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From the top of the castle

You must not leave Aljezur before climbing to the castle and enjoy the surrounding views. From the top you can take in the village, the flat fertile ground of the lowlands, and the creeks that wind through these fields with their magnificent galleries of poplars, alders, ash trees, willows and tamarisks

Explore Aljezur

Stay another day in Aljezur and take the chance of exploring the village and finding your way through the tiny streets and alleys of the old town, following Aljezur’s walking trail. You just need to trace the yellow and red marks!

Sweet Potato Festival

It is precisely here, on the fertile grounds of Aljezur’s lowlands, where the best sweet potatoes of Portugal are grown. The sweet potato festival of Aljezur takes place every year in the beginning of December and is a special occasion to visit the region and walk the Rota Vicentina

Fishermen's Trail

Take advantage of the Ponta da Atalaia Circuit to extend this section, following the Fishermen’s Trail marks that you’ll find at km 4. Along this walk you’ll be passing by the beach of Monte Clérigo and walk by the coast, passing in the mythical Ponta da Atalia.

Connection with the Via Algarviana

Monchique mountains are a constant presence on the horizon as you cross the Sw region, but it takes more than a glance, when it comes to reach its peaks. From Aljezur there is a connection to Marmelete and to Via Algarviana, a Long Distance Path between Alcoutim and the Cape St. Vincent.

Historical Way


 

Aljezur » Arrifana

12 km

 
 
 

This is a short day, but one that can be extended by going along the Fishermen’s Trail towards Arrifana or continuing to the south, towards the villages of Bordeira and Carrapateira. You will cross scented valleys and small farms as you approach the coast, already guessing where the route will take you in the following days.

 



 
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From the top of the legendary Castle of Aljezur, one of seven that are represented on the flag of Portugal, contemplate the fertile lowlands, where the famous and incomparable sweet potatoes of Aljezur are grown. The creeks wind along these fields with magnificent galleries of poplars, alders, ash trees, willows and tamarisks.

Man has been living in harmony and with a respect for this nature, which is strongly marked by the effect of the seasons. As a result, we find an agricultural landscape rich in diversity, especially with regard to plants, insects, birds, amphibians and mammals. The butterflies are vying with the colourful flowers that explode in the spring. 

The exit of the village allows you to admire the valley of the Aljezur river which extends to the Amoreira beach and to imagine what it would have been like in Aljezur in the 15th century, when the whole valley was navigable, forming the only safe haven of the rugged coastline between Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres. Here boats arrived from Lisbon, Flanders and Castile.

Moving closer to the coast, you will cross the sierra with a predominance of eucalyptus trees, whose progressive plantation, due to the growing need for paper, has altered the character of the region’s forest. The eucalyptus forests reduce biodiversity both above and below the ground. They consume great quantities of water, contribute to soil erosion and lead to the draining of mineral nutrients.

When the sea appears on the horizon, in a landscape swept by salty winds, where hardly devolved undergrowth predominates, you can already foresee your arrival at the incomparable Bay of Arrifana.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

- At km 5, at the junction with the N 1003 road, making a detour of 600 meters to the right, till Vales.

- If you choose to go along the  Ponta da Atalaia Circuit, as you reach the coast, turn right to Monte Clérigo.


Extend this section with the Fishermen's Trail

Take advantage of the Ponta da Atalaia Circuit to extend this section.

- In the direction north-south, at km 4, 1.5 km before crossing with the asphalted road, follow the Fishermen’s Trail signs as far as Arrifana.

- Going south, start the walk in Arrifana following the Fishermen’s Trail, and when this crosses the Historical Way continue towards Aljezur.

In both directions, this route totals 18 km.

 
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Where to start

Aljezur:

By the market of Aljezur, heading towards the village Museum, where you must turn left. Go around the Church on the right side, and down to the dirt track, turning to the left.

Arrifana:

At the parking area on the top of the beach of Arrifana, heading along the road in the direction of Vale da Telha and Aljezur, until you enter on the dirt track on your right.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 12 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 4 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 224 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 184 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 121 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 2 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Be cautious !

At various times, throughout this section you will have to walk along and cross roads with some traffic. Proceed with the utmost caution and always on the left side of the road in order to be visible to traffic. 

 
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RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

THE CIRCULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES PUTS WALKERS AT RISK
AVOID DOING THE HISTORICAL WAY ON A MOTOR CYCLE OR IN A JEEP, LOOK INTO OTHER OPTIONS
DO NOT LIGHT FIRES
SEVERAL FARMS AND CATTLE HERDS ARE PROTECTED BY GUARD DOGS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
BE CAUTIOUS WITH CATTLE, ALTHOUGH GENTLE, THEY DO NOT LIKE STRANGERS APPROACHING THEIR CALVES.
THESE TRAILS PASS BY PRIVATE PROPERTY. RESPECT IT AND CLOSE GATES AND FENCES YOU WILL FIND ON THE WAY.
THERE ARE VERY FEW SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAILS. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU.
IN SOME PARTS OF THE TRAILS YOU WILL HAVE TO CROSS PAVED ROADS. BE CAREFUL!
YOU WILL FIND SEVERAL LOCATIONS IDEAL FOR PICNICS. DO NOT, IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, LEAVE TRASH BEHIND.
BE FRIENDLY WITH THE LOCALS, TELL THEM WHY YOU’RE THERE AND SHARE EXPERIENCES.
 




 

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