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S. Luís Gardens

If you haven’t discovered the pleasure of hiking, don’t have much time, or look for a short, easy, accessible walk, then this circular route was created for you.

Public wash-house

The public wash-house figures largely in the life of the village. Here the women would meet to do their laundry with the indispensable blue and white soap. But the wash-house was, above all, the daily journal of the village where one could catch up with the news, exchange gossip and hatch ideas that would prevail in local public opinion.

Route marking

Circular routes are marked with yellow and red markers. When the route coincides with the Historical Way, the markers have three colors: white, yellow and red.

Public benches

The public benches are known locally as the benches of the elderly. The benches are named according to the groups that occupy them. There is «the courthouse», «the censorship» or «the critics» for example. One of the major riches of S. Luís are these older people who are the keepers of memories, the old  folk lore and the stories that are worth listening to.

S. Domingos peak

Extend this short walk and take the opportunity to climb up to the Serra de S. Domingos, which adds 4 km to the route (round trip). At 329 m it is the highest point of the Rota Vicentina and is worth the effort.

Travel through the History of Sw Portugal


Historical Way

It runs through the main towns and villages in a rural itinerary with several centuries of history.

Comprised mainly of rural trails, this is a classic Grand Route (GR), fully accessible to hikers and mountain bikers, with stretches of cork tree forests, mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and creeks, in a true journey through time, local culture and nature trails.

In February 2016, the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina was certified by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe, a certification from ERA – European Ramblers Association – joining the exclusive group of the best walking destinations in Europe.

It comprises a total of 12 sections and 230 km.

Take note:

 

Fact Sheet

AVOID DOING THE HISTORICAL WAY ON A MOTOR CYCLE OR IN A JEEP. LOOK INTO OTHER OPTIONS
230 KM OF COUNTRY TRAILS ALONG THE LESS KNOWN PARTS OF THE REGION
SELF EXPLANATORY TRAIL SIGNS SO YOU CAN WALK THE TRAIL ON YOUR OWN, IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
12 SECTIONS OF 1 WALKING DAY, WITH UP TO 25 KM
ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER SERVICES ALONG THE ROUTE. STUDY THE INTERACTIVE MAP
TO BE ENJOYED ON FOOT
TO BE ENJOYED ON MOUNTAIN BIKE
GENERAL DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
FOOTPATH CERTIFIED WITH THE EUROPEAN WIDE LABEL “LEADING QUALITY TRAILS – BEST OF EUROPE”
FOOTPATH INTEGRATED IN THE GR 11 / E9, CONNECTING SAGRES TO ST. PETERSBURG
 



Signs Historical Way


 

Santiago do Cacém
» Vale Seco
 

18 km

Vale Seco
» Cercal do Alentejo
 

23 km

Cercal do Alentejo
» Porto Covo
 

18 km

Cercal do Alentejo
» S. Luís
 

21 km

S. Luís
» Odemira
 

25 km

Odemira
» S. Teotónio
 

19 km

S. Teotónio
» Odeceixe
 

17 km

Odeceixe
» Aljezur
 

18 km

Aljezur
» Arrifana
 

12 km

Arrifana
» Carrapateira
 

24 km

Carrapateira
» Vila do Bispo
 

22 km

Vila do Bispo
» Cabo de S. Vicente
 

14 km