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Take advantage of this complementary circuit when walking the section Vila do Bispo » Cabo de S. Vicente to get close to the sea and take in the monumental cliffs that form this part of the coast. Be aware that this circuit is graded as difficult. You are about to arrive to what was before the end of the earth.

Alternative route marking and hard terrain

As you arrive in the beach of Telheiro, you’ll have to go down a wooden ladder. Go slowly and carefully. The route is marked with cairns. Walk with the utmost attention, in order to follow the correct trail. On the last 500 m, the trail follows on hard and stony ground.

Beach of Telheiro

Telheiro beach is a geosite, which means a place of extraordinary geological interest. One of the reasons for such classification is the existence of the most spectacular disconformity on the Iberian Peninsula – an abrupt transition between rocky formations from ages very, very far apart …

An agitated geological past

The disconformity of Telheiro beach has a hiatus of more than 100 million years, displaying clear signs of a very agitated geological past! Here there are layers of schist that were already sediment more than 350 million years old deposited in an Inland sea.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Telheiro Beach Circuit

6 km

 
 
 

Monumental cliffs, ravines covered with native vegetation, ancient rock formations and a memorable arrival to Cape St. Vincent by fishermen trails. Finish your journey along Sw Portugal on an unforgettable way.

 

 



 
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Telheiro beach is a geosite, which means a place of extraordinary geological interest. One of the reasons for such classification is the existence of the most spectacular disconformity on the Iberian Peninsula. A disconformity is an abrupt transition between rocky formations from ages very, very far apart … as though, for millions of years, the Earth had been oblivious to that place, leaving no vestiges there.

In addition to its scientific interest, the cliffs of Telheiro beach are a treat for the eye, with a red sandstone layer on the dark and ancient rocks. The best locations for observation are only accessible at low tide.

The path progresses along the cliff top whose altitude, at times, exceeds 50 meters. It is interesting to think that, in the past, this part of the continent standing at the edge of the sea has been floating on the Earth’s mantle like a wooden boat on the water: when it is heavier (for example, when it has mountain ranges), it dives deeper in the mantle; when it becomes lighter (for example when the mountains are destroyed by erosion), it rises!

If this were to happen on the scale of human life, your walk along the cliff-top would seem like a roller coaster!

 

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Tips


Combine this circuit with the Historical Way

As you finish the Historical Way, take advantage of this circuit to fully enjoy the arrival to Cape St. Vincent. Between ‘Ponta Ruiva’ and ‘Pedra das Gaivotas’, this is the trail with the certification “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”. The section maintains the distance of 14 km.


Cape St. Vincent - Sagres: 6 km

From the lighthouse to Sagres is 6 km. Save energies for an easy walk along the road. Alternatively hire a taxi.

 
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Where to start

Ponta Ruiva (north):

By the intersection which goes  to the beach of Ponta Ruiva, around km 6 of the Vila do Bispo » Cabo de S. Vicente section.

Cape S. Vincent (south):

Close to Cape St. Vincent, 1 km from the lighthouse.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 6 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 2.5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 54 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 95 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 97 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 34 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Ravine of Quebradas

On the passage of the ravine of Quebradas, as you arrive in the beach of Telheiro, you’ll have to go down a wooden ladder. Go slowly and carefully.

Alternative route marking and hard terrain

After passing the Telheiro beach ravine, the route is marked with cairns. Walk with the utmost attention, in order to follow the correct, single and recommended trail. If you can, put back fallen stones and rebuild the cairns. On the last 500 m, before joining the Historical Way, the trail follows on hard and stony ground.

Refreshments along the way

With the exception of the final part where you reach the lighthouse, you will not find any refreshment points along the way. You should carry water (1.5 L minimum) and sufficient supplies.

 
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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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