Pego das Pias
Attention, this is not a beginner’s course! Admittedly, it is short, but the almost unbroken succession of strong climbs and descents, along with a small technical part, require some practice.
It has as its greatest difficulties ascents at km 3.5 km, 12.5 km and 18 km all with short sections close to 20%.
The route follows the Mira where, in addition to the wonderful landscape, you can be lucky enough to see otters, a native animal of this river.
The route then follows by rural and forest paths that show the authenticity that this region can maintain.
Halfway along the trail, in a natural setting of great beauty, the route follows the left bank of the Torgal stream for 1.5 km. To visit the river beach of Pego das Pias, continue along the stream for a further 1 km. There you will find several natural lakes, and on its bank, under the trees, the idyllic picnic spot
The route crosses and, at points, covers a little of the N120 and part of the town of Odemira, and therefore you may encounter some traffic. Caution is recommended.
A part of the route coincides with the Rota Vicentina walking paths – namely the Historical Way (GR11) – so it is very likely that you will encounter walkers.
It might be necessary to open livestock protection gates which should always be closed again after passing through.
The final part of the last descent is on calçada, which can sometimes be very slippery.
It has a small single track and a small ford crossing.
Please note that this route does not pass through any location to buy supplies, so you should stock up at the starting point in Odemira.
Points of support:
Only in Odemira at the start and finish of the route.