The Best of the Rota Vicentina

Combining both our Rota Vicentina: Wild Algarve and Rota Vicentina: Fishermen trail tour brings you almost 2 weeks worth of walking down a 100 mile stretch of rugged Atlantic coastline. 

The Rota Vicentina trail is voted in the top 6 most beautiful coastal trails in the world and it's easy to see why...quiet sandy trails that are anchored by honey-coloured cliffs, deserted beaches and hidden sandy coves that are all mainly only accessible on foot. Walking along the south-west coast of Portugal really lets you discover and see "real" Portugal.

Stay overnight in forgotten Portuguese fishing villages with a laid back vibe. Spot white storks nesting on jaggy 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 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

From Vila Nova de Milfontes you must cross the River Mira, and then continue hugging the coast atop cliffs and through sand-dunes to reach Almograve.

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

The cliffs are higher, the sand dunes wider and the coastal views as impressive as ever, as you continue heading south from Almograve to Zambujeira ...

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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 to Aljezur
Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.8 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 186 m
Descent 175 m

A gentle walk out along the River Seixe brings you to the breathtaking Odeceixe beach and its wild Atlantic waves. From here the path follows the ...

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Hiking route · Portugal
Aljezur to Arrifana
Difficulty moderate
Distance 18 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 314 m
Descent 259 m

Leaving Aljezur, the route heads out through countryside and woodland along the Amoreira Valley. Picking up the Fishermen’s Trail the path goes ...

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Hiking route · Algarve
Arrifana to Carrapateira
Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.3 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 377 m
Descent 443 m

Leaving Arrifana the route crosses through wood and heath land before arriving at the coast for splendid views of the beach of Vale Figueiras.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Loop Walk from Carrapateira
Difficulty easy
Distance 10.2 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 99 m
Descent 99 m

Leaving Carrapateira the Fishermen’s Trail heads out the sand dunes and wide expanse of Bordeira beach before rounding the rugged headland of the ...

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Hiking route · Algarve
Pedralva to Vila do Bispo
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.2 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 509 m
Descent 469 m

Leaving the sleepy village of Pedralva the route meanders gently through the countryside before descending to the coast and the remote sandy beach ...

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 85 m
Descent 149 m

A gentle walk out of Vila do Bispo leads onto heathland and near to the viewpoint at Torre de Aspa. From here the route turns south along the ...

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