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Torre de Aspa viewpoint

Around km 4, follow the signs pointing “Torre de Aspa”, making a detour of 1.5 km, till the old watch point. You are in an area of monumental cliffs and from here you’ll be able to enjoy another emblematic view of the Vicentina Coast.

Fishermen's Trail

Take advantage of the Telheiro Beach Circuit to get close to the cliffs and fully enjoy the arrival to Cape St. Vincent. If you choose to do this circuit, the section maintains the distance of 14 km. Remember that this is a difficult walk!

Natural phenomenon

Ornithologists and birdwatchers are attracted to Sagres by the autumnal migration of soaring birds and seabirds, which amount to more than 5000 individuals from more than 300 species. A bird that is not migratory but that deserves a mention is the red billed chough.

Land of pilgrimage

The name of this promontory ‘Sagres’ seems to be linked to its past sacred character, as a place of pilgrimage for believers of various religions throughout the ages. On the cliffs, the present day pilgrim, as in the past, has a sense of nearness to both the ocean and the sky at the same time.

Finisterra

In this day you will arriving to Cape St. Vincent, the magical and mythical place which signals the end of this journey along the Rota Vicentina. You’ll be in most southwestern point of Continental Europe, where every day the tradition is followed of watching the sunset…and celebrate.

Historical Way


 

Vila do Bispo » Cabo de S. Vicente

14 km

 
 
 

Today, you will be walking towards the south western tip of Europe. This is a magical place where one can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims. Monumental cliffs, outstanding views over the coastline and a privileged area to watch the natural phenomenon of autumn bird migration.

 



 
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On this section the very high cliffs provide unique perspectives. Ornithologists and birdwatchers are attracted to Sagres by the autumnal migration of soaring birds and seabirds, which amount to more than 5000 individuals from more than 300 species.

In fact, they may come across booted eagles, black kite, honey buzzards, short toed eagles, sparrow hawks, red kite, kestrels, fly catchers, Eleonora’s Falcon, black storks and different species of vultures. The more rare imperial Eagle and Golden Eagle appear at times. In October, some seabirds can also be easily observed, such as the shearwater, gannet, skua, the common tern and sandwich tern.

The vegetation is still the protagonist on this trail along the top of the cliff. It crosses the Sagres Biogenetic Reserve, a sanctuary for botanists because of the rare chalk soil plants, and for species unique to the world or which were thought to be extinct but have reappeared. The undergrowth is dominated by gorse, Erica, thistles, Lithodora lusitanica, rosemary, thyme, violets and hyacinths.

You are about to finish the Rota Vicentina, but before you’ll pass an area called Vale Santo, which was for centuries part of the pilgrimage route of devotes of St. Vincent, whose journey finished in the monastery that existed, where now is located the lighthouse.

 

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Tips


Finish this walk by the sea

Take advantage of the Telheiro Beach 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.

Strong wind

This is an area of strong winds. Choose to do this section in a north-south direction, the probability of having the wind on your back is much higher.


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.

 
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Where to start

Vila do Bispo:

Next to the Church, heading towards the roundabout near the access road to the beaches of Castelejo and Cordama, where you must take the left road.

Cape St. Vincent:

At the lighthouse of Cape St. Vincent, following the paved road until you find a directional sign post to the left, heading to Vale Santo.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 14 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 4 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 96 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 103 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 152 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 51 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Bring water and supplies

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. 

 
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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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