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.
Dornes is one of the best-preserved and most characteristic villages on the banks of the Zêzere with a history dating back to Roman times. It is superbly framed by the landscape provided by the river and surrounding the mountains, with cobbled streets and medieval layout, finishing at the river and the Nossa Senhora do Pranto Shrine, which is an important place of pilgrimage (Círios). Also of note are the houses in traditional architecture, where evidence of the Order of Christ can be found, helping to tell the story of the unique Medieval Templar Pentagonal Tower, a defensive watchtower on the Zêzere, admirable for its splendid location and mysticism and a veritable landmark of the region. In the surrounding area, there are restaurants where you can savour freshwater fish, terraces with views of the river and Rural Tourism and Residential accommodation. There is also a boatyard where the Abrangel boat is built.
Dornes Lat.: 39° 46' 10.2"" NLong.: 8° 16' 12.396"" W (132 m)
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Área de Descanso do Vale Serrão Lat.: 39° 46' 13.08" NLong.: 8° 14' 33.072" W
After passing through Dornes, the route runs for 3 km on a paved road that moves progressively away from the waters of the Castelo de Bode Dam. Near Vale Serrão, you will come to the EN 238 national road. After crossing the road and walking 100 metres along it, you will turn on to a trail located on the right. After about 600 metres, you will come to the Vale Serrão Rest Area.