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Seixe river

The initial part of this circuit is side by side with the Seixe river. The wetlands at the mouth of rivers and streams are areas of high productivity, i.e.: they are the breeding place for many miniscule life forms which  feed the fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Beach of Odeceixe

As you reach the beach of Odeceixe, the route starts heading south, following the coastal trail. Enjoy the superb views of the beach and the rocky cliffs and if you came from north along the Fishermen’s Trail, take a look on the spot you’ve stepped the day before.

Dune shrubs

Dune shrubs are often formed in the shape of a cushion, which proves to be very aerodynamic – not offering resistances to the wind, rather gently swerving it. Other plants are taller, daring to rise above the level of the others.

Historical Way

As you come across the water channel, at João Roupeiro hamlet, you’ll be in the section of the Historical Way connecting Odeceixe to Aljezur. Chose between continuing south, or returning to the starting point, making a circular walk that totals 13 km.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Odeceixe Beach Circuit

9 km

 
 
 

The Seixe River and the town beach are good reasons for staying for one more night in Odeceixe. Take the opportunity to do this circuit, which will take you to the coast along fishermen trails. You can also combine this circuit with the Historical Way and continue on the same day to Aljezur.

 

 



 
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The mouth of the river Seixe is a treat for the eye. After revitalizing the gardens and meadows through which it gently flows, the water from Monchique spills abundantly into the ocean. In its final stretch the river leaves sediment on its banks, creating a maze of wetlands which provide essential habitat for wildlife.

The white and grey herons are usually seen here as are shorebirds. The latter are frequently on the beach: sanderlings, turnstones and sandpipers scurry along the waters’ edge, hurriedly devouring all the small sea creatures brought in by sea.

The vegetation discreetly protects the dunes from the onslaught of the wind. Without these aromatic shrubs, cushion-shaped to better withstand the wind, the dunes would disappear. The sand from these dunes would be carried to the farm fields, houses and roads by the wind that blows from the sea across the land.

It is also worthwhile appreciating the shapes that the sea erosion carves into the cliff rocks. These older rocks were already folded and faulted by the formation of ancient mountain ranges. Now they are carved by the sea and small streams, creating new, equally spectacular shapes.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

- At the beach of Odeceixe, at km 3

- From João Roupeiro, before joining the Historical Way, you may go straight, heading towards Maria Vinagre (1.4 km)


Stay one more night in Odeceixe

Take the opportunity to make this a circular route, returning to Odeceixe along the Historical Way. This option totals 13 km.

Combine this circuit with the Historical Way

Alternatively you can continue along the Historical Way to Aljezur. This option totals 23 km.

 
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Where to start

Odeceixe (north):

After the bridge over the river Seixe, entering the town and heading towards the beach alongside the floodplains.

João Roupeiro (south):

Near Monte João Roupeiro where the irrigation channel meets the road perpendicular to the guest house.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 9 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 3 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 104 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 17 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 93 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 2 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Be cautious

Between the town of Odeceixe and the beach, the route takes you along the road. Walk on the left side (opposite direction to traffic) and remain alert at all times. 

 
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RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE PER GROUP. ONLY FOR WALKERS
DRIVING IN THE DUNES IS PROHIBITED
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO CAMP ALONG THE ENTIRE FISHERMAN’S TRAIL. LOOK FOR CAMPING PARKS
TRAIL NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH VERTIGO OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS
THE CLIFFS ARE IN CONSTANT PROCESS OF EROSION. WALKING ALONG IT REPRESENTS DANGER OF FALLING
THE SIGNS FOLLOW SELECTED TRAILS. RESPECT THEM IN ORDER TO LESSEN THE IMPACT OF YOUR PRESENCE
SEVERAL BIRD SPECIES NEST ON THE CLIFFS. DO NOT DISTURB THEM
VEGETATION ON THE CLIFFS COMPRISES RARE, ENDEMIC AND INVASIVE SPECIES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
YOU WILL NOTICE ROCK FORMATIONS AND IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRACES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
THERE ARE VERY FEW SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAILS. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU
DO NOT LIGHT FIRES
DO NOT LITTER. HELP US OUT BY PICKING UP ANY LITTER YOU MAY FIND ON THE WAY
 




 

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