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Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Sarzedas (P25 - Red)

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    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Sarzedas MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Sarzedas MTB Centre
    Photo: Agnelo Quelhas, Aldeias do Xisto
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Difficult circular route starting and finishing at the Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Sarzedas.
moderate
Distance 56.4 km
4:30 h
930 m
930 m
426 m
218 m
Circular route starting and finishing at the Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Sarzedas. At first, it coincides with the blue route, separating from it near the village of Rapoula. It includes stretches along the Ribeira de Alvito and Ribeira da Magueija before heading towards the Chão da Vã and Salgueiro do Campo. It rejoins the Sarzedas road, passing the river beach at Muro and the village of Serrasqueira.

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Author
Aldeias do Xisto
Update: May 19, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
426 m
Lowest point
218 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

- Rentals available from the Residents association

 

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Castelo Branco Council: (+351) 272 330 330

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

Tips and hints

Sarzedas, former town and seat of the Municipality, is the only Aldeia do Xisto to have a noble title awarded. The Pillory, the Village square (Largo), Churches and Chapels, stand out in an urban fabric with beautifully designed grandiose houses that vouch for the importance of History. In Alto de São Jacinto, by the Mother church, the Steeple with its Bell Tower – which remained from the old Church over Outeiro – rises in solitary pride over the village.

All along the route we see a variety of species of plants that are typical of Mediterranean flora, including olive, cork oak and oak trees, strawberry trees, vines, heather, rosemary and cistus shrubs, as well as small herbaceous plants that bring so much colour to spring. In both the autumn and spring there is also a great variety of wild mushrooms. Hunting is important in this area, and the local authorities have invested heavily, ensuring species such as the rabbit, partridge, fox and wild boar are abundant, as are some species of birds of prey.

The numerous water courses that cross the parish have been central to the development of the different activities and trades of the population. The tungsten mines in Gatas and in Vale da Santa were particularly productive during the Second World War and today you can still find the ore washing building in ruins, as well as the extraction wells.

Gastronomy: kid, maranhos, traditional sausages, olive oil (tibornas), wine, honey, egg pudding, rice pudding, dry cakes, filhós.

Start

39º51'04.36'' N (375 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.851585, -7.680304
DMS
39°51'05.7"N 7°40'49.1"W
UTM
29S 612894 4412118
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Destination

39º51'04.36'' N

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
39.851585, -7.680304
DMS
39°51'05.7"N 7°40'49.1"W
UTM
29S 612894 4412118
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
56.4 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
930 m
Descent
930 m
Highest point
426 m
Lowest point
218 m

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