Walking on the Rota Vicentina

  • Duration 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Porto Covo / Sagres
  • Distance 179 km / 113,4 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $1,309


This will be the best opportunity to discover the southeast of Portugal. The Rota Vicentina will delight you with its beautiful landscapes of desert beaches, wild flowers, artisanal fishing ports and small, quiet villages. You will travel on the best walking route from the Alentejo region to Cabo Sao Vicente, the most southeasterly point in Europe.

  • You will walk on pristine sandy golden beaches.
  • You will observe the birds that nest on the cliffs.
  • You can enjoy traditional grilled fish accompanied by a glass of "vinho".
  • You will delight in the fascinating beaches and get to know authentic Portuguese villages.

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    • Accommodation in hotels with private bathroom
    • Breakfasts
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Baggage transfer between stages
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included


    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights


    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.


    Travel & Transfers

    To get to the starting point of this walking holiday along the Rota Vicentina, the best option is to take a flight to Lisbon Airport. From there, you will have to go by bus to the city centre and then take another bus to Porto Covo (2h 30m).

    When you finish your trip, you can head to Faro Airport, which is the closest. From Sagres, you must take a bus to Lagos (1h) and then another bus to Faro (2h). From the centre of Faro, you can take a shuttle busthat will take you to the airport.


    This route has a moderate level of difficulty, so the walks are designed to have a daily duration of between 3 and 7 hours over undulating terrain, and usually on sand, which makes the walk, in some parts, a little more demanding.

    The routes have a distance of between 17 and 20 km (10.5 and 12.5 miles), with some ascents and descents and sometimes on trails along cliffs with very steep slopes. For this reason, we do not recommend this trip to people suffering from vertigo.

    It should also be noted that on the first day, from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes, and the third, to Zambujeira do Mar, are considered difficult journeys due to their length, because you walk on the sand, and the energy consumption demanded of you.

    We recommend that less experienced walkers book additional nights to have some rest days, particularly in Odeceixe and Carrapateira.

    The detailed information will be sent to you once you make the reservation. In it you will find a specific list of items, among which are good boots or walking shoes, waterproof clothing and a backpack, but we recommend packing everything you need, such as clothes suitable for rain, a hat for the sun and sunscreen.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to the next stop.

    We suggest you book once you have decided your plans, as this is a very popular region and accommodation reservations should be made as soon as possible. However, we will do our best to fit in with your plans.

    The hike is available from March to June and from September to November. Any time during this period is ideal for doing the trip. In July and August, we do not offer this tour due to the high summer temperatures.

    Yes, this is a requirement when booking with us. It's important that this insurance covers your activities, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.

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    karen L.karen L. ★★★★★ The administration was good before our trip and our questions were answered quickly. The accommodation was also good. We had no problems with the baggage transfer too.John W.John W. ★★★★★ Our group of 5 had a really great experience with orbis ways. Our contact person was helpful via email and via phone. Great accommodations and each host was helpful and generous with kindness.Juliana M.Juliana M. ★★★★★ I travelled last week to Madeira with Orbis Ways and it has been an amazing experience. Accommodations were exceptional, and everything was explained very well, apart from that the Island is amazing, must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Dinners were very good, with local fresh homemade food! Very recomending!!!Lauren G.Lauren G. ★★★★★ Excellent trip. Excellent communication with Orbis. Lovely accommodations. Luggage transfer was always done well and the overall trip was excellent. I cannot wait to do another walk in 2023 and will use Orbis ways 100%.sanda S.sanda S. ★★★★★ Few days ago I finished Camino Francés. Orbis Ways planned the trip for me, arranged my routes and accommodations as well as luggage transfers. Everything went smoothly from the beginning in St Jean Pied du Port until the end in Santiago. Rooms with private bathrooms that they booked for me were comfortable and clean and luggage transfers underwent without mistakes. My daily routes were well planned. In 34 days I had only two problematic situations with accommodations and their 24 hours assistance team solved them in few minutes. I enjoyed every minute of my Way. I am planning to return and do some other route - Norte and Portugués gor sure. Orbis Ways will be my choice again.Karin B.Karin B. ★★★★★ I did the wonderful walking holiday trip of 8 days Mont Blanc...the experience was incredible, from the beginning everything chosen in the dossier was beyond expectations, providing all the necessary information.I am very grateful for the wonderful and detailed attention of Jhonay. Also the accommodations chosen were very comfortable!I have no doubt that I will repeat as soon as I can, the routes are spectacular!Julie F.Julie F. ★★★★★ Orbisways did an outstanding job of planning our trip along the Camino de Santiago. The provided voucher provided excellent information, the accommodations were awesome, never had any confusion regarding travel details and the staff I worked with prior to our trip were kind and very efficient. I highly recommend OrbisWays and will definitely be traveling with them again!!js_loader