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 floodplains and along the river, you may come across the droppings of one of the most fascinating animals of the Sw, 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.
By the café with the yellow awning. Take the dirt track in front of you, leaving the café behind you.
Although the route is marked in both directions we suggest you walk it clockwise.