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  The Way to Mantiegas
by Bwana_Brown

The 13-km Zezere valley was formed 20,000 years ago when a huge glacier moving in the direction of the view in the photo carved its footprint into the mountains. By the time the valley ends in the village of Mantiegas, the river in the bottom of the valley has cut its way down to 680 m above sea level. This longest glacier-formed valley in Europe still retains an ancient flavour, with its rugged appearance and very little modern development. The highway along it slope does not have a guardrail, and, although it does not look steep in the photo, it appears to be a long way to the bottom when you are driving along it!

Directions: In the mountains above Covilha

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2004
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