Carrapateira sits on a small headland of limestone cliffs and will be your base for the Rota Vicentina experience. This tranquil village has not one, but two wonderful beaches. Relax and enjoy the chilled out vibe of this pretty village.
If you are feeling energetic, you can walk from Carrapateira to Bordeira. The short walk is just 5kms. Alternatively, you can get a taxi to Bordeira to start the walk. From Bordeira you will cross the river and continue on the floodplain out to the coast. Returning inland you will pass by a private pine forest whose wood is mostly used for boat construction, before returning to the floodplains and Bordeira. Again, you can walk or get a taxi back to Carrapeteira depending on your energy levels.
Return to Bordeira today, either on foot or by taxi. From the village this time you will head inland into the hills. You’ll be following a section of the Historical Way. Cork and Oak trees provide shade, and lakes and quiet valleys provide moments to stop and ponder or perhaps enjoy a relaxing picnic.
This lovely circular walk can be done in either direction, heading right or left at the main road. Prepare yourself for superb views over the sands of Bordeira and Amado on this walk. You’ll also see an ancient Islamic fisherman’s settlement today. Be sure to take a picnic of local food and drinks and your swimming costume today so you can fully enjoy the gorgeous beach.
Today’s walk has some of the most outstanding views of the region. You’ll be able to see for miles out to the coast and also inland where you can see as far as the Monchique mountains. An undulating walk takes you through more pine forests and valleys before you climb up to the sierra where the views await. The sierra is a great place to stop for lunch, relax, and really appreciate your surroundings. Make sure your camera is fully charged!
After a tasty breakfast, we bid you farewell and hope that this taster of the Rota Vicentina will have wet your appetite to discover more of this fantastic region of Portugal.