Circular Routes Stage
7 / 17 Km
Coinciding in part with the Arrifana » Carrapateira section of the Historical Way, this walk allows you to journey through the Mediterranean woodland on foothills of the Serra de Espinhaço do Cão and discover the incredible interior region surrounding the charismatic village of Bordeira.
This route crosses Mediterranean scrubland of extraordinary diversity, rooted in poor shale soil. There are aromatic plants, such as Lithraea, rosemary, and white barn. Other common shrubs here are gentian, heaths, arbutus, mastic, mariola, flax leaf daphne, heather, and the sea squill. At the water’s edge, the tamarisk, the willow, and the cork oak can be seen. Notice on the trail the marks on the barriers of the path made by the mammals, which are very active in these parts during the night. On these trails, it is possible to see footprints or droppings of the animals that use them: wild boar, fox, Egyptian mongoose, badger, weasel, andgenet.
The parish of Bordeira, which includes Carrapateira, has less than 500 inhabitants and a population density of just over 5 inhabitants/km2. However, the village makes itself greater because of the generous and cosmopolitan soul of its inhabitants and the splendour of the nature that surrounds it. At the beginning or at the end of the route, it is worthwhile to walk down the narrow streets, stop at the village cafe and visit the charming little church of Nossa Senhora de Encarnação. This church, built in 1746, has a simple architecture with a small atrium and, inside, a single nave with a triumphal arch. The altarpiece is in gilt baroque carving with regional motifs from the Algarve. The images are from the 16th to 18th centuries. The font is Manueline style.
Where to start
At the Bordeira square, following the Historical Way in the direction of Arrifana.
Rules and Recommendations
Refreshments along the way
Only in the village of Bordeira.
Shorten this route
The total distance is 17 km but if you prefer, you can opt for a shorter walk of only 7 km, following the signposts in the area of Samouqueira, at km3,7.
Pay attention to the signs marked in white, red and yellow on the Circular Routes that overlap with the Historical Way. The signs marked with yellow and red are for the Circular Routes.