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
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
lodging
Casa do Talasnal
Casa do Talasnal
Talasnal
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
heritage
Chapel of São Sebastião
Chapel of São Sebastião
tour
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps
heritage
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
village
Comareira
Comareira
heritage
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
village
Martim Branco
Martim Branco
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
tour
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails  – Climbing the cliffs
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails – Climbing the cliffs
Casas do Rio
tour
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
offer
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
village
Benfeita
Benfeita