4. Return to the main road and follow the road as it
bends past old cottages and an ancient well system. The
road takes a sharp left just after the well, passing
cottages on your left, until it turns sharp right after
200 metres. Immediately after the bend, turn right along
a track marked Rua da Varzea da videira. Follow this
track to the right (you seem to be passing through
someone's yard, but it is a public track).
Looking to the right here you gain a great view of
the hamlet of Medroa, probably not changed in centuries.
5. Stay on the main track, passing a small water
processing plant on your right, until you come to a
crossroads of five tracks. Continue straight ahead (the
second truck from the right, third from the left) until
you reach a road in the hamlet of Vilelas, where
you turn left. Turn right at the junction in Vilelas and
after 100 metres you meet the main road, where you turn
On the corner of the main road, three men were
harvesting their olive crop from a large tree
overhanging the road. Our request to take a photograph
was met with a mixture of bemusement and embarrassment.
. . and a little suppressed acting skills as they struck
suitable poses for the snap.
6. 50 Metres along the road take the road to the right
and then right again along a track, after 10 metres,
marked Caminho da Arroteia. This is a pleasant walk
through orchards for one kilometre with views towards
Martinchel. Ignore any turnings until you meet another
road, where you turn right.
7. After 100 metres, take the grassy track on your left
with a high stone wall running alongside on the right.
Follow this track, keeping left until you arrive at a
road, the outskirts of Martinchel, where you turn right.
Continue along this road and cross over another road,
until you meet the main road through Martinchel. Here
you turn right before taking the left turning on the
road leading back to the hotel and the start point.
This road is not very pretty, but offers magnificent
views of the lake to your left and there are various
places where you can leave the road temporarily to gain
full advantage of the views.
Why not also enjoy a coffee at the hotel as a reward
after the walk?