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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.
Transfer from Funcheira train station to your hotel.
During this tour, you are staying at the hotel HS Milfontes****, located on the main beach avenue in Vila Nova de Milfontes. Enjoy the most amazing views of the Mira river bay, the Atlantic and Furnas beach, officially one of Portugal's Seven Wonders.
Transfer in the morning. Starting from Cercal, 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. Transfer in the afternoon to the hotel.
Walking transfer in the morning. 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.
Day to relax by the pool or on the beach. Alternatively, stroll in the charming town of Vila Nova de Mil Fontes.
Transfer to Almograve. 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.
Transfer to Almograve in the morning. 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.
Transfer to your hotel in the afternoon.
Transfer from your hotel to Funcheira train station
NEARBY: 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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This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Single-centre accommodation in a hotel
Headwater navigation app for your smartphone
Transfers from Funcheira train station to hotel and from Hotel to Funcheira train station
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Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Faro airport at 11:35, and back to Faro Aiport at 11:15.
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