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Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Açor Mountain - Coja (P31 - Green)

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This is an easy course to do, and can be done in less than an hour, which makes it ideal for beginners or those with a low level of endurance.
easy
Distance 6.4 km
0:45 h
222 m
222 m
The route crosses some narrow streets of Coja, towards the Roman Bridge where the hike begins, through dirt paths, towards the Valley’s Park. At this point, the route follows the limit of the urban perimeter of Coja, close to the airfeld and the area of the old ceramic industries. Going around this area, the route then inflects to the east (E) towards Quinta dos Vales, afterwards crossing the Gândara area. At this location, the approach to Coja begins, descending through a paved way up to the interior of this village. The crossing of the village is done through ancient streets, passing by the parish centre and the library towards the agricultural area using the way of the Lady of the River (“Senhora da Ribeira”) and following a narrow path that goes alongside a “levada” (human-made water channel) up to the end at Prado’s Park

Author’s recommendation

Look for the Roman Bridge or the old ceramic industries and travel back to bygone eras. Book your accommodation, experience and meal in Book in Xisto.

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Aldeias do Xisto
Update: May 19, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Highest point
283 m
Lowest point
180 m

Safety information

- Ride on open trails only- Leave no traces of your passage

- Control your bicycle

- Yield to others

- Never scare the animals

- Plan ahead

- Pay attention to motorvehicles on public roads

- It is forbidden to use motor-vehicles on downhill trails

- Respect the environmental or maintenance signage

- Trails are restricted from September to October due to the red deer mating season

- Recommended use of GPS device

 

Contactos Úteis

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Arganil Council: (+351) 235 200 150

Aldeias do Xisto: (+351) 275 037 393 | (+351) 960 101 873

Tips and hints

Part of the municipality of Arganil, Coja has an interesting heritage worth knowing. The Mother Church of São Miguel, the Chapels of Santo António, Senhor do Sepulcro, Nossa Senhora da Ribeira and Casa do Prior Costa, the Manueline-style pillory or the manor house Casa da Praça are mandatory stops.

Bathed by the river Alva, Coja also has a river beach where peace and quiet await you. The Açor Mountain - the 5th highest mountain in Mainland Portugal - forms the northern quadrant of the Aldeias do Xisto territory, ensuring the continuity of the Central Mountain range, from Estrela Mountain. Here, you will find the Protected Landscape of the Açor Mountain and the Site of Community Importance Complexo do Açor, promising four distinct spaces: the Margaraça Forest, Fajão, Cebola and São Pedro do Açor.

This also corresponds to the southern limit of the distribution area of a rare plant: the narcissus. It is in this mountain range that the wallcreeper has appeared in recent winters. This mountain range is also home to more than half of the world’s population of one tree species, the Portugal laurel, its greatest worldwide expression in one location being concentrated in the Margaraça Forest.

Start

40.266461°; -7.987934° (182 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.267082, -7.987596
DMS
40°16'01.5"N 7°59'15.3"W
UTM
29T 586081 4457893
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Destination

40.266461°; -7.987934°

Turn-by-turn directions

O percurso percorre na fase inicial algumas ruas estreitas de Côja, em direção à Ponte Romana onde inicia o périplo por pisos de terra batida, em direção ao Parque do Vale. Nesta fase o percurso segue pelo limite do perímetro urbano de Côja em direção ao Aeródromo e à zona das antigas indústrias cerâmicas, sempre em caminhos de terra batida. Contornada esta zona o percurso inflete para sul em direção a Casal de S. João, através da zona de Gândara. Na localidade de Casal de S. João o percurso efetua uma travessia em alcatrão com cerca de 0,65km, num caminho municipal pouco movimentado, deixando a partir de um caminho à direita, em direção ao aglomerado de Pisão. A travessia desta localidade é efetuada através das ruas antigas, passando pela igreja, em direção à área agrícola pelo caminho para Casal Mourão e Vale de Carro. A partir desta zona o percurso segue sempre o sentido da Ribeira da Mata da Margaraça através de caminhos agrícolas e um troço de 0,25km de alcatrão até à Senhora da Ribeira, onde é efetuada a travessia da Ribeira através de uma ponte pedonal, seguindo um trilho agrícola até ao fim, no Parque do Prado.

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Coordinates

DD
40.267082, -7.987596
DMS
40°16'01.5"N 7°59'15.3"W
UTM
29T 586081 4457893
w3w 
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.4 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
222 m
Descent
222 m

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