This tour offers a straight forward coastal hike along the Atlantic ocean, where you’ll get to walk the amazing Fishermen’s Trail of the Rota Vicentina. With mild temperatures all year round, beaches and a variety of landscapes to die for, this is probably one of the best coastal walks you’ll ever do.
This walk is a synonym of tranquility. Day after day you will experience different feelings: the salty wind coming from the ocean, the scents of endemic vegetation of the Natural Park, the friendly Portuguese people, the marvellous gastronomy and the feeling to have found a “that” place!
If you are a sea lover, get ready for a week along the most preserved coastline in Europe, with empty beaches, small villages, and astonishing cliffs. A mix of coastal and inland tracks that will show you the diversity of the landscape, on the flat but undulating scenery of the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast.
• Fishermen’s Trail
• Sparsely populated region
• Traditional villages
• Spectacular views
• Diversity of landscape, fauna and flora
• Typical gastronomy
From 420€ pp (single supplement 170€)
Easy (2 in 5)
from 14 years old
7 nights w/ breakfast
6 walking days
máx. 22 km/day
7 days, 6 nights
Sandy / Dirt tracks
Portuguese, English, French and Italian
mín 1 pax; Máx. 16 pax
All year, except July and August
Arrival and departure transfers
GPS rental (10€/week)
Cash, debit card, money transfer, Visa and Mastercard
Day 1: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Arriving to Vila Nova de Milfontes, located on the Mira estuary and well worth exploring. It is a beautiful town with great panoramic views over the river and the Atlantic Ocean and a lot of places to enjoy the surrounding nature.
Accommodation: Casa do Adro da Igreja
Day 2: Porto Covo » Vila Nova de Milfontes | 20 km, 6h
Morning transfer to the starting point of this wonderful coastal walk. Begin at the picturesque and historical village of Porto Covo, passing a small island called “Pessegueiro”, with the option to walk by the beach or a bit more inland. Along this section you will find stunning beaches, some of them desert, and almost at the end a fishing harbour before reaching Vila Nova de Milfontes. This is a long walk, with about 20 km and lots of sand, for what we recommend you to bring water and food and be relatively well prepared. On the other hand, the long sandy beaches of Aivados and Malhão during the first half of the day and the narrow foot paths by the cliffs on the second part, make this day absolutely unforgettable.
Accommodation: Casa do Adro da Igreja
Day 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes » Longueira/Almograve | 19 km, 5h
Easy walking day along the coast with the path winding through pinewoods, sand dunes and cliff tops. On the way you will find some desert beaches, before reaching Almograve, a tiny fishing village. After 40 minutes along countryside tracks you’ll arrive in Longueira.
Accommodation: Monte Novo da Longueira
Day 4: Almograve » Zambujeira do Mar | 22 km, 6h
Heading south from the small village of Almograve, you’ll walk by the beach along a dirt track. Just before reaching the sandy trail, you can do a short detour to the tiny fishing harbour called “Lapa de Pombas”. The walk is now by the cliffs with panoramic views over the ocean and dunes along sandy trails and some stretches with irregular rocky ground, until you enter the cool and shadowed pine tree forest. After passing the village of Cavaleiro you’ll reach the Cape Sardão lighthouse, famous for the storks nests by the coast. From this point onward the route follows a clearly defined solid trail by the ocean, which makes the long walking day much easier as a whole. The day ends at the village of Zambujeira do Mar, where one reaches after passing another tiny fishing harbour – “Entrada da Barca” – with a steep descent that demands all of your care.
Accommodation: Rosa dos Ventos
Dia 5: Zambujeira do Mar » Odeceixe | 20 km, 5h
The coastal path near the beaches leads us onto Carvalhal bay, and others that you’ll find along the way. A few km ahead, you’ll pass the former residence of the famous “fado” singer Amália Rodrigues, to reach a bit further the fishing village of Azenha do Mar where you can stop to try amazing seafood and visit the fishing harbour. After this you’ll have the energy to get to Odeceixe, the first village in the Algarve, walking in a very beautiful part of the coast that has the highlight when you reach the edge of the Alentejo cliffs and come upon the beach of Odeceixe, seen from the very top. From here till Odeceixe, you’ll be following a narrow road, always parallel to the Seixe river, with nice views over the plains and the village stretching through the hill on the other side.
Accommodation: Casas do Moinho
Day 6: Odeceixe » Aljezur | 18 Km, 5h
From Odeceixe, the Southwest coast continues, now renamed Vicentina Coast. The route follows the Historical Way up to Rogil, along the narrow trails that follow along the water channels. It’s an easy and flat walking day, with the possibility of being extended if you chose to take the route heading to the beach of Amoreira, walking again by the ocean for a while. In the end you’ll be reaching the historical village of Aljezur with its Moorish castle.
Accommodation: Hotel Vicentina
Day 6: Aljezur » Arrifana Beach | 16 km, 5h
To finish the tour you can take the day to explore the old part of the town, go up to the castle, lose yourself in the tiny streets of the historical quarter and visit the town museums. Alternatively you can do the walk till Arrifana beach. The walk takes the initial part of the Historical Way connecting Aljezur and Arrifana and follows the detour you’ll find at km 4 heading towards the ocean, along the Fishermen’s Trail. Taking this option and after passing an urbanization, you’ll be reaching the seaside by the village and beach of Monte Clérigo and also get to know the mythical Ponta da Atalaia. From Arrifana there is a transfer back to Aljezur.
Accommodation: Hotel Vicentina
Day 8: End of tour
In a quiet corner of Milfontes, Casa do Adro – an old house totally recovered – offers 6 double rooms carefully decorated in a familiar style, and a magnificent homemade breakfast.
Located in the most recent area of Zambujeira do Mar, this housing has 10 double rooms, decorated in a sober and simple way, with private bathroom, fridge and TV. All rooms share a common courtyard where a fountain gives a refreshed quietness.
Located right in the centre of Aljezur, a small Algarve town between the sea and the hills, the Hotel Vicentina offers 20 rooms and 6 apartments, set in a privileged location.
Situated in the village of Longueira, this rural guest house offers 7 cosy and simple double rooms, all with private bathroom, fridge and TV. All rooms open on to the garden where the swimming pool invites you to rest and a take a refreshing dip.
Overlooking the river and the plains, Casas do Moinho are located on a hill nearby Odeceixe, consisting of 8 typical village houses, that can accommodate up to 3 or 4 people.