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Núcleo de São Teotónio

14

Cabo Sardão (ST)

50 KM

If you are looking for breathtaking landscapes, this is one of the most complete routes in the whole network: coastal, inland, countryside and seaside, all in the same route! At first, the track follows rural paths and passes by countless small farms, it runs alongside a reservoir of the Mira River irrigation system and crosses grazing and agricultural zones. Finally, it reaches the coast and continues at the side of the ocean for 16 km, between Cabo Sardão, Zambujeira do Mar and Carvalhal beach. The first 6 km of this stretch are undoubtedly the most impressive with the route following along the imposing cliffs so characteristic of the Alentejo Coast! It crosses several villages such as Estibeira, Malavado, Fataca, Cavaleiro, Zambujeira do Mar and passes near Brejão. The course has 2 single tracks which are considered easy.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Difficult

TYPE: Anti-clockwise Circuit

LENGTH: 50 km

DURATION: 2h30 to 3h45

MARKED ROUTE: No

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 500m

MAX ALTITUDE 195m
MIN. ALTITUDE : 1m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 2 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

Highlights of this Circuit:

  • – Cabo Sardão with its mythical lighthouse and the stunning stork nests on the cliffs. The lighthouse can be visited on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.
  • – A stop at Zambujeira do Mar near the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar is a must.
  • – After leaving Zambujeira do Mar, at the end of the climb stop and look back. This is one of the most beautiful views of this town!
  • – Barca’s entrance and its fishing port.

Support Points:

10 Km . Malavado
13 Km – Fataca
22 Km – Cavaleiro
33 Km – the entrance of Barca
36 Km – Zambujeira do Mar.
40 Km – Carvalhal Beach (beach support).
44 Km – Brejão (in the vicinity).

Warnings

The route has several crossings with the national roads N120 and N393-1 and with numerous municipal roads that can have heavy traffic, particularly in the Summer high season (July-August).
The path along the coast after Cabe Sardão has a lot of sand in some places and coincides with the very popular and busy Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail.
We therefore recommend that you pay extra attention because of the risk of unexpected areas of and the probable presence of walkers.
The first single track takes place in a flat area on the edge of irrigation channel and the second, near the end of the course, is downhill and crosses a small park where you can come across people walking. It is advisable to moderate your speed there and give priority to pedestrians.

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