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Typical flowering plants on the rocky coast in the southwest of Portugal

Rota Vicentina

Along the fisherman's trail, following the wild atlantic coast

8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking
Typical flowering plants on the rocky coast in the southwest of Portugal

Embark on a journey along the renowned Fisherman's Trail, often hailed as one of the "probably finest coastal paths in the world." Here, you'll uncover a vast expanse of the untamed Atlantic coast, stretch your gaze over sprawling nature reserves, and find yourself captivated by the charm of picturesque, time-honored villages. Enter the realm of Rota Vicentina, a true haven for wanderers, celebrated for its stunningly secluded stretches of sandy beaches, vistas of breathtaking, almost untouched coastal landscapes, and a flourishing tapestry of diverse species. Allow yourself to become enchanted by the symphony of unadulterated nature: the rhythmic crescendo of waves crashing against the shore, the intoxicating aroma of fragrant herbs carried on the breeze, the harmonious melody of birdsong weaving through the air, and every now and then, the distant, ethereal chime of bells adorning the necks of grazing goats, cows, and sheep.

The starting point of your hiking journey is in Vila Nova de Milfontes, where you can explore the historic city center. The first hiking stage takes you along the enchanting Atlantic coast to Almograve – a true delight and a splendid kick-off to your getaway in Portugal. The route continues through Zambujeira do Mar, Odeceixe, and Aljezur in the Algarve region, reaching Vila do Bispo and finally your ultimate destination in Sagres. On your journey, you'll traverse picturesque fishing villages, fragrant pine forests, and impressive coastal stretches. The dreamy beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados, and Amália provide the perfect opportunity to refresh yourself in the sparkling Atlantic during or after your daily stage. Enjoy the eight days of your hiking journey along the wild Atlantic coast to the fullest and treat yourself to a relaxing hiking break anytime.

  • Vila Nova de Milfontes: At the start of your hiking journey, you have the opportunity to explore the historic coastal town, a true highlight for all culture enthusiasts. You can leisurely enjoy the sunset on the beautiful sandy beach.
  • Picture-perfect Rock Formations: The route consistently takes you along spectacular coasts with views of impressive rock formations, such as Cabo de Sao Vicente, the southwesternmost point of mainland Europe.
  • Regional Cuisine: In addition to the enchanting hiking stages, this hiking vacation also offers a special delight – the regional cuisine with many specialties. Be sure to try the region's typical goose barnacles, Perceves, on the sixth day.
  • Invigorating Sea Breeze: This hiking vacation is beneficial for both body and mind. The sea air accompanies you throughout the entire tour, making it easy to replenish energy for your everyday life.

Our eight-day hiking journey is tailored for our walking enthusiasts and takes you on impressive trails and sandy paths through idyllic natural landscapes. With a solid foundation of fitness, the stages become a delightful adventure in the nature of Portugal. The daily walking times are planned for five to seven hours.

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Itinerary at a glance

Discover the unique flora and fauna, overwhelming cliff landscapes and the dreamlike expansive beaches on the southwest coast of Portugal. In the traditional villages you can enjoy the freshly caught fish after the hike.

This quaint coastal town is renowned for its dreamlike beaches and historic city center.

Hotel (example): HS Milfontes Beach

As you embark on the second day of your hiking journey, prepare to be greeted by stunning vistas over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Mira River, gracefully merging with the sea in this enchanting region. Today's hike serves as a perfect introductory excursion, allowing you to relish the magnificent landscape to its fullest.

Hotel (example): Vicentina Rooms

Tiny fishing villages, reddish sand dunes, the fragrance of pine forests, and over 20 species of birds nesting in the rugged cliffs transform this hike into a sensory adventure. In the evening, in the coastal town of Zambujeira do Mar, you'll listen to the melodic symphony of waves crashing high above the rugged Atlantic coastline.

Hotel (example): Rosa dos Ventos

Following fisherman's paths, your journey leads along the shores of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados, and Amália beaches. On your way to Azenha do Mar, you'll come across an untouched fishing harbor. An awe-inspiring vista awaits you from Ponta em Branco, showcasing the beach of Odeceixe and the estuary of the Seixe River meeting the sea.

Hotel (example): Altinho B&B / Casas do Moinho

Along the Seixe River delta, you'll marvel at the biological diversity and relish in the fragrances of countless aromatic shrubs. Subsequently, you'll hike on the old fisherman's path, which is already part of the Algarve region, meandering through wetlands and coastal heathlands en route to Aljezur.

Hotel (example): Vicentina Hotel

During this exceptionally scenic stretch, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramas, including the Barranco da Pena Furada gorge, imposing rock formations, and impressive beaches like Praia do Amado. Your journey along the coastal plateau will lead you to your overnight destination, Vila do Bispo.

Hotel (example): Pure Fonte Velha Bed and Breakfast

From Vila do Bispo, your path leads to the southwestern tip of the European mainland, Cabo de Sao Vicente. A unique ambiance awaits you at the cliffside and the renowned lighthouse. Following the cliffs, your journey takes you to the well-known fishing village of Sagres.

Hotel (example): Memmo Baleeira

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Route information

Walking

Immerse yourself in the allure of daily hikes featuring subtle elevation shifts, calling for a foundation of good stamina. These paths wind through enchanted hiking trails and sandy tracks, unveiling the secrets of dramatic cliffs and pristine wilderness.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3*** hotels, guesthouses, and country houses

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Transfer Aljezur - Carrapateira

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Departure

  • Lisbon or Faro airport, from there transfer to the train or bus station.
  • From Lisbon (Sete Rios) by bus in approx. 3 hours to Vila Nova de Milfontes (www.rede-expressos.pt). Or by train (www.cp.pt) from Lisbon (Oriente) in about 2 hours, from Faro in about 1.5 hours to Funcheira (Garvão). From there by taxi in approx. 1 hour to Vila Nova de Milfontes, approx. EUR 50 per trip.
  • Return by bus from Sagres to Lisbon in approx. 4 hours. By bus and train in approx. 3.5 hours to Faro.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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