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Vascão river trail (PR8 MTL)

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Nature trail along the river Vascão, between two ancient watermills, with many opportunities for bird watching.
easy
Distance 2.5 km
1:30 h
14 m
15 m
114 m
99 m

This trail leads along the river Vascão, a torrential water stream that flows into the river Guadiana. This area is classified as a protected habitat due to the presence of several endangered species, including the endemic fish Saramugo (Anaecypris hispanica).

The trail will begin near a bridge where the ancient watermill “Moinho das Relíquias” is located. During the walk, you will see several signposts explaining what are the species present along the different biotopes that you will cross. Near the river, you will see several bird species but also amphibious creatures and fish. You will reach the second watermill called “Moinho do Alfares” and can explore the hydraulic structures and the role the mill played in bread production. From here you will cross to the other side of the river for your return.

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Update: January 21, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
114 m
Lowest point
99 m
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Tips and hints

Don’t forget your binoculars for bird watching.

Start

Ribeira do Vascão (113 m)
Coordinates:
DD
37.499812, -7.702008
DMS
37°29'59.3"N 7°42'07.2"W
UTM
29S 614732 4151111
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Destination

Ribeira do Vascão

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

The trail of Vascão is located over the border between the regions of Alentejo and Algarve. You can reach the small village of São Bartolomeu de Via Gloria. From there you have to go South on the road to Giões and the trail is located near the bridge, 3 KM away from São Bartolomeu.

Coordinates

DD
37.499812, -7.702008
DMS
37°29'59.3"N 7°42'07.2"W
UTM
29S 614732 4151111
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.5 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
14 m
Descent
15 m
Highest point
114 m
Lowest point
99 m
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