Portugal : The Algarve

Walking Rota Vicentina North Fishermen's Trail

Trip code: W06RT 4.5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

21.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • 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

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

Terrain

The routes follow waymarked paths and trails, including walking on sand and dirt roads.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

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.

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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.

Day 2: Cercal - Porto Covo (17km/10.6mi)

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.

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You stay at Hotel Porto Covo.

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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.

Day 3: Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes (20km/12.4mi)

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.

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You stay at HS Milfontes.

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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.

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 HS Milfontes.

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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.

Day 5: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve (15km/9.3mi)

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.

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You stay at Vicentina rooms.

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Vicentina Rooms, Almograve

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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.

Day 6: Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar (22km/13.7mi)

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.

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You stay at Rosa dos Ventos.

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Rosa dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar

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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.

Day 7: Leave Zambujeira do Mar

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Casa Azul, Cercal; Rosa dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar; Hotel Faro, Faro.

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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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Rosa dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar

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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.

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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.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $342.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $342.

TRAVEL DETAILS

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

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would happily book another walking holiday.

Brian Edward Cheney, 6 Apr 2024

 

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

Mr Poulter, 10 Mar 2023

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

21.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

6 nights from $2225

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