The Historical Way Stage
The first part of this section follows the Mira River. The banks are lined either by thick reed beds or by over-hanging trees, and both are essential nesting habitats for various different species of bird, (including reed and sedge warblers), providing shelter, nesting material and food. Otters can also be seen frequently along this stretch, and its droppings, called “scats”, mainly made up of fish scales and bones as well as the carapaces of signal crayfish, are unmistakable.
The crystal-clear water in the many streams you will cross along the way promote a great variety of different damselflies and dragonflies that flit in and out of the shade or cruise up and down their stretch of water. The strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) grows abundantly along this section, and has been used by man since time immemorial. No part of it goes to waste; the trunk and branches are used as firewood and to make charcoal, its leaves are used in decoration and its delicious fruit is used to make jam or the famous local brandy called medronho. Why not have a taste in one of the many cafes and tascas along the way, as you cross the region walking Rota Vicentina?
Where to start
At the roundabout with the iron tree sculpture, near the river, walking alongside the river in the direction of the road bridge.
At the Church square (Largo Gomes Freire, called Quintalão), heading towards Quintas.
Rules and Recommendations
You will not find any refreshments along the way. You should bring water (1.5 L minimum) and enough provisions for the day walk.
Pay attention to the signage as there are intersections with a Circular Route.