Pedra da Agulha seen from Canal beach, Vale Figueira’s vast sand stretch revealed during low tide and a succession of hills and valleys, confirm the most aggressive and inaccessible side of this coastal area. Upon arrival, a privileged view over Bordeira beach’s sand dunes and the creek that meets the ocean here, in a setting that repeats itself over and over again and characterizes Vicentina Coast’s beaches.
In this admirable section there is the constant and simultaneous presence of the hills and the sea, pristine nature and the unique presence of man.
It’s practically a step-by-step summary of what the Rota Vicentina has to offer: the power of the sea pouring over ancient cliffs or on quiet sandy beaches, undergrowths full of colour and aromas, an extraordinary biodiversity of fauna, tranquil woods of cork, wild olive and oak trees, meadows cultivated by man at his leisure, visited at night by boars and badgers, a spring which erupts in flowers and colourful insects, a fall that has mushrooms and edible wild plants, points of contemplation at sea level, at the top of the cliff, in the intimacy of the woods or on top of a hill. It is worth while taking a longer look at the Canal beach and the village of Bordeira.
The undergrowth which populates much of this section is rich in cistus and lentiscus, the fruit of which is a delicacy for seed eating birds.
On the rocky beaches lashed by the sea it is common to find rocks, well rounded by constant erosion from waves and tides. These are pieces of dark rock from the cliffs, often decorated with white stripes of quartz, in geometric designs. Heading inland between spots of pine and eucalyptus on clay soils, cork oaks, strawberry trees and farmland where cattle graze, the presence of small holdings announce your arrival at a village. After passing the village of Bordeira, the view over the valley of the Bordeira river and the estuary where it joins the Carrapateira river highlights once again the beauty of the region.
Refreshments along the way
At km 18.8, in the village of Bordeira.
Do not miss the Fishermen's Trail
Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit is a circular walk of 10 km with start and finish point at the village of Carrapateira. Stay another day in town and enjoy the beauty of the region, getting to know the place even better.
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.
In the village centre, heading along the road in the direction of Aljezur, till Monte da Cunca, where you should join the path to the right.
You will need to take extra care on the descent to the beach of Canal. Take a walking stick.
Bring water and supplies
This is a long section and one on which you will only be able to buy something almost at the very end, at km 18.8, in the village of Bordeira. You should stock up in Arrifana and take water (1.5 L minimum) and sufficient provisions with you.