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Endiabrada and the Hidden Lakes

A paradise on the rural Algarve,
by the sea

The beautiful Bordeira village

Circular Routes


 

Endiabrada and the Hidden Lakes

7 km / 16 Km

 
 
 

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.

 



 
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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.

 

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Tips


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.

 
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Where to start

At the Bordeira square, following the Historical Way in the direction of Arrifana.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 7 KM / 16 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 2 H / 5 H
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 230 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 230 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 197 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 25 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Route Marking

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.

 
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RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

THE CIRCULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES PUTS WALKERS AT RISK
AVOID DOING THIS ROUTE 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
IN SOME PARTS OF THE TRAILS YOU WILL HAVE TO CROSS PAVED ROADS. BE CAREFUL!
THERE ARE NO SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAIL. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU.
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
 




 

ARRIFANA » CARRAPATEIRA



FROM BORDEIRA TO THE SEA