Setor 4 – 21,5km
We arrive at the Pontal do Guadiana Viewpoint, a mandatory stop and emblematic locale for the fantastic view over the river and towards Spain, moreover, it serves as a picnic park. Here, the GR15 separates itself from the PR 2 “Ladeira do Pontal”, taking different paths.
After some rest and the magnificent view, we follow the narrow path, surrounded by holm oaks and diverse vegetation, and then cross the ravine where we find a wheel well. The route now runs parallel to the river and climbs toward the village of Marmeleiro. We are confronted by stone walls which, in ancient times, created the division between properties.
We can observe an old clothes laundering area and what remains, from what is believed to be, an ancient Roman stone path (Eastern Algarve Road Axis) that links Tavira to Alcoutim, passing through Castro Marim. Continue the walk through the pine forest underbrush until reaching the Alcoutim Dam. Here the way down winds between hills and valleys until reaching the Alcoutim Riverside Beach. This beach, with facilities and a picnic area, is one of the most renowned in the Algarve countryside and it connects to the Cadavais Stream. Leaving the river beach we enter the village of Alcoutim where we find the famous azulejos panels, one of the traditional arts in the municipality.
There is a convergence here with the GR 13 – Via Algarviana (Great Route that crosses the Algarve from east to west through 13 municipalities).
Here we can find restaurants, accommodations, pharmacy, crafts and culture. We recommend Castelo Novo and its museum centre, the mother church and a visit to the Casa dos Condes (Alcoutim Cultural Museum and Library). The stage ends, for now…
At the end of this section, we can go towards the GR114, crossing from Alcoutim to Sanlucar.