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River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ on Foot: Stage 4

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  • River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Palhais > Fernandaires - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This 7.4 km section connects Palhais, in the municipality of Sertã, to Fernandaires, in the municipality of Vila de Rei. 
easy
7.4 km
2:10 h
270 m
375 m
The GRZ comes to a fork here, the right-hand route leading to the Nautical Centre and the Trízio Intermodal Station. The main route goes left and turns right after 400 metres, on the road towards Vila de Rei/Abrantes.  Take the path leading right from this route and begin the descent towards the Atalaia Roman bridge where it crosses the Ribeira Isna. Through forest roads, go towards Vilar do Ruivo and then take the paved road to Fernandaires. 

Author’s recommendation

Learn about the six bridges of Palhais and try the coscoréis [fried savoury or sweet doughnut holes], the maranho (lamb) and the local cakes. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
266 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

Sertã Municipal Council: (+351) 274 600 300, cmsgeral@cm-serta.pt 

Tips, hints and links

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.

Start

Palhais Lat.: 39° 45' 49.32" NLong.: 8° 11' 42.324" W (256 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.763579, -8.194895
DMS
39°45'48.9"N 8°11'41.6"W
UTM
29S 568960 4401827
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Destination

Fernandaires Lat.: 39° 44' 5.64" NLong.: 8° 12' 26.316" W

Turn-by-turn directions

The GRZ comes to a fork here, the right-hand route leading to the Nautical Centre and the Trízio Intermodal Station. The main route goes left and turns right after 400 metres, on the road towards Vila de Rei/Abrantes.  Take the path leading right from this route and begin the descent towards the Atalaia Roman bridge where it crosses the Ribeira Isna. Through forest roads, go towards Vilar do Ruivo and then take the paved road to Fernandaires. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.763579, -8.194895
DMS
39°45'48.9"N 8°11'41.6"W
UTM
29S 568960 4401827
w3w 
///scarves.vaguer.antibiotics
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.4 km
Duration
2:10h
Ascent
270 m
Descent
375 m
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