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 coast with superb views of the magnificent cliffs, the sandy Talheiro Beach and Cape St.Vincent, where you finish the walk.
Enjoy a wonderful end to the walk today as you head towards the most south-western point of mainland Europe, Cabo Sao Vicente. Reaching Telheiro Beach and the Cape, enjoy fantastic views of the wild coastline as the wave’s crash below. If travelling in autumn look out for the soaring seabirds that migrate here, including booted eagles, black kites, sparrow hawks and black storks.
Arriving at Cabo Sao Vicente and the iconic lighthouse is a magical experience. Imagine yourself in the shoes of the pilgrims who used to finish their journey here at the burial place of St Vincent. Or in those of the fishermen who would have set sail from here into the unknown. After taking in the views, a transfer will collect you from the Cape and take you to your hotel in the thriving little coastal town of Sagres.
There is a great sense of achievement as you head towards the Cape on today’s walk and the last stage of the Rota Vicentina. Make time to appreciate the stunning coastal views on this walk, as well as looking back inland towards the previous mountain sections. This is coastal walking at its best and this section is undoubtedly one of the most rugged.
Trail finding on this section should be fairly straight forward. The Fishermen’s Trail is clearly way marked by green striped markers on posts and the stone cairns. This is a popular section of the Rota Vicentina and the paths and tracks are prominent.
The only sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic are leaving Vila do Bispo and arriving at the Cape. The few climbs and descents are not steep. The cliffs on this section are high and rugged so be careful near the edges, especially if it is windy.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Cabo de Sao Vicente
This is the most south westerly point on mainland Europe and home to its most powerful lighthouse. It was named after the body of St. Vincent was brought here to protect from invading Moors, and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.
This is a sheltered bay protected by rugged cliffs. This secluded beach with a large sandy strip is rarely busy even at peak times. It is also a site of geological significance as it is one of the largest coastal unconformities in Western Europe.
Food & Drink
There are a number of shops, cafes and bars in Vila do Bispo, where you can stock up with food and drink. Remember to take plenty of fluids, particularly if the weather is hot. There is also a bank, cash machine, post office and pharmacy in the town. This route is quite remote and there are no opportunities for refreshment on the way until you reach the Cape at the end.
This walk is part of the following itineraries:
Sturdy footwear is essential as much of the route follows rough gravel tracks and paths. Walking poles may be desirable especially for the final section over the uneven limestone rocks to the Cape, if preferred. Headgear and sun screen are also advisable as shade is limited on the mountain top. Remember to carry plenty of fluids to rehydrate on the walk. One and a half litres per person is recommended on this stage. Insect repellent should be carried if you are susceptible to bites. While the weather is almost always sunny it is worth taking a waterproof just in case.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.