Wild and rugged beaches along the Fishermen's Trail

Rota Vicentina: The Fishermen's Trail

Part of Portugal’s famous Rota Vicentina, the Fishermen’s Trail follows some of the best preserved coastline in southwestern Europe through the bewitching Alentejo region.

Well-marked paths take you along honey-coloured cliffs, down to deserted beaches and hidden sandy coves, allowing you to discover the ‘real’ Portugal as you visit places only accessible on foot.

Stay overnight in charming Portuguese fishing villages with a laid back vibe. Spot white storks nestling on the rugged cliffs, and at the end of the day enjoy a glass of ‘vinho’ with some freshly caught seafood as you listen to the crashing of the Atlantic waves.

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Viewing format
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 19.4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 54 m
Descent 75 m

Experience a diverse array of coastal landscapes on this section from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes. You’ll walk mostly on energy-sapping ...

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Hiking route · Portugal
Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.3 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 117 m
Descent 103 m

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recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 23 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 166 m
Descent 209 m

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Hiking route · Portugal
Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.3 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 267 m
Descent 288 m

Today’s walk from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe strikes a perfect balance between clambering atop high cliffs and dipping down to meet pristine ...

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Hiking route · Algarve
Odeceixe Loop Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 93 m
Descent 75 m

This loop walk explores Odeceixe’s gorgeous surroundings, walking beside the meandering River Seixe, a man-made irrigation channel, and coastal ...

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