grande rota do zêzere trail

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Grande Rota do Zêzere trail

grande rota do zêzere trail

370km from source to mouth of one of the wildest rivers in Portugal. A sporting challenge on foot, by bike or canoe. A deep immersion in the natural and cultural diversity that makes the Zêzere river valley a unique landscape in the country.

Presentation

The valley of the River Zêzere is one of the terrains that make up the Aldeias do Xisto area and one of the most environmentally diverse natural landscapes in the country. Nature in an almost wild state, combining in perfect harmony with human occupation that, throughout the ages, has adapted to the passage of the river, living from it and with it. The creation of the GRZ- Grande Rota do Zêzere trail (GR 33) was designed to allow users to enjoy closer contact with this natural and cultural heritage. The 370km long GRZ passes through 13 counties, bringing together important national brands: Serra da Estrela, Aldeias do Xisto, Castelo de Bode and the River Tejo.

On foot, by bike or canoe

The route is designed to be intermodal, and can be carried out on foot, by bike or canoe. It can also take place in a continuous and 
linked way, in sections or even in multimodal circuits, using more than one modality. There are complementary routes, such as the Schist Paths routes, around the GRZ. And off-shoots from the main route that take users to nearby geographical areas and places of interest, such as the Aldeias do Xisto, the river beaches, the viewpoints (link viewpoints), the reservoirs and dams, among others.

GRZ Ambassadors

In 2015, climber João Garcia, canoeist Emanuel Silva (silver medal at the London Olympics), canoeist Francisca Laia (silver medal in K1 200 at the under-23 canoeing World Championships), Olympic mountain biking athlete David Rosa, form some of the renowned national athletes who joined the launch event of the Great Zêzere Route becoming ambassadors of the route.

Wild waters 

In spring, the wild waters of the Zêzere River guarantee the most experienced canoeists an incredible challenge. A surprising even for those who already know the world and have walked many trails, as is the case of the GRZ ambassadors, who point out that this is a complete and enriching life experience. The stretch between Silvares and the Aldeia do Xisto of Barroca annually hosts a canoeing event. Keep an eye on our agenda.

how to use the route?

The route is divided into nine distinct parts, which reflect the characteristics of the river and its surroundings. Each of these units includes several stages, duly signposted and supported by information boards which provide the most important information about the route.

explore

restaurants
Adega dos Apalaches
Adega dos Apalaches
Roqueiro
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
Ponte Velha
Ponte Velha
Sertã
restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Restaurante Pátio do Xisto
Restaurante Pátio do Xisto
Gondramaz, Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
lodging
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Ceira dos Vales, Lousã
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Fontaínha 3260-328 Figueiró dos vinhos
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
village
Figueira
Figueira
heritage
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
offer
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3

next events

event
“A Ver Figueiró dos Vinhos” (Seeing Figueiró dos Vinhos) Photography Contest
“A Ver Figueiró dos Vinhos” (Seeing Figueiró dos Vinhos) Photography Contest
10 aug 2022 - 30 sep 2022
event
Zebro Climb
Zebro Climb
17 sep 2022 - 17 dec 2022, 14:00
Estreito
event
Distillation of Essential Oils Workshop
Distillation of Essential Oils Workshop
01 oct 2022, 10:00
Lousã
event
Oficina de Introdução à Cosmética Natural e Saboaria Artesanal
Oficina de Introdução à Cosmética Natural e Saboaria Artesanal
02 oct 2022, 10:00
Cerdeira
event
Moonlight Talasnal
Moonlight Talasnal
07 oct 2022 - 09 dec 2022, 20:00
Talasnal
event
Colcurinho Sky Race
Colcurinho Sky Race
23 oct 2022, 08:00
Aldeia das Dez
event
MTB Trophy Aldeias do Xisto
MTB Trophy Aldeias do Xisto
28 oct 2022 - 30 oct 2022, 08:00
Água Formosa, Figueira, Martim Branco, Sarzedas
event
National Soapbox Racing Championship 2022 - Aldeias do Xisto Circuit
National Soapbox Racing Championship 2022 - Aldeias do Xisto Circuit
13 nov 2022 - 11 dec 2022, 13:00
Miranda do Corvo
event
2nd Aldeias do Xisto Soapbox Racing Circuit 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
2nd Aldeias do Xisto Soapbox Racing Circuit 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
13 nov 2022, 13:00
Sobral de São Miguel
event
3rd Aldeias do Xisto Soapbox Racing Circuit Race 2022 – Figueira
3rd Aldeias do Xisto Soapbox Racing Circuit Race 2022 – Figueira
27 nov 2022, 13:00
Figueira