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The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3

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  • The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
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  • / The Wild Start - Vale de Amoreira > Valhelhas - GRZ: Stages 3 - 3.1
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    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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The GRZ continues along an old track running parallel to the EN 232, beside the river on the side where the fields are. It takes you to Ribeira de Beijames and climbs towards the Fluvial Beach of Valhelhas.

This stage is closed. 

You should follow the asphalt road until the beginning of the variant Stage GR 33 - 3.1

closed
easy
8.1 km
2:10 h
407 m
1294 m
After the Vale de Amoreira crossing, the GRZ continues along an old track running parallel to the EN 232, beside the river on the side where the fields are. 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. Following the main route (GR 33), the GRZ crosses to the right bank of the Zêzere at the ford and then afterwards crosses one of its main tributaries (River de Beijames) by the ford before going up the hillside, heading towards the Valhelhas river beach. They are just over 8km long.

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

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This stage is closed.

You should follow the asphalt road until the beginning of the variant Stage GR 33 - 3.1 

 

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Updated: October 15, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
1454 m
Lowest point
554 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

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" NLong.: 7° 26' 51.612" W (551 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.412824, -7.447636
DMS
40°24'46.2"N 7°26'51.5"W
UTM
29T 631710 4474735
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Destination

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

Turn-by-turn directions

After the Vale de Amoreira crossing, the GRZ continues along an old track running parallel to the EN 232, beside the river on the side where the fields are. 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. Following the main route (GR 33), the GRZ crosses to the right bank of the Zêzere at the ford and then afterwards crosses one of its main tributaries (River de Beijames) by the ford before going up the hillside, heading towards the Valhelhas river beach. They are just over 8km long. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.412824, -7.447636
DMS
40°24'46.2"N 7°26'51.5"W
UTM
29T 631710 4474735
w3w 
///retrace.urgings.cooler
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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
2:10h
Ascent
407 m
Descent
1294 m
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