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This route as the auditing in progress at this date.
Rest StopPraia Fluvial de Álvaro
Vilar dos Condes
Hotel Santa Margarida
Álvaro Aldeias do Xisto Shop
Casa de Santo Antão
Moinho das Freiras
Aldeia do Xisto de Pedrógão Pequeno
Cambas River Beach
Albufeira do Cabril River Beach
Adega dos Apalaches
Casa da Ladeira
Loja Aldeias do Xisto do Hotel Santa Margarida
Casa do Dão
Loja Aldeias do Xisto da Pampilhosa
Casas de Campo Aldeia de Camelo
WARNING: This section burned down almost completely and severely. Use is strongly discouraged. 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.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
Oleiros Municipal Council: (+351) 272 680 130 |
Tips and hints
In Cambas, the Zêzere lends a bit of her beauty to the river beach, situated on the right bank of the river and protected by pine-covered mountains. Another of the attractions of the river beach is the weir, with a waterfall that transmits all the freshness of the river. The Cambas Bridge, upstream, is another emblematic point that indelibly marks the surrounding landscape. Pay a visit to the old parish church, dedicated to this patron saint. Of note here are the carved altars, eight Mozarab tile panels, said to date from the 16th century and some emblematic images and figures, such as the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the “frown of the pulpit".
Abitureira is a land that is very typical, recognised for its know-how, which translates into quality products. The goat cheese produced here or the stoned kid, prime examples of the cuisine of Oleiros Municipality, are perfect ambassadors of a land with ancient knowledge passed down from generation to generation. In terms of fauna, there is the wild boar and, in the ornithological field, the raven.
In Felgueiras Rest Area, take the time to contemplate and enjoy the landscape unhurriedly. The freshness of the place, together with the strong sound of the water flowing over the weir, illustrated with notes of rural history, make this one of the most picturesque places in the region. Let your gaze wander around the surrounding area and take it all in.
The whiteness of the houses attests to the historical importance of what was once a noble “villa”, former municipal seat, the sign of a statute inherited in bygone times. Today it is one of the white villages of the Aldeias do Xisto. An essential element for any Álvaro landscape, the river has also given rise to the river beach that receives numerous visitors in summer. The beach is suitable for doing several sports and engaging in recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, boating and renting pedal boats. It is mandatory to go through the religious circuit of the village.
The Meanderings of the Zêzere form magnificent, accentuated curves stretching for kilometres, in what is one of the most famous landscapes classified by UNESCO. Snaking along the schist mountain ridges, covered with pine forest, with steep, deep slopes, it is without doubt the river that surprises with a single stroke that makes this one of the most beautiful Portuguese river valleys.
The name Sobral means "forest of cork oaks", because in this region as well as throughout the area surrounding the Cabril dam, there are species such as the Cork oak, the chestnut tree, or oak. On a trip in which the river surprises you at every moment, feel the green pine aroma accompanied by the scents of Heather, gorse, yellow Sargasso, heath, furze, fern and the rockrose. In the mountains, picturesque villages which highlight the uniqueness of the schist houses, showing an ancestral occupation by man that is part of the memories of the past.
Madeirã is surrounded by trees, mostly pine trees, which is the reason for its name, related to "abundance of wood”, resulting from the surrounding forest-covered massif. The surroundings of Madeirã with traditional architecture has some manor houses, highlighting its importance. We suggest a visit to the parish church and the sanctuary of Senhor Jesus do Vale Terreiro. At the Civic Centre in the village, be sure to enjoy the ethnographic exhibition in the square, outdoors. In the gastronomic field, in addition to the aforementioned berry brandy, we also highlight sweets, with the famous cavacas and honey cake.
Arrochela, also known as Rodochela, is located in Pedrogão Pequeno Parish. The name of this town is directly related to its orographic position, which resembles a small fort. In fact, the word comes from Rochella, which means fortifying. This place is crossed by the stream of the same name and has quite fertile agricultural fields.
Nossa Senhora da Confiança chapel was ordered to be built by the Conceição and Silva family, from Pedrogão Pequeno, in 1902 (project by the architect Ruynant), on the ruins of an older one. The current chapel has simple lines and has just one nave. The altars are of great value for their antique carvings, which belonged to the former Convent of Santo António da Sertã. Here, one of the oldest and most popular festivals in the region is held between 7 and 9 September. In the surrounding area, there are vestiges of a late Bronze and Iron Age fortified settlement.
The Mother Church and the Philippine Bridge, classified as a National Monument, are the main points of interest of Aldeia do Xisto of Pedrógão Pequeno. It is mandatory to taste the fish soup.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance 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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Long Distance Mountain Biking
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- 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
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- 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.