldeia do Xisto of Janeiro de Cima. 

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Updated: November 23, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
423 m
Lowest point
333 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

River Beach of Janeiro de Baixo
Açude do Esteiro
Miradouro da Malhada
Miradouro do Aguilhão
Barroca
Aldeia do Xisto de Janeiro de Baixo
Aldeia do Xisto de Janeiro de Cima
Weaver's House
Casa de Janeiro
Casa Cova do Barro
Chapel of São Sebastião
Sarnadela Viewpoint
Xisto Camping
Janeiro de Cima River Beach
Casa da Pedra Rolada
Fiado
Casa das Tecedeiras Aldeias do Xisto Shop
Lameirinhos Casa de Campo
Casa do Silvério
Mosqueiro viewpoint

Safety information

The crossing over the Zêzere at the Dornelas weir must be made carefully, especially during rainy periods. Should passage be impossible, there is a bypass from the main route through the road bridge towards Alqueidão.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Pampilhosa da Serra Municipal Council: (+351) 235 590 320 | municipio@cm-pampilhosadaserra.pt 

Tips, hints and links

This crossing over the Zêzere in Dornelas is secular, ancestral and the subject of many myths, legends and some tragedies. It was already in the 20th Century that the fragile and dangerous barge was replaced by the old wooden bridge, just downstream from the current road crossing. Its built heritage comprises the main church. Long ago, the riverside beach on the Dornelas stream used to divide the village, but it is today a refreshing place to relax. The Ethnographic Museum is also worth a visit. In Janeiro de Cima, take a walk through the narrow quelhos and quelhas, which flow toward the old church, around which the village was formed. The New Church and Weavers’ House are other points of interest that simply must be visited. 

Start

Dornelas do Zêzere Lat.: 40° 6' 6.84"" NLong.: 7° 44' 45.852"" W (348 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.101960, -7.746023
DMS
40°06'07.1"N 7°44'45.7"W
UTM
29T 606881 4439827
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Destination

Janeiro de Cima Lat.: 40° 4' 0.84" NLong.: 7° 48' 5.688" W

Turn-by-turn directions

The crossing of the Zêzere at the Dornelas weir takes you towards Alqueidão. The road bridge has a bypass that is mostly used in winter. From Alqueidão, the route stretches out over 8.5 km, almost always following along the left bank of river Zêzere, and includes a picnic park. After this, the GRZ follows the roadside for another 1000 meters to reach the Aldeia do Xisto of Janeiro de Cima. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.101960, -7.746023
DMS
40°06'07.1"N 7°44'45.7"W
UTM
29T 606881 4439827
w3w 
///roofers.gravely.bettered
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.5 km
Duration
2:50h
Ascent
345 m
Descent
340 m
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