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Going inland

This section treats us to scenery in which the mountain range spreads as far as the coast ending up on the beach, conveying sensations of serenity and amenity, and also strength and magnificence. Note how the village of Carrapateira sits perfectly in this incredible landscape.

Alternative route

During heavy rain, the path between the villages of Vilarinha and Pedralva can get pretty waterlogged due to the increased flow of the river, that you’ll have to cross for six times. If you decide to walk it, study the map carefully and follow our suggestions below.

Living fossils

Next to the wind farm, which you will pass after Pedralva, you can find some temporary ponds. In these habitats there are small crustacea, Triops, which are living fossils, that is, creatures who have kept the same form for many million years.

Fishermen´s Trail

Stay another day in Carrapateira and enjoy the beauty of the region, walking the Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit. Along this circuit you will come across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement.

Historical Way


 

Carrapateira » Vila do Bispo

22 km

 
 
 

After magnificent views over Bordeira beach, the beauty of pristine valleys, where one can barely feel the human presence, the picturesque villages of Vilarinha and Pedralva, you will be ready to face the strong winds that are expected with the arrival in Vila do Bispo. A section where is possible to experience the essence of the Vicentina Coast.

 



 
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The beginning of this section treats us to scenery in which the mountain range spreads as far as the coast, ending up on the beach. Rocks, hillsides, streams or plains in deep valleys, are some of the features that make up the aesthetic landscape and constitute a mosaic of habitats with distinct ecological functions.

En route to the interior, on the way to Vilarinha and Pedralva villages, along the riverbanks, there are tamarisk, willow, ash and Portuguese oaks. On the drier slopes, cork oak, maritime and stone pines, oleaster and olive trees. On the steepest slopes you can admire the natural vegetation, virtually untouched by man, with dense scrub under the cover of cork trees. In this undergrowth arbutus, white heather, scotch heather, viburnum tinus, cistus, lentiscus, wild asparagus, laurel and furze are in abundance.

Next to the wind farm, which you will pass after Pedralva, you can find some temporary ponds. They are perhaps the richest habitat in biodiversity in Sw Portugal, fundamental, for example, for the reproduction of most of our amphibians. They are free from predators of eggs and tadpoles precisely because they are temporary (they dry up in summer), so they are a safe place in which to lay eggs. From autumn to spring, in addition to thousands of tadpoles, the ponds are populated by birds, tortoises, mammals and plants. In April and May the flowers offer a palette of colours: blue forget-me-not, yellow narcissi, lilac hyacinths, purple orchids, white marigolds. In summer, this island of diversity goes into aestivation presenting a deserted and desolate aspect.

When crossing the forest perimeter of Vila do Bispo, go quietly and use binoculars because wildlife sightings are likely, especially birds.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

At km 9.5, you’ll pass the village of Pedralva.

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.


Alternate Path

The path between the villages of Vilarinha and Pedralva can get pretty waterlogged during the winter and periods of heavy rain. On these occasions, you must choose the alternate path, following the the signs you find on the trail.

Since the path is not way marked, download the GPX or KMZ tracks. More details in the warnings section of this page.

 
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Where to start

Carrapateira:

At the main square, going up towards the Land and Sea Museum.

Vila do Bispo:

At the Church, in the direction of the football field.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 22 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 299 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 206 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 144 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 10 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

During the winter and periods of heavy rain

The path between the villages of Vilarinha and Pedralva, can get pretty waterlogged due to the increased flow of the Carrapateira and Sinceira rivers, that you’ll have to cross for six times.

On these occasions, pay attention to the signs and choose the alternate path, avoiding the section in question.  

- Coming from Carrapateira, when reaching the detour information board, at the entrance to Vilarinha village, take the path to the right. Cross the village till you reach the footpath behind the last house and pass the wooden gate. 200 m ahead turn left and go up hill, turning right. At the top, walk for a bit to the right and go down again on the single track to your left, till you find the main trail.

- From Pedralva, when reaching the warning sign on the side of the road, go up the hill along the footpath on your left. At the top, walk for a bit to the right and go down again on a single track to your left, till you reach Vilarinha. Follow the red arrows.

Download the  GPX or KMZ track.

 

 

 
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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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