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
At the Bordeira square, heading towards the road N268.
Rules and Recommendations
Refreshments along the way
Only in the village of Bordeira.
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.
Caretaker of this trail
Francisco de Sousa e Leonor Pires
Caretakers since 2020
«My history at Rota Vicentina started as a volunteer in the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, in 2019, and since then I fell in love with this region and this team. The diversity of landscapes and the richness of flora and fauna that these trails cover is impressive, especially for a young Landscape Architect. This trail is a perfect image of what this region can offer and I hope I can contribute, as a godfather, to keep all its biodiversity and charm. » Francisco de Sousa, Godfather since 2020.
«I am a Landscape Architect and rediscovered the beauty of these landscapes through the Rota Vicentina, as a volunteer for the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, in the area of Nature Conservation. I was completely embraced by Rota Vicentina, the Team and the cause and values they carry with them. Caretaking this beautiful path is just one of the many contributions I want to make to this project. » Leonor Pires, Godmother since 2020.