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Odeceixe and surrounding

From Odeceixe to Aljezur

 

Distance: 18 km

Climb: 123 m

Descent: 108 m

Somewhat difficult

 

On this tour you will get to know the levadas (water channels). The island of Madeira is famous for these irrigation channels, but they are also available in southwestern Portugal. You ride partly through flat landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic and the Monchique mountains. The route crosses farmland, pine and eucalyptus forests. The, for this area famous, sweet potatoes are also growing here. Near the villages and around the farms are some vegetable and fruit plantations where  Olive, lemon, orange and fig trees bear fruit. Birds and humans share this area peacefully. In spring you can hear the cuckoo and the bee-eater very often. Typical for this tour are the numerous herds of cattle and sheep. Often you meet shepherds, who steer the herd with their dogs. On this route you have twice the opportunity to make a short detour to the beach. Finally, you reach the beautiful river valley of Aljezur until you come to the small town with the same name. It is worth a little tour through the picturesque old town, up to the castle, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

This tour can be combined with the route "Tour Amoreira" 


From S. Teotónio to Odeceixe

 

Distance: 17 km

Climb: 246 m

Descent: 402 m

somewhat difficult

 

This route is unique. It leads through lonely paths surrounded by original vegetation. You drive through deep valleys and then up to the hills. There you have fantastic views of the houses of Odeceixe and the sea. The view also reaches the Algarve. It is worth riding this route in the spring. The rain has stopped then and life unfolds in full diversity. A big bird population is a consequence of this diversity. The birdsong is not to be missed in the spring and usually you can also see some specimens. On the few green and fertile areas in the valleys are vegetable gardens and cultivated fields. Ash, alder, Portuguese oak, willow and tamarisk trees grow along the rivers. These trees shed their leaves and provide light in winter, while in summer they shade the biotopes.