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Best of the Rota Vicentina

12 Days & 11 Nights 4.8 Read 8 reviews
  • Walk from Alentejo to the Algarve on Portugal's famous Rota Vicentina
  • Combine the best sections of the coastal Fishermen's Trail and inland Historical Way
  • Be the first to lay your footprints on deserted golden beaches
  • Eat grilled fish with a glass of "vinho" in authentic Portuguese villages
  • Overnight stays in traditional casa-style guesthouses
Walk the best of the Rota Vicentina starting in the bewitching Alentejo region and finishing in Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe's most south-westerly point. Combining the Fishermen's Trail coastal routes in the Alentejo with a couple of interesting inland sections to unspoiled Portuguese villages in the Algarve, we have selected the best sections of the network of walking trails which make up the Rota Vicentina. Spot plentiful birdlife nesting on the cliffs, walk over pristine sandy beaches and at the end of the day overnight in charming "casas" and small boutique hotels.

What To Expect

Perfect if you have a couple of weeks available and want to experience both the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal, this is a varied walk using both coastal and inland trails. The walking is moderate with a few steep ascents and descents from cliff-top paths as well as a few tiring sections walking along sand, although the sea views make up for the effort! Stay in a mix of boutique B&B’s and casa-style guesthouses offering warm Portuguese hospitality.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall with the average daily distance being 19km. You will be walking for between 3 to 7 hours a day on undulating terrain and rugged clifftop paths, with some short ascents and descents, and often on sand which does make the walking quite tiring at times. There are a couple of days which would be closer to a strenuous grade due to the fact that you are either walking on some exposed terrain and/or long sections of sand, or that the days are longer. This is applicable on Day 2 - Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes, where the terrain is quite difficult including lots of beach walking, and on Day 4 - Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar, which is a long day. We do not recommend this trip for anyone with vertigo since many of the clifftop paths have steep drop-offs.

Navigation

This route is very well waymarked. Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost. 

You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.

Accommodation Information

Stay in predominately traditional casa-style guesthouses along with a mixture of 3* & 4* hotels. Below is an example of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfasts are included each day. Packed lunch items can be bought locally from markets or cafes. We include 1 dinner on the night in Touril as it is a little distance away from local restaurants. On other evenings,  dinner can be purchased in each town with many restaurants serving delicious seafood dishes!

Included
  • Overnights in casa-style guesthouses and boutique hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner (in Touril)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Porto Covo and from Sagres
  • Lunches
  • Dinners (apart from in Touril)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk
  • Airport Transfers

When To Go

We offer this tour during the nicest months of the year to walk March to June, and then from September to November. We do not offer this tour in July and August due to high temperatures making it too hot for enjoyable walking then. If you walk in the springtime you can expect to see the inland areas covered with wildflowers and enjoy pleasant temperatures. The autumn months of September to November are also very mild. For keen birdwatchers, the autumn migration period from late August to mid-November brings lots of seabirds. For nesting birds such as the Alpine Swift visit during the spring.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Porto Covo is easily reached from Lisbon Airport. From Lisbon, take a bus into the city centre, and then another bus to Porto Covo (journey time 2.5hrs, up to 8 daily services, operated by www.rede-expressos.pt).

Private Transfers: We can arrange a private taxi transfer from Lisbon or Faro airport for you at an additional cost. 

Getting from the End

By Air: The closest airport to Sagres is Faro. To get to the airport from Sagres, take the bus to Lagos with Eva Bus (1h, operates hourly) and then another bus to Faro with Eva Bus (2h). From the centre of Faro shuttle buses operate to the airport (15min).

Private Transfers: We can arrange a private transfer to take you from Sagres back to Faro Airport at an additional cost.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The reviews for this tour up until December 2019, are based on a previous itinerary. As of December 2019, minor changes and improvements have been made including getting the routes all checked and route notes re-written. 

At Macs Adventure we care about the environment! We’re taking action to minimize the impact we have by converting the majority of all our tour documentation for online delivery. On this tour all your detailed tour information will be digitally delivered. You will have access to this documentation via “My Account” on our website.

Equipment

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Porto Covo Day 2 Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes 12 miles / 19.5 km Day 3 Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve/Longueira 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 4 Almograve/Longueira to Zambujeira do Mar/Touril 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 5 Zambujeira do Mar/Touril to Odeceixe 11.4 miles / 18.3 km Day 6 Odeceixe to Aljezur (via Odeceixe Beach) 14 miles / 23 km Day 7 Aljezur to Arrifana 11 miles / 18 km Day 8 Arrifana to Carrapateira 14 miles / 23 km Day 9 Loop walk from Carrapateira 6 miles / 10 km Day 10 Transfer to Pedralva, walk to Vila do Bispo 12 miles / 20 km Day 11 Walk to Cabo Sao Vicente, transfer to Sagres 9 miles / 14 km Day 12 Onward Travel

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