Rota Vicentina: The Wild Algarve

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.2 Read 6 reviews
  • Walk the Rota Vicentina to Cabo Sao Vicente
  • Experience an unspoiled, wilder side of the Algarve
  • Breath in the fresh sea-salt air as you cross wild and rugged beaches
  • Explore the authentic whitewashed villages of Odeceixe and Bordeira
  • Spot varied birdlife abundant in this area such as the Alpine Swift and Peregrine Falcon
Walk the Rota Vicentina to Europe’s most south-westerly point, Cabo Sao Vicente, and discover an unspoiled and wilder side of the Algarve. Starting in the whitewashed fishing village of Odeceixe, follow well-marked trails along rugged clifftop coast paths and through lush green valleys and forests. Explore authentic Portuguese villages steeped in tradition, spot plentiful birdlife nesting on the cliffs and enjoy views over pristine sandy beaches. At the end of each day enjoy overnight stays in charming “casas” and small boutique hotels and feast on delicious freshly caught seafood.

What To Expect

Perfect for those who would like a varied walk exploring a more unspoiled and authentic side of the ever popular Algarve, using both coastal and inland trails. The walking is moderate with a few steep ascents and descents from cliff-top paths 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.

Tour Style:

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

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:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate overall, with the average daily distance being 17km and a couple of longer days of around 20km. You will be walking for between 3 to 7 hours a day on undulating terrain, with some short ascents and descents, and sometimes on quite rugged clifftop paths. We do not recommend this trip for anyone with vertigo due to the fact that some of the clifftop paths have steep drop offs.

Navigation

All trails are well way-marked and you will be provided with a map and route notes. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Accommodations

Stay 1 night in a 4* hotel, and 6 nights in traditional casa-style guesthouses and small hotels with a focus on a personal service and welcome. 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. Lunches and dinners are not included and you can take your pick from some of the restaurants in the villages and towns you will stay in most of which will serve a variety of delicious seafood dishes!

Included
  • 1 Nights accommodation in a 4* hotel, 6 nights in boutique casa-style guesthouses and small hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Airport transfer from Faro Airport to Odeceixe
  • Maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app & info pack
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Faro and from Sagres
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Drinks and snacks
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

When To Go

We offer this tour during the nicest months of the year to walk in the Algarve from 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

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com

Fly: Odeceixe is between Lisbon and Faro Airports and easily accessed from both.  A private transfer is included in the cost of your tour from Faro Airport to Odeceixe.

To reach Odeceixe from Lisbon Airport, you can take a direct bus with  Eva Bus or Rede Expressos which operate twice daily and take 4-5 hours. Alternatively we can arrange a private transfer from Lisbon Airport at a small additional cost.

By Road: Odeceixe is approximately 230km south of Lisbon and a 2hr 45m drive. Or from Faro it is 124km and a 1.5hr drive.

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 also arrange a private transfer to take you from Sagres back to Faro Airport at an additional cost.

Luggage 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 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 Odeceixe Day 2 Walk to Aljezur via Odeceixe Beach 14 miles / 23 km Day 3 Walk to Arrifana 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Walk to Carrapateira 14 miles / 23 km Day 5 Loop Walk from Carrapateira 6 miles / 10 km Day 6 Transfer to Pedralva, walk to Vila do Bispo 12 miles / 20 km Day 7 Walk to Cabo Sao Vicente, transfer to Sagres 9 miles / 14 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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