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Rota Vicentina Portugal Walking Tour

Duration 13 days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

Rota Vicentina, and its Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, wraps around the Algarve’s coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and into Alentejo. The coast, characterized by its rugged rocks, sea stacks and sand stratified cliff faces caused by centuries of erosion is perfect for long walks.

The Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in South-West Portugal, totalling 400 km of walking tracks, along the most beautiful and best-preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Come and join A2Z in discovering the fishermen's trail of Rota Vicentina.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Lisbon
This day will take you to some Highlights of the picturesque city of Lisboa.
In the early morning, you will have time visit to downtown Lisbon. Visit some of its most important monuments, such as the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, and enjoy the famous “pastéis de belém”. 
You can get the train from Lisbon to the station of Funcheira, then get a transfer from station of Funcheira to Cercal do Alentejo. There is also buses that go directly from Lisboa to Cercal do Alentejo.
(optional). Transfer from Lisboa to Cercal do Alentejo
Briefing with a member of our team in the Hotel in Cercal do Alentejo.
Overnight in Cercal do Alentejo.
Day 02
Walking Route 1: Cercal do Alentejo | Porto Covo (16.5 km | 10 mi) 
Start your journey in Cercal do Alentejo and cross different environments, namely a cork oak forest, until you arrive to the coast, where you´ll be able to visit the tiny Porto Covo, a traditional Portuguese fishing village.
Overnight in Porto Covo.
Day 03
Walking Route 2: Porto Covo | Vila Nova de Milfontes (20 km | 12 mi)
Your journey starts in a beach section, where you will walk along the vast dunes area of Ilha do Pessegueiro, Aivados and Malhão beaches.
Overnight in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes.
Day 04
Walking Route 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes | Almograve (15 km | 9 mi)
This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the overwhelming views over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Mira River, which meets the ocean here. It is a short and accessible hiking day so that you may enjoy the area to its fullest extent. Crossing the bridge over the river in Vila Nova de Milfontes provides stunning views of the river’s mouth.
There are stretches along this part of the coast where native vegetation displays all its diversity and other areas where it has been destroyed and wiped out by a very aggressive exotic plant – the Acacia.
Overnight in Almograve.
Day 05
Walking Route 4: Almograve | Zambujeira do Mar (22 km | 13 mi)
The high cliffs you will see during this part of the journey, despite being exposed to constant salty ocean winds, are the nesting site for over twenty species of birds! These include Jackdaw, Shag, Common Kestrel, “pure” Rock 
Dove, White Stork, Peregrine Falcon and Black Redstart.
If you look carefully along this coastal stretch it is easy to see evidence of past climate change written in the rocks.
Overnight in Zambujeira do Mar.
Day 06
Walking Route 5: Zambujeira do Mar | Odeceixe (18 km | 11 mi)
The journey for this day is outstanding as you will be passing the beautiful and pristine beaches such as Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados, and Amália on the way to Azenha do Mar, where you will find a natural fishing harbour.
Overnight in Odeceixe.
Day 07
Free Day
Time to rest and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Odeceixe.
Overnight in Odeceixe.
Day 08
Walking Route 6: Odeceixe | Aljezur (22 km | 14 mi)
Today you will be walking along Mira’s watering channel, fed by the waters of Santa Clara’s dam. You can see for miles around you, with the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west. You’ll have a choice between two complementary circuits that will take you to the coastal cliffs and allow you to get to know Odeceixe and Amoreira beaches.
Overnight in Aljezur.
Day 09
Walking Route 7: Aljezur - Ponta da Atalaia circuit - Arrifana (20 km | 13 mi)
Today you will cross scented valleys and small farms as you approach the coast, already guessing where the route will take you in the following days.
The exit from the village allows you to admire the valley of the Aljezur river, which extends to the Amoreira beach and to imagine what it would have been like in Aljezur in the 15th century.
You will pass by an extension of the Fishermen’s Trail, the Ponta da Atalaia circuit, and pass by the beach of Monte Clérigo and the mythical Ponta da Atalaia. In a place marked by the strength of legends and the time of the Portuguese conquest of the Moors, this walk is a real trip back in time.
Overnight at Arrifana.
Day 10
Walking Route 8: Arrifana - Carrapateira (24 km | 15mi)
In this section, you will accompany the Historical Path, with the con­stant and simultaneous presence of the hills and the sea, pristine nature and the unique presence of man.
Pedra da Agulha, seen from Canal beach, Vale Figueira’s vast sand stretch, revealed during low tide, and a succession of hills and valleys confirm the most aggressive and inaccessible side of this coastal area. Upon arrival, you will have a privileged view over Bordeira beach’s dunes and the creek that meets the ocean there, in a setting that repeats itself over and over again and characterizes Vicentina Coast’s beaches.
Overnight in Carrapateira village.
Day 11
Walking Route 9: Carrapateira - Vila do Bispo (22 km | 14 mi)
After magnificent views over Bordeira beach, the beauty of pristine valleys, where one can barely feel the human presence, the picturesque villages of Vilarinha and Pedralva, you will be ready to face the strong winds that are expected upon arrival at Vila do Bispo. A section where is possible to experience the essence of the Vicentina Coast. When crossing the forest perimeter of Vila do Bispo, go quietly and use binoculars, because wildlife sightings, especially of birds, are likely.
Overnight in Vila do Bispo.
Day 12
Walking Route 10: Vila do Bispo - Cape of São Vicente - Sagres (19km | 12mi)
You will be walking towards the southwestern tip of Europe. This is a magical place where one can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims. Monumental cliffs, outstanding views over the coastline and a privileged area to watch the natural phenomenon of autumn bird migration.
You will follow an extension of the Fishermen´s trail, the Telheiro Beach Circuit, with monumental cliffs, ravines covered with native vegetation, ancient rock formations and a memorable arrival to Cape St. Vincent by fishermen trails.
Finish your journey through southwest Portugal in an unforgettable way.
Overnight in Sagres.
Day 13
After check-out, you can take a bus to Faro airport.
Private Transfer from Sagres to Faro Airport (optional).
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Dates & Prices

From 1290,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants
Single Supplement: from 415€

This tour is also possible Guided. Ask us for more information.

More Information


12 accommodations with breakfast (based on 2*/3* lodgings or similar)
Luggage transfers between stages - 1 bag per person – up to 20kg/bag;
App on your phone with maps, GPS tracks and descriptions of stages;
Guide Book and Map of Rota Vicentina
Personal Accident Insurance;
24 hours support line

For an upgrade of lodgings, please feel free to contact us!

Optional Extensions Stages

Walking Route 11: Sagres - Salema (19.5 km)
Leave Salema and start you day along the Fisherman's Trail that lead you to pristine beaches long the route, namely Figueira, Zavial, Ingrina, Barranco and Martinhal, and finally the beach of Salema, a small town with a long history as a fishing village, and where you’ll often see fisherman tending to their boats or their nets.
Transfer from Salema to Lagos (25 min)
Overnight in Salema.

Walking Route 12: Salema | Luz | (11.5 km)
On this last day, the trail crosses, in Boca do Rio, a permanent water course, a result of the confluence of several streams. You´ll continue your walk until you reach the beach of Luz, a lovely stretch of fine sand which gently slopes into the usually calm sea, and with gently shelving sands. 
Overnight in Praia da Luz.

Walking Route 13: Luz | Lagos (10.7 km)
On the last section of this great coastal trail, bizarre cliffs of various colours hold the hiker's gaze - shades of ocher, red, gray, white, and black contrast with the bright blueness of the ocean. Our journey ends in the city of Lagos, from where - long before the tourists from all over the world came looking for sun and sand - the Portuguese set sail to discover the world.
Overnight in Lagos.

Not Included

Transfers from and to the airport
Personal Equipment
Travel Insurance
Other personal expenses
Touristic taxes
All items not mentioned in "included"


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