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 $1,260

Overview

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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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Evening meal ion day 4
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Baggage transfer between stages
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified transfers
    • Unspecified meals
    • Personal equipment
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights
    • Transportation to and from the airport

    Accomodation

    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.

    Map

    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.

    FAQs

    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.