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Sidewalk along the river in Odemira

Explore the riverside in Odemira, as you start this section, where is worth reading several Information Panels about the natural richness of Mira’s basin, part of the Natural Park from its mouth up to Odemira.

Otters in the river Mira

The European otter (Lutra lutra) is quite common in the river Mira, though it is very hard to spot. This agile swimmer is active mainly at dusk and during the night and is extremely shy

Central Odemira

The town of Odemira is the administrative centre of the municipality of Odemira, Portugal’s largest. This centrality originates in its particular geographical situation. Explore the corners of the village, take the streets and go up to its highest points.

The Strawberry Tree belongs to God

According to local legend, the Strawberry Tree belongs to God because it is always blooming or fruiting – or both! The fruit ripens during the Autumn, and is red when ripe but don’t eat too many of them! Why not have a taste of the famous local hooch called Medronho in one of the many cafes and tascas along the way?

Historical Way


 

Odemira » S. Teotónio

19 km

 
 
 

In one of Rota Vicentina’s most accessible sections, given the nature of the track – always wide and with mild ascents and descents – you’ll walk with rivers Mira and S. Teotónio for company, getting in close contact with the beauty of the inland area of this municipality, between the hills and the sea.

 



 
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The first part of this section follows the river Mira. The banks are lined either by thick reed beds or by over-hanging trees, and both are essential nesting habitats for various different species of bird, (including Reed and Sedge Warblers), providing shelter, nesting material and food.

Otters can also be seen frequently along this stretch, and its droppings, called “scats”, mainly made up of fish scales and bones as well as the carapaces of Signal Crayfish, are unmistakable. 

The crystal-clear water in the many streams you will cross along the way promote a great variety of different damselflies and dragonflies that flit in and out of the shade or cruise up and down their stretch of water.

The Strawberry Tree, (Arbutus unedo), grows abundantly along this section, and has been used by Man since time immemorial. No part of it goes to waste; the trunk and branches are used as firewood and to make charcoal, its leaves are used in decoration and its delicious fruit is used to make jam or the famous local hooch called Medronho. Why not have a taste in one of the many cafes and tascas along the way, as you cross the region walking Rota Vicentina?

 

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Tips


Rotas de Santa Clara

Aproveite a passagem por esta zona e vá conhecer o lado mais autêntico e rural do Sw Portugal. Apenas a cerca de 30 km para o interior encontra a Barragem de Santa Clara e as aldeias de Santa Clara-a-Velha e Sabóia, onde tem à sua disposição 23 km em dois percursos circulares que o vão surpreender.

Ver Rotas de Santa Clara »

 
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Where to start

Odemira:

Next to the petrol station and the roundabout with the iron sculpture of an oak tree, walking alongside the river in the direction of the road bridge.

S. Teotónio:

At the church square (Quintalão), heading towards Quintas.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 19 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 343 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 167 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 193 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 3 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Refreshments along the way

You will not find any refreshments along the way. You should bring water (1.5 L) and enough provisions for the day walk. 

 
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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.