Walks Odeceixe, Costa Vicentina
Odeceixe, Village & Beaches. For such a small place, Odeceixe has more than its fair share of accommodation and eating options. This is obviously due to the popularity of its beach but despite catering for visitors, the village has retained its unhurried, untouristy character. The main square is still a meeting place for locals to catch up on gossip and the cobbled streets leading off it are quiet.
Odeceixe beach circuit
At 13 km, the Odeceixe Beach circuit sounded ideal. It’s a circular walk from Odeceixe which should take you along the Fisherman’s Route. Connect you with the Historical Trail to bring you back to the village. I say should because I managed to miss some of the signs and ended up doing a slightly different circuit.
The circular route starts in Odeceixe’s main square, Largo 1 de Maio. Take the road that’s signposted for the beach at the side of restaurants. As you leave the village, look out for a road sign and a path leading into the fields. It’s marked with the blue and green Rota Vicentina waymarkers. If, like me, you manage to miss the turning, don’t worry. Just stay on the tarmac until you get to the beach. You’ll be compensated with horses, a donkey and quirky robot-like signs.
Odeceixe beach itself is popular with surfers as well as families and there’s a smaller cove called Praia de Adega just to the south where you can run, or lounge, around naked if you wish. There are some kiosks overlooking the beach where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat as you take in the views. Of the normal beach, not the nudist one!