Long distance hiking trail

The Wild Start - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3.1

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  • The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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Not far from where the municipality of Guarda starts, this alternative crosses the road and goes up the hillside to come down afterwards among the pine trees towards the centre of Valhelhas.
moderate
4.5 km
1:25 h
119 m
148 m
Not far from where the municipality of Guarda starts, the GRZ offers an alternative (GR 33.1) that crosses the road and goes up the hillside to come down afterwards among the pine trees towards the centre of Valhelhas. It's best to take this alternative route in the winter months or when it is very wet, when the Zêzere and Beijames rivers cannot be crossed at the ford.

Author’s recommendation

Behold the natural surroundings and sublime secluded spots of the Estrela Mountain Nature Park. 

Book your acommodation, experience and meal at Book in Xisto.

 

Waymarks > 3- It’s missing signs in at least one crossroad that can compromise the navigation without a map or GPS.

Conservation of the path > 4- In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations.

General conservation > 4- There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified.

Information boards and signs > 4- Well maintained and with interest

Complementary boards > 1- Nonexistent or without minimum quality

Safety and suport structures > 4- Well-maintained essential structures

Local community integration > 4- Encourages integration / contacts with the community

Landscape integration > 4- Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest

General Safety > 4- Has occasional low-risk situations

 

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Updated: October 15, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
647 m
Lowest point
499 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.

 

We recommend using GPS or APP

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Manteigas Municipal Council: (+351) 275 980 000 | turismo@cm-manteigas.pt

Guarda Municipal Council: (+351) 271 220 220 | geral@mun-guarda.pt

 

Tips, hints and links

It is worth making the most of the passage through the Amoreira Valley to visit Cruzeiro, the main church, the Alminhas Fountain and other fountains. The river beaches and natural landscapes are also striking attractions in this region.

Washed by the calm, clear, cool waters of the River Zêzere and flanked by leafy poplar, alder, ash and willow, the Valhelhas River Beach allows visitors to contemplate all the natural surroundings in one of the sublime corners of Serra da Estrela Natural Park. It is at the end of the Serra da Estrela Glacier Valley, the steep schist-covered landscape where the River Zêzere meanders through farmland, orchards, forest and riverside woodland.

Throughout the year, these landscapes provide a variety of frames: in winter, snow covers the top of the hills, the autumnal tones and spring green provide unique environments and in summer, the cool translucent waters are a delight for beach goers. Also visit the Valhelhas Chapel, the Lagar Museum and the Philippine Bridge. As far as handicrafts are concerned, wicker basketry is the highlight. The Medronheiro [arbutus tree] and mushrooms are some of the main plant produce. As for the fauna, keep a look out for the kingfisher, one of the most colourful specimens of Portuguese birdlife. Mountain gastronomy has a very distinguished presence, with tables full of sausages, cheeses and migas [crumb-based dishes].

Start

Vale da Amoreira Lat.: 40° 24' 45.72" N Long.: 7° 26' 51.612" W (528 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.400997, -7.435019
DMS
40°24'03.6"N 7°26'06.1"W
UTM
29T 632804 4473441
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Destination

Área de Descanso de Valhelhas Lat.: 40° 24' 24.48" N Long.: 7° 24' 7.272" W

Turn-by-turn directions

Not far from where the municipality of Guarda starts, the GRZ offers an alternative (GR 33.1) that crosses the road and goes up the hillside to come down afterwards among the pine trees towards the centre of Valhelhas. It's best to take this alternative route in the winter months or when it is very wet, when the Zêzere and Beijames rivers cannot be crossed at the ford.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.400997, -7.435019
DMS
40°24'03.6"N 7°26'06.1"W
UTM
29T 632804 4473441
w3w 
///freefall.influxes.digesting
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
1:25h
Ascent
119 m
Descent
148 m
Multi-stage route

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