Picos Viewpoint Trail
Interests: Nature, Fauna & Flora, Heritage, Gastronomy, Birdwatching
The route starts in Marmelete village, then we take up a path between vegetable patches, passing the Chapel of Santo Antonio (late eighteenth century). We pass over a wide area of cork oak trees, as cork is one of the local household income. Then the path follows by trails surrounded by chestnut trees, next to the Barranco do Passil. The green area is conducive to the existence of several species of mushrooms. The next step is to climb a eucalyptus forest until we reach the viewpoint of Picos, where we will make a stop to recharge and enjoy a panoramic view of the coast. Then the path descends towards Marmelete.
It can be observed with some ease short-toed-eagle, partridges and some passerines as the common-stonechat and chiffchaff.
After lunch (optional) we will make a guided visit to "Casa de Medronho" (Arbutus), where we will learn a little about the craft distill process of this typically Portuguese drink, and important income of the population of Marmelete. We finish with a tasting of this arbustus firewater.
Extension: 8,5 km
Difficulty level: medium
Type of path: round
Beginning: 10:00 in the church of Marmelete
Minimum nr of participants: 2 pax
Maximum nr of participants: 8 pax
Minimum age: 7
Price: Adult - 30€
Children up to 12 - 10€
- Season fruit + water
- Visit to Casa do Medronho with arbutus firewater tasting
- Pick up and drop off in 9 seats van*
Activity calendar: Fom Monday to Friday.
Recommended time of year: From September to June.
* Free service in the West Algarve area.