FAQs

Is The Grand Route marked?
Yes, in all its extension (except for the complementary tracks to visit villages and other interesting features). Check the page about marks to know their characteristics.

Is it possible to travel through the Grand Route without any orientation tools?
The Grand Route is marked with intuitive and easy-to-find signs, in order for any user to be able to go for the tracks by its own initiative. Still, we strongly suggest the use of support material — stages sheets, .kml and .gpx files — available in the downloads page.

If I do not want to travel through the Grand Route by my own means, are there any touristic services to support me?
Check all the info about touristic services on the page Preparing for the GR.

What are the recommended seasons to use the Grand Route?
Spring (April-June) and Autumn (September-November) are the mildest seasons. In Summer, expect temperatures above 30°C and high dryness and pay the most attention to guarantee your protection from extreme heat and solar exposure around mid-day (11a.m. - 4p.m.). In Winter, expect temperatures below 5°C and pay the most attention to guarantee your protection from extreme cold at night.
During times of the year with an higher river flow (Autumn, Winter and Spring), some of the river crossings might be waterlogged, which can demand a bigger effort to cross (be aware: the risks you assume are of your own full responsibility). During some critical periods (most rainy weeks), those crossings can be completely underwater, which makes their crossing impossible. Before you start your travel, check the latest news to get updated info about the crossing conditions. If you happen to find a unfeasible crossing, contact the organization Associação Transumância e Natureza (management entity for the Grand Route) through the phone 00 351 271 311 202, to get help.

How many days does it take to cover the Grand Route?
Depending on the experience and fitness condition of the user, it is possible to cover the entire route by foot in 11 to 15 days, by mountain-bike in 3 to 5 days, by horse in 6 to 8 days. On the page Description of the Grand Route, you find the recommended stages for the three ways of moving (on foot, on mountain-bike, on horse), so that you can plan your Grand Route travel, either covering it completely or in part.

Is it possible to travel through only a part of the Grand Route?
Yes, it is possible to select different starting and ending points along the route, depending on the interest and free-time of each user. On the page Description of the Grand Route, you find the recommended stages for the three ways of moving (on foot, on mountain-bike, on horse), with the correspondent support materials. Since the Grand Route has a linear format, the starting and ending points are in different locations. There are only two marked circular tracks, namely in the municipalities of Almeida and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, which allow you to go back to your starting point through a different way.

How much money will I spend per day along the Grand Route?
It all depends on the way you plan your travel in terms of transportation, food and accommodation. Only as a reference, the cost of a meal per person in a restaurant in this region is around 7 or 8 euros. The cost of a night per person in a rural tourism accommodation in this region is around 20 euros (we remind you that in some of the suggest stages there are no touristic accommodations; as an alternative, we suggest some informal accommodation solutions, presented in the stages fact sheets).

Do I need some permission to pass by some parts of the Grand Route?
No. Most of the Grand Route is composed of trails with a public status. In some areas, the route crosses private properties in agreement with their owners. This means all the land owners are aware of the Grand Route and expect the passage of visitors. Therefore, you can go through all the trails as long as you comply to the defined rules and recommendations. Concerning private properties, you are asked to respect their private status and to guarantee you leave all the gates closed.

Is it possible to camp along the Grand Route?
No. Wild camping is not allowed. You can request private touristic services that include  camping in some locations during night. You can check the partners page for the currently available touristic services. You can camp in the Faia Brava Reserve if you become a member and ask permission to do it.

Are there toilets along the Grand Route?
No. You can ask to go to the toilet in the cafés and restaurants from the villages you pass by. Before you start your travel, inform yourself about the local businesses you are going to find along your way, by checking the stages fact sheets or the interactive map.

Are there mobile networks along the Grand Route?
In most places, yes. In parts where the Côa valley gets narrower and deeper, mobile networks might fail.

Can I take my dog with me?
We do not recommend it because of the high presence of watchdogs in the agriculture landscape of this region. If you bring your dog, we recommend permanent leash use, in respect for other travelers and specially for the local population, and also to be more in control when passing by other dogs. Due to the reason mentioned above, please have special attention when you get closer to pasture lands where watch dogs can be, since they can react more strongly to the passing of another dog. These dogs can bark a lot and come near you, but they only intend to keep you away from the cattle they are protecting. Do not show fear, keep your dog close to you and keep walking normally. If you feel you are in danger, you can hold a stone or a stick in your hand to keep the dogs at a distance (do not threat or attack).

What are the dangers when traveling along the Grand Route?
There are trail sections which can have a slanting and slippery floor. Pay special attention when surfaces are wet.
There are river crossings without lateral protection. During times of the year with an higher river flow (Autumn, Winter and Spring), some of the river crossings might be waterlogged, which can demand a bigger effort to cross (be aware: the risks you assume are of your own full responsibility). During some critical periods (most rainy weeks), those crossings can be completely underwater, which makes their crossing impossible. Before you go for the Grand Route, check the latest news to get updated info about the crossing conditions. If you happen to find a unfeasible crossing, contact the organization Associação Transumância e Natureza (management entity for the Grand Route) through the phone 00 351 271 311 202, to get help.
There are watch dogs in pasture lands that can react to your passage. These dogs can bark a lot and come near you, but they only intend to keep you away from the cattle they are protecting. Do not show fear and keep walking normally. If you feel you are in danger, you can hold a stone or a stick in your hand to keep the dogs at a distance (do not threat or attack).

What to do in an emergency?
Call the national emergency number 112. Describe what is happening and where you are. In case of fire, call the national fire emergency number, 117.

Are there touristic services for group walks?
Yes. You can check the partners page to know the available services.



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