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Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Gardunha Mountain (P5 - Black)

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    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Gardunha MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Gardunha MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Gardunha MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Gardunha MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Centro de BTT da Gardunha
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Castelo Novo
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
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It is a very difficult circular route, which can begin and end at any of the gates at the Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Gardunha Mountain. It features spectacular views over the entire region.
moderate
Distance 58.1 km
6:30 h
1,747 m
1,747 m
This very difficult route takes us through much of the Gardunha Mountain, on its northern and southern slopes. It is a circular route, which can start and end at any of the gates at the Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Gardunha Mountain, since they are ultimately connected to each other. It passes through Fundão, Alcongosta, Donas, Alcaide, Alpedrinha, Castelo Novo, Louriçal do Campo, and, half way up the mountain range, provides a spectacular view of the entire surrounding region.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the scenery of the Gardunha Mountain that surrounds the route. Book your accommodation, experience and meal in Book in Xisto.

 

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Author
Aldeias do Xisto
Update: May 19, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Highest point
1,148 m
Lowest point
482 m

Safety information

- Plan ahead

- Pay attention to motorvehicles on public roads

- Respect the environmental or maintenance signage

 

Contactos Úteis:

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Fundão Council: (+351) 275 779 060

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

Tips and hints

The Gardunha Mountain Regional Protected Landscape covers an area of 10 547 hectares. It encloses a set of protected areas, namely the Açor Mountain Protected Landscape, the Estrela Mountain Nature Park, the Malcata Mountain Nature Reserve, the Portas de Ródão Natural Monument and the International Tagus Nature Park. Granite, schist and water are some of the elements that characterise this mountainous massif in Beira Interior.

With regard to flora, the northern slope is characterised by the presence of well-preserved habitats of wild chestnut trees and groves of European Oak or Alvarinho and Pyrenean Oak, which is associated with Asphodelus, endemic to Portugal and exclusively found in this mountainous system. On the southern slope, there is a wide variety of brush, including heather and non-coastal Mediterranean Bell-heather and the mountain communities of Caldoneira, endemic to Iberia.As for the fauna, the following species are present: the otter, water lizard, Lusitanian salamander, dace, Aurinia, Lepidoptera, Montague’s Harrier and the Booted Eagle. Not to mention the weasel.

Fundão’s diverse soils, where the Serra da Gardunha MTB centre is located, allows the production and exploitation of endogenous products of unique quality. The weather conditions provided by altitude and sun exposure make Fundão’s cherry a unique product. Besides the cherry, other products that stand out include chestnuts, honey, wine, olive oil, cheese, wild mushrooms and smoked sausages.

Start

Fundão: 40° 7'53.79""N; 7°30'40.43""W | Louriçal: 40° 2'39.35""N; 7°30'30.57""W" (559 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.131524, -7.511235
DMS
40°07'53.5"N 7°30'40.4"W
UTM
29T 626838 4443417
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Destination

Fundão: 40° 7'53.79""N; 7°30'40.43""W | Louriçal: 40° 2'39.35""N; 7°30'30.57""W"

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.131524, -7.511235
DMS
40°07'53.5"N 7°30'40.4"W
UTM
29T 626838 4443417
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
58.1 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,747 m
Descent
1,747 m

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