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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.

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