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Núcleo de São Luís

26

Campilhas and Porto Covo

116.5 KM

A very difficult route, the longest of the entire network, which goes first to Campilhas Resevoir and finally reaches the coast at Porto Covo.

It has several single tracks: two extraordinary ones in the Serra do Cercal (50 km), one on the cliffs of Porto Covo (75 km), another very interesting in the middle of the gum cistus (91 km) and the unmissable single from the retaining dam of the Mira River (103 km) .

It has several waterways crossings that can be problematic after heavy rains and it also passes close the water on the small beach by the fishing harbour at Porto Covo, which can be unviable at high tide.

Most noteworthy for the crossing of part of the Campilhas rice fields, for the resevoir dam of the same name and for the journey through two emblematic places of the coast, Porto Covo and Forte do Pessegueiro.

Apart from Porto Covo it also passes through the villages of Campo Redondo, Silveiras, Cercal do Alentejo, Sonega and Vale Bejinha.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Very difficult

TYPE: Anti-clockwise circuit

LENGTH: 116.5 km

DURATION: 5h30 to 8h00

MARKED ROUTE: No

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 1560m

MAX ALTITUDE: 311m
MIN. ALTITUDE: 1m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 4.5 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

Campilhas Resevoir is a good spot for a picnic and perhaps even a refreshing freshwater dive.

In Porto Covo take a short trip to Largo Marquês de Pombal, a small pedestrian and central square.

This route is a longer version of route 25: “Black Porto Covo” so you can choose that if this one seems too difficult.

Another option is to divide this route into two overnight stages in Cercal or Porto Covo.

Pontos de apoio:

7 km – Aldeia do Cano (1 km proximity)

16 km – Campo Redondo

37 km – Silveiras

46 km – Cercal do Alentejo

66 km – Sonega

75 km – Porto Covo

81 km – Forte do Pessegueiro

84 km – Ribª da Azenha (300 m proximity)

108 km – Vale Bejinha

Warnings

The route runs along some streets in the centre of São Luís, it crosses numerous national and municipal roads that can be very busy and often follows small roads and lanes. Caution is recommended.

A part of the route coincides with the Fisherman’s Trail (TP), the Historic Trail (GR11) and some Circular Routes, all of the Rota Vicentina, so it is very likely that you will encounter walkers.

There may be a need to open livestock protection gates. Always close them after passing

Following heavy rains some paths may be flooded. Also some waterway crossings can be unviable or dangerous.

On the little beach of Porto Covo fishing harbour, the route passes right by the water and at high tide it may not be possible. You will need to wait for the tide to go down or make a detour of about 6 km on asphalt road.

In some sections you will suddenly find a lot of sand. Be observant and adjust your speed.

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