Lower Guadiana

PROJECT UADITURS II

UADITURS II is a cooperation project developed among the regions of Alentejo, Algarve and Andalusia that aims to add value, consolidate and expand already defined environmental and cultural itineraries, in order to offer citizens a greater environmental and cultural offer, facilitating the connection of rural areas with the most affluent urban centres, and thus, diversifying the tourist offer. This guide was developed in the context of the project, being designed to support the 4 tourist packages created that define the 4 routes: culture, sports, nature and gastronomy.

TERRITORY

Lower Guadiana is a territory covered by the 15 municipalities bordering the Guadiana river, from Rosal de la Frontera to Ayamonte, on the Spanish side, and from Serpa to Vila Real de Santo António, on the Portuguese side. It is a territory defined and articulated around the course of the Guadiana river, which facilitates communication and acts as a border at the same time.

Baixo Alentejo

Interior landscapes, extensive golden steppes and Montado (name given to an ancient agrosilvopastoral system based on Quercus suber and/or Quercus ilex rotundifolia), museum villages and charming and quiet towns, local cuisine, traditional products and the cradle of Cante Alentejano (portuguese music genre).

Algarve

Coast and sea, beaches, estuaries, school of the great Portuguese navigators and discoverers, paradise for golf lovers and cultural heritage enthusiasts.

Andalusia

On horseback, between the coastal plain and the abrupt reliefs of the Sierra de Huelva, Montados/Dehesas, traditional livestock activity, old mining landscapes, windmills, mushroom land and cradle of the traditional dance fandango.

AAA Region

ROUTES

O guia "Rotas Transfronteiriças do Baixo Guadiana" é composto por 4 rotas temáticas, devidamente sinalizadas em ambos os sentidos, permitindo descobrir localidades portuguesas e espanholas, que representam a tipicidade do litoral, da serra, dos montados e das paisagens mineiras, tendo como ex-libris o Guadiana, o grande rio do sul, que proporciona fantásticas vistas panorâmicas.

Paisagem, património histórico e natural, etnografia, gastronomia, atividade física e ar puro é o que pode encontrar nas 4 rotas seguintes:

Cross-border Cultural Route

focused on hiking trails with a total length of 219.10 km, divided into 17 sections, through Portuguese and Spanish towns, from Cacela Velha to Mértola, and from Sanlúcar de Guadiana to Paymogo, places where you can discover an immense archaeological, architectural, religious, mining and ethnographic heritage. 

Cross-border Sports Route

focused on MTB trails, with a total length of 218.80 km, divided into 10 sections, from Vila Real de Santo António to Pomarão, in the Portuguese side and from Puerto de La Laja to S. Bartolomé de la Torre, in the Spanish side. You have several activities available, namely hiking, cycling, equestrian and nautical ones. 

Cross-border Nature Route

focused on hiking trails with a total length of 206.18 km, divided into 15 sections, from Cacela Velha to Mértola, in Portuguese side and from Isla Canela to Huelva, through Spanish territory, you can visit parks and nature reserves that offer a diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna for an immersive contemplation. 

Cross-border Gastronomic Route

focused on hiking trails with a total length of 202.19 km, divided into 15 sections, from Cacela Velha to Mértola, through Portuguese towns and from Ayamonte to Paymogo, on the Spanish side, you can enjoy traditional flavours, intimately connected to the river, the estuary and the sea, such as fish, shellfish and bivalves, but also to the mountains and the steppe, such as game, traditional sausages (chorizo, black puding, etc), cheeses and other delicacies.

Cross-border
Cultural Route

This route can be initiated at any location and can be carried out in both directions. However, we recommend the direction described below:

Algarve Region - Cacela Velha, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António, Castro Marim, Azinhal, Odeleite, Guerreiros do Rio, Montinho das Laranjeiras and Alcoutim.  

Baixo Alentejo Region - Mesquita, Lombardos, Mértola, Corvos, Mina de S. Domingos, Alves and Pomarão.  

Andalusia Region - Sanlúcar de Guadiana, El Granado, La Isabel, Puebla de Guzmán and Paymogo.

Cross-border
Sports Route

This route can be initiated at any location and can be carried out in both directions. However, we recommend the direction described below:

Algarve Region - Vila Real de Santo António, Almada de Ouro, Álamo and Alcoutim.  

Baixo Alentejo Region - Vicentes, Mértola, Mina de S. Domingos and Pomarão.

Andalusia Region - Puerto de la Laja, El Granado, Villanueva de los Castillejos and S. Bartolomé de la Torre.

Cross-border
Nature Route

This route can be initiated at any location and can be carried out in both directions. However, we recommend the direction described below:

Algarve Region - Cacela Velha, Vila Real de Santo António, Azinhal, Odeleite, Guerreiros do Rio and Alcoutim. 

Baixo Alentejo Region - Mesquita, Lombardos and Mértola. 

Andalusia Region - Ayamonte, Isla Canela, Isla Cristina, Islantilla, El Rompido, Punta Umbria, Aljaraque and Huelva.

Cross-border
Gastronomic Route

This route can be initiated at any location and can be carried out in both directions. However, we recommend the direction described below:

Algarve Region - Cacela Velha, Monte Gordo, Castro Marim, Azinhal, Odeleite, Guerreiros do Rio and Alcoutim.

Baixo Alentejo Region - Mesquita, Lombardos and Mértola.

Andalusia Region - Ayamonte, Isla Cristina, Pozo del Camino, Villablanca, San Silvestre de Guzmán, Villanueva de los Castillejos, Puebla de Guzmán and Paymogo. 

Guide

LOWER GUADIANA'S 
CROSS-BORDER ROUTES

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Baixo Alentejo

Vascão Stream

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Vila de Mértola and surroundings

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Convent of St. Francis

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Mining Complex

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Tapada Grande and Canoe and Rowing Track

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Guadiana's Valley Natural Park

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Guadiana River and Canoeing

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Pomarão

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Honey and Aromatic Plants

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Aspargus

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Túberas (White Truffles)

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Algarve

Cacela Velha, Church and Natural Park of Ria Formosa

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Natural Park of Ria Formosa

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Monte Gordo and Monte Gordo National Forest – VRSA

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Town of Vila Real de Stº António and surroundings

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Arborism Adventure Park

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Naval Association of Guadiana

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Town of Castro Marim and surroundings

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Natural Reserve of Sapal de Castro Marim e VRSA

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Traditional Salterns

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Village, Matrice Church of Nª Srª da Visitação and Odeleite Dam

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Terras da Ordem National Forest

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River Museum

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Archaeological Centre of Montinho das Laranjeiras

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Village of Alcoutim 

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Archeology Museum

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Museum of Religious Art

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River Beach of Alcoutim

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Limitezero

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Muxama

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Lamb Stew

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Lamprey

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Andalusia

Castle of Sanlúcar de Guadiana

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Andévalo Dam

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Herrerías Mines

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Castle of Paymogo and Church of Santa Maria Magdalena

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Marina Isla Canela

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Ecomuseum El Pintado Tide Mill

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El Camaleón Park

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Los Cabezos Park

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Marismas del Río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido

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El Portil Lagoon

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La Norieta Park

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Marismas del Odiel

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La Sorda

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Anastasio Senra Visitor Centre

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Alemán Salterns - Biomaris

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Hojuelas

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Alfajores

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Coca Dulce

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