Odeceixe » Aljezur

22,5 Km

Before leaving Odeceixe, do not forget to go to the mill, one of the few that is still in operation and can be visited. Around it, wooden walkways and benches invite you to sit and take in the village houses, the Seixe stream mouth and the Mediterranean shrubs on the south-facing slopes – a treat for the eyes!

The floodplains lie on the banks of the stream, where on days of heavy rain, the water that collects in the banks will go on to be store and build deep and fertile soils. During the rest of the year, the water from the flood is efficiently used to grow vigorous crops and pastures. Some of these banks still remain in their wild state, occupied by reeds and rushes. These are environments rich in birds, like the grey heron and the great egret.

In the sand dunes there are abundant aromatic shrubs such as juniper, shrubby everlasting, camphor thyme (endemic to this coast), lavender and rosemary. These plants, although specially adapted to the arid environment of the tops of the cliffs, have some difficulty in dealing with the invasion of exotic species such as acacia and the hottentot-fig. In the wettest places, where the water reaches almost the surface, the marshes covered with rushes provide habitat to the most endangered rodent in Europe, the cabrera’s vole.

The agricultural fields that play a dominant role along this route make a harmonious mosaic of small clumps of pine, eucalyptus or cork oak forests, with marshes (wetlands) and water lines. Temporary ponds and agricultural ponds also add to this landscape, a mosaic that houses breathtaking biodiversity.

In the avifauna, it is worth noting the presence of the tawny and meadow pipits, carrion crow, zitting cisticola, shrikes, woodpecker, corn-bunting, Eurasian nuthatch, linnets, European crested tit and the cirl bunting. Hidden in the woods, the birds of prey go out to hunt in the open fields. This is the case of the short-toed snake eagle or the black-winged kite.

Where to start

Odeceixe
Beginning of Rua do Rio, going to Largo 1º de Maio (main square of Odeceixe).

Aljezur
In front of the Municipal Market, then follow the Historical Way.

Datasheet

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 3

Extension: 22,5KM
Approximate duration: 7hours

Accumulated ascent: 150M
Accumulated descent: 150M

Maximum ALTITUDE: 90M
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

Refresments along the way
► At km 3 on the beach of Odeceixe, between April and September.
► At Rogil, there are good restaurants.

Stay another night in Odeceixe
Enjoy the circular routes in this area and spend some more time in Odeceixe.

Warnings

► Between the village of Odeceixe and the beach, the route follows along the road. Walk on the left side of the road (opposite the traffic) and be careful.
► From Rogil, this route coincides with the Historical Way. Therefore you will follow the red and white marks.
► This section overlaps with other routes. Pay attention to the signs.

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