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Along the irrigation channel

Between Odeceixe and Rogil, the route follows along the irrigation channel, where you can find some banks obstructed by vegetation. Be careful and watch where you are walking, following the markers which will guide you to where you need to cross to the other bank to continue on your way.

View over Odeceixe

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.

Take the Fishermen's Trail

Between Odeceixe and Aljezur there are two complementary circuits of the Fishermen’s Trail available: Odeceixe Beach and Amoreira Beach. Choose between doing both or just one of them and make this section longer, getting close to the coast and cliffs.

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

18 km

 
 
 

Today you will be walking along Mira’s watering channel, fed by the waters of Santa Clara’s dam. You can see for miles around you, with the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west. You’ll have a choice between two complementary circuits that will take you to the coastal cliffs and allow you to get to know Odeceixe and Amoreira beaches.

 



 
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This walk through the coastal upland crosses farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees. Close to the villages and houses or “montes” there are smallholdings and orchards of olives, lemons, oranges, loquats and figs.

Many birds live happily amongst the human population in these areas. The birdsong that stands out in the spring is that of the bee-eaters and cuckoos. Water is abundant, carried by the channels from the Santa Clara Reservoir (until recently the largest Portuguese Reservoir). The floodplain of the river Mira, which accompanies much of this route, comprises much of the Portuguese South-West coastal upland from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Rogil.

Herds of cows or sheep can be encountered along this route. Herdsmen are often accompanied by their faithful dogs, with whom they establish an interesting but complex form of communication. It is amazing how the sheepdogs understand a language comprising of short whistles and discrete gestures, herding the cattle so efficiently. At the end of this section, the water continues to dominate the landscape, this time in the beautiful valley of the Amoreira river, whose riparian vegetation gradually changes as it wends towards the sea.

Finally, in the lee of the sea breeze, Aljezur emerges, overlooking the valley, its soil made fertile whenever the river is swollen.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

- Around km 5, making a detour of about 600 meters from the irrigation channel, you arrive at Maria Vinagre

- At km 9 you’ll cross Rogil village

 


Extend this section with the Fishermen's Trail

Between Odeceixe and Aljezur there are two complementary circuits of the Fishermen’s Trail available: Odeceixe Beach and Amoreira Beach. Choose between doing both or just one of them and make this section longer, getting close to the coast and cliffs.

Odeceixe – Aljezur: 23 km (with the Odeceixe Beach or the Amoreira Beach circuit ); 28 km (with two circuits).

 
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Where to start

Odeceixe:

After the bridge on the river Seixe, entering the village and climbing towards the windmill.

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: 18 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 123 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 108 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 112 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 0 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Along the irrigation channel

Between Odeceixe and Rogil, the route follows along the irrigation channel, where you can find some banks obstructed by vegetation. Be careful and watch where you are walking, following the markers which will guide you to where you need to cross to the other bank to continue on your way.

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. By the irrigation channel be careful, the trail is narrow and requires skill and balance on the part of the rider, in order to avoid a fall.

 
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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.