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The cliffs of the Sw coast

The cliffs’ rocks are basically composed of schist and greywacke, resulting from the consolidation of sand, clay and volcanic ashes accumulated on the bottom of an ancient ocean over 300 million years ago.

Wild rabbits

Rabbits are mammals that build their burrows in the most stable of the sand dunes. These Rabbits are the original stock of all Rabbits worldwide, and incredibly important here, being the preferred prey of most carnivores.

Fado and the Alentejo Coast

This whole region has a very special energy and it was precisely here, in this amazing part of the coast, that the Fado diva Amália Rodrigues had her refuge. The beach in front of her property is still alive with her memory. It is Amália beach.

Cemented sands

On these cliffs there are tubes of cemented sands. When plants die and decompose, the sandstone shells that surrounded the roots remain there, hollow, an interesting and intriguing find for any walker.

Ponta em Branco

From Ponta em Branco, enjoy the fantastic view over Odeceixe beach, with the mountain top of Fóia and Monchique as a backdrop. The Seixe stream here marks the border between the Alentejo and the Algarve.

Fishermen's Trail


 

Zambujeira do Mar » Odeceixe

18 km

 
 
 

You will be passing the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and Amália  on the way to Azenha do Mar, where you will find a natural fishing harbour. To top it all enjoy one of the most outstanding views in the entire territory: Odeceixe beach seen from the majestic Ponta em Branco.

 



 
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Along this stretch of coast it is interesting to take a close look at the cliffs; note how the sedimentary rocks that were laid down horizontally over aeons have been folded and pushed out of all recognition so that what was once horizontal is now in some cases vertical. Now imagine the forces necessary!

More recently was the formation of lithified sand tubes which can be seen a bit all over the trail. On this section you will also find abundant signs of the presence of mammals, especially carnivores living among the dunes.

It is hard to spot the animals themselves given that for the most part they are nocturnal, remaining in their burrows during daylight and only coming out to hunt at dark. But you will come across their droppings, footprints, burrows or maybe even the remains of their night’s hunting. These carnivorous mammals include Egyptian Mongoose (locally known as “Escalabardo”), Weasel, Beech Marten (also known as “Papalvo”), Badger, Genet and Otter.

Rabbits are other mammals that build their burrows in the most stable of the sand dunes. These Rabbits are the original stock of all Rabbits worldwide, and incredibly important here, being the preferred prey of most carnivores.

 

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Tips


Refreshments along the way

- At km 6.5, the detour of 2 km to the village of Brejão is sign posted

- At km 9.5 you’ll go through the village of Azenha do Mar


Shorten this section

Between the village of Odeceixe and the north end of the beach, the trail goes along a road (4 km). Take a taxi and shorten this section.

 
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Where to start

Zambujeira do Mar:

At the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar, descending towards the beach of the village.

Odeceixe:

In the village square, heading to the national road, passing the car bridge over the river, and turning left to follow the road down till the north side of Odeceixe beach.

Fact Sheet

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 18 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 7 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 263 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 283 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 74 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 1 M
RECOMMENDED SEASON:
SEPTEMBER TILL JUNE
 
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Warnings

In the Lombo do Asno area, south of the beach of Alteirinhos, the trail makes a small detour inland to circumvent a sensitive area. As a matter of security and environmental preservation, be aware and observe this divergence.

We rely on your consideration! 

 
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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