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S. Luís Gardens

Circular Routes Stage

3.5 Km

If you haven’t discovered the pleasure of hiking, don’t have much time, or look for a short, easy, accessible walk, then this circular route was created for you. You’ll get to know the gardens and orchards of S. Luís and pass through a magic cork oak forest, always with the Cercal do Alentejo » S. Luís section of the Historical Way close by.

Close to the village you will come across small farms, small holdings and orchards, separated by laurel hedges, characteristic of S. Luís, which run along many of the paths of this route. Some of the laurels have broken free from the hedges and are now elegant trees. Take the opportunity to pick some branches, dry the leaves and use them in meat and fish dishes or in any kind of stew or casserole. The arbutus bush is another constant presence on this route, both next to the small holdings and on the path that runs along the cork oak plantations.

S. Luís was always a village rich in resources which were exploited by mining activities (in S. Domingos), cork extraction, commerce (from the fluvial harbour of Casa Branca), in the production of wood, the raising of cattle or quarrying. It was S. Luís that provided the agricultural products to the population of Vila Nova de Milfontes, which dedicated itself entirely to fishing. These days S. Luís is also known for re-establishing an old tradition, building with earth, with some specialists in the technique of adobe, or “taipa” building, living in the village.

Where to start

S. Luís
Next to the bus stop on the N120 road, which crosses S. Luís, going to the church.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Very easy

Extension: 3.5KM
Approximate duration: 1 h 30

Accumulated ascent: m
Accumulated descent: 100m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 210m
Minimum ALTITUDE: 150m

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

Refreshments along the way
Only in S. Luís village.

Combine the Historical Way with the Circular Route
Study the map and extend this short walk with the Cercal do Alentejo » S. Luís section of the Historical Way. Along the way take the opportunity to climb up to the Serra de S. Domingos, which adds 4km to the route (round trip).

Warnings

Route Marking
Circular Routes are marked with yellow and red markers. When the route coincides with the Historical Way, the marker shave three colours: white, yellow and red.

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