Coinciding in part with the Arrifana » Carrapateira section of the Historical Way, this walk allows you to journey through the Mediterranean woodland on foothills of the Serra de Espinhaço do Cão and discover the incredible interior region surrounding the charismatic village of Bordeira.
This route crosses Mediterranean scrubland of extraordinary diversity, rooted in poor shale soil. There are aromatic plants, such as Lithraea, rosemary, and white barn. Other common shrubs here are gentian, Erica, arbutus, mastic, mariola, flax leaf daphne, heather and the sea squill.
At the water’s edge the tamarisk, the willow, and the cork oak are noticeable. Notice on the trail the marks on the barriers of the path made by the mammals, which are very active in these parts during the night. On these trails it is possible to see footprints or droppings of the animals that use them: wild boar, fox, Egyptian mongoose, badger, weasel and genet.
The parish of Bordeira, which includes Carrapateira, has less than 500 inhabitants and a population density of just over 5 inhabitants/km2. However, the village makes itself greater because of the generous and cosmopolitan soul of its inhabitants and the splendour of the nature that surrounds it.
At the beginning or at the end of the route, it is worthwhile to walk down the narrow streets, stop at the village cafe and visit the charming little church of Nossa Senhora de Encarnação. This church built in 1746, has a simple architecture with a small atrium and, inside, a single nave with a triumphal arch. The altarpiece is in gilt baroque carving with regional motifs from the Algarve. The images are from the 16th to 18th centuries. The font is Manueline style.
Refreshments along the way
Only in the village of Bordeira.
Shorten this route
The total distance is 16 km but if you prefer, you can opt for a shorter walk of only 7 km, following the signposts in the area of Samouqueira at km 3.7.
At the Bordeira square, following the Historical Way in the direction of Arrifana.
The Circular Routes are marked with the colours yellow and red. When the route coincides with the Historical Way, the sign posts of the “right way” change to three colours - white, yellow and red – whilst sign posts for change of direction keep the colours of the Historical Way - white and red.