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From Bordeira to the Sea

Bordeira Village

Bordeira or Carrapateira beach

Circular Routes


 

From Bordeira to the Sea

6 km / 13.5 km

 
 
 

On this walk you will feel the strong connection of this historical village to the incredible coastal zone which characterises the climate and rhythm of life. Along the way you will also come across the symbolic pine forest of Bordalete and the beach of Bordeira or Carrapateira, famous for its vast sands and dunes as far as the eye can see.

 



 
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This Circular Route has an area of dunes, by the sea and an area of hills further inland. On the latter the path goes through vegetation adapted to the dry conditions (hillside forests) and communities adapted to the seasonal flooding (wet lands from high river levels).

These lands are called floodplains, and since the soils are very fertile, they are sometimes used for agriculture or grazing. Along the floodplain there is a line of tall trees or shrubs – this is the riparian vegetation that accompanies the two banks of the water line.

The area of the route nearest to the coast follows along the sands that cover the top of the cliffs. The biodiversity of the vegetation is astounding. Take in the delicate scent of the white barn, myrtle, juniper, lentiscus or rosemary. Appreciate the strong blue colours of the flowers of the creeping gromwell and dill or the intense yellow of the ononis and gorse. The animals that inhabit these dunes on the cliffs are very discreet. However, there are signs of carnivores, who leave their droppings on the shrubs, as a way of marking territory. Rabbits do the same by making small burrows in the sand. Insects are the easiest to see, being inebriated by the pollen in flowers that mark their presence throughout the year in these magnificent dunes. The birds give themselves away with their song and footprints in the sand.

Especially important for the avifauna is the pine forest of Bordalete and Maroteira. It’s more than 40 hectares of a pinewood of high aesthetic and ecological value. Planted for the exploration of pine wood (essentially used for boat construction), it is currently private property.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

Only in in the village of Bordeira.

 


Shorten this route

The total distance is 13,5 km but if you prefer, you can opt for a shorter walk of only 6 km, following the signposts in the area of Bordalete, at km 3.5.

 
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Where to start

At the Bordeira square, heading towards the road N268.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 6 KM / 13.5 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 2 H / 4 H
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 170 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 170 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 98 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 0 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Level of Difficulty

Although there are no climbs, the route has a lot of sand near the coast and at the pine forest of Bordalete.

 
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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