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Guided Walking Tour in Rota Vicentina

Duration 7 Days
dates fixed
Type Guided
distance 125 km
Lodging Premium
Ref. Tour: tour018

The Portuguese coast offers one of the most spectacular treks in the world: a track that goes through a non-contaminated Natural Reserve, with truly breathtaking landscapes.
A walking tour though for a small group of 8 persons, to share experiences, energies and thoughts.
The wild and untarnished nature; the excellent local gastronomy and its great wine, the slow rhythm of people in Alentejo; the activity in close contact with nature and the low environmental impact: the base ingredients for this trip, pure wellbeing for the body and soul.

The path along the "fisherman's trail" is characterized by the constant presence of the Atlantic Ocean. Its constant sweet sound accompanies you kilometre by kilometre, every day, regenerating our mind, renewing our energy and positive thoughts.
An intense tour, walking, through the high Portuguese cliffs, of about 75km, divided into 4 stages. Starting in the characteristic Porto Covo, a small fisherman's village, where life goes by slowly. Walk through the amazing location of Vila Nova de Milfontes (called the princess of Alentejo) traversed by the Mira river; continue through Almograve and Zambujeira do Mar, and arrive at the stage to Odeceixe.
An amazing experience, physically demanding but accessible to almost every walker. The tour never has more than 20km per day; however, in many places, we walk through the dunes and the sand makes the path a bit more tiring.
The landscape around it is so gorgeous that it repairs any physical effort, filling our hearts with energy and our minds with indelible memories. IT IS WORTH YOUR WHILE.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Lisbon and Private transfer to Porto Covo
Check-in at the hotel and initial briefing.
The first impact of the national park of Rota Vicentina comes from the viewpoint of Porto Covo. From here you can immediately perceive the jagged coast where the Atlantic Ocean waves are constantly breaking. Numerous small wild beaches follow one another - you can access them via dirt tracks or staircases. On the low tide, you make take part of the way through the beach, walk barefoot, and be occasionally surprised by the cool ocean waves reaching the shore.
Today we get familiarized with the environment of the Rota Vicentina, immediately perceiving the slow and relaxed lifestyle of the locals... you're on holiday!! Enjoy the town and rest well, because tomorrow we'll depart!!!
Overnight in the hotel and free dinner at Porto Covo
(during the entire trip there is a luggage transfer from one stage to the next... we'll travel light!)
Day 02
The track begins!
Transfer from Porto Covo to Praia de Aivados
The walking route foresees: Praia de Aivados | Vila Nova de Milfontes (12km / 7.5 mi)

Today's route starts at the port in Porto Covo, and we'll walk directly on the infinite natural beach, only inhabited by seagulls. In front of us, the view to the gorgeous Ilha do Pessegueiro will accompany us for a while. Fortress remains, vast areas of dunes, the beaches of Alvados and Malhão are only some of the interest points of this first part of the way, before arriving at the splendid Vila Nova de Milfontes, the princess of Alentejo!
Time to know this lively and picturesque town with a unique atmosphere, and enjoy its beach, where the river meets the ocean. There are also many places and shops to visit.
Those who want it can conclude the day with a yoga lesson overlooking the Mora river, or with a nice relaxing massage!
Overnight at Vila Nova de Milfontes. Free dinner.
Day 03
Walking Route 2: Vila Nova de Milfontes | Almograve (15 km / 9 mi)
We start the journey by crossing the Mira River by boat and enjoying the breathtaking view of the mouth of the river that meets the ocean here in Vila Nova de Milfontes. It's a brief and accessible hiking day, that allows us to fill our souls with amazing panoramic views and to take so much beauty into our hearts. We'll walk in front of the fields where the grass for football fields is grown and we'll walk along the steep coast, coloured by Mediterranean flora.
During the way, I'll tell you some curiosities about this area and show you various species of plants.
The wild coast, sea breeze, the blue of the ocean that blends with the blue of the sky, will be our companions through this journey,
Arriving at Almograve, you'll have free time to relax on the beach and, for those who wish so, there is the possibility of organizing a tasting of the famous local liqueur: medronho liqueur.
Free dinner. If you like, we can organize a good Portuguese barbeque (mixed grilled meats; possibility of a vegetarian option).
Overnight at Almograve
Day 04
Walking Route 3: Cavaleiro| Zambujeira do Mar (14 km / 8.5 mi)
Transfer from Almograve to Praia do Cavaleiro (Cabo Sardão)
In today's route, we'll admire the particular lighthouse of Cabo Sardão, whose door is built in reverse! This part of the coast has the highest cliffs, and it's here that several birds best, including white storks. We'll see several storks and then nests... bird watchers get ready to rejoice!
The track is long but easy and almost completely flat; it never leaves the ocean and arrives at the characteristic fishing port of Entrada das Barcas. From here, we'll continue to the town of Zambujeira do Mar.
Free time to relax and go to the beach.
Overnight at Zambujeira do Mar. Free dinner.
Day 05
Walking Route 4: Praia do Carvalhal | Odeceixe (18km / 7.5 mi)
Transfer from Zambujeira do Mar to Praia do Carvalhal
Today's route is what's called an end in beauty. It will remain in your heart.
We'll cross the most beautiful beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and the spectacular beach of Amália, the famous fado singer, who here found her inspiration!
Along the trail, we'll also find a place with zebras and antelopes...but I won't tell you more!
We'll reach Azenha do Mar and continue until Ponta em Branco, where you'll be amazed by the best view in Rota Vicentina!
Before arriving at the beach at Odeceixe, a nice adventure awaits you!
After enjoying Odeceixe beach, a private van will transfer you from Odeceixe to Aljezur
Free dinner (option of dining at the hotel)
Day 06
Free day at Alzejur
The last day is dedicated to well-deserved relaxation! A free day where you can do what you prefer. These are the options: you can relax in the beautiful pool at our hotel; try a surf lesson or have a horseback ride in the woods, and if you are not yet satisfied with nature walks you can make a circular track that allows you to reach the surfer's beach.
At the end of the day, a visit to Aljezur and a breathtaking sunset view over the ocean will be our way of ending our unforgettable holidays in beauty!
Free dinner and overnight.
Day 07
Check-out and transfer to Lisbon (included)
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Dates & Prices

17-23 September 2022

From 5 to 8 pax

Prices: starting from 995/pax
Single supplement: 210€

More Information

Private transfer of the group to and from the airport of Lisboa
6 nights with breakfast included in carefully selected hotels and lodgings. Twin room with private bathroom.
Luggage and local transfers through the entire tour.
Lunch boxes in walking days
Italian guide (English-speaking)  through the entire tour.
24-hour assistance.
Personal travel insurance
Ticket for the boat crossing of the Mira River.

Available additional experiences and activities

Surf - there are surf schools that offer individual and group lessons for both children and adults and to all levels of expertise, from beginner to expert. It is possible to rent equipment on site.
Stand up paddle - possible to do in the ocean or in the Mira River.
Canoeing along the Mira River
Alentejo wine and typical liqueur tasting
Horseback ride
Relaxing massage

Not Included
Lunches and dinners (possibility of a lunch box with a cost of 10€ per day per person). For dinners, the guide always recommends places to go, all within walking distance and close to the hotels.
Other personal expenses
All items not mentioned in “included”

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