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Rocha Brava

Carvoeiro, Portugal

Lighthouse to Ferragudo and back walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

Care should be taken as the paths are uneven - sandals and flip flops are not recommended.

Head towards Lagoa, pass Intermarche and turn left at the 3rd roundabout following the sign to Sesmarias. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit to Sesmarias and up to a water tower. Go straight on till you come to another roundabout, go left.

About 2 to 3 kilometres before reaching Ferragudo and just after passing a road on the left to the cove at Caneiros, turn sharp left into a development of new properties (GAIVOTA) at the top of the hill. This road takes you down to the lighthouse where you can park your car. Before starting the walk ensure that you have not left any valuables in the car.

Start the walk by going around to the sea side of the lighthouse and finding and following an ill-defined cliff top path down to a small beach in the direction of Ferragudo. Pass by the café and cross the beach and find another path up and over the rocks to eventually arrive at a newly made car parking area overlooking the mole or breakwater previously viewed from the start of the walk.

A diversion can be taken here by going down the steps near café and walking out to the end of the mole and back.

Cross the car park and continue the cliff top path, dropping down to by- pass a second small beach.

Follow a wire fence upwards to a trig point and on and down to a large beach (this is halfway). At low tide you can cross this beach around the cliff top castle. At high tide go up the steps by another café and take the road round the castle to a continuation of the same beach.

The end of the beach brings you into Ferragudo proper. Squeeze behind the lifeboat station and follow the road round to the town square for refreshments before returning to your car by the same route.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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