This walk through the coastal upland crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.
Close to the villages and houses or “montes”, there are vegetable gardens grown in the same way for centuries, in a precise sequence, determined by the moon and the solstices. Many families make most of their living out of cultivating these lands – fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat of farmed animals.
Groundwater is so abundant, in this coastal plateau, it eventually emerges at the surface in some of the lower areas, giving rise to wetlands, locally known as ‘brejos’. The vegetation is very special as not so many plants can bear so much water in the soil, permanently. For some animals, the brejos are places for feeding, shelter or breeding.
For instance, the butterfly Euphydrias aurinia, protected in Europe, is one of the species depending on this patchwork of wet meadows with bramble or gorge bushes. These are as well the ideal habitat for rato-de-cabrera.
The brejos are good hunting spots for birds and bats, considering there are abundant small mammals and insects. In the small woods between farmed areas, aromatic bushes such as juniper, eternal flower, lavender and rosemary, abound. Here, many birds, such as partridges, quails, cattle egrets, wild doves, storks and starlings live together peacefully with the people. Nightingales can be heard singing in every riverbank gallery.
Refreshments along the way
At Rogil, you can find cafés, restaurants, accommodation and pharmacy.
Extend this section with the Fishermen’s Trail
Between Odeceixe and Aljezur you can find the complementary circuit of Amoreira beach. If you choose to do it, this section becomes longer, approaching the coast and cliffs. Odeceixe - Aljezur: 24,5 km (with the Amoreira beach circuit).
Largo 1º de Maio (main square of Odeceixe)
at the market of Aljezur, heading towards the museum, where you must turn right and go down the street Dr. Viriato França, leaving town.
Be careful when crossing the national road, as you leave Odeceixe and enter Rogil.
Pay attention at crossing points with other tracks (circular routes), making sure to follow the red and white markings.
To all mountain bikers
If you are doing this route by mountain bike, at the exit of the town of Odeceixe, choose to climb up to the windmill along Rua 25 de Abril, as the route goes up some steps.