The Historical Way Stage
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
Largo 1º de Maio (main square in Odeceixe).
Next to the market in Aljezur.
Rules and Recommendations
Refreshments along the way
In Rogil, there are cafes, restaurants, lodgings and pharmacy.
► 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
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.”