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Arrifana » Carrapateira

20 / 21.5 Km

On this trail, you can see cliffs up to 100 meters’ high that unveil a fascinating geological history.

The small fishing ports have operated since remote times in the most sheltered places of the coast, naturally sheltered from north and northwest winds. Some of the most fished species on this coast are sardines, mackerel, meagre, monkfish, lobster, Mediterranean moray, European conger, octopus, Atlantic seabream, European bass, red porgy, horse mackerel  and goose barnacles.

On this route, the cliffs reach up to 100 meters high, displaying rocky strata with spectacular folds and presenting a rich geological history. When the supercontinent Pangea was formed, the clash between continents lifted, compressed, split and folded the continental shore rocks and the sediments deposited on the ocean floor, forming mountains with altitudes of more than 4000 meters. The present rocks of the cliffs (schist and grauvaques) have resulted from these giant movements of the compression of sedimentary strata that occurred more than three hundred million years ago!

The sustenance of the people of the southwest coast of Portugal has always been linked to the sea, and the land, too hard to work. In the most fertile and fresh lands near the streams, people grow corn, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, broad beans and chickpeas. The sargassum (seaweed) has been used as fertilizer. On the slopes, the rich flora provides grazing land to the cattle and supports bees that produce a fine and aromatic honey.

Where to start

Arrifana
At the top of Arrifana beach.

Carrapateira
At Largo do Comércio

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Average

Extension: 20 / 21.5KM
Approximate duration: 6 h

Accumulated ascent: 300 / 350m
Accumulated descent: 250 / 300m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 160m
Minimum ALTITUDE: 0m

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

Consider staying a few extra days in this área in order to walk and explore the circular routes of Bordeira and Carrapateira.

Warnings

The first part of this Route corresponds to the Historical Way, marked only in white and red.

Pay attention to the sea conditions at Bordeira Beach. If you can’t cross because of poor conditions, walk up to Pinhal do Bordalete and follow the rad until Carrapateira.

You will not find any refreshment points along the way. You should carry water (1.5 L minimum) and suficiente supplies.

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

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