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Situada a 3 km da Vila de Odemira junto à EN 263 e apenas a 13 km da Costa Vicentina, a Herdade do Telheiro é um alojamento constituído por 7 montes independentes integrados numa grande herdade corticeira, e decorados com materiais e motivos tradicionais da região.

Between Santiago do Cacém and Cape St. Vincent you will have the opportunity to pass through several towns and villages. Visit the churches, walk the streets, discover secrets and make conversation. This is a trail to be lived

Towns and villages of the Sw

They are the guardians of the grasslands and paths of the Sierra. It is their voices that echo through the silence of the valleys and it is their presence that gives life to the landscape. If you ever get lost, always trust in the shepherds, after all they always know the way.

A route guarded by shepherds

Historical Way

Santiago do Cacém » Vale Seco

This long distance path along Sw Portugal begins at the emblematic Santiago do Cacém Church, a city with a strong connection to the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. Since the Middle Ages pilgrims pass here coming from the Promontorium Sacrum, the mythical destination of this historic journey now recovered through Rota Vicentina

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This section of the trail is dominated by cork trees, the Alentejo’s emblematic species. Vieira Natividade, a well-known Portuguese forester, said: “No other tree gives us so much while requiring so little”. The cork tree is crucial to the local economy and supports an extraordinarily wide-ranging ecosystem.

Cork oak forests also support various economic activities such as beekeeping, Nature orientated tourism, the collection of edible or medicinal mushrooms, (and even mushrooms used in the making of cosmetics), as well as husbandry of local animal breeds such as the famed Black Pig of the area and several different species of Alentejo cows.

Being an evergreen species, cork oaks provide shelter and food right up the food chain the whole year around. They are home to numerous insects and spiders which provide food for a wealth of different birds and there are over fifty different species that commonly nest in cork forests, among which can be found at least three different species of eagle, the Short-toed, Booted and Bonelli’s.

Other species of wildlife, such as the Wildcat, Genet or Weasel can also be found.

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Where to start

Santiago do Cacém:

At the Church of Santiago do Cacém, descending towards the Parque Urbano of the Rio da Figueira.

Vale Seco:

On the N120 between Cercal and Santiago, on the road to the Campilhas reservoir. 1st crossroads on the dirt track.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY

DISTANCE: 18 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS

ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 332 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 389 M

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 281 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 119 M

RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE

RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

THE CIRCULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES PUTS WALKERS AT RISK
AVOID DOING THE HISTORICAL WAY ON A MOTOR CYCLE OR IN A JEEP, LOOK INTO OTHER OPTIONS
DO NOT LIGHT FIRES
SEVERAL FARMS AND CATTLE HERDS ARE PROTECTED BY GUARD DOGS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
BE CAUTIOUS WITH CATTLE, ALTHOUGH GENTLE, THEY DO NOT LIKE STRANGERS APPROACHING THEIR CALVES.
THESE TRAILS PASS BY PRIVATE PROPERTY. RESPECT IT AND CLOSE GATES AND FENCES YOU WILL FIND ON THE WAY.
THERE ARE VERY FEW SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAILS. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU.
IN SOME PARTS OF THE TRAILS YOU WILL HAVE TO CROSS PAVED ROADS. BE CAREFUL!
YOU WILL FIND SEVERAL LOCATIONS IDEAL FOR PICNICS. DO NOT, IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, LEAVE TRASH BEHIND.
BE FRIENDLY WITH THE LOCALS, TELL THEM WHY YOU’RE THERE AND SHARE EXPERIENCES.

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