São Bartolomeu de Messines – Silves (29 Km)

Technical Information

Starting point: Near the Main Church of São Bartolomeu de Messines

GPS Coordinates of the starting point: 37º15´24.29´´N 8º17´10.21´´O

Extension: 29 km

Difficulty level (Recommended direction): V – Very Difficult

Duration: 8 h

Minimum altitude: 10 m

Maximum altitude: 227 m

Accumulated climb: 1369 m

Accumulated descent: 1469 m

Water availability availability: In the beginning and in the end of the track

Groceries: In the beginning and in the end of the track

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.586, 587, 595 and 596, from the Geographic Institute of the Army, with a scale of 1:25000.

Attention: Along this sector there are bee-hives beside the path in some points, be careful!

Route Description
This sector starts by the main church (Igreja Matriz), in the center of São Bartolomeu de Messines. The route goes along the street in which the house of João de Deus, a local poet, is located, and then crosses the village to the train station.
After crossing the rail track, at Bairro do Furadouro, the path initially goes between two walls, bordered on the south by rural areas, and on the north by a cork oak forest. Passing through Barradas, and after crossing the EN1079, one arrives at the hillside, where the landscape changes significantly. Here, with the Arade river in sight, the Via Algarviana goes along a very beautiful path, on the banks of one of the Algarve’s major rivers. On this section, the hiker will see the beautiful landscape of this fluvial valley, its tributaries and the surrounding hillside.
Before reaching the Funcho dam, the existing picnic park offers a deserved rest. Restore your energies, because you will need them for the following climb. From here, it is possible to enjoy all the areas around the dam, the rolling hills and some ruins, indicating the presence of ancient life and human activity.
After crossing the dam’s wall, the track will rise significantly, this is undoubtedly the hardest part of this sector. The Via Algarviana continues along the Arade river, turning deep into the hillside further along the track. Up to Enxerim, the path goes through a valley covered with eucalyptus, where one finds small lakes or dams, kitchen-gardens and fruit orchards. The track also crosses the Enxerim river and continues towards the main road, where it ends. From here, Silves is a mere 500m away, and there one can find accommodation and several cultural and historical buildings of great interest.

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