Corte Perdido walk with Panoramic views to the Ribeira do Alportel, a GPS route from B&B Cas al Cubo
Corte Perdido walk is a challenge in itself. The hiking route starts not even a ten-minute drive from bed and breakfast Algarve Cas al Cubo Tavira. We strive to create routes in our own area, in order to prevent long drives for our guests. Because by all means, a walker wishes to WALK and he does not wish to drive.
One of the most beautiful area´s in the Eastern-Algarve is the small valley just north of the town of Tavira: the Asseca Valley. The Asseca valley hosts two rivers that both find their source in the northern hills of the Serra do Caldeirão. Strangely enough, this area is almost void of walking routes, in spite of the facts that small paths can be found all through the hills. We have found a nice round trip for our walking guests and we´ve named it Corte Perdido, after the northernmost hamlet on the track.
Corte Perdido walk starts at the parking of the once beautiful waterfalls of Pego do Inferno. From the parking, a small path leads westbound through the valleys orange groves. The route start rising quite quickly already and the view get more extensive. After about an hour you pass a small dam and after 1,5 hours you are on top of the first hill with an amazing panorama all the way up to the coastal islands of the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa and the town of Tavira. Thius is a lovely spot for a nice cup of tea, just to enjoy the surroundings!
After conquering the top of the hill, the track stays more or less level. It leads towards Morenos with a great view towards the Ribeira do Alportel, the Alportel River that wraps itself around the hills and through canyons. The view is a prelude to wet feet, because the Alportel has to be crossed. Don´t forget to take a towel. After some rain, the river can be knee-deep! Corte Perdido walk follows the official track of the Morenos walking route (PR 13) for a short while and after this track has been left behind again, it passes the hamlet of Carcavala, river crossing and consecutively Corte Perdido. We advise a picnic here.
After your break, a challenging hill climb awaits and the area starts looking more overgrown with pine trees. Reforestation by the Portuguese Forestry Commission has created terraces on the empty hillsides to create new vegetation. The Ribeira do Alportel shines and curves through the valley and the view changes constantly. Corte Perdido walk ends in a long and calm descent towards the Asseca valley. Hike Corte Perdido is a challenging, diversified walk for real nature lovers