Almograve » Zambujeira do Mar

22 Km

Small fishing harbours, reddish sand dunes, the scent of pine tree forests and the sight, seen nowhere else in the world, of storks nesting on the cliffs make this walk a true balm for your senses.

The high cliffs you will see during this part of the journey, despite being exposed to the constant salty ocean winds, are the nesting site for over twenty species of bird! These include jackdaw, shag, common kestrel, “pure” rock dove, white stork, peregrine falcon and black redstart. It is worthwhile taking the time to stop and watch these birds especially during spring, around the Cape Sardão area. The rock doves are especially interesting as they are the original species from which all the feral pigeons in the world descend.

If you look carefully along this coastal stretch it is easy to see past climate change written in the rocks. The sandstone was formed when the sea was at least 100 m (330 ft), lower than at present, with the beach over 60 km further west. Prehistoric settlements have been found here with remains of colder climate animals and shellfish, clear signs of a colder, drier past, but it is equally possible to find signs of times when the climate here was warmer, wetter and more tropical, displayed by impressive reddish tones in the sand and sandstone, resulting from the accumulation of iron oxides.

Where to start

Almograve
At the roundabout (beginning of Avenida da Praia), towards the beach of Foz dos Ouriços along the track to the ETAR (water treatment plant).

Zambujeira do Mar
At the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar, in the direction of the beach of Nossa Senhora and the fishing harbour of Entrada da Barca.

 

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Average

Extension: 22KM
Approximate duration: 7 h

Accumulated ascent: 200m
Accumulated descent: 200m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 90m
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 9.5, you pass through the village of Cavaleiro.
At km 18, in the fishing harbour of Entrada da Barca there are two restaurants.

Shorten this section
From Almograve, you can go straight to the beach saving half an hour of hike.
From the fishing port of Entrada da Barca, you can go to Zambujeira by taxi (4 km).

Warnings

Between Entrada do Pau and Ponta da Carraca the trail deviates inland entering an area of pine forest in order to avoid a strip of coastline with a high degree of erosion. As a matter of security and environmental preservation, be aware and observe this divergence. We rely on your consideration!

This section overlaps with other routes. Pay attention to the signs.

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