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Núcleo de Colos

47

Monte da Rocha

76.5 KM

Very difficult and picturesque route, which starts out south of Colos and which ends up being an extension of the “44 Funcheira” route, with the aim of adding a visit to the Monte da Rocha Reservoir.

At the beginning it goes west towards the ecological community of Tamera, one of the largest ecovillages in Portugal, continuing south and then east until it reaches the Monte da Rocha Reservoir. Further on, in Garvão, it joins the red route again, returning together to Colos. It mainly passes along rural paths and lanes almost always in the middle of a stunning vegetation with lots of cork oak groves and pastures, and some eucalyptus.

It passes through Relíquias, Amoreiras-Gare (which has a train station), the village of Amoreiras, Monte do Saraiva, Garvão and Santa Luzia.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Very difficult

TYPE: Anti-clockwise circuit

LENGTH: 76.5 km

DURATION: 3h45 to 5h30

MARKED ROUTE: No

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 1160m

MAX ALTITUDE: 295m
MIN. ALTITUDE: 92m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 4 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

This route is accessible from trains that stop at Funcheira and Amoreiras-Gare stations.

At 12 km take a short detour to visit the typical village of Relíquias with its narrow streets.

In Amoreiras-Gare it would be unforgivable to pass without tasting the alconcoras, a popular regional sweet made in the village.

At Funcheira station take a moment to admire the imposing building, testimony to a time when it was a busy train crossroads.

Just after Funcheira Station there is a curious bridge over the Ribeira de Garvão. It is followed by a dam which you can follow along as an alternative route if the stream does not have too much water.

Warnings

The route crosses and at times runs a short way along several quiet national and municipal roads, and also passes through some village streets. In the countryside, it mainly follows roads and lanes open to traffic and where you can encounter cars.

There may be a need to open livestock protection gates which should be closed again after passing through.

After heavy rainfall some paths may be flooded or very muddy.

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