Alentejo – Rota Vicentina
individual hiking tour | 8 days / 7 nights
Wild Atlantic Coast & Rural Splendour
Discover the vast scenery of the untamed Atlantic coast, the extensive nature reserves and the picturesque, traditional villages. The Alentejo, a true walker’s paradise, is famous for fabulous remote sandy beaches, breathtaking, nearly untouched coastal landscapes and rich biodiversity. On your walking tours along the long-distance walking path ‚Rota Vicentina’ you get to explore the little sleepy villages surrounded by cork oak forests and enjoy nature at its finest: roaring waves, fragrant herbs, birdsong and the occasional sound of bells in the distance of grazing goats, cattle and sheep.
1st Day: Individual arrival at Vila Nova de Milfontes
The little coastal town is well-known for its fabulous beaches and the historic town centre.
2nd Day: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve
At the start of your walking holiday you enjoy stunning views over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the river Mira, which flows into the sea in this area. Today’s tour is perfect for getting started and allows you to enjoy the marvellous scenery to the fullest. Walking time: approx. 4 to 5 hours.
Details: approx. 15 km, +90 m / -120 m
3rd Day: Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar
Little fishing villages, reddish sand dunes, fragrant pine forests and over 20 bird species nesting in the furrowed cliffs turn this walking tour into an experience for all the senses. Walking time: approx. 6.5 hours.
Details: approx. 21 km, +200 m / -190 m
4th Day: Zambujeira do Mar - Odeceixe
You proceed on a fisher’s trail along the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and Amália. En route to Azenha do Mar you come across a natural fishing harbour. From the Ponta em Branco (‚white summit’) you enjoy an impressive view onto the beach of Odeceixe and the river Seixe. Walking time: approx. 6 hours.
Details: approx. 18 km, +260 m / -280 m
5th Day: Odeceixe - Teotónio
You walk along remote walking trails, overgrown with protective vegetation, and proceed into deep valleys and then uphill again onto hilltops and in the process get to properly enjoy the view onto Odeceixe and the sea. You spend the night in the traditional Alentejano-town ‚Teotónio’. Walking time: approx. 6 hours.
Details: approx. 17 km, +400 m / -250 m
6th Day: Teotónio - Odemira
One of the best walkable section of the Rota Vicentina awaits. Gentle ascents and descents along the rivers São Teotónio and Mira, where you discover the beauty of the hinterland between the hills and the sea before you reach Odemira, the administration centre of the region. Walking time: approx. 6 hours.
Details: approx. 19 km, +170 m / -340 m
7th Day: Odemira - São Luis
As a finale to your walking holiday you come across lots of water: refreshing water in the streams and ponds – a special highlight is Ribeira do Torgal – where forests with precious tree species such as ash, willow and alder line the banks of rivers and streams. Walking time: approx. 7.5 hours.
Details: approx. 25 km, +440 m / -270 m
8th Day: Individual departure or extra days
You need a good basic fitness level for the daily tours of between 15 and 25 kilometres maximum with only minor changes in altitude. The route leads you along walking paths and sandy trails along cliff coasts and through untouched nature in Costa Alentejana National Park.
|15.02. - 08.04.2017 | 24.04. - 31.05.2017 | 01.10. - 15.11.2017|
|09.04. - 23.04.2017 | 01.06. - 30.06.2017 | 01.09. - 30.09.2017|
|Surcharge single room Season 1||106,-|
|Surcharge single room Season 2||138,-|
Category: traditonal, family-run hotels and inns (partly with swimming pool)
All prices per person in EUR
- 7 overnight stays as stated above, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- Packed lunch for all daily tours
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents
- Lisbon or Faro Airport, from there to the train station and bus terminal.
- Arrival by train to Lisbon (Sete Rios) and by bus in approx. 3 hours to Vila Nova de Milfontes (www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx).
Or by train (www.cp.pt) from Lisbon (Oriente) in approx. 2 hours, or from Faro in 1.5 hours to Funcheira (Garvão). From there by taxi in approx. 45 mins to Vila Nova de Milfontes, approx. EUR 50 per fare.
- Parking: unguarded parking spaces near the hotel free of charge.
- Return journey by bus from São Luis in approx. 3 hours to Lisbon. Or by taxi in approx. 45 mins to Funcheira (Garvão) and by train to Lisbon or Faro.
Return journey from São Luis to Vila Nova de Milfontes by taxi, approx. 30 mins Mins, approx. EUR 20 per fare.
- Attendance: minimum of 2 persons
- Extra nights upon request