Monumental cliffs, ravines covered with native vegetation, ancient rock formations and a memorable arrival to Cape St. Vincent by fishermen trails. Finish your journey along Sw Portugal on an unforgettable way.
Telheiro beach is a geosite, which means a place of extraordinary geological interest. One of the reasons for such classification is the existence of the most spectacular disconformity on the Iberian Peninsula. A disconformity is an abrupt transition between rocky formations from ages very, very far apart … as though, for millions of years, the Earth had been oblivious to that place, leaving no vestiges there.
In addition to its scientific interest, the cliffs of Telheiro beach are a treat for the eye, with a red sandstone layer on the dark and ancient rocks. The best locations for observation are only accessible at low tide.
The path progresses along the cliff top whose altitude, at times, exceeds 50 meters. It is interesting to think that, in the past, this part of the continent standing at the edge of the sea has been floating on the Earth’s mantle like a wooden boat on the water: when it is heavier (for example, when it has mountain ranges), it dives deeper in the mantle; when it becomes lighter (for example when the mountains are destroyed by erosion), it rises!
If this were to happen on the scale of human life, your walk along the cliff-top would seem like a roller coaster!
Combine this circuit with the Historical Way
As you finish the Historical Way, take advantage of this circuit to fully enjoy the arrival to Cape St. Vincent. Between ‘Ponta Ruiva’ and ‘Pedra das Gaivotas’, this is the trail with the certification “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”. The section maintains the distance of 14 km.
Cape St. Vincent - Sagres: 6 km
From the lighthouse to Sagres is 6 km. Save energies for an easy walk along the road. Alternatively hire a taxi.
Ponta Ruiva (north):
By the intersection which goes to the beach of Ponta Ruiva, around km 6 of the Vila do Bispo » Cabo de S. Vicente section.
Cape S. Vincent (south):
Close to Cape St. Vincent, 1 km from the lighthouse.
Ravine of Quebradas
On the passage of the ravine of Quebradas, as you arrive in the beach of Telheiro, you’ll have to go down a wooden ladder. Go slowly and carefully.
Alternative route marking and hard terrain
After passing the Telheiro beach ravine, the route is marked with cairns. Walk with the utmost attention, in order to follow the correct, single and recommended trail. If you can, put back fallen stones and rebuild the cairns. On the last 500 m, before joining the Historical Way, the trail follows on hard and stony ground.
Refreshments along the way
With the exception of the final part where you reach the lighthouse, you will not find any refreshment points along the way. You should carry water (1.5 L minimum) and sufficient supplies.