Author name: Geert Franken

Pegadas de Dinossáurios de Salir do Porto (spo03S)

A circular walk on the headlands south of Salir do Porto

This is a short but rewarding walk. Most of the route is a level walk along the unpaved roads that run through the headlands between Salir do Porto and Boa Vista. However, the highlight of this route is the short steep loop on narrow paths that lead to the edge of the ocean and past several sets of dinosaur footprints. Even though the trail is named for the footprints the best part of the walk is the views of the ocean from the trail along the headlands.

This is a relatively short walk but we will take our time on the 1km loop along the footprints both for safety and to enjoy the views.

  • The 1km loop to the dino footprints passes near the edge of a tall bluff. It is not recommended for those with vertigo.
  • A small part of the trail is steep with loose rock. Sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended. If you wear flip-flops, you will either flip or flop.
  • The trail can be slick when wet. If conditions are not good on the day of the walk we will meet at the meeting point below and do an alternate route from the same starting point.

Wednesday 24/07 10:00

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Car meeting and start point

Roadside on Casal da Boa Vista just past ‘The Fig Boutique Suites’

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Timing

The walk is about 4,6 km and is expected to take about 2 hours

Coffee Stop

After the walk in Salir

Details

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Cela Velha to Casal Mota (fam04L)

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Date & Time

Friday 26/07 10:00

The Walk

Cela Velha, across the valley, up the ridge to Casal Mota

The starting point is Cela Velha in front of the railway station. The first part is on quiet roads across the valley through agricultural fields and then a climb up the coastal ridge to Casal Mota. After a short break the route descends by road to the valley near to the river Alcoa followed by a flat walk on quiet roads across the valley fields.

Timing

The walk is about 11 km and is expected to take about 3 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The railway station in Cela Velha (see notes)39.55310766618746, -9.054858268521956
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

In Cela Velha at end of walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com
  • From São Martinho do Porto and Alfeizerão take the road to Nazaré. Pass through Famalicão and after about 3 to 4 km turn right to Cela Velha. You will cross the railway line after about 1km. Continue on the main road which turns to the left; after about 0,5 km you come to an open area with a modernist sculpture; turn left and you will see the station 50 metres in front.
  • From Cela Nova go downhill (in a westerly direction) to Cela Velha which is at the bottom of the ridge. In the centre of the village you will see an open area with a modernist sculpture and you will see the station 50 metres in front. The main road turns left at this point.

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Maiorga (alc05S)

A circular walk through the countryside near Maiorga

For this walk we will rendezvous at the public parking lot near the Junta de Freguesia de Maiorga. After a short walk through the town, we enter forest and farm land. The majority of the walk is on paved and gravel roads.

(This walk follows much of the same route as alc20L, the long walk in Maiorga)

Wednesday 17/07 10:00

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Car meeting and start point

Public Parking Lot in Maiorga

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Timing

The walk is about 6,8 km and is expected to take about 2 hours

Coffee Stop

There is a café one block from the parking spot for coffee after the walk

Details

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Casais de Ponte (mat03L)

Casais de Ponte (mat03L)

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Date & Time

Friday 12/07 10:00

The Walk

A walk through woodlands, orchards & vineyards

A walk through farmland, wooded hills, small villages and short sections on quiet roads.  There are some slopes which will be muddy after rain.  So walking poles and good foot-ware are recommended.

Timing

The walk is about 9km and is expected to be about 2 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
Casais do Ponte.  There is parking on the main road by a bus stop & a religious statue with seating. There are additional parking areas on the roads nearby.39.423717, -9.101478
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

Coffee Stop

After the walk – drive to cafe in Salir do Matos

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris

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Vestiaria (alc03S)

A circular walk in the woods

The walk begins with a long level walk along pave and gravel roads. It then moves onto trails through forest and begins a gradual uphill climb. We continue walking through forest and agricultural land for about 4 K emerging near the town of Vestiaria. From there we turn downhill onto a gravel road that leads back to the starting point.

Wednesday 10/07 10:00

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Car meeting and start point

Parking of Sunset Disco Bar

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Timing

The walk is about 6,5 km and is expected to take about 2 hours

Coffee Stop

Cafe O Merendas

Details

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Serra da Pescaria – Casal Mota and return (pes03S)

Ocean & landside walk

We start from Serra da Pescaria and walk alongside west side (ocean) of the hill towards Casal Mota. From there we return following the hill but at the east side (land side). The track is in some areas very sandy and may have a few puddles if wet.

Wednesday 03/07 10:00

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Car meeting and start point

Rua da Pescaria Park in front of Trade Winds condominium

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Timing

The walk is about 5 km and is expected to take about 1,5 hours

Coffee Stop

After the walk. Paderia 33 in Serra da Pescaria

Details

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point. Minor changes are possible depending road conditions.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Georges Hoeterickx
  • georges@silvercoastwalks.com
  • 0032 477 516370

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Walk around Avenida Luis Paiva Sousa – Foz do Arelho (foz01S)

Exploring Foz do Arelho

This walk is a trip from the Miradouro da Foz do Arelho to the direction of Serra do Bouro and then back alongside the Foz do Arelho cliffs to the starting point. The tracks are mostly sandy or grind, normally dry underground

Wednesday 26/06 10:00

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Car meeting and start point

Miradouro da Foz do Arelho, which is at the end of the Av. Eng. Paiva de Sousa (when coming from Salir) and Variante Atlantica (when coming from Caldas)

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Timing

The walk is about 4 km and is expected to take less than 2 hours

Coffee Stop

Foz do Arelho

Details

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Georges Hoeterickx
  • georges@silvercoastwalks.com
  • 0032 477 516370

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Serra dos Mangues – Parque de Marendas e Costa (smp09S)

Circular coast walk above Praia da Gralha

A circular walk starting at the picnic area across from the entrance to the Colina do Sol campground (Parque de Campismo Colina do Sol) and following the trail along the coast above Praia da Gralha and Praia Salgado.

The first part of the walk is on paved bike paths and gravel roads. Once we reach the coast, we follow a hardpacked trail along the bluff between Praia da Gralha and the mirador on the south end of Praia Salgado. The return path is through the quiet roads of Serra dos Mangues. Some areas of this route can be slippery after a rain so wear shoes with good traction.

Timing

The walk is about 5,9 km and is expected to take about 1,5 hours

Car meeting and start point

Parque de Merendas Sao Martinho do Porto

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

There is a new café in the campground across the street from the walk starting point for coffee after the walk.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Rio Alfeizerao, Mosqueiros, Charnais, Cadarroeira (alf14L)

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Date & Time

Friday 21/06 10:00

Walk from Alfeizerão along the river and return through Cadarroeira on the eastern ridge

The walk follows the river valley for 3 kms (in wet weather, possibly muddy and standing water) with one steep climb and descent to warm up. Then a long uphill to Mosqueiros, followed by about 1 km of fairly quiet road, then uphill to the village of Cadarroeira. From there we descend along a farmers’ track back to a quiet road with a number of blind corners. The final descent should offer fine views of the São Martinho do Porto bay and surrounding countryside.
The tracks will be overgrown in places.

Timing

The walk is about 11 km and is expected to take about 3 hours

Car meeting and start point

Casa do Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão

Largo Pão de Lo 3, 2460-138 Alfeizerão

Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

No GPX map available

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

Pão de Lo

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com

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Stone quarries – Nadadouro (foz01S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 12/06 10:00

The Walk

Stone quarries – Nadadouro

Starting in Rua de Lareira we cross Avenida Atlantica for a 5 km walk, mostly sandy roads, past 2 quarries and through pine and eucaliptus forest.

Timing

The walk is about 5 km and is expected to take about 2 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
Near Restaurant Lareira Park in Rua de Lareira, at the end of the street when coming from N360 or beginning when coming from Avenida Atlantica 1
Consider car pooling, space is limited
39.426, -9.1687
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

None but we are near Restaurant Lareira where you can enjoye a nice lunch

Notes

  • Walk leader: Georges Hoenterickx
  • georges@silvercoastwalks.com
  • +32 477516370
  1. Coming via the N360 (Caldas da Rainha – Foz do Arelho , take left coming from Foz do Arelho or right coming from Caldas when you the signs for the restaurant Lareira. Coming via the Avenida Atlantic (direction from Caldas) take the second round about after Restaurant Lisboa, and turn the first left and follow signs for restaurant Lareira. If you come from Salir, then first round about and first street right, follow signs for restaurant Lareira. ↩︎

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