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The coastal
upland section

This walk through the coastal upland crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.

Odeceixe windmill

Leaving Odeceixe you’ll pass by the old windmill, where you must stop to catch your breath and absorb the panoramic view. From here you can see the village, the vast agricultural fields and the river Seixe heading towards the ocean.

Cattle egrets

Close to the trail is common to spot small white herons which follow the cattle while they feed. These are called cattle egrets and they take advantage of the presence of cows or sheep, which frighten the prey with their movements.

Historical Way


 

Odeceixe » Aljezur

19,5 km

 
 
 

This walk through the coastal upland crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.

 



 
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Close to the villages and houses or “montes”, there are vegetable gardens grown in the same way for centuries, in a precise sequence, determined by the moon and the solstices. Many families make most of their living out of cultivating these lands – fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat of farmed animals.

Groundwater is so abundant, in this coastal plateau, it eventually emerges at the surface in some of the lower areas, giving rise to wetlands, locally known as ‘brejos’. The vegetation is very special as not so many plants can bear so much water in the soil, permanently. For some animals, the brejos are places for feeding, shelter or breeding.

For instance, the butterfly Euphydrias aurinia, protected in Europe, is one of the species depending on this patchwork of wet meadows with bramble or gorge bushes. These are as well the ideal habitat for rato-de-cabrera.

The brejos are good hunting spots for birds and bats, considering there are abundant small mammals and insects. In the small woods between farmed areas, aromatic bushes such as juniper, eternal flower, lavender and rosemary, abound. Here, many birds, such as partridges, quails, cattle egrets, wild doves, storks and starlings live together peacefully with the people. Nightingales can be heard singing in every riverbank gallery.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

At Rogil, you can find cafés, restaurants, accommodation and pharmacy.

Extend this section with the Fishermen’s Trail

Between Odeceixe and Aljezur you can find the complementary circuit of Amoreira beach. If you choose to do it, this section becomes longer, approaching the coast and cliffs. Odeceixe - Aljezur: 24,5 km (with the Amoreira beach circuit).

 
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Where to start

Odeceixe:

Largo 1º de Maio (main square of Odeceixe)

Aljezur:

at the market of Aljezur, heading towards the museum, where you must turn right and go down the street Dr. Viriato França, leaving town.

 

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 19,5 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 305 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 312 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 132 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 8 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Be careful when crossing the national road, as you leave Odeceixe and enter Rogil.

Pay attention at crossing points with other tracks (circular routes), making sure to follow the red and white markings.

To all mountain bikers

If you are doing this route by mountain bike, at the exit of the town of Odeceixe, choose to climb up to the windmill along Rua 25 de Abril, as the route goes up some steps.

 
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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.