Circular Routes Stage
This circular route allows you to combine a beautiful stretch of the Fishermen’s Trail with the richness of the Seixe stream floodplain, the rural life of the inhabitants of the plains of Maria Vinagre and the best views of Odeceixe from the washhouse and the mill.
The mouth of the Seixe river is a delight to look at. The sweet flow of water from Monchique, after refreshing gardens and floodplains, spills in abundance in the ocean. In its final section, it leaves sediments on the banks, creating labyrinthine wetlands that are essential habitats for the fauna. Grey herons and great egrets have a regular presence, as well as shorebirds. The latter are frequent on the beach: dunlins, ruddy turnstones, and plovers run restlessly by the foam of the waves, devouring hastily all the small animals brought by the sea.
The vegetation, discreetly, does us the great favor of protecting the dunes from the attack of the wind. Without these aromatic, cushion-shaped shrubs to withstand the wind, the dunes would disappear. The sand that makes them would be taken to the agricultural fields, houses and roads by the wind that blows from the sea to earth. It is also worth to appreciate the forms that the erosion of the sea digs in the rocks of the cliffs. These ancient rocks were bent and broken by the formation of ancient mountain ranges. Now the sea and the small streams scuttle them, adding new shapes, equally spectacular.
In the clumps of this circular route, it is easy to find some very rare and endemic plants of the southwest of Portugal, such as Adenocarpus anisochilus (bush of beautiful yellow flowers), Euphorbia transtagana (very discrete plant with a milky seva that is toxic) and Centaurea vicentina (with showy purple flowers in spring).
As to the birdlife, it is worth mentioning the tawny and meadow pipits (Anthus campestris and Anthus pratensis), carrion crow (Corvus corone), zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), shrikes (Lanius), woodpecker (Dendrocopus major), corn-bunting (Emberiza calandra), Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), linnets (Carduelis canabina), European crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) and the cirl bunting (Embriza cirlus). 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 (Circaetus gallicus) or the Black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus).
Where to start
At Largo 1º de Maio (main square in the village), heading towards the beach.
Rules and Recommendations
Refreshments along the way
At km 3, at the Odeceixe beach.
Or at km 10 in Maria Vinagre.
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.
There are other routes in this area. Pay attention to the signage.