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Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8 Days | A scenic journey along Portugal’s southwest coast

4.8 out of 5 based on 36 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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NZD $2,754
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Portugal’s Rota Vicentina, also known as the Fisherman’s Trail, may not be Europe’s most famous walk, but it’s certainly one of its most spectacular. A world away from the bustle of Lisbon and the sunbathers of the south, you may often find you and your group are the only ones around as you cross the most scenic sections of this ancient coastal path, passing through the sunny Alentejo and Algarve regions. Join a local leader to marvel at jagged cliffs, traverse sand dunes brimming with unique wildlife, relax on heavenly beaches and feast on fresh seafood – the beauty of this corner of Portugal will stay stamped on your memory.

Trip overview

Map of Hike The Rota Vicentina In Portugal including Portugal
Start
Lisbon, Portugal
Finish
Sagres, Portugal
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMXV
This trip generates 11.91 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Follow the most scenic and interesting section of the coastal Fisherman’s Trail, taking in awe-inspiring views of Portugal’s cliffs, beaches and ocean.
  • Delight in Portugal’s bountiful coastline and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch in the village of Zambujeira do Mar with ingredients from the local fish market.
  • Walk to Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mar, a delightful chapel overlooking the ocean, and enjoy a spectacular sunset you won’t soon forget.
  • Take a load off – literally! Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each day, meaning you’ll only have to carry a day pack, and your luggage will be waiting at your hotel.
  • Rest your legs or keep the momentum going during a day at leisure in Aljezur, a mecca for surfing, hiking, stand up paddleboarding (or chilling on the beach!)
  • Hike to Cabo de de Sao Vicente, mainland Europe’s southwesternmost point, as your local leader shares stories of its maritime, Phoenician and Roman past.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied and sometimes steep terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear and clothing for all types of weather is recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
  • You will be passing through remote and undeveloped parts of Portugal on your journey so you must bring a day pack to carry enough water and snacks for each day.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Hike The Rota Vicentina In Portugal including Portugal

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

On foot, Private vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights)

Activities
  • Malhao to Vila Nova de Milfontes guided walk
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve guided walk
  • Boat ride through Mira River
  • Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar guided walk
  • Typical seafood lunch in Zambujeira do Mar
  • Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mar evening walk
  • Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe guided walk
  • Vila do Bispo to Sagres guided walk

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Important notes

1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Lisbon. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. This trip ends on Day 8 after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time.
3. The weather in south west Portugal can get very hot in the July & August, and hikes may either start very early in the morning or be curtailed in case of extreme weather.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 36 reviews submitted.
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Greg · Traveled October 2023
The Rota Vicentina hike is an amazing experience, the coastline is beautiful, the scenery, food, and meeting the locals were all amazing. Transport and accommodation spot on, don’t hesitate to visit, we thoroughly enjoyed the hike and company. Our guide was exceptional.
Review submitted 14 Oct 2023

Rebecca · Traveled October 2023
We loved our trip on the Rota Vicentina and I can't say enough wonderful things about our guide. The scenery was amazing and the food incredible!
Review submitted 19 Oct 2023

Brent · Traveled September 2023
Great trip, hard going in parts, some amazing scenery, and once you have finished you will have a sense of achievement.
Review submitted 08 Oct 2023

Lesley · Traveled September 2023
This trip was so enjoyable because Ozzie made it so much fun ! He looked after our every need and explained everything we needed to know and more ! He looked after me when I was afraid of the height and gave me confidence ! He even helped us with food choices and smiled all the time ! I have never walked so far in my life and I only struggled on the long straight road that took us over 20k The scenery was breathtaking and we were lucky with the weather - I would do another trip with him in the future Everyone must experience Ozzies walking holidays he is a credit to Intrepid travel !
Review submitted 07 Oct 2023

Sandra · Traveled September 2023
This is a brilliant hike through wonderful scenery along the coast. Ozzie the leader makes it extra special. It's not only a hike, but also a seafood foodie dream. Special thanks to Rosa/Michelle and team at Zambujeria do Mar, you guys rock! ✊✊
Review submitted 30 Sep 2023
Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal
From
NZD $2,754