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Rest StopAldeia do Xisto de Pedrógão Pequeno
Albufeira do Cabril River Beach
Aldeia do Xisto do Mosteiro
Mosteiro River Beach
Safety informationWARNING: Half of this section burned down. Caution is recommended due to the moderate risk of mudslides and the probability of ground deterioration. 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.
The stages 3 and 4 are closed do to extreme erosion. Check the current conditions.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
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Tips and hints
The Mother Church and the Philippine Bridge, classified as a National Monument, are the main points of interest of Pedrógão Pequeno Schist Village. The Philippine Bridge in Pedrógão Pequeno was built during the 17th century, when Portugal was ruled by the Spanish monarchs. The probable date of construction covers the period between 1607 and 1610 and its function was to replace an old wooden bridge, of Roman origin (of which there are still traces), which connected the two banks of the Zêzere River. Built in stone, the bridge consists of three arches and is 62.4 metres high. The access road to this bridge was only built in 1860. Before that, it was accessible only on foot or horseback. With the construction of the Cabril Dam, the bridge was no longer used, falling into disrepair. Already during the new century, improvement work has transformed the bridge and access road into real tourist attractions. You will have the opportunity to see natural and cultural heritage of incalculable value. Examples are the Penedo Granada, a place of meditation for Frei Luis de Granada and inspiration for the poet Luís Vaz de Camões for his poem "O Pomar Venturoso"; the Ribeira de Pera, which rises in Serra da Lousã and which, apart from the lush greenery of the riverside, will transport you to the past and the legend of Princess Peralta, daughter of King Arunce, who walked here with her handmaidens; the watermills, which have been some of the most important economic and social activities since the early days of nationality. It is mandatory to taste the fish soup.
The Rest Area of Cabeço Mourisco is within the limits of the Bouçã Lagoon so you will not lose sight of the waters of the River Zêzere along the route. Enjoy the green landscape, the sounds and the aromas that nature has to offer.
Atalaia Norte is a very ecologically important space because, for example, the Iberian nase come here during spawning season when the moon is full. Otters too found their habitat here, and you can easily find traces of their presence.
Before the construction of the Bouçã dam, the banks of the River Zêzere were used essentially for agriculture. It is still possible to observe some of the embankments built from regional stone. Some olive trees and vines still cling to existence here. When the slopes were planted, they mainly produced cereal and potatoes. Today the agricultural land is occupied by different species of trees, especially eucalyptus and pine. Here you will also find the myrtle, an aromatic shrub that can reach up to five metres high, with numerous dense branches. It has ornamental and medicinal interest and its branches are used for pickling olives.
The Bouçã dam is located in Graça Parish in Pedrógão Grande Municipality. It was built on the River Zêzere, near the small town of Bouçã, downstream from Cabril Dam and upstream from Castelo de Bode dam. The construction was completed in 1955. In times of flooding when the Cabril dam spillways open, the Bouçã dam has a feature that differentiates it from all other dams: the discharge water is carried over the wall, giving a cascade of water 63 metres high, creating a unique and indescribable scene. Although the dam is mainly used for producing electricity, the lagoon is now being sought out for a variety of sports and environmental activities, such as fishing, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. On the more exposed slopes, the vegetation is marked by the presence of rock rose, broom and furze and gorse.