A gentle walk out along the River Seixe brings you to the breathtaking Odeceixe beach and its wild Atlantic waves. From here the path follows the cliff line before heading inland through coastal farmland, passing the pretty village of Rogil before arriving in Aljezur.
The walk follows the quiet fisherman’s trail to the beautiful beach at Odeceixe. Keep a look out for the varied bird life along the banks of the River Seixe before arriving at the impressive sand dunes at the coast. From here the route winds through coastal lowlands and scented groves of pine and eucalyptus trees, passing the pretty village of Rogil, before arriving in Aljezur.
Today’s walk brings you to the wild Atlantic coast and the powerful waves that have shaped this part of coastline. The cliffs and views are spectacular, particularly at Odeceixe beach where the roar of the surf greets you even before your arrival. This areas is a haven for wildlife and flowering plants so keep your eyes open, you never know what you will see
Trail finding on this section should be fairly straight forward. The Fisherman’s path to the coast on the Rota Vicentina is clearly way marked by green striped signage. The Historical way, inland is also marked by red and white striped markers.
There are a few sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic, so take care and keep to the left hand side of the road to be visible to oncoming vehicles. Also, on the cliff tops from Odeceixe beach heading south, the cliffs are steep and liable to erosion. Keep away from the edges, especially as this section is exposed to the prevailing winds.
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Points of Interest
This is one of the best wild beaches in Portugal, almost a kilometre in length at low tide. There are spectacular cliffs and rolling sand dunes abundant with wildlife and unique flowering plants.
This is a beautiful beach near the town of Aljezur, with extensive sand dunes and protected heath lands. It is a popular spot for surfing and body boarding.
The polygonal castle, on the site of an Iron Age fort, was built by the Moors in the 10 th century and is famously represented on the Portuguese National Flag. Conquered by the Christians in 1249, it was later abandoned in the 15 th century. The walls and a couple of towers survive as well as a cistern. There are good views of the surrounding area from this vantage point.
Food & Drink
There are a number of shops, cafes and bars in Odeceixe, where you can stock up with food and drink. Remember to take plenty of fluids, particularly if the weather is hot. There is also a pharmacy and a cash machine in the town. There is a café at Odeceixe beach and at Amoreira on the way, otherwise Rogil is close enough for a small detour should you require refreshments.
Sturdy footwear is essential as much of the route follows rough gravel tracks and paths. Walking poles may be desirable, if preferred. Headgear and sun screen are also advisable as shade is limited on the cliff tops. Remember to carry plenty of fluids to rehydrate on the walk. Insect repellent should be carried if you are susceptible to bites. While the weather is almost always sunny it is worth taking a waterproof just in case.