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Beach of Carreagem

In this walk, the coast is reached close to the beach of Carreagem, in a circuit where you can see for yourself the process of dune colonization, from sea level up to the pine forest. Before heading south, make sure to go down to the beach.

Aljezur river

It is in the beach of Amoreira that the Aljezur river meets the Atlantic. Before going down to the beach, let yourself stay for a while, exploring with care, and enjoy amazing views in all directions.

Portuguese crowberry

The Portuguese crowberry is a dune shrub which in Summer produces tasty fruits, similar to pearls, with a delicate flavour, sweet and sour at the same time. The crowberry is endemic to Portugal. Legend has it that crowberries are the tears of Queen Santa Isabel.

Armerias

Walking in the Fishermen’s Trail during Springtime is a true feast for your senses. The Natural Park is filled with colors and life is exuberating. One of the flowers that you’ll find all over this coast is called Armeria.

Historical Way

This circuit is an excellent option for who is walking the section Odeceixe » Aljezur of the Historical Way. Another suggestion is to do a circular walk from Aljezur combining both trails – 16 km.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Amoreira Beach Circuit

6 km

 
 
 
When doing the section between Odeceixe and Aljezur, after Rogil, you will come across a detour to this complementary circuit. Arriving at the coast you will find yourself at the beach of Carreagem, where a sandy track takes you along the coast until you catch sight of the stunning mouth of the river of Aljezur and the beach of Amoreira.
 



 
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On this circuit you can see for yourself the process of dune colonization, from sea level up to the pine forest. By the sea, conditions are rough – strong winds, intense sunlight, poor dry soil and salt deposits. Only real “superheroes of the plant world” can grow in such conditions. Here there are crowberry bushes, globe amaranths, rosemary, thyme, rock roses, Columbian wax weed, juniper and rest harrows.

Heading inland the ruggedness abates and the vegetation starts to increase in height until it reaches the pine forest, which forms the closest line of defence for the local villages. This vegetable army plays its part in mitigating the harshest elements from the proximity of the sea, providing coastal populations and their crops with a gentler and milder environment.

The mouth of the Amoreira river is a paradise for birdwatching. If you are a birdwatcher it is worthwhile lingering by the river mouth, binoculars in hand. In particular watch the areas that are exposed at low tide, the marshes, sand banks and reeds. The endemic plants of this coast, such as Linaria ficalhoana, Biscutella vicentina, Diplotaxis vicentina and Thymus camphorates, are also found in the dunes at the river mouth.

Returning to the Historical Way you can find a variety of wild orchids in the fields and undergrowth during the Spring.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

At km 3.5, at Amoreira beach.

Stay one more night in Aljezur

Take the opportunity to do a circular walk, starting and ending in Aljezur. We suggest that you start in Aljezur and follow the Historical Way to the northern starting point of this complementary circuit. When you reach the beach of Amoreira choose between returning along the road or follow the markers and return to Aljezur passing the campsite once again. Both alternatives add up to about 16 km.


Combine this circuit with the Historical Way

When doing the section between Odeceixe and Aljezur, in either direction, take advantage of this complementary circuit to get to know Amoreira beach and to walk along the coast. If you do so, the section will be 23 km.

Another suggestion is a circular walk of 7 km from the beach of Amoreira.

 
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Where to start

Pedra da Mina (north):

3 km after the village of Rogil, after the main detour to the beach of Carreagem, taking the track on your right.

Close to the Campsite (south):

About 1.2 km after the campsite. On the crossroads between Historical Way and Fishermen’s Trail, go straight ahead, and then take the right way, descending till Amoreira beach.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 6 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 2 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 79 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 75 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 87 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 3 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 

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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