A Cortiça de Alportel (Alportel Cork) | São Brás de Alportel
Cork is the theme of this audio guided route along the Via Algarviana. A 6.9 km trail in the middle of nature, with emphasis on the cork oaks and their economic importance in local history.
Location
Region: Algarve; Municipality: São Brás de Alportel; Civil Parish: São Brás de Alportel.
Accessible by car
Head towards São Brás de Alportel and take the EN 2 towards Almodôvar/São Brás de Alportel at the roundabout at the entrance to the town. At the next roundabout, go straight ahead, keeping the centre to your right. At the next roundabout, take the first exit to the right, towards Alportel/Almodôvar and at the one after that, take the third exit, which is the EN 2 towards Alportel/Almodôvar. Keep on this road, through Farrobo, Tesoureiro and Alportel and turn off to the right when you see the sign to “Parque da Fonte Férrea”. Park in the car park, where the trail begins.
Starting Point
Finishing point
Fonte Férrea car park.
Type of route
Circular
Location
Region: Algarve; Municipality: São Brás de Alportel; Civil Parish: São Brás de Alportel.
Accessible by car
Head towards São Brás de Alportel and take the EN 2 towards Almodôvar/São Brás de Alportel at the roundabout at the entrance to the town. At the next roundabout, go straight ahead, keeping the centre to your right. At the next roundabout, take the first exit to the right, towards Alportel/Almodôvar and at the one after that, take the third exit, which is the EN 2 towards Alportel/Almodôvar. Keep on this road, through Farrobo, Tesoureiro and Alportel and turn off to the right when you see the sign to “Parque da Fonte Férrea”. Park in the car park, where the trail begins.
Starting Point
Finishing point
Fonte Férrea car park.
Type of route
Circular
Minimum Altitude
159 m
Maximum Altitude
327 m
Length
6.90 km
Time required
3h (approx.)
Cumulative elevation gain
259 m
Cumulative elevation loss
109 m
Minimum Altitude
159 m
Maximum Altitude
327 m
Length
6.90 km
Time required
3h (approx.)
Cumulative elevation gain
259 m
Cumulative elevation loss
109 m
Description of Itinerary

Download the audioguide before you start the walk.

  • MP3 file: 104 Mb
  • MP4 file: 276 Mb

          

Once you’ve parked at Fonte Férrea Park, cool off with some of the ferrous water from the fountain. Go past the café and follow the paved road alongside the stream.

Point 1 will show you when to turn off onto a dirt track on your left, after the sign pointing to the Car Park. Keep following the stream until you reach a ruin on the left. Though several paths turn off here, follow the main trail, which is the flattest and keeps going straight ahead, alongside the stream.

Before you reach the clearing, take the steep path off to the right. Keep to the main track until you reach the EN 2 and then turn left. Head up a narrow road, where you’ll find Point 2.

Follow the main path and then take the first right after the ruins of the old windmill. Follow the main path, which will eventually turn right until you reach Point 3.

When you reach the primary school and the monument dedicated to Estanco Louro, turn left and walk along the road for about 500 m, keeping as close to the edge as possible. At Point 4, you’ll see an arrow pointing to a dirt track on the right. Follow it. Keep to the path and cross the bridge farther on.

Turn right when you get to the noria, following the trail that will lead you through cork oaks, past vegetable patches, a large water tank and the old canal. At the well, keep right and keep going straight at the end of the trail, along a narrow path between the houses. Next, follow a walled path on the left until you reach Point 5, where an arrow tells you to turn left.

Keep following the path and then turn down a dirt track on the right. Point 6 is located before the house, where an arrow tells you to turn right.

Follow the main path past a house, turn left and then follow the walled path, which is also on the left.

Follow the main path. Turn left at the junction towards the tarmacked road, then turn left towards Alportel.

When you get to Largo do Alportel (Alportel Square), turn left to visit the Chapel of São José and Alportel Museum.

Follow the road, going straight ahead towards Outeiro, and ignore the road on the left that goes up to EN 2. Take the wider road on the left, which goes uphill after the well and the bend in the road. Turn left when you reach the top, and you’ll soon find yourself at the EN 2 once again. Turn right towards Fonte Férrea, along the same path you took at the start.

 

What will I see?

Flora

  • Carob Tree - Ceratonia siliqua
  • Almond Tree - Prunus dulcis
  • Mastic Tree - Pistacia lentiscus
  • Gum Cistus - Cistus ladanifer
  • Southern Blue Gum Tree - Eucalyptus globulus
  • Fig Tree - Ficus carica
  • Oleander - Nerium oleander
  • Purple Jerusalem Sage - Phlomis purpurea
  • Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
  • Olive Tree - Olea europaea
  • Grey-leaved Cistus – Cistus albidus
  • French Lavender - Lavandula luisieri
  • Cork Oak - Quercus suber

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Along the route you will be instructed to pause the audio guide until you reach a certain location;
  • Even if not instructed to do so, you should pause the audio guide if you have not yet reached the location being described, as there may discrepancies between the audio timings and the time it takes you to get to certain locations; 
  • Always keep as close to the edge of the path as you can to stay clear of any passing cars.
Useful contact information
  • São Brás de Alportel Town Hall: (+351) 289 840 000
  • São Brás de Alportel Civil Parish Council: (+351) 289 842 174
  • Almargem Association: (+351) 289 412 959
  • São Brás de Alportel Health Centre: (+351) 289 840 440
  • São Brás de Alportel Volunteer Firefighters: (+351) 289 842 666 / 289 842 606 / 962 043 669
  • National Republican Guard – São Brás de Alportel: (+351) 289 840 800
  • São Brás de Alportel Tourist Information Office: (+351) 289 843 165
  • If you see a fire, call: 117
  • In the event of an emergency, call: 112

 

Downloads
Leaflet with Map
MP3 (104 Mb, audio): A Cortiça de Alportel
MP4 (276 Mb, audio+video, for Smartphone - 720x406): A Cortiça de Alportel
Track GPX: A cortiça de Alportel
Track KML: A cortiça de Alportel