The Dunes of Almograve

Circular Routes Stage

8.5 Km

This circular route is an excellent option for those looking for a short walk. Coinciding with part of the Fishermen’s Trail, it offers an insight on the agricultural side of the region, offering a great coastal walk by the vast sand stretch of the beach of Brejo Largo.

This circular route allows you to experience one of the most marked dichotomies of the Southwest Alentejo – conservation of nature vs intensive farming. The former is first and foremost a moral imperative for future generations, the latter a priority for the survival of current generations. Management of this dichotomy is one of the biggest challenges of local and national agents today.

The geomorphology of this stretch of coast, and in particular at Foz dos Ouriços, is notable. Folds, faults, discordances and extensive networks of quartz seams, make these cliffs a geological manual where the history of the last 300 million years of the planet is told live. The flora of the dunes is rich and scented. Rosemary, lavender, crowberry, myrtle, lentiscus, immortelle and camphorated thyme, are just some of the species that are present throughout the route. There is also an abundance of mammals on the dunes who build their systems of burrows under the dense scrub of the more set back dunes. The most common are the rabbit, the Egyptian Mongoose (locally known as escalabardo), the beech marten (also known as papalvo), badger, genet and otter. In the innermost section of the route there are several temporary ponds, one of the most unique and protected habitats of the Natural Park, where European pond turtle is a protected species.

Where to start

Almograve
At the roundabout, going on the Rua do Chafariz and passing the public wash house. Ahead follow the trail signs pointing left.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Average

Extension: 8.5KM
Approximate duration: 3 h

Accumulated ascent: m
Accumulated descent: 100m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 40m
Minimum ALTITUDE: 0m

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 at Almograve.

Lapa das Pombas fishing harbour
As you arrive at the car parking area of the beach of Almograve and before returning to the village, follow the dirt track ahead of you and go up to the fishing harbour. This will add 3.8km to the walk (round trip). The trail is marked with the Fishermen’s Trail signs.

Warnings

Difficulty level
Although it has no steep ascents, this route has much sand and a river crossing.

Route Marking
Circular Routes are marked with yellow and red markers. Along the coast, when this route coincides with the Fishermen’s Trail (blue and green), route markers have both sets of colors. Pay attention to markers and study the map in order to understand the points at which the two routes split.

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