Fishermen’s & Historical Way / Rota Vicentina

€565 per person
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Portugal’s Rota Vicentina (or Fishermen’s Way) is one of the most famous long-distance self-guided hiking trails in Europe. It is an exciting coastal trail along beautiful cliffs and dunes which can only be followed on foot. Enjoy the wild seaside natural landscape as the ocean winds encourage you to advance from one charming village to the next. You will walk through beautiful beaches, climb the neighboring cliffs and enjoy magnificent views. As this is a coastal trail, some sections depend on the tide levels, so you might have to spend some time walking inland. Your overnights will be in various family-owned guest houses and small hotels where you will experience the hospitality of the locals first-hand.

The below itinerary includes a part of the so called Historical Way (still a part of the Rota Vicentina, but going slightly inland), while most of it follows later on the Fishermen’s Way along the coast.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights bed and breakfast (en-suite rooms), 6 simple packed lunches + 1.5 l of water each walking day, luggage transfers, emergency support phone line, 4x4 emergency support vehicle, walk information pack, obligatory personal accident insurance.
  • What is not included
    Airport transfers (unless requested), drinks and other meals.
  • Best period
    February, March, April, May, June, mid-September, October, mid-November
Day 1. Arrival at the Alentejo village São Luís
We recommend arrival at the Lisbon or Faro airports. Your first overnight will be in a rural guesthouse near the Alentejo village of Sao Luis. Relax and enjoy the wonderful views of Alentejo Montado from your terrace.
Day 2. Sao Luis - Serra do Penedo - Cercal do Alentejo (21km, 6,30-7hrs, +465m/-470m)
A representative of our local partners will greet you at your guest house after breakfast and answer any questions you might have about your independent walking tour. Then, they will transfer you to the starting point of your first walk along the section of the Historical Way from Sao Luis to Cercal. Walk from the church of Sao Luis to the top of Serra do Penedo and enjoy some breathtaking views over the village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, the playful Mira River and the surrounding plains. Continue north towards the Rocha de Agua d'Alte waterfall (17m), the highest in southern Portugal. After a short spot for pictures, continue through the abandoned Rosalgar mines, home to a number of bat colonies until you reach the chapel of Fonte Santa de Cima. Gradually descend to Cercal do Alentejo where your next overnight will be.
Day 3. Cercal do Alentejo - Porto Covo das Bandeiras (18km, 4,30-5hrs, +200m/-310m)
Today you will follow the self-guided hiking route stage connecting the Historical Way to the Fishermen's Trail. Follow the trail from the wooded areas of the Serra do Cercal and descend through the farmland on the coastal highland. You will pass close to the Forte da Ilha de Dentro until you reach the Porto Covo village square - Praca Marques de Pombal.
Day 4. Porto Covo das Bandeiras - Vila Nova de Milfontes (20km, 6-7hrs, +170m/-150m)
Porto Covo is the northernmost point of the Fishermen's Trail. Today you start following the trail south to Vila Nova de Milfontes. The terrain is relatively strenuous as you will be walking on loose sand. You will reach the Forte da Ilha de Dentro overlooking the island of Pessegueiro along the beach. Then follow the path through the dunes behind the marvelous surf beaches Aivados and Malhгo until you get to the cliff tops, a favorite spot for sea anglers. Tha last highlight is the small fishing port of Vila Nova de Milfontes' before you reach the historic center of the village passing the Forte Clemente and reaching your accommodation.
Day 5. Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve (16km, 4-5hrs, +100m/-120m)
Today's section of the independent walking route is relatively easy. You will follow the Fishermen's Trail along the coast and through pine forests, sand dunes and cliff tops with beautiful panoramas. Enjoy the magnificent view of Vila Nova de Milfontes from the famous Furnas beach. You will walk along more secluded beaches until you reach the small village of Almograve where your next overnight will be.
Day 6. Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar (21km, 6-7hrs, +210m/-200m)
Head south from Almograve walking above the beach and make a short detour to the charming fishing harbor, Lapa das Pombas. Follow the trail along cliffs offering spectacular views of the surrounding dunes. It is quite common to spot storks nesting on the neighboring cliffs along the route. You will pass the village of Cavaleiro and the historic lighthouse of Cabo Sardгo. This section of the trail ends in Zambujeira do Mar where your next overnight will be.
Day 7. Zambujeira do Mar - Odeceixe (18km, 5-6hrs, +270m/-290m)
The last day of your self-guided hiking route is spent along a beautiful coastal path leading into Carvalhal bay through cliffs and above sandy beaches. Continue through the dunes and pass farmland and woodland to the Praia da Amalia. On this spot, the stream cascades down onto the beach which is a truly marvelous sight. Enjoy some seafood at Azenha do Mar before you continue towards the Ceixe river estuary and finally to Odeceixe.
Day 8. Departure day
Your tour and our services end after breakfast.


565 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (01/02-20/05; 01/10-15/11)
605 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (21/05-30/06; 12-30/09)
*Triple rooms available upon request
** The higher price band applies to stays during 26 March – 7 April Easter holidays
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement:
160 Euro (01/02-20/05; 01/10-15/11)
190 Euro (21/05-30/06; 12-30/09)
Solo traveler supplement:
310 Euro (01/02-20/05; 01/10-15/11) (incl. sgl. room supplement)
340 Euro (21/05-30/06; 12-30/09)(incl. sgl. room supplement)
* The higher price band applies to stays during 26 March – 7 April Easter holidays
Daily departures between February and the end of June, and then from mid-September on to mid-November (summer months of July and August can be extremely hot, making the walking rather uncomfortable, and the coastline can get quite crowded with tourists). April and May are especially beautiful for flowers. In case of bad weather conditions you can use the luggage transfer vehicle to get to your next accommodation.
Family-run pensions and guesthouses with en-suite rooms; breakfast and simple lunchpacks are included;

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