Fishermen’s Trail – Portugal
Rota Vicentina: – Fishermen’s Trail
The Rota Vicentina sits on the south west of Portugal just below Lisbon starting in the Portuguese region 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 on offer on both 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.
“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.
Day 1: Transfer – Hilltoptreks Staff will pick you up from Lisbon Airport to Vila Nova de Milfontes accommodation.
(Transfers from Faro can also be arranged)
Accommodation: Casa do Adro da Igreja – In a quiet central corner of Milfontes, an old house totally recovered – offers 6 double rooms carefully decorated in a familiar style, wonderful staff and a magnificent homemade breakfast. Wifi available also.
In a quiet corner of Milfontes, Casa do Adro – an old house totally recovered – offers 6 double rooms carefully decorated in a familiar style, and a magnificent homemade breakfast.
Day 2: Transferred to Porto Covo to start walk. Walking from Port Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes (Coastal Walk)
Distance: 20 km, Approx: 5hr
Accumulated climb: 167m, Accumulated descent: 149m
Difficulty level: moderate
Walk Description: This is the beaches 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.
Picked back up from trail.
Accommodation: Herdade da Estacada. Pickup from trail. Herdade da Estacada is a large farm near Cape Sardão, between Zambujeira do Mar and Vila Nova de Milfontes. The living room, with its great views, is an invitation to read a magazine, listen to good music or just chat all night long.
Day 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve (Coastal Walk)
Distance: 15 km, Approx: 5hr
Accumulated climb: 88m Accumulated descent: 116m
Difficulty level: Somewhat Difficult
Walk Description: 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.
Picked up from trail.
Accommodation: Herdade da Estacada.
Day 4: Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar (Coastal Walk)
Distance: 22km, Approx: 6 h
Accumulated climb: 203m Accumulated descent: 193m
Difficulty level: Somewhat Difficult
Walk Description: Transfer to the trail. The high Cliffs on this section are the nesting site for over twenty species of bird! These include Jackdaw, Shag, Common Kestrel, “pure” Rock Dove, White Stork, Peregrine Falcon and Black Redstart.
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.
Pickup from trail.
Accommodation: Quinta do Chocalhinho – Complete with central heating and TV, swimming Pool, wifi, the rooms are very comfortable, with central heating and the suites spacious, all with providing one double room, living room with kitchenette and mezzanine bedroom with twin beds. The breakfast is composed by regional products, and the biological kitchen-garden of this agrotourism is appreciated by all.
Day 5: S. Luís to Odemira – (Inland Walk)
Distance: 25km, Approx: 8hr (You can shorten this by request)
Accumulated climb: 274m, accumulated descent: 436m
Difficulty level: Somewhat difficult
Walk Description: This is the water sectio n, where a different, green and vibrant Alentejo reveals itself before your eyes, with refreshing water streams and ponds – Ribeira do Torgal being the protagonist – where forests of valuable species such as ash, willow and alder trees covering the water streams banks abound.
Accommodation: Quinta do Chocalhinho.
Day 6: Odemira to S. Teotónio (Inland Walk)
Distance: 19km, Approx: 6hr
Accumulated climb: 343m, Accumulated descent: 167m
Difficulty level: Easy
Walk Description: In one of Rota Vicentina’s most accessible sections, given the nature of the track – always wide and with mild ascents and descents – you’ll walk with rivers Mira and S. Teotónio for company, getting in close contact with the beauty of the inland area of this municipality, between the hills and the sea. Pickup from trail.
Accommodation: Cerro da Fontinha – Located in the village of Brejão, this Rural Tourism offers 6 country houses, all well equipped. In a landscape of vast horizons with the Monchique mountain on the east and the sea to the west, the decoration follows a rustic style in harmony with the materials used in the region.
Day 7: Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe (Coastal Walk)
Distance: 18km, Approx: 7hr
Accumulated climb: 263m, Accumulated descent: 283m
Difficulty level: Somewhat Difficult
Walk Description: Transfer to the trail. 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 majestic Ponta Branca.
Accommodation: Cerro da Fontinha – Pickup from trail.
Use of mountain bikes, daily cleaning, self-service laundry. Fishing rods, boats for the lake. Wifi.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Train station to reach Faro or Lisbon Airport.
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
- Sun Glasses
- Waterproofs (Just in Case)
- Socks Leggings
- Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
- Sun Cream
- Insect Repellent
Please make sure that you have suitable travel insurance for this trip.
The walks on this tour are generally of a moderate level with the option on most days to shorten the walk.
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.
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. You can also select to have your evening meals as part of the Package.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE TRAVELER.
It is condition of booking with us that you are adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of your trip.
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.
You are picked up Hilltoptreks Staff in Lisbon.