On the stretch from Odeciexe to Aljezur there are two Fishermen's Trail circuits. The first at the beginning heads back down the south side of the
Siexe (a lot of road walking) from Odeciexe to the coast, climbs onto the cliffs before heading inland again and rejoining the Historic Trail. This increases the total journey from 18 to 23km. The second Fisherman's Trail variant kicks in at the other end of the journey to Aljezur and has a similar impact on walking distance. Although we had originally planned to walk the second variant poor weather put us off and we walked straight to Aljezur. valley
|The endless canal
Without the variants it’s a very easy 18km walk, totally flat and without any of the sandy going that slowed things down on the cliff top journeys. Expect to complete the journey in 4 hours.
To break the walk up you can stop at Rogil. It's an uninspiring town, but has a range of facilities including a coffee shop with an interesting range of sweet potato cakes reached at the northern edge of the town. Sweet potatoes are revered in this part of the world.
|On the heath
The route is both easy and just a little boring. For most of the journey it follows an irrigation canal across a featureless agricultural landscape and onto a wild sandy heath. Leaving the canal, which seems to fizzle out, it continues across the heath before descending through an old pine forest down into Aljezur.
The walk was pleasant, but after the recent excitement of the cliff top walks and the deteriorating weather it was hard to sustain enthusiasm. The highlight was probably the frogs which guarded the way on the banks of the canal and then dived elegantly into the water with a pleasing plop.
Aljezur is a nice little town featuring an old Moorish castle on top of the hill south. It has several restaurants and the full range of services. We stayed at a small modern hotel, the Vicentina Aparthotel which was excellent and good value. The town is also on the express bus route back to Lisbon, which is just as well as Christine had a plane to catch