Messejana - Fornalhas Velhas
Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Caminhos de Santiago do Alentejo e Ribatejo - Caminho Central - Etapa 5Photo: Upstream, Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
We leave Messejana through the back of Quinta da Cerca, entering immediately after a dirt track towards Aguentinha do Campo, a hill with agricultural activity, rural tourism services, and equestrian activities. Beside it is the Herdade de Buena Madre, where mineral waters, much appreciated in the region, used to emerge. Wavy lands, with cistus, olive groves, and diverse cultures, but always with dominant cork oak forest. Here and there other hills, a dam, horses, cattle, and in 7.5 km we reach the village of Elvas. Time for a coffee and we continue up the hill towards Monte do Cerro, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the green valleys, created by the streams descending from the plateau. We will follow this descent and then pass over the irrigation channel of Alto Sado, already in the municipality of Ourique. Through the tunnel under the IC1 road, we advance towards Torre Vã, where we are surprised by the silhouette of an old building of great dimensions, surrounded by several others of farm and housing use. This estate was a place of great importance in Roman times. Traces of an old villa and a dam have been found here. Shortly after Torre Vã, we are on the Sado riverbed, which we cross to the other bank, closer to the railway line, which we will also cross using the viaduct. Soon after, we enter, on the right, on a side road and walk about 6 km through cultivated fields and pastures until we reach the village of Fornalhas Velhas, in the municipality of Odemira. We enter through Rua 25 de Abril directly to the crossroad where we find Café O Jorge, and ask for the installations of the Centro Sóciocultural or for Monte do Marmeleirinho, the only places with accommodation prepared for travelers.
Before leaving for today's stage, we should check the availability of accommodation and food in Fornalhas Velhas, since this village where we plan to end the day is not yet prepared to receive many travelers simultaneously.
In the Alentejo you really have to try the typical delicacies. The Alentejo bread, the olive oil, the wines. The starters with olives, a cheese board and delicious smoked ham. The Alentejo soup (there are several). Savour the açordas and the migas, the lamb and pork. Why not a sericaia, which is a conventual sweet for dessert, for example? But the menu is diverse. See where you can taste the Alentejo gastronomy. And because when travelling in Alentejo, restful nights are a must. Here you will find many options where you can rest and relax.
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Safety informationFor information regarding conduct, recommendations and self-safety, please refer to this page.
Tips and hints
- Vale Santiago Parish Council: +351 283 691 327
- Herdade do Marmeleiro: +351 934 533 485
EquipmentAlways carry water, supplies, sunscreen, a hat, waterproof, comfortable shoes, and a map.
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