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New hikes near the village Algodres at Faia Brava

In the last week of October 2019, Jan Herman Meijer and his wife Jeanne van Beek made a survey for some day hikes from the village Algodres to the Faia Brava Reserve. Jan Herman is a volunteer for the Dutch Association for Long Distance Walking Routes and a friend of Faia Brava.

Jan Herman and Jeanne concluded that the area west of Algodres is very attractive for day hikes. There is only one paved road and all other tracks are not paved and most of them have beautiful stone walls. Looking over the walls you will enjoy the stunning views. In the area between Algodres and the Faia Brava Reserve you will find extensive agricultural, with almonds & olive orchards and vineyards. It is a bit hilly and there are several higher parts with big stones and a more dry vegetation (flowers and insects) and shrubs.

Jan Herman and Jeanne found a beautiful old path to a pigeon house which was marked as a dead end path on the map (Vinhalda Costela). In reality the path continued and it is an attractive part of a day hike. The proposed hikes are between 8 and 12 km long. The hikes make partial use of the Grande Ruta and the existing stonewalled paths in the fields. Two hikes depart from the centre of Algodres. For another hike they suggest to use the paved road and park in Devesa so you can hike to Saboia on the Grande Ruta and go back through the fields.

In the hikes you will discover the traditional pigeon houses and the small stone sheds that are built near the entrances of the fields. While walking eagles and vultures will fly over in the sky and maybe you meet a wild horse or a cow.

Jan Herman and Jeanne are sure that you will enjoy one of the tours!

The coming months we will develop and install the marks in the routes and we will make a poster with map and text, which will be installed in the village.

            

 

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