Long distance hiking trail

Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ on Foot: Stage 2

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  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Prudência > Foz de Alge - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This section takes you from Prudência to Foz de Alge, in the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos. The route is 5.3km. 
easy
5.3 km
1:20 h
145 m
145 m
After crossing a small bridge over the stream, the route takes the left path and once again approaches the Zêzere, which it follows until Cova da Eira, where an Intermodal Station is located. Here, it turns towards the bridge, where it crosses the Ribeira de Alge, contemplating the old Foz de Alge ironworks. Next, it goes up the municipal road as far as Foz de Alge Village, where you will find the campsite. 

Author’s recommendation

Observe the marks left behind on the region’s landscape by mining activity. 

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Updated: August 18, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
155 m
Lowest point
125 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

Geologically, the Figueiró dos Vinhos area consists of schist, greywacke and also some quartzites. However, iron and gold were also intensely mined on the Zêzere River for economic reasons, from at least the mid-17th century, especially in the area around the mouth of the Alge and in this area of Prudência, although there are traces of operations from Roman times in the conheiras (a place where rolled pebbles resulting from gold mining were piled up) found.

One of the deposits that was mined to supply ore to the Foz de Alge factory was a Prudência Stream mine, located between Bairradas and Vale do Rio, with its history closely linked with the Foz de Alge Iron Foundry Factory, which at that time was one of the best in the country. From the Prudência Stream mines came iron to make cannons, naval artillery and military fortifications, nails for ships, rifle barrels, bayonets, rods, fasteners and sword blades, heating stoves (one of which is in the Convent of Mafra), agricultural tools. 

Start

Prudência Lat.: 39° 50' 33.72"" NLong.: 8° 15' 27.72"" W (125 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.842676, -8.257792
DMS
39°50'33.6"N 8°15'28.1"W
UTM
29S 563500 4410559
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Destination

Foz de Alge Lat.: 39° 49' 35.04"" NLong.: 8° 16' 27.048"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After crossing a small bridge over the stream, the route takes the left path and once again approaches the Zêzere, which it follows until Cova da Eira, where an Intermodal Station is located. Here, it turns towards the bridge, where it crosses the Ribeira de Alge, contemplating the old Foz de Alge ironworks. Next, it goes up the municipal road as far as Foz de Alge Village, where you will find the campsite. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.842676, -8.257792
DMS
39°50'33.6"N 8°15'28.1"W
UTM
29S 563500 4410559
w3w 
///enlisted.plumber.ditching
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
1:20h
Ascent
145 m
Descent
145 m
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