Salir-Alte (16,2 km)

Technical Information

Starting point: Near to the Main Church of Salir

GPS Coordinates of the starting point: 37º14´28.22´´N 8º02´34.84´´O

Extension: 16,2 km

Difficulty level (Recommended direction): II – Easy

Duration: 5 h

Minimum altitude: 195 m

Maximum altitude: 334 m

Accumulated climb: 301 m

Accumulated descent: 340 m

Water available: Yes

Groceries: Yes

Advised Season: September till May although springtime is recommended for its floristic beauty and weather conditions.

Cartography: Trail map in the Portuguese Military Maps Nos.587, 588, 596 and 597, from the Geographic Institute of the Army, with a scale of 1:25000.

Attention: In the rainy season about 5km of the route, between Almarginho and Benafim, the route can have mud, special care is advised for those who are doing the route in MTB modality.

Route Description
This 7th sector of Via Algarviana starts at Salir, a village located in the middle section of the EN124. The castle, now as a ruin, represents the village most important historical building. The track often crosses by old stone walls enclosing kitchen-gardens and rural properties, and crosses some groups of houses, as Almarginho, Cerro de Baixo e Cerro de Cima. Throughout this section, the presence of several water-wheels and other hydraulic devices makes the journey interesting, some notable signs of ancient agricultural practices.
The Rocha da Pena Local Protected Landscape is on the sight of the hiker, along the first half of this section. This is a strong element in the landscape, with 479 meters of altitude, and there you can find about 535 species of flora and many other species of fauna. Here still continues the famous legend of Gil Pena! We challenge to try to find out with local people this famous legend. Do you accept the challenge?
The track passes through Benafim, a small village of houses and narrow streets where traditional architectural design can still be seen. Take a break at one of the local cafes.
From here, the track goes north, crossing several dry orchards, characteristic of the Algarve’s “barrocal”, and on reaching the Freixo stream, heads west.
Here, agriculture and grazing still impose their mark on the landscape, once with heavy weight in the economy of this region.
The section ends following the Ribeira de Alte, where the singing of many birds existing there will be an authentic symphony to your ears! Upon arrival at Fonte Grande” (Large spring) and “Fonte Pequena” (Small spring), there is very nice area to rest and it is almost obligatory to photograph this place of unique beauty.
Some meters ahead we reach Alte village centre, one of the most typical and beautiful villages of this region in which you deserve to be lost and immerse the streets and alleys of this village, and getting to know the small local business. All in Alte, smell at typical and genuine!

Map Sector 7

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