8 Day- Self Guided

Includes:

· 7 nights Bed and Breakfast (charming lodging)
· 6 picnic lunches
· Luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation
· Personal accident insurance
· Map 1 : 55 000 and GPS files GPX/KMZ
· Transfer to start and end of the tracks when necessary
· Transfer from Lisbon or Faro airport to Porto Côvo (private bus)
· Transfer from Aljezur to Lisbon or Faro airport (Train)

Recommended Season: September till June
Cost: €775pps, (Single Supplement €290)

Optional Extras:
• Dinner available on days 5, 6, and 7 – €27.50 pp
• GPS Rental
• Extra night accommodation in either Lisbon or Faro.

Deposit of just 25% required when booking.

Fishermen’s Trail – Portugal

Rota Vicentina: – Fishermen’s Trail
Tour Description

The Rota Vicentina sits on the south west of Portugal just below Lisbon starting in the Portuguese regionRota Vicentina of Alentejo. It is a long distance walk with choice along the coast line called the Fishermen’s Trail or slightly in land called the Historical Way. Both trails are broken up into suitable walking stages. This part of Portugal is beautiful with wonderful cliff walks and sandy beaches and dunes to small hills passing by little villages as you walk. The trail has been developed over the past few years by the communities and associations and is a wonderful place to explore.

On this 8 day Itinerary you will experience the highlights of Rota Vicentina or the Fishermen’s trails. You will walk small sandy tracks overlooking the Wild Atlantic with wonderful sunsets in the evenings with then explore some of the rivers and hills among the inland of Alentejo.

The accommodation is some of the best along the trail using small local farmhouses offering great food and even some swimming pools and unique converted accommodations to help you relax after your days walk.

The food in Portugal and in this area is excellent with very fresh local produce and of course a wide variety of fish dishes.

Don’t worry about booking accommodations or getting transfers, because everything is taken care of for you. Just relax, enjoy the way and rest at cozy rural tourism accommodations where you’ll stay overnight and be warmly welcomed.

“Rota Vicentina is a community project, from local people to the world, sustained by the efforts of all partners that have in common the love for this region and the aim for its sustainable development.

Itinerary

Day 1Transfer –Porto Côvo
Reception of the participants.
Transfer from Lisbon or Faro Airport

Accommodation: Hotel Porto Covo

Day 2 – Walking from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes
This is the beach section, where you will walk along the vast sand dunes area of Ilha do
Pessegueiro, Aivados and Malhão beaches and discover small deserted coves that will surprise
you. It is a tiring walking day though, given its extension and the constant sandy terrain.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 20 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 7 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 167 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 149 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 51 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 1 M
Accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes
http://www.casadoadro.com.pt

Day 3 – Walking from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve
This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the overwhelming views over Vila Nova de Milfontes
and the Mira river that meets the ocean here. It is a short and accessible hiking day so that you
may enjoy the area to its fullest extent.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
DISTANCE: 15 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 88 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 116 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 53 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 0 M

Accommodation in Vila Nova Milfontes
http://www.casadoadro.com.pt/

Day 4 – Walking from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar
Small fishing harbours, reddish sand dunes, the scent of pine tree forests and the sight, seen
nowhere else in the world, of storks nesting on the cliffs make this walk a true balm for your
senses.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
DISTANCE: 22 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 7 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 203 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 193 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 90 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 4 M
Accommodation in Zambujeira do Mar
http://www.alpenduradas.com/pt/

Day 5 – Walking from Zambujeira do Mar to Brejão/Odeceixe
You will be passing the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and Amália on the way to
Azenha do Mar, where you will find a natural fishing harbour. To top it all enjoy one of the
most outstanding views in the entire territory: Odeceixe beach seen from the majestic Ponta
em Branco.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 18 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 7 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 263 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 283 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 74 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 1 M
Accommodation in Brejão/Odeceixe
http://www.cerrodafontinha.com/homepage-en/

Day 6 – Walking from Odeceixe to Rogil
This section takes you along the streets of Odeceixe village, through the foodplains of Seixe
River, the scrublands along the dunes and the farmed fields, where each season’s traditional
products are still patiently grown as in older times.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
DISTANCE: 14,5 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 4.5 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 362 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 281 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 89 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 2 M
Accommodation in Brejão/Odeceixe
http://www.cerrodafontinha.com/homepage-en/

Day 7 – Odeceixe to Aljezur
This walk through the coastal upland crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes,
maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
DISTANCE: 19.5 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 6 HOURS
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 305 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 312 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 132 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 8 M
Accommodation in Aljezur
http://www.vicentinahotel.com/hotel-overview.html

Day 8 – Transfer from Aljezur to Lisbon or Faro (Taxi + train)
Transfer by train

What to Bring

Here is a short list of extras you will need to bring along for this walking holiday.

The weather is Portugal between September and June is ideal for walking.

  • Hill walking Boots / shoes
  • Walking Trousers ( Not Jeans)
  • Walking Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sun Glasses
  • Waterproofs (Just in Case)
  • Socks Leggings
  • Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
  • Sun Cream
  • Insect Repellent

Travel Insurance:

Please make sure that you have suitable travel insurance for this trip.

FAQ
About the walks and fitness levels:

The walks on this tour are generally of a moderate level with the option on most days to shorten the walk.

The Accommodation:

We choose our accommodation very carefully and use a mix of quality Guest houses.

The accommodation providers are well used to us bringing them guests after a days walk and know that they somewhere comfortable to relax and freshen up. With notice they can also extend or shorten your walk for the day.

Food:

Breakfasts in the accommodations are excellent and included. There is a wide selection to choose from including fruit, cereals, juices etc.

Lunches for the walks: Your lunch for your walks are provided by your accommodation.

Evening Meals : The accommodation can provide an evening meal for you on notice or suggest a restaurant close by.

IMPORTANT  INFORMATION FOR THE TRAVELER.

INSURANCE:
It is condition of booking with us that you are adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of your trip.

GETTING THERE:

The region is situated between Lisbon and the Algarve and is served by Lisbon and Faro airports.

You can get to the main locations of the South West by car, bus and train.
By Plane: The region is served by Lisbon and Faro airports. Lisbon Airport is ideal for getting to the northern part of the region and Faro airport is ideal for the southern area. However the transportation options and the accessibility from Lisbon are more flexible and comprehensive.

It is possible to fly to Lisbon and Faro from the major European capitals.

By Bus: Tickets can be bought online or in the Bus station.

From Lisbon
You are picked up Hilltoptreks Staff in Lisbon.

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