The best of the “Rota Vicentina”, 8-day Guided walking tour in Portugal

The certified guides of Be Cool Travel will lead you on this awe-inspiring and breath-taking 8-day guided walking tour through the best parts of the “Rota Vicentina” in Portugal, an astonishing area of coastline full of striking and dramatic scenery, landscape and terrain around the Algarve and Alentejo regions.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Walk through some of raw and wild natural beauty of Southern Portugal!

  • Learn about the history and culture of the area

  • Sample some of the delicious and outstanding local food

  • See a wide variety and diversity of landscape, terrain, scenery, flora and fauna

 

Join me on this 8-day guided walking tour through the best parts of the “Rota Vicentina” walking trail in Southern Portugal, and I promise you will bear witness to some of the most beautiful and engaging scenery you can imagine, as we vary between the picturesque beaches on the Mediterranean, rolling green hills and valleys, and peaceful and tranquil creeks and rivers, all whilst indulging in the magnificent local food and culture.

The Rota Vicentina is a 340km stretch of paths between Santiago do Cacem and the Cape of St Vincent, in Southern Portugal, and is an increasingly popular tourist trip, as it follows one of the best-preserved coastlines in Europe.

Over the course of the 8 days, beginning with a pickup from Faro Airport, myself and our other expert guides will be taking you to the best parts of the route, each with a distinct character and varied landscape, due to the sheer size of the path.

Initially we will be visiting some of the greener, more tranquil areas, with an abundance of vegetation, wildflowers, creeks and streams hiding amongst the gorgeous rolling hills, and also housing different animal species such as boar, otters, dragonflies and birds.

We then head to more sections of the trail closer to the coast, with isolated, peaceful beaches punctuated by small fishing harbours and some truly wild terrain of sand dunes, wetlands and rocky islets.

There will be ample time to stop and learn more about the history and culture of the regions, especially when walking through the inland farmlands and meadows, as well as sample the delicious and marvelous local cuisine.

We finish the 8 days back at Faro Airport after a visit to the Moorish town of Aljezur, content at having experienced the sights and sounds of a truly special part of the world.

See this pristine, untouched part of the world with a fun walking tour – book now to experience it all!

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Price per person

 
 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
 Does not include: - Any services not listed as included - Flights to and from Portugal - Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined) - Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined) - Personal expenses - Supplements - Guide services inside monuments
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1 Arrival to S. Teotónio
    Transfer by road from airport to hotel.

     

  • Day 2S. Luis to Odemira Walk (historical way)

    This is the lush section of the trail, where a different, green and vibrant Alentejo reveals itself before your eyes, with refreshing water streams and ponds. Much of the route follows the Ribeira do Torgal where forests of valuable species such as ash, willow and alder clothe the banks of the streams. Birds and mammals are abundant in the area. We may well find evidence of Wild Boar, a species quite common in this region. Amongst the undergrowth there are many scented and medicinal plants, such as Genista tridentata found during spring, Oregano during summer and Wild Asparagus during autumn.

  • Day 3 Odemira to S Teotónio walk (historical way)
    Today we walk one of Rota Vicentina’s most accessible sections, given the nature of the track, always wide and with mild ascents and descents. We will walk with the river Mira for company, getting in close contact with the beauty of the inland area of this municipality, between the hills and the sea.
    The crystal-clear water in the many streams we cross along the way promote a great variety of fauna and flora from otters to birds and dragonflies.

     

  • Day 4Circular from hotel walk (historical way)
    Our ideally sited hotel is on the Costa Vicentina Historical trail. So today we follow a circular route following both the main & alternative routes of the Historical way through countryside covered with a wide biodiversity of native vegetation. This will be a memorable day where we walk along less used trails bordered by rich native vegetation.
    From the top of the hills, we enjoy the views over Odeceixe and the ocean. Along the route one is rarely out of sight or hearing of the many birds that make this countryside their home.

     

  • Day 5Zambujeira to Odeceixe walk (Fishermen’s trail)

    This wonderful coastal walk passes many isolated beaches on the way to Azenha do Mar, a natural fishing harbour. There are outstanding views throughout the walk, particularly over Odeceixe beach as we pass nearby & follow the valley of the river Seixe into the small town of Odeceixe itself.

  • Day 6Ribeira de Seixe walk (Historical & Fishermen’s trail)
    On this varied walk we mix the historical & the Fishermen’s trail. The Seixe River and the town beach are good reasons for visiting the Odeceixe area.
    The Historical route follows the river Seixe as it meanders past gardens and meadows into the small town of Odeceixe itself. From Odeceixe the Fishermen’s trail passes through a maze of wetlands which provide essential habitat for wildlife & then on towards the sea where the waters from Monchique spill abundantly into the ocean.
    We then follow the Fishermen trail south along the coast before turning inland to walk through peaceful farmland.

     

  • Day 7 Aljezur walk (Historical way/Fishermen’s trail)
    This harmonious mix of the Historical & Fishermen’s trails initially crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.
    Easy walking underfoot allows us to enjoy the views for miles around with the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west.
    Then switching to the Fishermen’s trail, we cross to the beach of Carriagem and follow the coast south to the dramatic mouth of the river Aljezur and the beach of Amoreira finishing in the attractive Moorish town of Aljezur where we have time for a coffee stop and to explore this charming ancient town.

     

  • Day 8Departure
    At convenient time departure from hotel to Airport.

     

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required

Open to everyone

Meeting point

Faro Airport, Portugal

Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation in Sao Teotonio every night.

More info

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Faro airport at 12 a.m on arrival and returning to Faro airport at 12 a.m on the last day.

Departure dates on request.

 

About the Guide

 
 

We are Portugal's most trusted walking and cultural company and have been providing services to clients from all over the world for more than 10 years.

All of our trips are fully customisable. We can always work with you to put together exactly what you had in mind. We will listen to you and take care of all the planning and logistics using our local expertise and contacts.

Based on experience, we know that many groups like to mix their activities with some more leisurely aspects, such as good food and cultural highlights. We are happy to put that together for you as well.

Contact us for a truly memorable experience in Portugal!

 
 
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