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River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ on Foot: Stage 9

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  • River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
    / River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
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  • / River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
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  • / River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
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  • / River Branches - Macieira Rest Area > Penedo Furado - GRZ: Stage 9
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Connecting the Macieira Rest Area to Penedo Furado, this 12.8km route is one of the most interesting in Vila de Rei. 
moderate
12.8 km
3:30 h
465 m
465 m
This 12.8 km section has several ups and downs but none are very steep and it passes through three villages: Macieira, Aveleira and Cabecinha. In Aveleira, you may well run into local craftspeople, true artists working in the art of basket-making. Moving on, you will come to the banks of Ribeira de Codes. Then, after crossing a small bridge near an old olive press, you will begin a long ascent up a steep slope to Cabecinha Village. Along this last route, you can appreciate a curious geological phenomenon, formed by a rocky depression crossed by a watercourse (Ribeira do Brejo). After Cabecinha, you will set out on final phase of the GRZ, in the land of Vila de Rei, travelling along one of the most interesting sections, which will bring you to Penedo Furado. At this point, you will find information that will allow you to continue on the GRZ, now in Abrantes Municipality. 

Author’s recommendation

Look at the curious geological phenomenon, formed by a rock depression cut by the Brejo Stream. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
263 m
Lowest point
163 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

Vila de Rei Municipal Council: (+351) 274 890 010, geral@cm-viladerei.pt 

Tips, hints and links

This section passes through three villages: Macieira, Aveleira and Cabecinha. In Aveleira, you may well run into local craftspeople, true artists working in the art of basket-making. On the way to Cabecinha, you can appreciate a curious geological phenomenon, formed by a rocky depression crossed by a watercourse (Ribeira do Brejo). After Cabecinha, you will set out on final phase of the GRZ, in the land of Vila de Rei, travelling along one of the most interesting sections, which will bring you to Penedo Furado.

Start

Área de Descanso da Macieira Lat.: 39° 38' 3.84"" NLong.: 8° 11' 46.536"" W (107 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.634078, -8.195951
DMS
39°38'02.7"N 8°11'45.4"W
UTM
29S 568998 4387453
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Destination

Penedo Furado Lat.: 39° 37' 33.6"" NLong.: 8° 9' 43.344"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After resuming the GRZ, head right towards Macieira, and then leave that road and head for Aveleira. At this village, the municipal road is left behind to cross a watercourse, taking a wide forest road further up on the right, which will lead again to the shores of the lagoon. The route will then follow one of the arms of the lagoon and climb to the right towards Cabecinha. Leave this town by road and to meet the PR3-VLR. Together, the two routes will take you to an interesting section giving access to Penedo Furado. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.634078, -8.195951
DMS
39°38'02.7"N 8°11'45.4"W
UTM
29S 568998 4387453
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.8 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
465 m
Descent
465 m
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