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The Fishermen’s Trail, Rota Vicentina – detailed guide & itinerary

Map of the walking trails of the Rota Vicentina, Portugal.

The Fishermen’s Path within the south of Portugal is part of the Rota Vicentina mountaineering routes. The path follows the coast line and provides breathtaking surroundings; rugged cliffs, pristine seashores and crystal clear water, it’s an ideal route for many who likes the ocean and outside actions. The route may be walked as a separate trek or mixed with the Historic Method of the Rota Vicentina.

The Fishermen’s Path information 

  • Distance – 76 km/47 mi
  • Time required – Four days
  • Start line – Porto Covo
  • Ending level – Odeceixe
  • Complete ascend (in Four days) – 1178 m
  • Complete descend (in Four days) – 1181 m
  • Strolling floor – a mixture of smooth sand (dunes, seashores) and foot path with brief elements on the gravel street.
  • Route marking – blue & inexperienced markers
  • Common value – 30 Euro per individual per day 
  • Lodging – tenting, hostels, guesthouses
  • Meals – grocery shops, eating places & cafes

Community of the paths of the Rota Vicentina, Portugal. The Fishermen’s Path; Porto Covo to Odeceixe. The Historic Means; Santiago do Cacém – Cabo de Sao Vicente. Round routes principally marked with purple shade.

Fishermen’s Path route choices

The official route is 76 km, it begins in Porto Covo and finishes in Odeceixe, complete distance 76 km. In case you have extra time and want to do an extended route you’ll be able to mix the Fishermen’s Path with the Historic Method. The Historic Approach begins in Santiago de Cacém and finishes at Cabo de S.Vicente, each routes take part Odeceixe.

There are a number of choices;

Begin in Porto Covo and stroll to Odeceixe, from there proceed on the Historic Method to Cabo de S.Vicente (Sagres). Complete distance – 173 km.

Begin in Santiago do Cacém (the start of the Historic Method) and go to Cercal do Alentejo from there stroll to Porto Covo and proceed on the Fishermen’s Path. From Odeceixe you’ll be able to proceed on the Historic Strategy to Cabo de S.Vicente (Sagres). Complete distance – 232 km.

Begin in Santiago do Cacém stroll on the Historic Method until Odeceixe and from there stroll to Porto Covo, it may be achieved different approach; beginning in Porto Covo and ending in Santiago do Cacém. Complete distance – 199 km.

Have to know earlier than the trek

Faucet water in Portugal is drinkable no want to purchase bottled water or use filters.

The route is well-marked it’s straightforward to comply with and plan by yourself no want in hiring a information or becoming a member of a tour.

The path goes by way of Alentejo area within the south of Portugal it will get extremely popular right here in summer time it’s advisable to start out strolling early so as to escape afternoon warmth.

When you don’t really feel like strolling with a heavy backpack it’s potential to rearrange baggage switch on the route from lodging to lodging. The primary firm that does transfers on the route is Vicentina Transfers.

Each city on the route has ATMs, outlets and resorts you don’t have to hold meals or plenty of money with, many locations settle for bank cards.

Distances between cities are fairly lengthy there’s nothing in between all the time be sure that to have sufficient water for the entire day.

In a ebook store in Porto Covo on Vasco da Gama road (a block away from the church)  you should purchase an official guidebook and a route map.

The world will get very busy in July and August consequently lodging costs improve quite a bit, hold it in thoughts when planning your climbing vacation.

Rout marking of the Fishermen's Trail, Rota Vicentina, PortugalInexperienced & blue indicators mark the Fishermen’s Path of the Rota Vicentina

Lodging on the route

Lodging on the trek was our most important concern however in the long run it wasn’t an issue. Since we couldn’t discover a record of lodging choices alongside the route we tried our greatest to make an entire record of hostels, resorts and campsites alongside the best way. We don’t like reserving lodging prematurely and often don’t do it, however for this route we did ebook all of the locations  a few days earlier than we began. Each place we stayed in was full primarily as a result of a lot of the hostels and visitor homes are very small; two or three personal rooms or Eight to 10 beds in order that they get crammed fast. We walked the path at first of Might which isn’t the busiest season in the event you’re planning to stroll it between June and August we’d strongly advocate to guide lodging beforehand even should you’re planning to camp at the least contact campsites to learn how full they’re.

When guide lodging;

  • examine for the check-in time as in most locations right here it’s fairly late, round 3pm.
  • make sure that your lodge is within the city itself and never 5 km outdoors of it
  • discover your home on Google.maps beforehand as typically following the route you may stroll previous it on the best way to the middle of the city after which should stroll again
  • examine for those who pay for lodging when make reserving or on arrival, most locations cost beforehand.

We often use for making reservations and it labored nice for planning the Fishermen’s Path; each time we made a reserving the system prompt us to “prolong” our vacation and e-book a spot within the subsequent city and each time the subsequent city was the subsequent city on the route. It confirmed as nicely all the reserving with the names of the locations and dates it was unattainable to ebook a incorrect place or to combine up with dates so thumbs up for this function. It sounds complicated so I took a display shot which may clarify it higher.

Booking accommodation for the Fishermen's Trail of the Rota VicentinaRight here is the screenshot for our reserving for the Rota Vicentina. On the prime you’ll be able to see the names of the cities with the dates of bookings.

Obtain our PDF spreadsheet that may assist you to systematize your bookings The Fishermen’s Path Rota Vicentina reserving spreadsheet.

Day 1. Porto Covo

It’s a highly regarded vacation spot with many lodges and visitor homes however most of them are fairly expensive, there’s a handful of finances and center worth lodging choices in Porto Covo it’s extremely beneficial to guide a spot prematurely.


Price range lodging

Center worth vary


Day 2. Vila Nova de Milfontes

In line with what number of motels and pensions we noticed within the city I assume it’s a very fashionable seashore vacation vacation spot although there are numerous choices I’d recommend in summer time to ebook a spot beforehand as probably the most price range pleasant choices are often absolutely booked.


Finances lodging

Center worth


Day three. Almograve

It’s a very small city about 500 m away from the seashore, price range lodging right here is fairly scarce, plus there isn’t a campsite close by undoubtedly would advocate to guide one thing prematurely in summer time.


There isn’t any campsite in Almograve, the closest one is in Vila Nova de Milfontes or Zambujeira do Mar.

Price range lodging

Center worth


Odeceixe, Rota Vicentina, PortugalLovely city of Odeceixe, right here each routes of the Rota Vicentina be a part of collectively.

Day Four. Zambujeira do Mar

One other small city with many fancy visitor homes and flats for lease and a few extra finances lodging choices.


Tenting Villa Park Zambujeira

Price range lodging

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Day 5. Odeceixe

The final cease on the Fishermen’s Path and the one city on the route that’s away from the ocean although there’s Odeceixe seashore a tiny cities with a few visitor homes and eating places proper on the seashore.


Parque do Campismo Sao Miguel (about 2 km outdoors the city and 5 km away from the seashore)

Finances lodging

Center worth


Day 5. Praia do Odeceixe

All the next lodging choices are proper on the seashore however fairly removed from the city itself, about Four km, there are a few eating places and occasional outlets round however no outlets so do buying in Odeceixe on the best way or put together your self for paying quite a bit for meals.

Center worth


Scenery at Zambujeria do Mar, Fishermen's TrailBeautiful view from the cliffs simply earlier than Zambujeira do Mar

Fishermen’s Path value

The prices of the trek relies upon rather a lot on the kind of lodging you determine to remain (tenting, dorm rooms or personal) and on the season you stroll it. For those who’re planning to camp, to prepare dinner your personal meals and to not exit for drinks each night time price range 20 Euro per individual per day. To remain in dorms and make your personal meals 25-30 Euro pp. per day. Staying in personal and consuming out now and again 30-35 Euro. If you wish to keep in personal, eat out at the very least as soon as a day and exit for drinks I’d recommend to finances 45+ Euro per day per individual.


Tenting is probably the most finances choice right here, costs nonetheless range relying on season with August being the costliest month. The primary disadvantage right here is that you need to carry tenting gear with (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking stuff and so forth.) which provides a variety of weight to your backpack. Worth for tenting are between 6 to 10 Euro per individual per night time.

A mattress in a dormitory is one other price range choice, there usually are not that many hostels on the route and the world is a extremely popular surf vacation spot. With a purpose to get a spot in season it’s advisable to guide prematurely. Worth for a mattress is between 15 and 20 Euro relying on the season.

A personal room is probably the most snug solution to go and typically a double room with a shared rest room value the identical as two beds in a dormitory, so for those who’re a pair it’s a a lot better deal. There are a number of motels that provide triple and household rooms in case you’re a gaggle of individuals mountaineering it should work good for you. Costs for a finances double room range between 30 and 40 Euro however we had one or two locations the place we paid 25 Euro for a double room with personal toilet. I assume in case you stroll utterly off season e.g. March or November it could be a regular worth.

Beach and sea, Fishermen's Trail. Rota VicentinaTypical surroundings on the Fishermen’s Path of the Rota Vicentina, Portugal


There are grocery shops and mini markets in each city on the route when you’re on a decent price range making your personal meals is the best choice, simply ensure you guide locations with a kitchen (most locations we stayed had at the least a microwave). Relying on what sort of stuff you purchase purchasing (lunch, dinner and breakfast) prices between Eight-10 Euro per individual.

Consuming out is sort of costly on the route, in contrast to in different elements of Portugal native eating places don’t have Menu do Dia – a set lunch that often consists of starter, major dish, drink (beer, wine, cool drink), bread, espresso or dessert and prices between Eight-10 Euro per individual. We had these menus all over the place on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. In most locations on the Fishermen’s Path you pay about 10 Euro for a dish, each time we went out for dinner we paid about 15 Euro pp. together with drinks. Breakfast (toasted sandwich and occasional) you will get for three Euro.

We all the time cease quite a bit for espresso and Portugal is an actual paradise for espresso lovers, espresso right here is sweet and low cost; for a cup of Espresso you pay about zero,7 Euro, for espresso with milk – 1 Euro. Notice! For those who order Americano it’ll value you extra, about 1,2 Euro, for cappuccino you’ll pay between 2 and three Euro (they add lots of milk and chocolate to it). Cafe con letche (espresso with milk) is often comparable to what’s generally known as cappuccino in most nations.

Our finances for the route (2 individuals, 5 days);

We stayed in combined personal rooms and dorms, ate out twice, more often than not we cooked meals and stopped a minimum of as soon as for espresso.

  • Lodging – 160 Euro (three nights in personal, 2 nights in dorms)
  • Buying (grocery) – 58 Euro
  • Consuming out – 47 Euro
  • Transport – 30 Euro, bus Lisbon – Porto Covo
  • Espresso+muffins – 24 Euro

Complete: 319 Euro or 32 Euro per individual per day.

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Fishermen's Trail, PortugalAlya in entrance of a typical Portuguese home, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Rota Vicentina

Greatest time for climbing

The Fishermen’s Path goes by way of the south of Portugal it’s by no means actually chilly right here and it doesn’t rain that a lot which suggests the route may be walked all yr round. All routes we’ve did in Portugal we walked in spring between April and Might. For us it’s one of the best time of the yr; not chilly however not scorching but, not too many individuals like in summer time, many flowers and timber in blossom and costs are decrease than in peak season.

Summer time notably July and August are the most well liked and the busiest months right here in case you have a selection I’d recommend to stroll the route some other time even in Might. Over the weekends there have been many individuals on the route doing day hikes, I can think about in peak season there can be tons of of individuals. Costs for lodging go up in summer time fairly a bit so that you get extra individuals, extremely popular climate and better costs. April – June and September – October are in all probability the perfect months for strolling with probably the most snug climate and fewer individuals.

As for strolling the route utterly off season; November – March it’s completely attainable, many inns and hostels are open all yr spherical, although it may be too quiet like in some other seashore vacation space low season. So should you’re in search of for a solitary and tranquil strolling vacation it’s the fitting time of the yr to return right here.

Beach on the Fishermen's Trail, Rota Vicentina, Alentejo, PortugalTroublesome to withstand and to not go for a swim on the Fishermen’s Path even in Might.

Journey insurance coverage for the trek 

Strolling like some other outside exercise includes a danger of getting injured or dropping a few of the gear. It’s all the time advisable to have  journey insurance coverage if you go away. Although the Fishermen’s Path just isn’t a excessive altitude, wild hike via distant areas it’s nonetheless a bodily difficult expertise that includes strolling lengthy distances with a heavy backpack. Something from small accidents like blisters to knee or shin cut up points can occur alongside the best way. Be sure that it is possible for you to to get medical help any time you want. Observe! In case you have a European Well being Insurance coverage card you don’t want another medical insurance coverage for Portugal. It’s fairly useful as nicely to have an insurance coverage in case of a gear or system break/loss. It makes the trek much less nerve-racking when you understand you’re coated for any unpredictable emergencies.

World Nomads insurance coverage firm operates everywhere in the world, they’ve particular packages for passionate walkers. It doesn’t matter the place you reside or the place you’re in the meanwhile, it takes lower than 2 minutes to get a quote and you should purchase it on-line even in case you are already touring. Word! We advise all the time to learn the small print and be certain you purchase the right coverage. 

How one can get to Porto Covo from Lisbon

There are direct buses from Lisbon Sete Rios bus terminal to Porto Covo, buses depart a number of occasions a day, extra frequent over the weekend. Rede Expressos is the corporate that operates buses on the route, tickets might be purchased on the bus terminal or on-line (in peak season I’d advocate buying tickets beforehand). The journey takes 2h10min. (5pm bus takes three hours), ticket prices 15,6 Euro.

Observe! Seek the advice of Rede Expressos website to verify departure time.

Day 1. Bus Lisbon – Porto Covo, 2h.

Porto Covo is a very nice city, in all probability our favourite city on the entire Rota Vicentina. It’s fairly small and comfy;  cobblestone streets, two story homes with pink roofs, the primary sq. with many eating places and bars and an excellent vacation vibe. We favored the city a lot that we’re considering of renting a spot right here for a few weeks.

When you arrive with a morning bus (out there solely Friday – Sunday) you can begin strolling the identical day however we’d advocate to cease at Porto Covo for an evening, to stroll round, drink a beer on the sq., watch the sundown and so forth.

Ahoy Porto Covo Hostel is a superb place to remain for trekkers, Nicolau, the proprietor,  is aware of every part concerning the route, he’s a lot better knowledgeable than individuals on the info workplace. We obtained some helpful ideas, suggestions and even a map ( of the path with some marks on it. The situation is ideal, near the eating places, outlets and the seashore, proper on the path. Worth relying on the season varies between 16 and 20 Euro per mattress, there are personal rooms as nicely. The hostel was absolutely booked so it’s higher to e-book it prematurely, it’s one of many few finances lodging choices within the city.

Day 2. Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes, 19 km

  • Time – 5h10min.
  • Ascend – 278 m
  • Descend – 292 m
  • Problem degree – three out of 5 it was a brief strolling day however more often than not you stroll on sand dunes typically ankle deep in sand.

Elevation profile Day 2. Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes, Rota VicentinaElevation profile stroll from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes

It was an unimaginable strolling day, the route goes alongside the shore or on the seashore with some beautiful views from the cliffs. Water temperature was about 17 °C a bit chilly to go for a swim however good to stroll barefoot ankle deep in water. Be sure that to take sufficient water particularly in summer time strolling on sand makes you drained and thirsty you’ll want a minimum of 1,5l of water per individual. There have been a few superb seashores on the best way the route typically takes you away from the ocean however it’s potential to stroll alongside the coast all the best way. I’m positive in summer time the water is heat sufficient for swimming so pack swimming costume and a towel.

Fishermen's Trail route map Porto Covo - Vila Nova de MilfontesRoute map Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes, Fishermen’s Path


A few lengthy sandy seashores; Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro, Praia dos Aivados, Praia do Saltinho, Praia dos Nascedios, Praia do Malhao. Each time we received an opportunity we took off the footwear and walked barefoot on the seashore, principally first 10 km you’ll be able to stroll on the seashore.

Ther are many wild flowers alongside the path (we walked the Fisherman’s path in Might).

A few stork nests on the fringe of the cliffs.

The truth is the whole stroll was one huge spotlight we completely beloved it regardless of the robust a part of strolling on the sand dunes.

Beautiful pristine beach, first walking day on the Fishermen's Trail, Portugal Beautiful seashores and breathtaking surroundings from the very starting of the Fishermen’s Path


As I already talked about strolling on sand was fairly troublesome, our footwear have been filled with it for the a lot of the day, it doesn’t assist to shake it out as a result of it will get in instantly.

We have been unpleasantly stunned how many individuals walked the path perhaps as a result of it was Sunday and there have been many day walkers.

No place to cease for meals or water for 16 km after the restaurant at Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro.

Stops on the route

  • At three,5 km at Forte do Pessegueiro there’s a restaurant

Vila Nova de Milfontes

This place is sort of a bit greater than Porto Covo, however to be trustworthy we appreciated the earlier city extra. The middle of the city is good with conventional white homes with blue, pink and yellow shade doorways and home windows however the huge a part of the city is simply lodges it wasn’t season but it was very quiet like in any vacation city outdoors the season. There’s a good fortress Forte de Sao Clemente and a few seashores within the city.

Apartamentos Patio Victoria – a superb worth for cash, we obtained a spacious double room with hooked up rest room for 23 Euro. I assume it will depend on the season on this space in summer time months you’ll pay extra for a similar room. The one disadvantage of this place was its location, about 15 min. stroll to the middle and 10 min. stroll to the seashore, however the room was clear and neat, all the things labored good, the proprietor was very good and pleasant. 

Day three. Vila Nova de Milfontes – Almograve, 16 km

  • Time – 4h15min.
  • Ascend – 204 m
  • Descend – 192 m
  • Problem degree – 1 out of 5, a brief and straightforward strolling day on the footpath with some sandy elements.

Elevation profile Day 2 of the Fishermen's Trail, PortugalElevation profile stroll from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve.

Various! In Vila Nova de Milfontes you possibly can take a ship to the opposite aspect of the river as an alternative of strolling throughout the bridge, it’ll make your strolling day about Four km shorter, however to be trustworthy you gained’t miss out so much, the primary Four km have been via the city and alongside the street (we walked this half). I’d fairly spend that point having fun with the seashore Praia das Furnas. The boat leaves as quickly as there are individuals prepared to go, the pier is on the fortress in Vila Nova de Milfontes, worth 5 Euro pp. The boat drops you on the seashore on the other aspect you don’t need to search for the route simply proceed strolling alongside the seashore until Ocean Drive Seashore restaurant.

Ferry across the river from Vila Nova de Milfontes, the Fishermen's Trail We walked throughout the bridges to the opposite aspect of the river however the boat choice might be higher and simpler.

The route goes by means of Vila Nova following Rua Custodio Bras Pacheco (the primary road within the city) out of your lodge you simply can get to this road and proceed following the indicators on the left hand-side of the road. The primary Four km weren’t very scenic; out of the city, alongside the street, throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect after which via the bush again to the coast. You possibly can simply skip it and take a ship.

Praia das Furnas is a superb place to cease, the route goes previous the seashore however we’d advocate to go down and stroll on the seashore. After Praia das Furna the path goes on and off the coast via forest and fields. At about three,5 km earlier than Almograve there’s a cut up left route continues inland proper route goes again to the coast, each routes take part Almograve. We’d advocate to take the coastal route it’s extra scenic and takes you previous three lovely seashores, although we missed the cut up and took the inland route. We walked part of the coastal route from Almograve later with out backpacks.

Fishermen's Trail Rota Vicentina Day 3 mapRoute map Day three. Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve


A number of nice seashores on the best way; Praia das Furnas, Praia dos Picoss, Praia da Angra

Beautiful  views from the cliffs, rugged coast line, fields of flowers.


1,5 km of strolling on the street at first from Vila Nova de Milfontes throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect of the river. You possibly can skip this half by taking a ship.

No locations in between to cease for meals and water be sure that to have sufficient water and a few snack with. There was a bar at Praia das Furnas at about 5 km nevertheless it was closed (perhaps as a result of it was Monday).

Stops on the route

  • At 5 km (if stroll throughout the bridge) at Praia da Furnas there’s a restaurant.


A really small city a lot smaller than Vila Nova, about 500 km away from the seashore. There are a few eating places on the primary sq. and a number of other visitor homes.

Refugio do Almogarve – a comfortable home with two rooms, one shared toilet, a kitchen and a front room. There are solely two double rooms in the home sharing rest room and kitchen wan’t an issue. Our room was very good and comfy. The amenities have been nice, all you want for cooking, washing and so on. Worth 30 Euro for a double room with shared rest room. This place appears to be highly regarded they’re all the time absolutely booked I’d advocate to guide it prematurely. 

Day Four. Almograve – Zambujeira do Mar, 22,5 km

  • Time – 5h45min.
  • Ascend – 293 m
  • Descend – 274 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5

Elevation profile Day 4 on the Fishermen's Trail, PortugalElevation profile Day Four Almograve – Zambujeira do Mar.

There are two choices to stroll out of the city; first route goes again to the seashore second one continues inland. Each routes be a part of after about 1 km. We took the seashore choice, this route goes previous the church left by means of the bush to the seashore. After about 1 km on the parking spot the official route goes inland however it’s attainable to stroll on the seashore Praia da Longueirinha for about 500 m after which go upstairs again to the path. It’s the one place on the route in the entire day the place you possibly can truly get to the seashore so don’t miss this chance. For the remainder of the day you’ll be able to benefit from the beautiful sea surroundings however no possibilities to get near the water.

For the primary 10 km the route goes by means of the dunes once more strolling in deep sand. After a small city of Cavaleiro more often than not you stroll on the gravel street.

Map of the route of day 4 of the Fishermen's TrailRoute map Day Four. Almograve – Zambujeira do Mar, Fishermen’s Path


Breathtaking views from the path; sea, small seashores, rugged coast, cliffs and so forth.

Cabo Sardao – a fantastic cape and a lighthouse.

Many stork nests on the edges of the cliffs. One of the best space for recognizing storks was at 18 km simply earlier than Entrada do Barca, there have been some nests with infants that you possibly can come fairly near.

Beautiful views from the cliffs simply earlier than Zambujeira.

A stork nest, Rota Vicentina, Fishermen's trail, AlentejoMany stork nests in spring alongside the coast on the Fishermen’s Path


  • First 10 km on the sand dunes
  • A brief stretch of boring strolling alongside the street previous Entrada do Braca, for about 1,5 km.

Stops on the route

  • At 10 km Cavaleiro; two eating places, store, resorts, bus cease
  • At 19 km Entrada do Barca; two eating places

Zambujeira do Mar

One other small city a bit greater than the earlier one with many eating places and visitor homes. There are a few good seashores across the city.

Hostel Hakuna Matata – an superior place, very near the ocean, good amenities, clear and cozy. We stayed in a dormitory however with solely 2 beds so principally we received a personal room. All dorms are fairly small; 2-Four beds, there’s one or two personal rooms as nicely. 

Day 5. Zambujeira do Mar – Odeceixe, 19 km

  • Time – 4h50min.
  • Ascend – 403 m
  • Descend – 423 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5, a few brief ascends and descends, right here and there some sandy elements.

Elevation profile Day 5 of the Fishermen's TrailElevation profile Day 5 stroll from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe

From the start until about Four km earlier than the top the route goes subsequent to the ocean so unimaginable views are assured. At the moment’s stroll had a bit extra ascends and descends than the earlier days however nothing actually robust. The final Four km to Odeceixe are alongside the street with the river on one aspect and inexperienced hills on the opposite aspect, not as beautiful as the remainder of the day however nonetheless lovely. Simply earlier than Odeceixe you throughout from Alentejo to Algarve, in all probability the sunniest a part of Portugal, the place to be for many who love sunshine, sea, seashore and browsing.

Day 5 of the Fishermen's Trail, Rota Vicentina, Portugal Route map Day 5. Zambujeira do Mar – Odeceixe


Praia dos Alterinhos – an unspoiled seashore proper after Zambujeira with a cave (on the finish of the seashore) and fascinating rock formations, the one seashore on the route for the day.

Breathtaking views on the best way; rugged cliffs, pristine seashores, pine forest, fields of flowers

Not likely a spotlight extra curiosity, after Praia do Carvalhal (at three km) there’s a safari park, an individual from Angola introduced a number of African animals right here like ostriches, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and even American buffalo, we obtained to see a few ostriches and an antelope.

Praia de Odeceixe-Mar – beautiful view over the seashore with a few homes on the other aspect and a river.

Praia de Alterinhos, Zambujeira do Mar, Fishermen's Trail, PortugalOn the cave on Praia dos Alterinhos, Zambujeira do Mar


  • Strolling in deep sand sometimes
  • A few steep however brief ascends

Stops on the route

At three km Praia do Carvalhal there’s a espresso store however we wouldn’t advocate to cease right here, every part could be very costly.

At 10 km Azenha do Mar – a tiny village with a restaurant


The primary city on the route that isn’t by the ocean, the seashore is about three km away. Odeceixe is the place the place each Rota Vicentina routes; the Fisherman’s Path and the Historic Method be a part of, from right here you possibly can proceed on the Historic Strategy to Cabo de Sao Vicente.

When you want to remain on the seashore you’ll be able to both stroll three,5 km additional to Praia de Odeceixe, a tiny place with a few motels and eating places situated proper on the seashore, you’ll see it from the cliff on the best way. It’s on the other aspect of the river, at low tide it’s attainable to stroll throughout the river near the ocean, it nonetheless is perhaps about knee deep. If the crossing is unattainable you’ll need to stroll first to Odeceixe the place you’ll be able to cross the river over the bridge after which again to the seashore, it’s a 6 km loop. 

Hostal Ceixe – a pleasant place, very clear, cozy, with good amenities. We stayed in a double room with shared toilet (there are not any rooms with hooked up toilet right here), the room was fairly huge with a small balcony. Worth 35 Euro. They’ve small dormitories as properly.

Transport from Odeceixe

If you wish to proceed your vacation and spend a few day on the seashore you possibly can take a bus from Odeceixe to Lagos and keep in Lagos or go to a different smaller seashore city from there. Buses depart a number of occasions a day (no buses on Sundays and public holidays), I’d recommend to verify the departure time within the city. The journey takes 1h15min., worth Four Euro pp.

There’s not direct bus from Odeceixe to Lisbon with a purpose to get there first you’ll need to take a bus to Santiago do Cacém, takes about 2h20min., worth 5 Euro. From  Santiago take one other bus to Lisbon (Sete Rios bus station), 2 hours, 15 Euro. There are solely night buses at 5.50 pm from Odeceixe to Santiago do Cacém however there are extra choices via different cities. Verify the departure time within the city it modifications relying on week days, faculty and public holidays.

Packing listing for the trek

In the event you’re planning to remain in motels or hostels you don’t want a lot stuff to hold which is nice you’ll be able to pack actually mild for the hike and luxuriate in it strolling principally with a day pack.

Backpack – a 30l backpack will probably be sufficient to pack climbing garments for Four-5 days and a few toiletries. When you’re planning to journey for a while earlier than or after the hike you’ll be able to organize baggage storage with one of many hostels or resorts you’ll be staying as an alternative of carrying all of your stuff with.

Snug footwear for strolling it may be a pair of sunshine climbing footwear/males’s mannequin (no have to deliver heavy boots), a pair of trainers or sandals. More often than not you stroll on sand no matter you put on sand will get into your footwear.

GoPro HERO7 – we made a selection and as an alternative of carrying our huge DSLR digital camera we acquired a brand new GoPro, the standard of the footage and pictures is nice, it’s very mild and small, it will probably get moist, you’ll be able to swim with it, hike with it, dive with it and so on. All photographs and movies on this publish are taken with the GoPro7.

Garmin Fenix 5 GPS watch – our new mountaineering companion, we used it to get the elevation profiles and the maps for this posts.

Kindle – we all the time take our Kindles Paperwhite with when touring. In the event you’re an proprietor of Kindle by becoming a member of Kindle limitless program by Amazon you’ll get an entry to hundreds of e-books and audio books.

Scenery on the Fishermen's Trail of the Rota Vicentina, PortugalUnimaginable surroundings alongside the route on the Fishermen’s Path, Portugal

When you’re planning to camp you want a much bigger backpack and extra gear;

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