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Odeceixe » Aljezur

The Historical Way Stage

19.5 Km

Groundwater is so abundant in this coastal plateau that it surfaces in certain places at lower elevation, giving rise to wetlands, locally called brejo (marshes). The vegetation is unique, since not all plants can support so much water permanently in the soil. For some animals, swamps are places of food, shelter or breeding. The butterfly Euphydrias aurinia, protected at European level, is one example of a species that depends on these mosaics of humid meadows full of rushes and reeds. These marshes are also the ideal habitat for the Cabrera’s vole, and the swamps are prime hunting places for birds and bats who hunt the small mammals and insects that live there.

In the small woods between agricultural parcels, aromatic shrubs like juniper, shrubby everlasting, lavender and rosemary thrive. In these groves it is also easy to find some rare plants, exclusive to the southwest of Portugal, such as Adenocarpus anisochilus, Euphorbia transtagana, Thymus camphoratus and Centaurea vicentina. In this area, partridges, quails, cattle egrets, European turtle doves, storks and starlings cohabitate with the people of the region, and you can often hear the common nightingale singing in the riparian galleries.

At dusk, you can watch the elegance and agility of bats hunting insects over ponds or around public lighting. All species of bats that live in Portugal eat insects. Each animal consumes more than half of its weight in flying or crawling insects per night, with thousands of tons of insects annually consumed by bats! Bats thus play a very important ecological role, helping to control insect populations and prevent pests and diseases.

Where to start

Odeceixe
Largo 1º de Maio (main square in Odeceixe).

Aljezur
Next to the market in Aljezur.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Extension: 19.5KM
Approximate duration: 6 h

Accumulated ascent: 200m
Accumulated descent: 200m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 110m
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

In Rogil, there are cafes, restaurants, lodgings and pharmacy.

Warnings

► Be careful when crossing the national road, when leaving Odeceixe and entering Rogil.
► Be aware at the junctions with the Circular Routes, always follow the red and white markings.

Caretaker of this trail

Nelson Banza

Godfather since 2020

“I am Nelson Banza, 44 years old, I live in Sines and I am a cook by profession, a nature lover and an addict and aficionado of hiking.
On Rota Vicentina, I embraced this rich and majestic project, which is so missing in our region, and which in addition to the pleasure of walking, makes us belong to a family.
The perfect harmony with Nature and my inherent and unique feelings, which revitalize me and make me dive into a creative universe while walking, were the reasons that led me to sponsor one of the sections of the Rota Vicentina.
It’s when I’m walking on these trails that meditation occurs without me even realizing it, hence the satisfaction of calming the mind, clearing less good ideas and creating space for new perspectives. To walk without haste and to have at the end of the stage a pleasant objective: of all the ways of living, the one that most pleases me.”

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