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El Municipio de Bragança organiza la 1ª edición de ZOELAE TRAIL. El evento tendrá lugar el 13 de agosto de 2017, en Braganza, y está integrado en las celebraciones de la "Fiesta de la Historia".


En esta primera edición, las pruebas se desarrollarán en la Sierra de Nogueira, lugar donde existe la mayor mancha espontánea de roble negral de Europa. La fauna y flora existentes en el conjunto de las sierras Nogueira / Montesinho se destacan en el contexto nacional. Fueron varias las circunstancias que concurrieron, a lo largo del tiempo, para que este territorio se asuma hoy como marco ineludible de la biodiversidad nacional.


El 1º ZOELAE TRAIL está constituido por dos pruebas y una caminata: ZOELAE TRAIL Largo, ZOELAE TRAIL Corto y ZOELAE Caminata.


Este evento tiene lugar en un territorio en tiempo ocupado por un pueblo prerromano - los ZOELAE. Aunque su origen es desconocido, varios autores apuntan a los ZOELAE como uno de los más antiguos grupos étnicos de la Península Ibérica.

The Municipality of Bragança organizes the 1st edition of ZOELAE TRAIL. The event will take place on August 13, 2017, in Bragança, and is integrated in the celebrations of the "Festival of History".

In this first edition, the trials will take place in Serra de Nogueira, where there is the largest spontaneous stain of black oak in Europe. The fauna and flora in the Nogueira / Montesinho range stand out in the national context. There were several circumstances that, over time, contributed to this territory being assumed today as an inescapable landmark of national biodiversity.

The 1st ZOELAE TRAIL consists of two races and one walk: ZOELAE TRAIL Long, ZOELAE TRAIL Short and ZOELAE Walk.

This event takes place in a territory once occupied by a pre-Roman people - the ZOELAE. Although its origin is unknown, several authors point to ZOELAE as one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Iberian Peninsula.

Their society was characterized by the prominent role played by the woman, their bravery in combat and the warm welcome to visitors. From the legacy of the ZOELAE are tombstones decorated with animals (such as wild pigs and deer) and circular symbols, symbolically alluding to the sun, a vital element for the survival of the people.


Castro de Avelãs, start point of the trail, houses the Monastery of S. Salvador, whose origins remain uncertain and perpetuated in legends. The popular tradition claims to be the last abode of a mighty knight - the Lord of Arians, mysterious character of tenebrous and legendary history.


The course of the race passes in the site of Torre Velha, place often mentioned as having been the capital of ZOELAE. The territory of this town extended from the mountains of Sanabria, Culebra, Nogueira to Mogadouro, covering the North of Portugal and Spain.


The finish line is located in the Citadel of Castelo de Bragança, a fortified enclosure that still dominates the agglomerate - functioning, through time, as a strong presence of Portugal independency.

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