Rota Vicentina / The Fishermen’s Trail (classic version)
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.
Duration8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
What is included7 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 includedAirport transfers (unless requested), drinks and other meals.
Best periodFebruary, March, April, May, June, mid-September, October, November
Day 1. Arrival at the Alentejo village São Luís
Day 2. Sao Luis - Serra do Penedo - Cercal do Alentejo (21km, 6,30-7hrs, +465m/-470m)
Day 3. Cercal do Alentejo - Porto Covo das Bandeiras (18km, 4,30-5hrs, +200m/-310m)
Day 4. Porto Covo das Bandeiras - Vila Nova de Milfontes (20km, 6-7hrs, +170m/-150m)
Day 5. Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve (16km, 4-5hrs, +100m/-120m)
Day 6. Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar (21km, 6-7hrs, +210m/-200m)
Day 7. Zambujeira do Mar - Odeceixe (18km, 5-6hrs, +270m/-290m)
Day 8. Departure day