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Troviscais to Mira (PR3 ODM)

The dense woods of cork oaks, eucalyptus and arbutus trees bring the hiker to meet the tranquil waters of river Mira, on a perfect hike to experience in just half a day the essence of the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina.

River Mira

The river Mira rises in the Serra do Caldeirão and travels approximately 145 km until discharging near Vila Nova de Milfontes. This river was for centuries and until the 1960’s the most important route of communication for the town of Odemira and the entire county. Coal, wood, cork, ore, honey, wine and cereals were loaded here for Lisbon.

Oyster farm

Oyster farm by the river is situated in the reservoir system associated with an old tide mill – the Moinho das Moitas – built in the early 19th century but now in ruins. The Moitas mill ceased functioning in the 1940's.

Ancient footpath

On the final part of the magnificent stretch along the river Mira, the descent into the valley, where it is common to come across cows, is made along an ancient footpath, recovered during the marking of this route and formerly used by rural workers.

Circular Routes


 

Troviscais to Mira

11.5 km

 
 
 

The dense woods of cork oaks, eucalyptus and arbutus trees bring the hiker to meet the tranquil waters of river Mira, on a perfect hike to experience in just half a day the essence of the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina.

 



 
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Troviscais unveils the most authentic side of this magnificent coastal region. The route will enable you to come into contact with the locals, to see some economic activities linked to the land and the river, to get fantastic views over the river Mira and to discover the typical flora and fauna of the Mediterranean at its best, with such diverse habitats, such as undergrowths, cork oak and Portuguese oak forests, marshlands, reed beds, riverbanks and ponds, amongst many others.

This is an ideal route for lovers of wild plants or birdwatching. At the stretch of the route along the river Mira, at “Moinho das Moitas”, it is worth taking a break in a discreet spot, with binoculars at the ready. Scanning the river, the reeds, the water tanks of the old mill

and the rushes, you can observe a great diversity of birds, including some of the rarer migratory passerines such as the Bluethroat, the Grasshopper warbler, Savi’s warbler and Spotted or Aquatic warblers. In the floodplains and along the river, you may come across the droppings of one of the most fascinating animals of the Sw, the otter.

On the drier slopes, where the dominant tree is the cork oak, there is an abundance of shrubs of the family Cistaceae, together with Rosemary, Oleaster or laurel. On the wetter and shadier slopes the dominant tree is the Portuguese oak and on the shrubby stratum white Heather and fantastic specimens of arbutus bushes dominate.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

Only in Troviscais village.

 
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Where to start

Troviscais:

By the café with the yellow awning. Take the dirt track in front of you, leaving the café behind you.

Note: 

Although the route is marked in both directions we suggest you walk it clockwise.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 11.5 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 3.5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 190 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 190 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 125 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 2 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 

RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

THE CIRCULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES PUTS WALKERS AT RISK
AVOID DOING THIS ROUTE 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
IN SOME PARTS OF THE TRAILS YOU WILL HAVE TO CROSS PAVED ROADS. BE CAREFUL!
THERE ARE NO SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAIL. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU.
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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