S. Teotónio » Odeceixe

The Historical Way Stage

15 / 17 Km

It is worth doing this trail in the spring, when the turbulence of the winter floods has subsided and life is emerging all around you. Both along the streams and in the shrubs, the biodiversity is absolutely astounding. Pterospartum tridentatum, oregano, sage-leaved rock-rose, pink rock-rose, laurustinus, myrtle, heather, broom, common hawthorn, mastic tree or flax-leaved daphne are just some of the bushes that abound along the route. Birds respond to this diversity by filling the space with the sound their singing and the views of their skillful flights. The vegetable gardens and fields occupy the floodplains with flat, fresh and fertile soils, ground that is quite rare in this landscape of poor, sparse soil.

The riparian galleries are fantastic, with ash, alder, portuguese oak, willow and tamarisk. The leaves of these trees are deciduous, letting the light enter the flowing streams in the winter and protecting the habitats during the summer with their shade. When crossing the streams, note the holes carved into the bedside barriers: they are made by the southwestern water vole, a friendly rodent reminiscent of a small beaver, not only in the shape of its body, but also in its aquatic agility. In autumn, it is worth asking the inhabitants of the rural houses to taste the unique fruit from their orchards. There are many local varieties of fruits and vegetables that are now being defended from extinction, by associations and by the rural communities themselves.

Where to start

S.Teotónio
In the church’s square (Largo Gomes Freire, called Quintalão), go in the direction of the cemetery, where you will find a trail marker.

Odeceixe
In the beginning of Rua do Rio. Continue parallel to the stream on the south side, without crossing the road bridge.

Datasheet

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 2 / 3

Extension: 15 / 17KM
Approximate duration: 5 / 6hours

Accumulated ascent: 200 / 400M
Accumulated descent: 350 / 550M

Maximum ALTITUDE: 189M
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

Refreshments along the way
At km 14, you will cross the village of S. Miguel.

Warnings

There are two options to take on this route ► The longer trail passes through an incredibly beautiful valley. However, keep in mind that it cannot be hiked during periods of high precipitation. If here is rain during your hike, opt for the shorter trail.
► In these periods of intense rain, the section between São Miguel and Odeceixe can be flooded, making it impossible to cross the Seixe stream. In this case finish your walk in the village of S.Miguel, or follow the road to Odeceixe.

The alternative, shorter trail starts at the marking to exit S.Teotónio.
1 km after the departure of S.Teotónio, the road is marked alternately with mariolas (stacked stones) in order to safeguard the interests of the landlords and the hikers of Rota Vicentina.

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