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Where the Mira flows into the Atlantic

The mouth of the River, Furnas beach and the smell of the sea make Milfontes a town beloved by many, and which has been given the nickname “Princess of the Alentejo”. It is also probably the busiest town along the entire coast. Enjoy!

Please be careful!

For the first 2.5 km of this section, you will have to walk along the main street in Milfontes and then alongside the main road, until you find a wooden gate. Walk with the utmost caution.

The flight of the Swifts

Between March and October, as you cross the bridge over the river, you’ll be able to see many swifts as Alpine, Pallid and Common Swift. The swifts feed, mate and sleep in flight … they are so well adapted to flying that landing on the ground may be fatal.

Where rocks have names

The locals frequently name areas along the coast according to the rock formations. Thus “Arquinho”, (Small Bow), “Pegada do Boi”, (Cow’s Footprint), “Pedras do Inferno” (Hell’s Rocks), or “Cabeça de Pedra” (Rock Head).

The most aggressive exotic plant of the Sw

The presence of the acacia is notorious on this section.  This invasive species has the potential to reduce the biodiversity of the dunes to almost down to zero. At times intensive farming stretches right down to the ocean.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Vila Nova de Milfontes » Almograve

15 km

 
 
 

This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the overwhelming views over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Mira river that meets the ocean here. It is a short and accessible hiking day so that you may enjoy the area to its fullest extent.

 



 
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Crossing the bridge over the river in Vila Nova de Milfontes provides stunning views of the river’s mouth, the small town beside it and the natural vegetation that covers the local hillsides. This vegetation is important as it attracts many different species of birds and small mammals. At low tide, enjoy the view of the marshes on the river bends, partially submerged and covered with reeds, important in their own way also as breeding grounds for several species of fish.

Between March and October you’ll be able to see many swifts as Alpine, Pallid and Common Swift all nest along this coast. Their breeding season starts as soon as they arrive and their acrobatics as they constantly search for enough food for their chicks is one of the wonders of the area.They spend over 90% of their life on the wing and have extreme difficulty in becoming airborne should they land anywhere but on a cliff or high building.

There are stretches along this part of the coast where native vegetation displays all its diversity and other areas where it has been destroyed and wiped out by a most aggressive exotic plant – the Acacia. This invasive plant is quite capable of reducing the sand dunes’ biodiversity almost to zero.

At times intensive farming stretches right down to the ocean, but you can also enjoy other less invasive traces of human presence such as local, non-commercial, fishing or small Stone-age quarries amongst the dunes, a reminder that Man has been shaping this coastline since time immemorial.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

At km 4, in beach of Furnas.


Go along the river!

During the busiest months, take advantage of the regular passenger services between Milfontes and Furnas and start or finish your day of walking by taking a boat along the river.

 
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Where to start

Vila Nova de Milfontes:

At the tourist office, following the Rua Custódio Brás Pacheco towards the main road.

Almograve:

At the roundabout, heading along Rua do Chafariz to the wash-houses. Further on you will find sign posts to join the path to the left.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 15 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 88 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 116 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 53 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 0 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

Construction works in Milfontes!

Construction works are taking place in the centre of Vila Nova de Milfontes for an indefinite period. Follow the marks carefully and ask the locals for instructions in case you need to choose parallel streets.

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Please be careful!

Between Vila Nova de Milfontes and beach of Furnas, the path initially goes along Rua Custódio Brás Pacheco. Be careful and always walk on the pavement. From the roundabout on the main road to the road bridge (500 m), and from the end of the bridge to the wooden gate that gives access to Vila Formosa (500 m), the path goes along the verge of the road. Walk with the utmost caution, as far over as possible on the right hand verge (N-S) and if walking with children be vigilant.

Remember to close the gate so that the cattle cannot get out of the property.

Be cautious with the cattle

When crossing the property between the gate and the beach of Furnas, take care with the livestock, avoid sudden movements and stay away. Although gentle they do not like strangers approaching their calves.

 
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RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE PER GROUP. ONLY FOR WALKERS
DRIVING IN THE DUNES IS PROHIBITED
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO CAMP ALONG THE ENTIRE FISHERMAN’S TRAIL. LOOK FOR CAMPING PARKS
TRAIL NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH VERTIGO OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS
THE CLIFFS ARE IN CONSTANT PROCESS OF EROSION. WALKING ALONG IT REPRESENTS DANGER OF FALLING
THE SIGNS FOLLOW SELECTED TRAILS. RESPECT THEM IN ORDER TO LESSEN THE IMPACT OF YOUR PRESENCE
SEVERAL BIRD SPECIES NEST ON THE CLIFFS. DO NOT DISTURB THEM
VEGETATION ON THE CLIFFS COMPRISES RARE, ENDEMIC AND INVASIVE SPECIES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
YOU WILL NOTICE ROCK FORMATIONS AND IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRACES. DO NOT COLLECT SAMPLES
THERE ARE VERY FEW SUPPORT SERVICES ALONG THE TRAILS. BRING WATER AND FOOD SUPPLIES WITH YOU
DO NOT LIGHT FIRES
DO NOT LITTER. HELP US OUT BY PICKING UP ANY LITTER YOU MAY FIND ON THE WAY