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The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ on Foot - Stage 5

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  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ - Stage 5
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  • / Castelo do Bode reservoir
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Spanning about 5 km, this section connects the Cabeça Gorda rest area to the Aldeia do Mato, the civil parish seat. It crosses forest and horticultural land.    
easy
5 km
1:15 h
110 m
170 m
After passing Cabeça Gorda and travelling 1,000 metres through pine plantations, fruit trees, fig trees and cherry trees, vineyards and cultivated fields you reach Bairro Cimeiro. From here, the GRZ follows the road. After passing through the neighbourhoods and travelling about 3 km along the arms of the Castelo de Bode lagoon, the village of Aldeia do Mato is reached. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the swimming area, an excellent spot for recreation and leisure, where you can also go fishing. Keep a look out for the diversity of flora and fauna. 

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Updated: August 20, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
222 m
Lowest point
128 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

Abrantes Municipal Council: (+351) 241 330 100, geral@cm-abrantes.pt 

Tips, hints and links

Cabeça Gorda Rest Area is located on the meandering River Zêzere and is close to Castelo de Bode Lagoon. It offers views over mountains and bodies of water of unparalleled beauty. There is pedestrian access to the lagoon here and the beach is an excellent place for recreation and leisure activities, with good potential for fishing. The local wildlife is an indisputably important ecological asset. You can find hare and wild rabbits, foxes, mongoose and wild boar. The non-migratory birds to be found here include the Red Partridge, the Jay, the Magpie, the Carrion Crow, the Great Cormorant, the Booted Eagle and the Common Buzzard, as well as other migratory birds.

The area also has diverse flora, of note being the xerophites (gorse, heather, sunroses). The richness of flora and fauna are also noteworthy attractions in Aldeia do Mato, where this section ends. 

Start

"Área de Descanso da Cabeça Gorda Lat.: 39° 33' 42.84"" NLong.: 8° 16' 6.672"" W " (197 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.561874, -8.268553
DMS
39°33'42.7"N 8°16'06.8"W
UTM
29S 562833 4379386
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Destination

Aldeia do Mato Lat.: 39° 32' 33.72" NLong.: 8° 16' 18.48" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After passing Cabeça Gorda and travelling 1,000 metres through pine plantations, fruit trees, fig trees and cherry trees, vineyards and cultivated fields you reach Bairro Cimeiro. From here, the GRZ follows the road. After passing through the neighbourhoods and travelling about 3 km along the arms of the Castelo de Bode lagoon, the village of Aldeia do Mato is reached. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
39.561874, -8.268553
DMS
39°33'42.7"N 8°16'06.8"W
UTM
29S 562833 4379386
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5 km
Duration
1:15h
Ascent
110 m
Descent
170 m
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