Leaving Carrapateira the Fishermen’s Trail heads out the sand dunes and wide expanse of Bordeira beach before rounding the rugged headland of the Pontal do Carrapatiera. Reaching Amado beach the route meanders inland along a small valley before gradually ascending and returning to Carrapateira.
Enjoy an exhilarating coastal walk around the rugged Ponta da Carrapateira today. There are numerous wonderful viewpoints all the way around the peninsula looking down on to glorious sandy beaches, such as Bordeira and Amado. Look out for fishermen perched precariously on the cliffs and enjoy lunch whilst breathing in the sea-salt air and taking in the views! Return to Carrapateira for a relaxing night at your Casa.
This is a short walk with stunning views. There are plenty of viewpoints where you will want to linger and take in the impressive nature of the unspoilt coastline. From the sandy expanse of Bordiera beach, around the rugged Pontal do Carrapateira to the surfer’s paradise of Amado beach there is something for everyone. On a clear day it is possible to look up the coast to Arrifana and south down to Cabo de Soa Vincente.
Trail finding on this section should be fairly straight forward. The Fishermen’s Trail is clearly way marked by green striped markers on posts, trees and signposts.
The only sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic are leaving and arriving back in Carrapateira. The gravel road around Pontal do Carrapateira is popular so take care with vehicles at peak times of the year. Most of the paths leading to the cliff top viewpoints are boarded and fenced off for safety as the cliffs are steep. It can also be windy so do not be tempted to wander off in bad weather.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Ponta do Castelo
This is the earliest fishing site from the Moorish period in the area dating from the 12 th Century. The views from the site over the coast are stunning. The viewpoint leading to the remains are just past the small fishing harbour on the route to Amado beach.
Bordeira & Amado beaches
Arguably some of the best beaches on Portugal’s Algarve coast, noted form the rugged limestone cliffs and extensive sand dunes. They have good waves and are popular with surfers.
Food & Drink
Carrapateira is a small coastal village with a small supermarket and a farmers market but little else in the way of facilities. There are also a number of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can obtain food and drink. Remember to take plenty of fluids, particularly if the weather is hot. There is a bar en route at the small fishing harbour and another at Amando beach but opening times vary.
This walk is part of the following itineraries:
Comfortable footwear is needed as much of the route follows rough gravel tracks or sandy paths. Headgear and sun screen are also advisable as shade is limited on the cliff tops. While the weather is almost always sunny it is worth taking a waterproof just in case.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.