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The Tagus Route - Souto Rest Area > Cabeça Gorda Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 4

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  • The Tagus Route - Souto Rest Area > Cabeça Gorda Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 4
    / The Tagus Route - Souto Rest Area > Cabeça Gorda Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Souto Rest Area > Cabeça Gorda Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Tagus Route - Souto Rest Area > Cabeça Gorda Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This 7.8km stretch joins the Souto and Cabeça Gorda Rest Areas, both in Abrantes. 
easy
7.7 km
2:05 h
220 m
290 m
This is a excellent route to enjoy the existing flora and catch a glimpse of the very varied birds that are characteristic of the region. After travelling 700 metres, the GRZ goes back on to paved roads and the same distance here will take you to Bioucas. After narrow passages between houses and garden walls, we leave this town. Through pine plantations, fruit trees, like fig trees and cherry trees, vineyards and cultivated fields, both on roads and forest paths, the route will pass through the villages of Castillo and Carreira do Mato, to access a Rest Area situated near Cabeça Gorda. 

Author’s recommendation

Observe the flora and birdlife that inhabit this region. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
275 m
Lowest point
140 m
Best time of year
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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

Located on a plateau near the River Zêzere, 17 km from Abrantes. Its strategic location makes it a good lookout point, which gave it considerable military significance, in particular for General Conde de Lippe’s resistance plans against the French invasion. This place is a veritable natural paradise, surrounded by pine groves, with a rich ecosystem resulting from varied vegetation (pine, eucalyptus, arbutus, heather, olive trees and other tree species) and the excellent conditions for the development of fish species. On foot, you can enjoy the existing flora and catch a glimpse of the very varied birds that are characteristic of the region, including the rare Red-Necked Nightjar, the Goshawk, the White Stork and the Osprey.

At the Cabeça Gorda rest area, you can enjoy the swimming area, a recreational and leisure facility par excellence with excellent conditions for fishing. 

Start

Área de Descanso do Souto Lat.: 39° 34' 31.8"" NLong.: 8° 14' 33.072"" W (273 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.575512, -8.242545
DMS
39°34'31.8"N 8°14'33.2"W
UTM
29S 565055 4380918
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Destination

Área de Descanso da Cabeça Gorda Lat.: 39° 33' 42.84"" NLong.: 8° 16' 6.672"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After travelling 700 metres, the GRZ goes back on to paved roads and the same distance here will take you to Bioucas. After narrow passages between houses and garden walls, we leave this town. Through pine plantations, fruit trees, like fig trees and cherry trees, vineyards and cultivated fields, both on roads and forest paths, the route will pass through the villages of Castillo and Carreira do Mato, to access a Rest Area situated near Cabeça Gorda. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
39.575512, -8.242545
DMS
39°34'31.8"N 8°14'33.2"W
UTM
29S 565055 4380918
w3w 
///deflects.replay.forestry
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
2:05h
Ascent
220 m
Descent
290 m
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