GPS route – Walking-in-Algarve – Loulé (LLE PR11)
5 mi. Easy 104m Amendoeira
Amendoeira walk starts in the village of the same name, more or less halfway São Brás de Alportel and the picturesque village of Querença. The circular route is designed by the Loulé municipality and the signposts on the way are wel kept and clearly visible.
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Amendoeira walk is therefore by no means difficult to follow. The hike starts on an old Roman road, bordered by two typically Portuguese stone walls. The walk does not contain much on asphalt and it is easily accessible because the path along the river well kept. Amendoeira walk is a cozy route. It is at its most beautiful on a sunny day in February when the Almond trees (Amendoeiras) are in full of blossom. This makes the southern Portuguese landscape look as if it has snowed. The Almond blossom therefor is also called “the Portuguese snow”.
We made this walk on a drizzly January day and it was still beautiful. The combination of hamlets, orchards, old Roman paths and the various hortas (vegetable gardens) along the river, make this walking route varied. Above the river valley we saw a number of Short Toed Eagles floating, no doubt in search of prey. Everywhere in the dense undergrowth, birds are busy courting each other. Amendoeira walk is a not too difficult hike. It can also be accomplished well by less trained hikers. There is no a café along the Amendoeira walking route. However at the finish a little further down the street in the Amendoeira village, a small Portuguese pub offers a coffee or something else refreshing.
The restaurants nearest to this walk are in São Romão, which you pass just before the EN270, in São Brás de Alportel or in Querença. The latter we can advise. The restaurant in Querença is situated on a lovely little church square. An amazing place just to sit, eat a traditional meal and watch the traditional Portuguese life float by.