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The Tagus Route - Matagosa > Fontes - GRZ on Foot: Stage 2

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  • / The Tagus Route - Matagosa > Fontes - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Matagosa > Fontes - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Matagosa > Fontes - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Matagosa > Fontes - GRZ: Stage 2
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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From Matagosa to Fontes, spanning 8.5 km. The route is marked by exuberant landscapes.
easy
8.4 km
2:10 h
270 m
140 m
Start your journey along the road, with the dam to your right. As you move away from the water, you will reach the village of Água das Casas. There, enter a small levada, after which the route follows mostly along dirt roads and paths toward the village of Fontes. 

Author’s recommendation

Visit the floating pier, the sole point of access to the Castelo do Bode Reservoir in this civil parish. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
295 m
Lowest point
131 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

Near the Cristo Rei Viewpoint, formerly known as Pico do Castelo, vestiges of pottery were found, attesting to human occupation in the Chalcolithic and Bronze and late Roman or Visigoth periods. It is located precisely at the confluence of the municipalities of Abrantes, Vila de Rei and Sardoal on the left bank of the Codes Stream, a tributary of the Zêzere. Here it is possible to enjoy the lush landscapes and natural heritage, highlighting some specimens of the Portuguese oak, maritime pine, eucalyptus, gorse and heather. It is the only place in the parish with access to the Castelo de Bode lagoon through the floating dock installed for holidaymakers. Throughout the parish, it is possible to taste the bread and chickpea soup, the boca do forno cakes, Santos cornbread and leavened bread. In handicrafts, of note are the rag dolls, regional dolls, rodilhas, mats nest-egg flowers.  

Start

Matagosa Lat.: 39° 37' 26.76"" NLong.: 8° 10' 39.612"" W (164 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.624172, -8.177642
DMS
39°37'27.0"N 8°10'39.5"W
UTM
29S 570580 4386368
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Destination

Fontes Lat.: 39° 36' 17.28"" NLong.: 8° 13' 40.08"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

The first 2 km of this stretch are traversed along the road with an arm of the lagoon on the right. Upon arriving at Água das Casas, the route leaves the proximity to water and enters a small path on the left leading to a picnic park. After reaching a wide unpaved road, you will continue on this road for about 2 km. After leaving this road and travelling a few hundred metres, there is a road crossing. The wide dirt roads the route now retraces will lead to the village of Fontes.

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Coordinates

DD
39.624172, -8.177642
DMS
39°37'27.0"N 8°10'39.5"W
UTM
29S 570580 4386368
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
2:10h
Ascent
270 m
Descent
140 m
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