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Luz to Salema

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Absorb the sights and sounds as you walk from Luz to Salema via Burgau, a quiet typical seaside village with a golden beach enclosed by cliffs.

moderate
Distance 11.6 km
4:35 h
208 m
222 m
73 m
-1 m

As you walk along the coast today you will come across many small fishing villages and crumbling fortresses. Stop along the way and absorb the sights and sounds. See the incredible variety of seabirds' en route, stop in a local café and sample some fresh fish while overlooking the paradise beaches.

Salema has a wide range of restaurants, so this evening you can wander through the streets of this small village and pick where you would like to eat. Each restaurant will feature freshly caught fish of the day, such as sardines, mackerel, or sea bream.

Author’s recommendation

Note: On stormy days the access to the Boca do Rio beach can be difficult with the high tide.

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Update: November 03, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
73 m
Lowest point
-1 m

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Safety information

If there are any stretches of road walking and if there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.

There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock.  Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.

Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.weather2travel.com  or www.yr.no   

Tips and hints

Points of interest:

Burgau – a small fishing village with a beautiful sandy beach, backed by high, sloping cliffs.

 

Recommended cafes and restaurants in Salema:

Restaurante Atlântico – the oldest restaurant in Salema with fresh fish every day, and a view of the ocean from the beach.

A Boia – “the place” for good food, drinks, music and a beautiful view of the ocean from their terrace.

Start

Luz (18 m)
Coordinates:
DD
37.085760, -8.730650
DMS
37°05'08.7"N 8°43'50.3"W
UTM
29S 523938 4104420
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Destination

Salema

Turn-by-turn directions

This map, GPX track and description are designed to be used in conjunction with your Information Booklet provided by our local partner, which can be found on your account approx. 30 days prior to the start of your trip and printed out if you wish to do so.

We do not provide turn-by-turn directions. Using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

DD
37.085760, -8.730650
DMS
37°05'08.7"N 8°43'50.3"W
UTM
29S 523938 4104420
w3w 
///irritating.dwarfish.bespoke
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Equipment

We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days. A power bank and charging cable is worth taking with you, should your phone battery run out during the walk.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
4:35 h
Ascent
208 m
Descent
222 m
Highest point
73 m

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