Amoreira

Circular Routes Stage

7 Km

The Circular Route Amoreira crosses hills covered by vegetation adapted to dry landscape and is rich in aromatic plants. The Mediterranean shrubs on shale soils are followed by pine forests and bushes on sand dunes that include rare species of plants. Along the coastline, schists and greywackes can be found in spectacular forms created by tectonic movements.

Along this course, we can understand the process of survival of the fittest for species living along the dunes, from sea level to the pine forest. By the sea, the conditions are rough – strong wind, intense sun exposure, poor dry soil, sea spray (salty water splashed from the sea). Only true “plant superheroes” are capable of growing under such conditions. Here you can find the Portuguese crowberries, globe amaranths, rosemary, thyme, sage-leaved rock-rose, pink rock-roses, the Lithodora prostrata, the juniper and the yellow restharrow. As you walk inland, the rough coastal conditions subside and the vegetation begins to grow in height until reaching the pine trees, the closest line of defense from the sea for the villages. This army of vegetation takes on the role of softening the most aggressive natural forces of the sea, providing to the coastal populations and their agricultural cultures a milder, more inhabitable environment. In the pinewoods you can also find one of the most numerous populations of a endemic plant species – the Teucrium vicentinum.

The mouth of Aljezur stream is a paradise for birdwatchers. If you are one, it’s worth lingering by the stream mouth, with binoculars in hand. Take special notice of the areas that are exposed during the empty tide; in the marshes, rushes and sandbanks, you can frequently spot shorebirds. In the spring, you can also enjoy the vibrant colors of the bee-eaters.

Other endemic plants of this coast, such as the Linaria ficalhoana, Biscutella vicentina, Diplotaxis vicentina, and Thymus camphoratus, are also present in the dune zone of the mouth of Aljezur stream. From February till April, various species of wild orchids can be observed in the clearings of the bushes.

At the eastern side of the route, worn down by erosion, the soil of the hills is dominated by gum rockroses. This plant’s huge white flowers sometimes have a red tear at the base. For this reason, and because the flowering occurs during Easter, people say that this plant represents the five wounds of Christ that can be seen in the flowers of the rockrose.

Where to start

Praia da Amoreira (Amoreira Beach)
In the parking lot on the north side of the beach.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Extension: 7KM
Approximate duration: 2 h 30

Accumulated ascent: 0m
Accumulated descent: 150m

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
On Amoreira beach, there is a cafe-restaurant, open from Easter until October.

Warnings

Pay attention to the signs marked in white, red and yellow on the Circular Routes that overlap with the Historical Way.

The signs marked yellow and red are for the Circular Routes.

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