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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.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
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Consisting of 13 localities, the civil parish of Palhais is located about 15 km from Sertã. It is one of the oldest towns in the municipality. The civil parish, whose toponym derives from a surname of a Portuguese noble house, has been populated since prehistoric times. The abundance of water was one of the reasons for early settlement in Palhais. Two streams run through the civil parish, the Sertã and the Isna. Besides, of course, the fundamental importance of the river Zêzere, now suffused by the Castelo de Bode Dam. Places to visit include the main church, the chapels of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré in Casal, and S. Pedro, in Trízio. According to legend, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira stayed the night at the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré before leaving for the battle of Aljubarrota in the late 14th Century. Also worthy of note are the Roman, Atalaia, Cabras, Portos dos Cavalos, Charcos and Vilar do Ruivo bridges, the Roman weir and the olive oil mills powered by oxen. Before you leave, you must try the coscóreis, the maranho and the Palhais cakes.
In Fernandaires, the river beach is a mandatory stop, where you will be able to enjoy the extensive and splendid water basin.