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Carrapateira Cliffs

Circular Routes Stage

10.5 Km

This circular route starting from the village of Carrapateira is a prime opportunity to observe the relationship between the people of this land and the sea. Along the route, you will find several viewpoints with superb views over the cliffs and beaches of Bordeira and Amado, as well as the ruins of an Islamic seasonal fishermen’s village.

It is worthwhile to linger on the beach of Bordeira to appreciate how the sea has carved the sand into harmonious shapes, constantly changing with the seasons. This beach, unique and full of nooks and crannies, was the result of the interaction between sediments from Monchique, the deposits left by the sea, the insistent work of the wind, and the whims of the tides and currents. Carrapateira is a special place that delights vacationers, surfers, hikers, fishermen, goose barnacle hunters, and biologists alike. In the dunes, the vegetation is exuberant: thyme, yellow shrubby everlasting, rosemary, lavender, Portuguese crowberry, blue pimpernel, sea lavenders, gum rockrose…

Here in the South, the shape of the cliffs begins to take on new forms as the rock turns to limestone. The limestone dissolves easily in rainwater, which is slightly acidic. Thus, the sea water eroding the cliffs below, combined with the dissolution of the top of the cliffs caused by rain and runoff water, gives rise to holes, caves, arches, and rock columns. Red deposits contrasting with the whiteness of the limestone can be seen; these are formed from insoluble materials that are found inside limestone, such as red clays.

Where to start

Carrapateira
In Carrapateira square.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Extension: 10.5KM
Approximate duration: 3 h 30

Accumulated ascent: 0m
Accumulated descent: 150m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 50m
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

Refreshments along the way
Before arriving at Bordeira Beach, next to the wooden walkway;
In the fishing port and in the beach of Amado.

Accessibility
The western part of the trail is a wide dirt track, which makes this section more accessible to people with special needs. Park north (37 ° 11’49.0 “N 8 ° 54’28.8” W), in the parking lot near to the Bordeira beach lookout or south (37 ° 11’07.7 “N 8 ° 54’34.8” W), near to Amado beach, and walk 5 km, looking at the sea, in complete safety.

Warnings

When strolling along Pontal da Carrapateira, you will find several paths that lead towards the sea. Remain only on the wooden walkways.

Due to the large number of routes in this area, pay special attention to the signage.

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