Long distance hiking trail

Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ on Foot: Stage 1

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  • Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ: Stage 1
    / Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / Bouçã Dam
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  • / Return to Serenity - Bouçã > Prudência - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / Bouçã reservoir
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  • / Bouçã bridge and dam
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  • / Bouçã
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This section connects the municipalities of Pedrógão Grande and Figueiró dos Vinhos. The 3.8km route connects Bouçã to Prudência. 
easy
3.8 km
1:05 h
155 m
165 m
The 3.8km route connects Bouçã to Prudência and goes by the route goes along the road that flanks The Zêzere River for about 1,400 metres, after which you join a forest path going down towards the river. Keeping close to the river for about 1,000 metres, you will once again move away and go up a small hill. Next, you will take the left path that leads up to the cliffs of Prudência and to the place where the waters of the river with the same name meet the Zêzere. 

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Updated: August 18, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
200 m
Lowest point
130 m
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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.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Figueiró dos Vinhos Municipal Council: 236 559 550, secretaria@cm-figueirodosvinhos.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

"Bouçã Lat.: 39° 51' 21.96"" NLong.: 8° 13' 30"" W " (136 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.855970, -8.225081
DMS
39°51'21.5"N 8°13'30.3"W
UTM
29S 566286 4412058
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Destination

"Prudência Lat.: 39° 50' 33.72"" NLong.: 8° 15' 27.72"" W "

Turn-by-turn directions

The route goes along the road that flanks The Zêzere River for about 1,400 metres, after which you join a forest path going down towards the river. Keeping close to the river for about 1,000 metres, you will once again move away and go up a small hill. Next, you will take the left path that leads up to the cliffs of Prudência and to the place where the waters of the river with the same name meet the Zêzere. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.855970, -8.225081
DMS
39°51'21.5"N 8°13'30.3"W
UTM
29S 566286 4412058
w3w 
///worthier.upswept.spares
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.8 km
Duration
1:05h
Ascent
155 m
Descent
165 m
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