Conquer Santa Luzia


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In the municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra, an area with great beauty yet not known for many, is located the Dam of Santa Luzia.

The water and the forest, the green and the blue, are constant partners for those who dare to discover nature.

The tour is not always quiet, both for the senses – which will be constantly alerted – and to our physical – which will be asked for an extra dose of energy. It is, however, an easy activity through mountain roads yet with pronounced ascending and descending trails. Thus, we only need to take the proper shoes. A walking stick made of some wood stem that we find on the way, can be a precious help.

It’s a region where xisto prevails, characterised by an extremely pronounced relief, with great descending and deep valleys, where the water lines are installed, mostly ending on River Zêzere. We are, thus, redoing ancient routes of the local sheep breeding.

We can start our tour in Cabril. Through a rural road, at half of the mountain, we have a wonderful view above the valley of River Unhais and the rocky quartz throat that surrounds the Dam of Santa Luzia, towards Vale Grande. We cross the river at the bridge and climb up until the top with an immense rock cluster at 930 meters of altitude.

From that point, we can enjoy the amazing landscape above all this region. There, seated on a rock, we savour our lunch, feel the ambiance on its top, take some photos to the local flora local and delight ourselves with the simple sounds of the surrounding nature. The landscape is enormous, overwhelming and beautiful, including the Mountains of Estrela, Gardunha, Açor and Lousã.

Once fulfilled, we go down towards the reservoir of the Dam of Santa Luzia, passing by a cave, Buraca dos Mouros. In the reservoir, carefully, we can take a refreshing bath on the floating swimming pool or, simply, damp our feet, hands and face in a clean and appealing water.

Photos - Source: Site Imagens da Pampilhosa at http://imagenspampilhosa3.no.sapo.pt and Site Pampilhosa at http://www.pampilhosaemimagens.com