Odemira » S. Teotónio

The Historical Way Stage

19 Km

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

Odemira
At the roundabout with the iron tree sculpture, near the river, walking alongside the river in the direction of the road bridge.

S.Teotónio
At the Church square (Largo Gomes Freire, called Quintalão), heading towards Quintas.

Datasheet

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 2

Extension: 19KM
Approximate duration: 6hours

Accumulated ascent: 350M
Accumulated descent: 220M

Maximum ALTITUDE: 180M
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

Warnings

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.

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