8 days
Duration
3: Moderate
Difficulty grade
Portugal
Location
year-round
Availability

  Wild and unspoiled coastal scenery along Portugal’s Atlantic coastline

  Kick off your walking boots and feel the sand between your toes on pristine, deserted beaches

  Follow the footsteps of Portuguese fishermen along well-marked clifftop trails

  Discover the ‘real’ Portugal as you visit places only accessible by foot

  Wonderful seafood, excellent wines and glorious sunsets over the Atlantic


A spectacular week-long walk along one of the most undisturbed, best-preserved coastlines in all of Europe. You will feel as if you are truly at the outer edge of the continent as you stroll along the ancient fisherman’s trails of Portugal’s little known south-west coast. Well-marked paths take you along dramatic honey-coloured cliffs, across ravines and down to idyllic virgin beaches and deserted sandy coves, washed by the restless Atlantic Ocean.

The Costa Vicentina – Europe’s largest coastal natural park – is an area of incredible biodiversity. The deserted beaches attract egrets and turtles, while Europe’s only marine stork colony nests on the off-shore sea stacks. Late spring is a particularly special time, when the cliff tops are carpeted by a profusion of Mediterranean flowers, as well as aromatic eucalyptus and thyme.

The pace of life here is refreshingly unhurried. You will discover the ‘real’ Portugal as you visit sleepy, whitewashed fishing villages offering a glimpse of a way of life that has remained unchanged for decades. You will enjoy magnificent sunsets over the Atlantic as you relax at the end of your day with a glass of ‘vinho’ and some delicious freshly caught seafood, listening to the crashing of the waves on the shore.

8 DAY TOURFrom €499 per person sharing*
*high season supplement will apply June – October
*A single supplement will apply for solo walkers
ACCOMMODATIONIn very comfortable hotels on a bed & breakfast basis. All hotels are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

Some of the hotels we work with are listed below. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.

You can also book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

AVAILABILITYThis trip is available all year round, with the exception of July and August due to very high summer temperatures making it too hot for enjoyable walking.

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability.

INCLUDED
7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
7 Breakfasts
Luggage transport on days 3, 4, 5 and 6
Transfers according to programme, on days 2, 5 (morning & afternoon), 6 and 7
Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights or travel insurance
Lunches or dinners
Optional taxi transfers to shorten walks
Optional transfer at end of route on day 4
Transfers by public transportation
Transport to first/ from last accommodation

 

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Day 1: Arrive in Zambujeira do Mar

Arrival in the Algarve, at the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar – a small and tranquil fishing village with a beautiful sandy beach set below the cliffs, a good assortment of family-run restaurants and water sports facilities.

Overnight: Zambujeira do Mar

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Day 2: Almograve – Cape Sardao - Zambujeira

Distance: 20.7 km | Ascent: 175 m | 5½ – 6 hrs approx.

After breakfast, a short taxi transfer is arranged to take you to the village of Almograve, where you will start your first day’s walk. You will follow the way-marked “Rota Vicentina” coastal path, via Cavalheiro and Cape Sardao lighthouse, enjoying spectacular views along the cliffs on the way back to Zambujeira de Mar.

Option to shorten the walk by starting from Cavalheiro, instead of Almograve (9km less)

Overnight: Zambujeira do Mar

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Day 3: Zambujeira - Azhena - Odeceixe

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 220 m | 5 – 6 hrs approx.

Today you again follow part of the Rota Vicentina along the coast. Rolling sand dunes alternate with rugged cliffs – keep an eye out for the region’s famous cliff-nesting white storks. Passing by several beaches, by way of the fishing village at Azenha do Mar, before reaching your accommodation in the rural town of Odeceixe.

Overnight: Odeceixe

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Day 4: Odeceixe - Aljezur

Distance: 17.5/20 km | Ascent: maximum 145 m | 5 – 6 hrs approx.

Today you follow the Rota Vicentina inland to the Medieval town of Aljezur. Take in the panoramic view from the old windmill as you leave Odeceixe, before following an irrigation canal as it winds through pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes and then through an open landscape of heather and fragrant shrubs.

The alternative is a coastal route. You can take a detour to Praia Amoreira, spend some time there and then order a taxi (not incl. only 5 km) to Aljezur, a small market town of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, dominated by the ruins of a tenth century Moorish castle. Your hotel has a small swimming pool and is conveniently close to one of the best restaurants in town.

Overnight: Aljezur

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Day 5: Choice of walks from Arrifana

Distance: 15.5/23.7 km | Ascent: 200/325 m | 4½ / 7½ hrs approx.

Today begins with a short transfer to the fishing village of Arrifana. Your choice of walk from here depends on the tides; if tides are low, you can walk along rocky strands and sandy beaches. If water levels are high, you take an alternate route further inland via Bordeira. Afternoon transfer to your accommodation in the tranquil and pretty village of Carrapateira, popular with surfers for its spectacular beaches and crashing waves.

Overnight: Carrapateira

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Day 6: From Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo

Distance: 19 km | Ascent: 400 m | 6 hrs approx.

After a short transfer this morning you continue your walk south towards the charming little town of Vila do Bispo, famed for its seafood. In between you will walk some sections on the coast and others inland, depending on the tides. Near the start of the walk, you’ll have a good chance of spotting local fishermen perched high on the cliffs. Your route ends in historic Vila do Bispo, where you sepnd the night at a lovely hotel with indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Overnight: Vila do Bispo

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Day 7: Cape Sao Vicente

Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 150 m | Descent: xxx m | 4 hrs approx.

Your final walking day takes you through pastures and fields to the southwestern-most point on the European continent. The route is characterised by monumental cliffs and outstanding coastal vistas. You walk along a flat track and then narrow fishermen’s paths above the rocky shoreline. In fine weather, you will have the option of stopping for a refreshing swim at ‘Praia do Ponto Ruiva’, before coming to the end of the Rota Vicentina at windy Cape Sao Vicente with sweeping views of the ocean.

A taxi transfer is arranged to take you back to your hotel in Vila do Bispo.

Overnight: Vila do Bispo

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Day 8: End of trip

Your trip and our services come to an end after breakfast.

Getting to Zambujeira do Mar

 The nearest airports to fly to are Lisbon airport (LIS) and Faro airport (FAO).
From Lisbon airport 
Shuttle bus from Lisbon airport to Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon city centre. Then take bus from Lisbon-Sete Rios bus station to Zambujeira with company Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt)From Faro airport
Shuttle bus from Faro airport to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviario – EVA bus company). If you are flying with TAP, you can make use of their free shuttle service.From Faro Bus Station you travel first to Portimão (Timetables at www.eva-bus.com)From Portimão you take the Rede Expressos bus to São Teotónio. Then from Sao Teotónio, you take a taxi to your accommodation in Zambujeira

 

Departure from Vila do Bispo

/ To Lisbon airport: From Vila do Bispo you travel with EVA to the bus station (terminal) in Lagos (30 to 45 minutes) or take a taxi from Vila do Bispo to Lagos. Then take a bus to Lisbon and then a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport.

To Faro airport: From Vila do Bispo, you can  travel with EVA to the bus station in Lagos (‘terminal’) or take a taxi. From Lagos, you take the bus / train to Faro. From Faro bus station / train station to Faro Airport you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.

 Optional airport transfers
Private taxi transfers can be booked from/to the airport (Lisbon-LIS or Faro-FAO). Prices on request 
 We will send you a pre-departure information pack, which contains detailed public transport information.

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