Troviscais to Mira

Circular Routes Stage

11.5 Km

The dense woods of cork oaks, eucalyptus and arbutus trees bring the hiker to meet the tranquil waters of river Mira, on a perfect hike to experience in just half a day the essence of the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina.

Troviscais unveils the most authentic side of this magnificent coastal region. The route will enable you to come into contact with the locals, to see some economic activities linked to the land and the river, to get fantastic views over the river Mira and to discover the typical flora and fauna of the Mediterranean at its best, with such diverse habitats, such as undergrowths, cork oak and Portuguese oak forests, marshlands, reed beds, riverbanks and ponds, amongst many others.

This is an ideal route for lovers of wild plants or birdwatching. At the stretch of the route along the river Mira, at Moinho das Moitas, it is worth taking a break in a discreet spot, with binoculars at the ready. Scanning the river, the reeds, the water tanks of the old mill and the rushes, you can observe a great diversity of birds, including some of the rarer migratory passerines such as the bluethroat, the grasshopper warbler, savi’s warbler and spotted or Aquatic warblers. In the flood plains and along the river, you may come across the droppings of one of the most fascinating animals of the Southwest, the otter.

On the drier slopes, where the dominant tree is the Cork oak, there is an abundance of shrubs of the family Cistaceae, together with rosemary, oleaster or laurel. On the wetter and shadier slopes the dominant tree is the Portuguese oak and on the shrubby stratum white Heather and fantastic specimens of arbutus bushes dominate.

Where to start

Troviscais
By the cafe with the yellow awning. Take the dirt track in front of you, leaving the café in your back.

Datasheet

Degree of Difficulty: Average

Extension: 11.5KM
Approximate duration: 4 h

Accumulated ascent: 0m
Accumulated descent: 250m

Maximum ALTITUDE: 120m
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 in Troviscais village.

Warnings

Caretaker of this trail

Joke e Peter - Portugal Nature Lodge

Caretakers since 2014

« We fell in love with Troviscais, the spectacular nature surrounding it and the traditional way of life here on one of our travels in 2008. Coming from the most populated part of the Netherlands the tranquility here was like an oasis for us. We decided to stay here and never left. The Rota Vicentina circular route is in our backyard, and we love our guests to experience this, still a bit unknown, part of the Alentejo Litoral. Most people come for the coast and the beaches, this route shows them there is so much more to see here. »

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