Marmelete – Bensafrim (30,0Km)

Technical Information

Starting point: Largo Coronel Artur Moreira

GPS Coordinates of the starting point: 37º18´33.76´´N 8º39´59.55´´O

Extension: 30 km

Difficulty level (Recommended direction): IV – Difficult

Duration: 7 h

Minimum altitude: 18 m

Maximum altitude: 386 m

Accumulated climb: 442 m

Accumulated descent: 798 m

Water availability: Yes

Groceries: Yes

Advised Season: September till May although springtime is the most beautiful in terms of flora and weather conditions.

Cartography: Trail map in the Portuguese Military Charters Nos.584, 585, 593 and 594, from the Geographic Institute of the Army, with a scale of 1:25000.

 

Route Description
From Marmelete the track goes, initially, to northwest, reaching the municipal road that connects Marmelete to Aljezur. From here there is the option to follow up towards Aljezur taking the Link 5, so take care, because the signs are similar.
After this, the track turns south, and maintains this direction until almost Bensafrim. Despite the long distance between these two locations (Bensafrim and Marmelete), this sector is very beautiful. Apart from its large extension, this track difficulty is not very high when compared with other sectors. The landscape is quite diverse, with eucalyptus plantations and cork oak forest, well-tended agricultural plantations, small towns and, when reaching the end, a calcareous area, similar to the “barrocal”, with dense Mediterranean bushes, kermes oak bushes, rocky outcrops, etc.
This route crosses a very wild unpopulated area. Nevertheless, some scattered houses and small villages can be found along the way, such as Malhão, Pomarinho, Romeiras, Vagarosa, Vale de Lobos, Pincho, Corte do Bispo, Paraísos, among others. Many country houses are being restored, together with their small kitchen-gardens giving the landscape a pleasant aspect. At Romeiras and Pincho, you can do a break to rest and pick some food in the local coffees.
This section is also marked by the presence of the Bravura Dam (Barragem da Bravura), a perfect place for a short stop along the hike. To Bensafrim, the track goes along well defined paths, with a rich landscape of cork oak and holm oak forests, small kitchen-gardens, streams and river banks. The last part of this stage goes into a fluvial valley, which is quite flat and easy. The arrival at Bensafrim marks the end of the journey and stage 12.

Map Sector 12

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