Venda Nova, Salgado Beach & Pescaria (pes04L – dinosaur footprints)


Image 1 of 4


Photos provided by Margaret

Walk location:

An 8 km walk (2+ hrs) on the cliff slopes to the south of Salgado beach which lies between São Martinho and Nazaré.

Originator:  John.

The Walk:

About 8km on a circular route on footpaths, rock and beaten earth tracks.
We descend the sloping cliff following fishermen’s paths. Care is needed as the surface can be loose; bring a walking pole if needed. Near the bottom of the cliff the path becomes fairly level and we walk towards Salgado beach. Some clambering over rocky terrain is involved. The scattered boulders show many different and interesting structures. Near the start of the walk we cross a sloping bed of rock which is purported to have dinosaur footprints.
We walk a short distance on Salgado beach and return to the top of the cliff along a beaten earth track.
The walk does not go near to any vertical drops, but care is needed on the short, steep descent to the beach (on your bottom). There are excellent views of eroding cliffs as well as longer views along the coast.
The walk is only 8 km, but the terrain is uneven so progress will probably be slower than normal and near the end of the walk there is a steep climb back to the start point.


The walk is about 8 km and is expected to take about 2+ hrs, plus extra for any extension of the walk and a coffee stop.

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start points.  If you need directions, click on the flag to display the flag text and click on the itinéraire link to open Google Maps.

Car Meeting Point:

Meet at 09:30 am just 50 metres north of the windmill on the São Martinho do Porto to Nazaré road through Serra da Pescaria. See the Notes section below for directions.

Deg, Min, Secs:    Latitude  39°32’56.24″N  Longitude   9° 5’45.10″W
Decimal Deg:       Latitude  39.548981°       Longitude  -9.095844

Walk Start Point:

The same as the car meeting point.

Coffee Stop:

In Serra da Pescaria after the walk.


Directions to Serra da Pescaria:
Head for Famalicão, on the main road between São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré.  In the centre of Famalicão, turn west / uphill towards the sea, signposted to Serra da Pescaria and Praia de Salgado. Once at the top of the ridge, turn left at the cross roads and after about 100 metres you can park on the left side just before the café.  The windmill is about 50 metre ahead of you to the south.

Alternatively, from São Martinho do Porto, head up the road with the market on your left, 2nd turn right after the market, signposted towards Serra dos Mangues.  Follow the road until you reach the windmill on Serra da Pescaria. You can park 50 metres to the north of the windmill on the right, just after the café.


See the walks’ email for contact telephone numbers or send an email from the web site.

Last Walked:  06/09/19

Scroll to Top