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Odeceixe to Aljezur

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  • Approach to Odeceixe beach.
    / Approach to Odeceixe beach.
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  • Surfs up !
    / Surfs up !
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  • Odeceixe beach from the viewpoint.
    / Odeceixe beach from the viewpoint.
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  • Rota Vicentina marker.
    / Rota Vicentina marker.
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  • Irrigation channel and path to Aljezur.
    / Irrigation channel and path to Aljezur.
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  • Church Aljezur.
    / Church Aljezur.
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Map / Odeceixe to Aljezur
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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. 

 

 

 

moderate
22.8 km
6:00 h
186 m
175 m

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. 

 

 

 

Author’s recommendation

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.

 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
114 m
Lowest point
-3 m
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Safety information

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.

 

Equipment

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.

 

 

 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Odeceixe Beach

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.

https://www.travel-in-portugal.com/beaches/praia-de-odeceixe.htm

Amoreira Beach

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.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1021467-d2226057-Reviews-Praia_Da_Amoreira-Aljezur_Faro_District_Algarve.html 

Aljezur Castle

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.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_of_Aljezur

 

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.

 

 

Start

Water Fountain, Main Square, Odeceixe. (9 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
37.433299, -8.770348
UTM
29S 520317 4142966

Destination

The river bridge, Aljezur.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Standing with your back to the fountain in the small town square, continue STRAIGHT ON along the Rua dos Amoreiras, signposted to the beach. (Praia)

0.30 km – On leaving Odeceixe TURN RIGHT off the road by a road sign and onto the path between the fields. It is signposted the Rota Vicentina and has green striped markers.

1.20 km – Arriving back at the road, TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 2.50 kms. (Keep to the left hand side of the road for oncoming traffic.)Go around the bends to the coast, around the headland and up to the viewpoint.

3.80 km – Just before the large car park on the bend, TURN RIGHT along a gravel track with the green stripe markers and continue STRAIGHT ON to the cliffs. Carry on for approx 2.50 kms, through the sand dunes on the prominently marked path keeping the cliffs close to your right, before heading inland by the side of a steep ravine.

6.50 km – Arriving at a small parking area BEAR LEFT onto the gravel track and continue STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac road through farmland.

8.80 km – At a road junction TURN RIGHT , then almost immediately TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON for a short distance.

9.00 km – By the bridge TURN RIGHT and follow the path by the irrigation channel, signposted to Aljezur. Continue STRAIGHT ON to the road.

9.60 km – At the road, continue STRAIGHT ON the path alongside the irrigation channel, way marked by red and white stripes.

10.3 km – Arriving at a road TURN RIGHT then in 200 m TURN LEFT just over a bridge, again following the path alongside the irrigation channel. Continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 3.50 kms.

13.7 km – At a main tarmac road, cross over and continue STRAIGHT ON re-crossing the drainage channel by a small bridge, with it now on your left. (Turn off left at the road, to go into Rogil for refreshments if required). Carry on for approx 2.50 kms.

16.4 km – At a small pumping station TURN LEFT, on a small bridge over the drainage channel and into a pine wood. In 100 m at the large gravel road, TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON

17.0 km – At the bend in the road, ignore the signposted path to Amoreira and continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 1.6 kms, following the Rota Vicentina Markers.

18.6 km – At the path junction and signposts pointing right to Amoreira, TURN LEFT following the path to Aljezur.

19.3 km – At a junction continue STRAIGHT ON past a large camp site on the left.

19.8 km – Just past the entrance to the camp site, BEAR RIGHT at the Rota Vicentina marker post and continue STRAIGHT ON.

20.4 km – Just before a small pine wood where the path splits, BEAR LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON descending towards Aljezur with the castle visible ahead.

21.7 km – Arriving at a tarmac road, continue STRAIGHT ON for 100 m then TURN RIGHT over the river and continue STRAIGHT ON towards Aljezur.

22.4 km – At the Municipal Museum, TURN LEFT downhill to the town centre.

22.8 km – Arriving at the bridge over the river, you have reached the end of your walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.8 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
186 m
Descent
175 m
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