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A long walk!

This is a long walk. For those not wanting to do the whole section it might be best to call a cab and start or finish it at either Zambujeira village (4 km from the main trail) or at Ponte (bridge) do Sol Posto. Follow our suggestions.

Wild Boar territory

The Wild Boar is normally only active at night, but you may find signs of its presence. Instead of using its feet to dig, it turns over the ground with its snout as it searches for bulbs, tubers and earthworms.

Torgal River

The Torgal river is one of the main tributaries of the river Mira. On this route you will walk for about 10 km in the proximity of this, along an extensive riparian Gallery and will cross the Vale de Ferro and Capelinha rivers.

Escalo-do-mira

The “pegos”, stretches of stream that do not dry up during Summer, and that you’ll come across while walking this section, are essential to the preservation of the “Escalo–do-Mira”. This species is endemic to the river Mira basin, and is under threat nowadays.

Pego das Pias

Making a detour of 1 km from the main itinerary you arrive at Pego das Pias, one of the ex-libris of the region. This is a magic place, ideal for a break and a picnic. Leave this place clean and help us by taking away any trash that you find.

Historical Way


 

S. Luís » Odemira

25 km

 
 
 

This is the water section, where a different, green and vibrant Alentejo reveals itself before your eyes, with refreshing water streams and ponds – Ribeira do Torgal being the protagonist – where forests of valuable species such as ash, willow and alder trees covering the water streams banks abound.

 



 
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The first part of this section crosses farmland, cork oak forest and scrubland, a mosaic of habitats essential for the birds and mammals abundant in the area. You may well find evidence of Wild Boar, a species quite common in this region.

Insect-eating birds such as Tits, Nuthatches, Warblers and Short-toed Treecreepers fly restlessly from tree to tree fighting the forest’s plagues efficiently and free of charge. There are years when weather conditions are anything but helpful to these efficient insectivores and the forests suffer as a result.

The second half of this walk takes one along part of the very beautiful river Torgal, a major tributary of the river Mira that empties into the Atlantic at Vila Nova de Milfontes. Pego das Pias is a uniquely beautiful spot where you’ll just want to stay a while, whether in the water or on land. It is a constant battle to keep this special place pristine so please don’t litter. On the banks and amongst the undergrowth there are hundreds of scented and medicinal plants, such as Genista tridentata found during spring, Oregano during summer and Wild Asparagus during autumn.

When you get to Odemira, you’ll meet the river Mira, still tidal here, even with over 20 km of its course to run.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

At km 11, you will find a detour of 3.5 km signposted up to the villages of Zambujeira and Castelão. Bear in mind that by choosing to go to these villages, you will add 7 km to a section of 25 km!

This route is not marked. Download the GPX or KMZ track.


If you want to shorten the walk we give two suggestions:

From S. Luís

Take a taxi to the village of Zambujeira/Castelão, 5 km south along the EN120. From here, head initially along an asphalt road and then on to a dirt track until it intersects with the Rota Vicentina (4 km) on a concrete bridge over the river of Torgal. You will be 14 km from Odemira. Total: 18 km. (note that this route is not marked. Download the GPX or KMZ track.)

From Odemira

Take a taxi to Ponte do Sol Posto (5 km) and ask to be dropped off at where the dirt track crosses on the right-hand side, 400 m before the bridge. Follow the path until you find the markers. It is 19 km from S. Luís. You can also combine both suggestions and shorten the walk even more.

 
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Where to start

S. Luís:

Next to the bus stop on the N120 which crosses S. Luís, heading towards Garatuja and Cova da Zorra.

Odemira:

Next to the petrol station and the roundabout with the iron sculpture of an oak tree, near the river, towards the Health Centre.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 25 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 8 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 274 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 436 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 174 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 7 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

A long walk!

This is the longest section of the Historical Way. For those who may not be accustomed to walking all day, 25 km is a challenge. 

 
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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.
 




 

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