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Serra de Grândola (Grândola Uplands) Tour

Code: GDL PR1
Geographical location: Grândola
Type: Circular walk
Main themes: Cork oak grove
Distance: 24 Km
Approximate duration: 6 to 7 hours
Type of surface: Country and forest paths
Ascent/descent: 729 m
Minimum altitude: 82 m
Maximum altitude: 306 m
Level of difficulty: High
Certifications: Approved by the FPCM (Portuguese Camping and Mountaineering Federation)
Start and finish: Dr. José Jacinto Nunes Garden
Geographical coordinates: N38º10'35'' W08º34'07''
Geographical coordinates: 38.176407º -8.568621º
Where to park: Public car park at the site

Useful Contacts:

Grândola Tourist Board
Telephone: +351 269 750 429

In Grândola you will find a sea of green and one of the greatest cork oak forests in the entire Alentejo. Here is a natural space high in ecological value and boasting considerable biodiversity; a space where cork of the highest quality is produced, one of the greatest riches among the forest’s resources. The terrain here is quite hilly, giving you a series of high points from which to admire vast landscapes and valleys with lively bubbling streams. In bygone days, many people called these places home, as can be seen from the numerous "Montes Alentejanos”, hamlets built of lath and plaster and adobe, that dot the Serra de Grândola.

The Serra de Grândola Tour is the oldest marked short route (PR) footpath in Portugal, the markers having been placed on it in 1997. The route takes you through a large part of the territory, giving you the chance to explore the vast cork oak forests. It is quite challenging physically, in light of the many uphill and downhill stretches that you will encounter all along the way.