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GR60 - Grand Route of the Magic Mountains [14 Stages]

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To walk in the Great Route of the Magic Mountains is synonymous of challenge and, at the same time, liberation. 
difficult
Distance 277.3 km
85:45 h
9,625 m
9,635 m
1,235 m
18 m
At each step, through trails and paths, between plateaus and valleys where time passes slowly, we find an exciting rurality and gastronomy, only comparable to the landscapes that surround us.

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Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit carried out on xx/06/2022) 

 

Waymarks: NA - This path was designed without waymarking (GPS or mobile app needed)

Conservation of the path: 4 - In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations

General Conservation: 4 - There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified

Information boards and signs: 5 - Very well maintained and with superior quality

Complementary boards: NA - This path was designed without complementary boards

Safety and support structures: 5 - All recommended structures well maintained

Local community integration: 3 - Interaction / occasional contacts with the community

Landscape integration: 5 - Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest

General Safety: 5 - No risks worthy of mention were identified

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Inês Monteiro
Update: July 04, 2022
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Highest point
1,235 m
Lowest point
18 m
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  • Follow sign-posted trails only
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise
  • Never scare the animals
  • Do not damage any vegetation
  • Do not litter and leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fire
  • Do not collect or damage plants or rocks
  • Be kind to people you find along the way

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Coordinates:
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40.926750, -8.250036
DMS
40°55'36.3"N 8°15'00.1"W
UTM
29T 563143 4530896
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Coordinates

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40.926750, -8.250036
DMS
40°55'36.3"N 8°15'00.1"W
UTM
29T 563143 4530896
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
277.3 km
Duration
85:45 h
Ascent
9,625 m
Descent
9,635 m
Highest point
1,235 m
Lowest point
18 m
Linear route Multi-stage route

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  • 14 Stages
Difficulty difficult Stage 1
Distance 14.9 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 725 m
Descent 380 m

It is in the village of Arouca that, officially, the adventure of the Great Route of the Magic Mountains begins.

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Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 24.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 690 m
Descent 1,095 m

The route heads towards the center of Castelo de Paiva, passing the village, lagoon and waterfall of Seixo and the Igreja Matriz de Real.

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Difficulty easy Stage 3
Distance 9.5 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 385 m
Descent 330 m

From the unique and inspiring landscapes of the Douro, Paiva and Arda Valleys, where the traditional green wine estates are located, to the ...

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Difficulty difficult Stage 4
Distance 22.2 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 815 m
Descent 705 m

It is in the middle of the Paiva valley that the CPDFN - Center for the Promotion of River and Nature Sports is located, one of the main centers ...

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Difficulty difficult Stage 5
Distance 25.2 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,250 m
Descent 540 m

From Cinfães, you can follow the direction suggested by the Great Route of the Magic Mountains (GRMM), towards the village of Gralheira, in the ...

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Difficulty difficult Stage 6
Distance 29.8 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 495 m
Descent 980 m

The village Gralheira is the hightest in the Montemuro Mountain Range and one of the highest in Portugal, at an altitude of about 1,152m.

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Difficulty moderate Stage 7
Distance 20.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,020 m
Descent 625 m

Castro Daire is a municipality full of natural and historical-cultural values. Much of its geographical area is occupied by the Montemuro mountain ...

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Difficulty moderate Stage 8
Distance 15.6 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 390 m
Descent 480 m

In the direction of Fraguinha, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful and imposing landscapes of the Serra da Arada.

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Difficulty easy Stage 9
Distance 10.1 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 165 m
Descent 470 m

Fraguinha is a kind of oasis in the mountains, a bucolic and quiet place located beween the Freita and Arada Mountains, close to the villages of ...

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Difficulty easy Stage 10
Distance 13.7 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 435 m
Descent 700 m

The village of Manhouce is located on the southern slopes of the Serra da Freita. In the vicinity of the village, natural wells, waterfalls are the ...

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Difficulty difficult Stage 11
Distance 25.8 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,100 m
Descent 1,210 m

On the way to the next stop, in the center of Sever do Vouga, the Great Route of the Magic Mountains follows the natural landscapes of the valley ...

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Difficulty difficult Stage 12
Distance 27.7 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,140 m
Descent 625 m

The municipality Sever do Vouga, it has some of the most interesting cascades of the country, as well as countless water lines with excellent ...

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Difficulty moderate Stage 13
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 415 m
Descent 290 m

The village of Felgueira is located in the municipality of Vale de Cambra, a short ditance from the Serra da Freita Interpretive Center.

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Difficulty difficult Stage 14
Distance 23 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 1,205 m

The Freita mountain range is, together with the Arada and Arestal mountains, part of the Gralheira Massif. Some of its peaks exceed 1,000 meters in ...

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