Endiabrada and the Hidden Lakes

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

Bordeira
At the Bordeira square, following the Historical Way in the direction of Arrifana.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy / Average

Extension: 7 / 17KM
Approximate duration: 2 h 30 / 5 h 30

Accumulated ascent: m
Accumulated descent: 150 / 400m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 190m
Minimum ALTITUDE: 20m

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
Only in the village of Bordeira.

Warnings

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.

Markings
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.

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