Vila do Bispo- Cabo de São Vicente ( 16,6 Km)

Technical Information

Starting point: Car parking near to Vila do Bispo´s Main Church

GPS Coordinates of the starting point: 37º04´58.43´´N 8º54´33.96´´O

Extension: 16,6 km

Difficulty level (Recommended direction): II – Easy

Duration: 5 h

Minimum altitude: 37 m

Maximum altitude: 91 m

Accumulated climb: 160 m

Accumulated descent: 211 m

Water availability: In the beginning and in the end

Groceries: In the beginning and in the end

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. 601 and 609, from the Geographic Institute of the Army, with a scale of 1:25000.

Route Description
This last sector of Via Algarviana continues into Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park, one of the country’s most rich and beautiful protected areas. Along the path, the hiker can find many indigenous plants, unique coastal landscapes and, with some luck, he or she can spot some rare and typical birds of this area, like the Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).
From the Vila do Bispo Main Church, the track goes south for about 4km, going past the grave yard, and then through abandoned agricultural fields, most of which are “renaturalised” with small bushes, typical of this area. Grazing is still a regular activity, and the presence of cattle is common. The terrain is mostly flat and, with the exception of a few hills along the horizon, the track presents a low difficult level.
The track goes through small rural hills, like Catalão and Vale Santo, the last one being one of the area’s most interesting spots for birdwatching. Extensive grain fields and grazing areas create the habitat for some uncommon species such as the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax). During the autumn migration, this is also one of the most important migrating corridors used by raptors. It is also in Vale Santo that Rota Vicentina (GR11) intersects the Via Algarviana.
With St. Vincent’s lighthouse on the horizon, the hiker can still visit Telheiro’s beach. The end of the track goes along abandoned agricultural fields and, upon reaching the EN268, the Via Algarviana joins the “Ecovia do Litoral”, following it to Cape St. Vincent. The mysticism of this locale, with an amazing view of the sunset over the sea and the outstanding landscape, make this a truly unforgettable place. Here ends this great trip through the Via Algarviana territory.

Map Sector 14

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