Aljezur » Arrifana

The Historical Way Stage

12 Km

From the top of the legendary castle of Aljezur, one of the seven that are represented in the flag of Portugal, the flat and fertile soils of the floodplains are home to the famous and incomparable sweet potato of Aljezur. The streams meander through these fields with their magnificent galleries of cottonwood, alders, ash, tamarisk, and willows. Man has lived respectfully and harmoniously with this natural world, strongly influenced by the change in seasons. As a result, we find an agricultural landscape rich in diversity, especially regarding plants, insects, birds, amphibians and mammals. In the spring, butterflies rival the flowers in the colorful explosion that occurs.

Exiting the village you can take in the beauty of the stream running through the valley of Aljezur, extending to Amoreira Beach. Here you can imagine what Aljezur must have looked like in the fifteenth century, when all this valley was navigable, constituting the only port of shelter from the steep coast between Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres. Here, ships came from Lisbon, Flanders and Castile. Before reaching the coast, you will cross mountainous areas where eucalyptus predominates. The heavy planting of the eucalyptus is owed to the growing need for paper, and strips the region’s forest of their original natural character. The eucalyptus diminishes biodiversity, above and below ground, consumes enormous amounts of water, contributes to soil erosion and leads to the depletion of mineral nutrients. When you spot the sea rising from the horizon, in a landscape swept by salty winds, where shrubs predominate, you can anticipate the arrival of the incomparable Arrifana Bay.

Where to start

Aljezur
Next to the market of Aljezur, following towards the Municipal Museum, where you must turn left.

Arrifana
Next to the parking lot at the top of Arrifana Beach, following the asphalt road towards Vale da Telha and Aljezur, until you enter the dirt road on the right.

Datasheet

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 2

Extension: 12KM
Approximate duration: 4hours

Accumulated ascent: 250M
Accumulated descent: 200M

Maximum ALTITUDE: 120M
Minimum ALTITUDE: 10M

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.

Tips

Refreshments along the way
At km 5, at the junction with the N 1003 road, making a detour of 600 meters to the right, heading to Vales.

 

Warnings

Along this route you will have to walk along and cross multiple times roads that may have traffic. Walk with caution and always on the left side of the road so that you stay visible for oncoming traffic.

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