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