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Pontal da Carrapateira

For those who are in Carrapateira and despite the dirt track being used by cars, the Pontal da Carrapateira circular walkis an interesting journey and a window on a few must-see sights that testify to the greatness of this coast and this region.

Beach of Bordeira

It’s closer to Carrapateira, but is named after the neighboring village of Bordeira. It is worth lingering at the beach of Bordeira to appreciate how the sea has carved the sand into harmonious shapes that change with the seasons.

Cormorant

A bird easily spotted on the coast and in the rivers is the cormorant. Its size is similar to that of a duck, with a very long neck. It is black with a small white spot on the head. This wintering bird is an expert angler, consuming almost 1 kg of fish per day.

The cliffs of Carrapateira

The cliffs of Carrapateira are fossil dunes. These rock formations form “islands” in the surrounding geological environment allowing the development of flora populations with unique genetic characteristics.

Historical Way

Take advantage of this circular walk to stay another day in Carrapateira and fully enjoy the beauty of this area. On the next day continue north to Arrifana, or south, in the direction of Vila do Bispo.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit

10 km

 
 
 
This circular walk, starting in the village of Carrapateira, it’s ideal to stay for another night, allowing you to contemplate and experience the very close relationship that the people of this land have with the sea. Along the circuit you will come across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement
 



 
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It is worth lingering at the beach of Bordeira to appreciate how the sea has carved the sand into harmonious shapes that change with the seasons. This beach, unique and full of recesses, resulted from the interaction of the sediment coming from Monchique, deposits left by sea, the persistent work of wind and the vagaries of the tides and currents.

Carrapateira is a delight for holidaymakers, surfers, hikers, fishermen, perceveiros, biologists … In the dunes, the vegetation is lush: thyme, yellow amaranths, rosemary, lavender, crowberries, blue pimpernel, sea lavender, cistus…

The outline of the cliffs starts to take on new forms since the rock starts becoming limestone, from this point southwards. The limestone dissolves easily in rainwater, which is slightly acidic. Thus the action of sea water, eroding the cliffs from below, combined with the disintegration of the cliff top caused by rain and running water, results in holes, caves, arches and columns of rock.

Materials found within the limestone, which are insoluble, such as red clays, form red deposits which contrast with the whiteness of the calcareous rock.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

- Before arriving to the beach of Bordeira, close to the wooden footpath

- At the small fishing harbour

- At the beach of Amado

Combine this circuit with the Historical Way

Take advantage of your stay in Carrapateira and after walking this circuit, continue north to Arrifana, or south, in the direction of Vila do Bispo.


Cyclable path

With the exception of the stretch between Carrapateira and the beach of Bordeira, this circuit can be done by montain bike.

If you intend to cycle it, go for 400 m on the road that crosses Carrapateira, heading north, in the direction of Aljezur, and start your route at the intersection with the road heading to the beach of Bordeira, until you come across the route markers.

 
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Where to start

Carrapateira (north – south):

From Carrapateira main square, turning right on the main road, and then again to the left (close to the windmill), going along the sandy track a bit ahead on the right.

Carrapateira (south – north):

From Carrapateira main square, turning left on the main road, and then again to the right, in the direction of Amado beach.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 10 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 3.5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 99 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 71 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 55 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 5 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

While walking along the Pontal da Carrapateira, you will come across various diversions towards the sea. Only walk on the wooden footpath.
 
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RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE PER GROUP. ONLY FOR WALKERS
DRIVING IN THE DUNES IS PROHIBITED
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO CAMP ALONG THE ENTIRE FISHERMAN’S TRAIL. LOOK FOR CAMPING PARKS
TRAIL NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH VERTIGO OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS
THE CLIFFS ARE IN CONSTANT PROCESS OF EROSION. WALKING ALONG IT REPRESENTS DANGER OF FALLING
THE SIGNS FOLLOW SELECTED TRAILS. RESPECT THEM IN ORDER TO LESSEN THE IMPACT OF YOUR PRESENCE
SEVERAL BIRD SPECIES NEST ON THE CLIFFS. DO NOT DISTURB THEM
VEGETATION ON THE CLIFFS COMPRISES RARE, ENDEMIC AND INVASIVE SPECIES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
YOU WILL NOTICE ROCK FORMATIONS AND IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRACES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
THERE ARE VERY FEW SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAILS. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU
DO NOT LIGHT FIRES
DO NOT LITTER. HELP US OUT BY PICKING UP ANY LITTER YOU MAY FIND ON THE WAY
 




 

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