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Walking Rota Vicentina North Fishermen's Trail

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  • Holiday code
    W06RT
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $2225per person, tour only
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, coastal routes
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Mr Poulter says...
This is a lovely walk and well waymarked, however the description fails to mention that a lot of the walking in on soft sand so the distances and ...
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Portugal: The Algarve

Walking Rota Vicentina North Fishermen's Trail

  • Follow the Rota Vicentina walking path from Cercal to Zambujeira do Mar
  • Dramatic cliffs and unspoilt beaches of Vicentina Coast Natural Park
  • Ancient Roman ports, fishermen's villages, delicious seafood cuisine

Rota Vicentina is spreading throughout the magnificent region of the Alentejo and Vicentine coast and the coastal trails are truly breath-taking.

The Fishermen's Trail (which is part of Rota Vicentina) travels along the trails used by the locals to access the beaches and fishing grounds. It is a single track, along the cliffs and is an exclusively pedestrian trail.

Along the way, you can fully enjoy the landscape and appreciate the surprises nature has to offer, such as wild flowers, the aroma of herbs in the cool of the morning and the colourful butterflies. Take the opportunity to observe otters, that are almost never found in marine environments, or storks that nest here on the coastal cliffs, like nowhere else in the world.

Taste the delicious regional cuisine, seafood, fresh fish and the appetising dishes. In the Alentejo, a meal starts with a variety of appetizers. Cured ham, or Presunto de Barrancos, are local delicacies, and goat and sheep cheeses usually accompany thin slices of cured ham. Olives, whether black or green, harvested from olive groves throughout the Alentejo are a staple.

Other Alentejo specialties include roasted peppers, bread stews and octopus salad flavoured with onion and peppers seasoned in olive oil. On the fish side, there is rich fish stew, fresh crab, grilled fish and octopus.

Enjoy one of the best preserved coastal areas of Europe.



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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrival at Cercal

Arrive in Cercal, a rural town, which the name is coming from the Latin quercalu (meaning oak), due to the large number of such trees in the area. During your stay, do not miss the 17th century charming parish church.
You stay at Casa Azul guest house (Breakfast included)

Day 2: Cercal - Porto Covo 16.5 km / 10 MI / 5 HR

The first part of the route goes through small farms, with hedges, vegetable gardens and orchards. Here, life passes to the rhythm of the sowing. Walk through an arid area, populated with eucalyptus, then arrives in a cork oak forest. Here is a true biodiversity hotspot, there are more than 150 different species of plants that appear along the route! About a quarter of these plants are endemic to the Iberian Peninsula, and some only exist on the southwest coast of Portugal. Along the route, you will also catch the scent of aromatic plants, such as lavender, thyme or rosemary.

Then reach Porto Covo a traditional fishing village.
You stay at Porto Covo Hotel*** (Breakfast included)

Day 3: Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes 20 km / 12.5 MI / 7 HR

Discover unspoilt beaches, further on, sand dunes of Ilha do Pessegueiro and wonderful seascapes. The Ilha do Pessegueiro Beach lies facing the island from which it takes its name. The island show evidences of its long history. This include a fish salting factory dating from the Roman era and which is believed to have given its name to the island (a derivative of the Latin 'piscatorius').

Take the opportunity for a dip in the water on one of these beaches.
You stay at Hotel HS Milfontes*** (Breakfast included)

Day 4: At Vila Nova de Milfontes

Day to relax by the pool or on the beach. Alternatively, stroll in the charming town of Vila Nova de Milfontes.
You stay at the hotel HS Milfontes*** (Breakfast included)

Day 5: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve 15 km / 9.3 MI / 5 HR

Amongst the cliffs and red dunes, is a sanctuary and one of the most appreciated beaches for surfing. Walk through the million-year old dunes and rock. Almograve Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches along this rocky coastline and is part of the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

Discover the more traditional slice of Portuguese coastal life. Follow the Fishermen's Trail with magnificent panorama across the ocean.
You stay at Vicentina Rooms Guest House (Breakfast included)

Day 6: Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar 22 km / 13.5 MI / 7HR

A walk that leads you to the beautiful beach of Almograve with rocky coastline. Then, explore the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar. This village offers an excellent view over the beach and is a small and very peaceful village. The beautiful beaches are one of the main attractions as its natural environment is one of the best preserved of this region.


You stay at Rosa dos Ventos Guest House (Breakfast included)

Day 7: Leave Zambujeira do Mar


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199, use our live webchat or email sales@headwater.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Casa Azul, Cercal

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Located in the heart of Cercal, the Art Nouveau-style Casazul M&B features traditional Alentejo-style décor and offers rooms with a balcony and a swimming pool.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Porto Covo, Porto Covo

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Porto Covo is an eco-friendly hotel in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park . It has an outdoor pool with a poolside bar and a hydromassage, and is a 10-minute walk from the beach.


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Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel HS Milfontes, Vila Nova de Milfontes

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Enjoy the most amazing views of the Mira river bay, the Atlantic and Furnas beach, officially one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders. The hotel offers a swimming pool, a gym, a bar, a restaurant and possibilities of relaxing massages.


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Vicentina Rooms, Almograve

Located in Southwest Alentejo, along the Atlantic coast, Vicentina Rooms by Casas do Alentejo is in the picturesque Almograve village and it sits 550 yards from the sandy Almograve Beach. The simply decorated rooms at Vicentina Rooms include heating, a TV and a refrigerator.


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Rosa dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar

This Andalusian-style hotel in Zambujeira do Mar has a central courtyard with a small fountain that is surrounded by arched walls. All light rooms open out onto this patio with its sun loungers. The modern, simply furnished rooms at Rosa dos Ventos come with a TV, refrigerator and private bathroom. They are painted in soft shades and have colourful touches in the paintings, lamps and cushions. The beaches are situated within 500 metres


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Faro, Faro

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A modern 4 star hotel which boasts a superb location overlooking the fishing harbour and marina, just a short stroll from Faro's historic centre encircled by it's ancient Moorish city walls. There are fantastic views of the Ria Formosa National Park from the hotel's panoramic rooftop restaurant and bar. Other facilities include a small rooftop swimming pool and a fitness centre with sauna.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Rosa dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar

This Andalusian-style hotel in Zambujeira do Mar has a central courtyard with a small fountain that is surrounded by arched walls. All light rooms open out onto this patio with its sun loungers. The modern, simply furnished rooms at Rosa dos Ventos come with a TV, refrigerator and private bathroom. They are painted in soft shades and have colourful touches in the paintings, lamps and cushions. The beaches are situated within 500 metres


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Casa Azul, Cercal

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Located in the heart of Cercal, the Art Nouveau-style Casazul M&B features traditional Alentejo-style décor and offers rooms with a balcony and a swimming pool.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Poulter, 10/03/2023

This is a lovely walk and well waymarked, however the description fails to mention that a lot of the walking in on soft sand so the distances and ascent/descent descriptions are very misleading



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts

Briefing at the start of your holiday

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Solo travellers
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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed by Headwater rep.

Departures
Departure on Saturdays from 9th Dec 2023 to 31st Dec 2024, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Faro airport at 11:35, and back to Faro Aiport at 11:15.

How to book

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' button above.

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To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'Check availability' button below.

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