Long distance hiking trail recommended route

Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ on Foot: Stage 5

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  • Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    / Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Under the Sign of Cabril - Rest Area of Frazumeira > Sobral - GRZ: Stage 5
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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The stretch that connects the Rest Area of ​​Frazumeira to Sobral has a length of 6.7 km and takes you through one of the most emblematic places of the Naturtejo Geopark: the Zêzere Meanders. 
easy
Distance 7.5 km
1:50 h
365 m
85 m
The Meanderings off the River Zêzere constitute one of the most emblematic geomonuments in Geopark Naturtagus da Meseta Meridional. These form magnificent, accentuated curves stretching for kilometres, in what is one of the most famous landscapes classified by UNESCO. It is worth enjoying the scenery. Snaking along the schist mountain ridges, covered with pine forest, with steep, deep slopes, it is without doubt the river that surprises with a single stroke that makes this one of the most beautiful Portuguese river valleys. The presence of man is also promptly evidenced here along the shores. The schist walls testify to agricultural activity which marked the livelihood of the people. 

Author’s recommendation

In this section, note the unique landscapes of the Meanders of the Zêzere classified by UNESCO. 

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Update: July 23, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
580 m
Lowest point
300 m
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Rest Stop

Praia Fluvial de Álvaro
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Meanders of Zêzere

Safety information

WARNING: This section burned down almost completely and severely. Use is strongly discouraged.

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

Oleiros Municipal Council: (+351) 272 680 130 |  

Tips and hints

The Meanderings form magnificent, accentuated curves stretching for kilometres, in what is one of the most famous landscapes classified by UNESCO. It is worth enjoying the scenery. Snaking along the schist mountain ridges, covered with pine forest, with steep, deep slopes, it is without doubt the river that surprises with a single stroke that makes this one of the most beautiful Portuguese river valleys.

The presence of man is also promptly evidenced here along the shores. The schist walls testify to agricultural activity which marked the livelihood of the people. They live in places where the ancestral stone houses confirm an age-old occupation that can now be unveiled. Set out on your discovery. 

Start

Área de Descanso de Frazumeira Lat.: 39° 58' 23.52" NLong.: 7° 59' 59.856" W (433 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.973277, -7.999914
DMS
39°58'23.8"N 7°59'59.7"W
UTM
29S 585401 4425270
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Destination

"Sobral Lat.: 39° 57' 13.68"" NLong.: 8° 0' 58.5"" W "

Turn-by-turn directions

After an initial descent, the route remains at the same height for approximately 1,500 metres until going back up to a section of road in the vicinity of Curral do Faval. After travelling 100 metres, this is left behind to take a path to the right. The next 4 kilometres are along forest paths and end by joining the previous road again, accompanying its meandering path uphill to the village of Sobral. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.973277, -7.999914
DMS
39°58'23.8"N 7°59'59.7"W
UTM
29S 585401 4425270
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.5 km
Duration
1:50 h
Ascent
365 m
Descent
85 m
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