This very difficult level course is the longest of the Odemira Headtrail. It has several difficulties, but also several points not to be missed, show-casing the variety of landscapes that this region has to offer.
It starts heading north on the right bank of the Mira River, along rural paths. The trail passes through remote and authentic villages, reminders of the true essence of the interior of this region, and then returns along the Mira for a spectacular single track. At the beginning of this single track there is a passage that can be dangerous even for a black track. Be especially careful in your approach and consider walking with your bicycle.
The route then continues to the North again, staying with the rural landscape before passing through Vila Nova de Milfontes crossing the Mira by the N393 bridge.
From there, turn South and head towards Cabo Sardão, where for 6 km you will follow a spectacular coastal path along the imposing cliffs of the Alentejo Coast.
The route passes through Troviscais, Carrasqueira, Alagoachos, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Longueira, Almograve, Knight, Zambujeira and Boavista dos Pinheiros.
– Mira’s Dyke and its renowned single-track
- Vila Nova de Milfontes, a very popular seaside town with famous river and sea beaches. Take a short detour to visit the old part of the village with its sometimes crowded, narrow streets and the waterfront.
- Cabo Sardão with its mythical lighthouse and the stunning, unexpected and almost unique stork nests on the cliffs. The lighthouse can be visited on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.
- Barca’s entrance and its fishing port.
- Zambujeira do Mar, a cosmopolitan beach resort with its superb beaches and its unmissable seaside walk.
– Visit to the Bamboo Parque.
You can make the trip in 2 days, staying overnight in the easily available accommodation in Milfontes or Almograve.
10 Km – Troviscais
15 Km – Carrasqueira
18 Km – Vale Bejinha (vicinity)
35 Km – Alagoachos / VN Milfontes
47 Km – Longueira
51 Km – Almograve
63 Km – Cavaleiro
74 Km – Entrada da Barca
Km 78 – Zambujeira do Mar
91 Km – Malavado (vicinity)
Km 104 – Boavista dos Pinheiros
The route crosses and, at points, runs along various national and municipal roads, and therefore you may encounter some busy traffic, especially during the summer bathing season. Caution is recommended.
At several points the route coincides with the Rota Vicentina walking paths – namely the Historical Way (GR11), the Fishermen’s Trial and various Circular Routes – so it is very likely that you will meet with hikers. Give them right of way.
It might be necessary to open livestock protection gates which should always be closed again after passing through.