Circular Routes Stage
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
By the cafe with the yellow awning. Take the dirt track in front of you, leaving the café in your back.
Rules and Recommendations
Refreshments along the way
Only in Troviscais village.
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. »