From Bordeira to the Sea

Circular Routes Stage

6 / 13.5 Km

On this walk you will feel the strong connection of this historical village to the incredible coastal zone, which characterises the climate and the rhythm of life. Along the way you will also come across the symbolic pine forest of Bordalete and the beach of Bordeira or Carrapateira, famous for its vast sands and dunes as far as the eye can see.

This Circular Route has an area of dunes by the sea and an area of hills further inland. On the latter, the path goes through vegetation adapted to the dry conditions (hillside forests) and communities adapted to the seasonal flooding (wet lands from high river levels). These lands are called floodplains, and since the soils are very fertile, they are sometimes used for agriculture or grazing. Along the floodplain, there is a line of tall trees or shrubs – this is the riparian vegetation that accompanies the two banks of the water line.

The area of the route nearest to the coast follows along the sands that cover the top of the cliffs. The biodiversity of the vegetation is astounding. Take in the delicate scent of the white barn, myrtle, juniper, lentiscus or rosemary. Appreciate the strong blue colours of the flowers of the creeping gromwell and dill or the intense yellow of the ononis and gorse. The animals that inhabit these dunes on the cliffs are very discreet. However, there are signs of carnivores, who leave their droppings on the shrubs as a way of marking territory. Rabbits do the same by making small burrows in the sand. Insects are the easiest to see, being inebriated by the pollen in flowers that mark their presence throughout the year in these magnificent dunes. The birds give themselves away with their song and footprints in the sand. Especially important for the birdlife is the pine forest of Bordalete and Maroteira. It’s more than 40 hectares of a pinewood of high aesthetic and ecological value. Planted for the exploration of pinewood (essentially used for boat construction), it is currently private property.

Where to start

Bordeira
At the Bordeira square, heading towards the road N268.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Very easy / Average

Extension: 6 / 13.5KM
Approximate duration: 2 h / 4 h 30

Accumulated ascent: m
Accumulated descent: 100 / 300m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 120m
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
Only in the village of Bordeira.

Warnings

Shorten this route
The total distance is 13,5 km but  if you prefer, you can opt for a shorter walk of only 6 km, following the signposts in the area of Bordalete, at km 3.5.

Level of Difficulty
Although there are no climbs, the route has a lot of sandy areas near the coast and at the pine forest of Bordalete.

There are other routes in this area. Pay attention to the signage.

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