A path along the river Guadiana, with the castle of Mértola, preserved habitats, bird-watching spots and ancient watermills.
Guadiana is the main river in the south of Portugal. It still flows along a wild valley without dams and significant disturbances between Mértola and the river mouth. The river path will introduce Guadiana to you, revelling some of its natural secrets.
The path starts at the “Poço dos Dois Irmãos” or the “well of the two brothers”. From there the gravel path, surrounded by pine trees, will lead you towards the river. From here you will walk along the river finding great spots for bird watching and nature observation. Take your time and enjoy the views along the way.
Vau da Pedra will appear on your left. In the past, it was a natural land bridge of stones that allowed people to cross the river. Here you will find the ruins of a dike and two ancient watermills. The path will eventually lead you to the vineyards of Herdade da Bombeira.
Rest StopHospedaria Rita
Restaurant "Cegonha Branca"
Restaurant "Novo San Remo"
Restaurant "O Brasileiro"
Restaurant "Regional A Esquina"
Casa de Pasto - Cafetaria Tamuje
Tips, hints and links
Vau da Pedra it’s the most impressive place on the journey, explore the site and/or rest for a while near the river shore.
At the end of the signed path, near Herdade da Bombeira, you may return coming back or you can follow in front heading in the direction of the road to Mértola.
On the exit from Mértola to the Algarve, after crossing the bridge over the Ribeira de Oeiras, turn left on the spot “Poço dos Dois Irmãos” to start on the path.
Parking is available near the spot “Poço dos Dois Irmãos” or you can walk there from Mértola (2 km).