Walking tour by the Southwest Coast - the best of Rota Vicentina, from Alentejo to Algarve

Walking tour by the Southwest Coast - the best of Rota Vicentina, from Alentejo to Algarve

A Walking tour by the Portuguese Southwest Coast, enjoying the nature, beaches and peace of the Southwest of Alentejo and Vicentina coast natural parks, walking by the best walking routes of the Rota Vicentina.

Duration
8 days
7 nights
Dates
Jun-Nov
Sunday to Sunday
Altimetry
150 › 300 m
Daily average
Distance
12 › 18 km
Daily average
Walker profile
Level
Walking / Hiking
Tour type
Walk or Hike
It's your choice!
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Location

Walking tour by the Southwest Coast - the best of Rota Vicentina, from Alentejo to Algarve map

Hilly stages: Hiking alongside the Douro valley and  the Douro International Park, we'll encounter some steep climbs by the vineyards,as well as some beautiful descents.

Backroads and trails: Backroads, macadam trails, trails by the vineyards.

Landscape: Plenty of variety, between the typical wine country landscape of the Douro and the rough nature and trails of the Douro International park and the Foz Côa paleothitical engravings reserve.

  • Highlights

    Beach Big outdoors Charm Couple Family Group Leisure trips

    Join this one week hiking holidays in the Portuguese southwest Coast, walking by the best trails of the Rota Vicentina. This is an amazing oceanic hike that will take you from the beginning of the Vicentina Coast Natural park and along some of the most secluded beaches in the “Costa Vicentina”, experiencing the laidback and relaxed atmosphere of this region of the Alentejo Southwest, characterized by wuaint fisehrmen villages, oceanic views, abundance of birds and natural beauty. Enjoy your hikes in these peaceful rolling hills, discovering these great natural parks.

    Walk along the Southwest Alentejo natural park, the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km. These Parks include various unique species of animal and plant life, and are visited by many zoologists and botanists from all parts of the world.

    Experience the tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nested between the cliffs and rocks. Beaches such as Porto Covo, Malhão, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana and Praia do Amado, many of them preserved in a virtually unspoiled state.

    Hike from Porto Covo to Cape of São Vicente and the nearby Sagres promontory that housed the famous nautical school founded by the Infante D. Henrique in the 15th century. The trails of the Alentejo provide a great atmosphere for walking and hiking tours with its gentler topography.

    With its trademark gastronomy and great wines, it’s a great opportunity to taste the amazing fresh fish and seafood that are abundant in this region, as well as the local pastries.

    Challenge yourself in this walking tour, by hiking towards the viewpoints and get a privileged look at the atlantic beaches. Choose everyday between shorter or longer hikes  and define your own goals and pace throughout your riding experience.

  • Day-to-day

    DAY-TO-DAY INFO

     

    Day 1: Lisbon, Transfer to Porto Covo – Ilha Pessegueiro

    Pick up at Lisbon Airport or hotel and transfer to your hotel in Porto Covo. Tour briefing. The rest of the day is free to relax at your hotel or enjoy the beach just across from your hotel.

    Hotel – Refúgio da Praia – Seaside & Nature

     

    Day 2: Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes – 16km and 150m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today you’ll start walking from your hotel along the beaches of Aivados and Malhão towards the center of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Most of the route goes along a coastal sandy trail and over the dunes so typical of this part of the coast. It’s a long day with considerable difficulty due to the sandy tracks and dunes, with just a few opportunities to stop for a coffee and refreshments before Vila Nova de Milfontes. If you happen to walk during the low tide you’ll be able to do so on the water’s edge, skipping the wide tracks in the dunes.                    

    Hotel – Casa do Adro

     

    Day 3: Transfer to Almograve – Zambujeira (Herdade Touril) – 17,5km and 200m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to Almograve. Your walk will start from the beach of Almograve, and as soon as you pass the small fishing harbour you’ll walk along the trail on top of the dramatic sandstone cliffs overlooking the ocean, full of birds nesting and a somewhat lunar landscape. Roughly half way you’ll get to the small village of Cavaleiro, where you can stop for a break and some refreshments. After Cavaleiro you’ll re-enter the cliff trails of Cabo Sardão, with its lighthouse right along the trail, distancing just 5 km from your hotel for the day. Just follow the signs that say Herdade do Touril.

    Hotel - Herdade do Touril

     

    Day 4: Zambujeira – Odeceixe – 18km and 190m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. Leave your hotel and join the cliff trail again that will lead you to Porto da Barca, a small fishing port at the end of a narrow and steep downhill trail. After crossing the port you’ll enter the walking path to Zambujeira do Mar, a quaint little village most known for its summer music festival. Continue along the coast walking along the Alteirinhos and Carvalhal beaches. When you reach Amália beach, right after you emerged from the forested area, you’ll be having some of the most spectacular views of the Vicentina Coast. Continue on the trail past Amália until you reach the north side of Odeceixe beach. Come down the trail and enter the paved road that will lead you parallel to the river until you cross the bridge and go up the village to your hotel.

    Hotel – Casas do Moinho

     

    Day 5: Transfer to Aljezur Castle - Aljezur - Arrifana – 18km and 224m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to the Castle of Aljezur from where today’s walk will start. After admiring the views from the castle walk along the Amoreira valley through Vale da Telha and then to Monte Clérigo where you’ll be able to get a privileged view over Amoreira Beach and have a few refreshments at the restaurants on edge of the cliff and overlooking the beach. From here you’ll head south along the coast and cliffs of Ponta da Atalaia and then reaching Arrifana, where you’ll be marvelled with the views.

    Hotel – Herdade Monte do Sol

     

    Day 6: Arrifana – Carrapateira – 18km and 230m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. On this day there will be no opportunities to buy refreshments until you reach your destination in Carrapateira, so prepare” You’ll start your walk going downhill to Canal beach, careful because it’s a steep descent! From there you’ll have a long steady climb on dirt roads to the top of this hilly coastal area unitl you reach a forested area of eucalyptus. You’ll be going up and down a series of hills in this area until the landscape opens up and you’ll start to go downhill towards the coast and the beach of Bordeira. When the trail joins with the road you’ll be very close to your hotel in Carrapateira.

    Hotel – Casa Fajara

     

    Day 7: Transfer to Vila Bispo - Vila do Bispo – Sagres – 20km and 100m of accumulated climb

    Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to Vila do Bispo. From this village you’ll enter the last stretch of your walking tour. This day is fertile in dramatic landscape as you near the tall cliffs of the São Vicente Cape and Sagres. The first part of the route will be done in wide gravel or dirt roads and as you get nearer to the cape you’ll start seeing the profound blue of the ocean. You’ll walk a stretch of fabulous coastal views between Ponta Ruiva and the Cape. From the cape you can continue east along the coast, along the paved road, passing the Beliche Fort and Beach as well as the Sagres Fortress. Be sure to visit them! From the fortress you’re just a stone’s throw away from you hotel and the end of your tour.

    Hotel – Memmo Baleeira

     

    Day 8: Transfer to Lisbon or Faro airport

    Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time transfer to Lisbon or Faro Airport.

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  • Dates and Prices

    Dates Guided Premium more info
    2019-06-30 21503085
    2019-10-27 21503085
    Walking tour by the Southwest Coast - the best of Rota Vicentina, from Alentejo to Algarve

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    Prices:

    2150€ per person in the private "guided" tour (for a minimum of 2 guests);

    3085€ per person in the private "premium" tour (for groups of a minimum of four guests);

    High season supplement (1st May to 31st October) - 100€

    Single room supplement (mandatory for solo riders) - 500€ 
     
    Premium hotel upgrade supplement (for the "guided" version only) - 300€

     

    Included in our "guided" tours:

    - Transfer from Lisbon airport/hotel to the beggining of the tour and back to the airport at the end of tour;

    - Personal guide accompanying your group, providing daily guided cyling tours, restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour;

    - Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the hikes;

    - 6 nights in charm 4 star hotels (upgrade to 5 star in premium option)*, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included;

    - Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences;

    - Garmin GPS, walking gear, water bottle and other gear to use during tours;

    - Luggage transportation between hotels;

    - Personal accidents insurance during our tour;

    - Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff and other gear;

    - Detailed briefing and routebook provided pre tour;

    - Liability and personal accidents Insurance;

    - Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your travel agent;

     

    Also Included only in our "Premium" tours:

    - Second guide accompanying, hiking alongside the group an all daily guided walking tours, always adapted to your pace;* 

    - Entrance in museums, wineries and other selected experiences (wine tasting and visit to local wine cellars); 

    - Hotel upgrade to 5 start charm hotels during the entire experience;

    - Visit to wineries and other select experiences;

     

    Not Included:

    - Meals, except when specified (optional);

    - Personal expenses

    - Flights;

    - Gratuities (optional);

     

    Add-ons:

    Extra night in Lisbon before or after this tour - on demand;

     

    Group discounts:

    / From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

    / From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

    / From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;

     

    Other discounts:

    Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount;

    Children from 11 to 14 years old - 25% discount;

    Children from 15 to 17 years old - 20% discount;

    Private tours and dates

    If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

    Additional information:

    All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmaion of this information by Live Love Hike.

  • What's included?

    Guided Premium
    Duration 8 days / 7 nights 8 days / 7 nights
    Tour Start Lisbon airport Lisbon airport
    Tour End Lisbon or Faro airport Lisbon or Faro airport
    Difficulty Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate
    Daily Km 12 to 18km 12 to 18km
    Terrain type Mixed Mixed
    Tour type Walk or Hike Walk or Hike
    Altimetry 150m to 300m 150m to 300m
    Group size Minimum of 2 pax Minimum of 4 pax
    Availability All year long, according to availability All year long, according to availability
    Hotel type 4 star charm hotels, with breakfast included Upgrade to 5 star charm hotels or superior rooms, with breakfast included
    Acommodation Shared double/twin room with breakfast included Shared double/twin room with breakfast included
    Luggage transfer Included Included
    Passenger transfer Included Included
    Guidance type Guide driving support van for the group, providing 24h support and transfers during tour; Guide driving support van for the group, providing 24h support and transfers during tour; Additional second guide, accompanying all daily guided walking tours;
    Vehicle Support SAG wagon ( support vehicle) included; SAG wagon ( support vehicle) included;
    Nutrition and hydration Included, during the hikes Included, during the hikes
    Included gear GPS, backpack, buff, t-shirt, walking sticks and other gear included GPS, backpack, buff, t-shirt, walking sticks and other gear included
    Meals Breakfast and daily picnic bags for the hikes included Breakfast and daily picnic bags for the hikes included
    Other experiences Wine tasting experience included;
    Walking Insurance Included, during the hikes Included, during the hikes
    Children up to 10 y/old 35% 35%
    Children from 11 to 14 y/old 25% 25%
    Children from 15 to 17y/old 20% 20%
    Group discounts 5% to 10% discount, depending on group's size 5% to 10% discount, depending on group's size
    High-season supplement 1ooEUR 100EUR

A Walking tour by the Portuguese Southwest Coast, enjoying the nature, beaches and peace of the Southwest of Alentejo and Vicentina coast natural parks, walking by the best walking routes of the Rota Vicentina.

BeachBig outdoorsCharmCoupleFamilyGroupLeisure trips

Join this one week hiking holidays in the Portuguese southwest Coast, walking by the best trails of the Rota Vicentina. This is an amazing oceanic hike that will take you from the beginning of the Vicentina Coast Natural park and along some of the most secluded beaches in the “Costa Vicentina”, experiencing the laidback and relaxed atmosphere of this region of the Alentejo Southwest, characterized by wuaint fisehrmen villages, oceanic views, abundance of birds and natural beauty. Enjoy your hikes in these peaceful rolling hills, discovering these great natural parks.

Walk along the Southwest Alentejo natural park, the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km. These Parks include various unique species of animal and plant life, and are visited by many zoologists and botanists from all parts of the world.

Experience the tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nested between the cliffs and rocks. Beaches such as Porto Covo, Malhão, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana and Praia do Amado, many of them preserved in a virtually unspoiled state.

Hike from Porto Covo to Cape of São Vicente and the nearby Sagres promontory that housed the famous nautical school founded by the Infante D. Henrique in the 15th century. The trails of the Alentejo provide a great atmosphere for walking and hiking tours with its gentler topography.

With its trademark gastronomy and great wines, it’s a great opportunity to taste the amazing fresh fish and seafood that are abundant in this region, as well as the local pastries.

Challenge yourself in this walking tour, by hiking towards the viewpoints and get a privileged look at the atlantic beaches. Choose everyday between shorter or longer hikes  and define your own goals and pace throughout your riding experience.

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DAY-TO-DAY INFO

 

Day 1: Lisbon, Transfer to Porto Covo – Ilha Pessegueiro

Pick up at Lisbon Airport or hotel and transfer to your hotel in Porto Covo. Tour briefing. The rest of the day is free to relax at your hotel or enjoy the beach just across from your hotel.

Hotel – Refúgio da Praia – Seaside & Nature

 

Day 2: Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes – 16km and 150m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you’ll start walking from your hotel along the beaches of Aivados and Malhão towards the center of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Most of the route goes along a coastal sandy trail and over the dunes so typical of this part of the coast. It’s a long day with considerable difficulty due to the sandy tracks and dunes, with just a few opportunities to stop for a coffee and refreshments before Vila Nova de Milfontes. If you happen to walk during the low tide you’ll be able to do so on the water’s edge, skipping the wide tracks in the dunes.                    

Hotel – Casa do Adro

 

Day 3: Transfer to Almograve – Zambujeira (Herdade Touril) – 17,5km and 200m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to Almograve. Your walk will start from the beach of Almograve, and as soon as you pass the small fishing harbour you’ll walk along the trail on top of the dramatic sandstone cliffs overlooking the ocean, full of birds nesting and a somewhat lunar landscape. Roughly half way you’ll get to the small village of Cavaleiro, where you can stop for a break and some refreshments. After Cavaleiro you’ll re-enter the cliff trails of Cabo Sardão, with its lighthouse right along the trail, distancing just 5 km from your hotel for the day. Just follow the signs that say Herdade do Touril.

Hotel - Herdade do Touril

 

Day 4: Zambujeira – Odeceixe – 18km and 190m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave your hotel and join the cliff trail again that will lead you to Porto da Barca, a small fishing port at the end of a narrow and steep downhill trail. After crossing the port you’ll enter the walking path to Zambujeira do Mar, a quaint little village most known for its summer music festival. Continue along the coast walking along the Alteirinhos and Carvalhal beaches. When you reach Amália beach, right after you emerged from the forested area, you’ll be having some of the most spectacular views of the Vicentina Coast. Continue on the trail past Amália until you reach the north side of Odeceixe beach. Come down the trail and enter the paved road that will lead you parallel to the river until you cross the bridge and go up the village to your hotel.

Hotel – Casas do Moinho

 

Day 5: Transfer to Aljezur Castle - Aljezur - Arrifana – 18km and 224m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to the Castle of Aljezur from where today’s walk will start. After admiring the views from the castle walk along the Amoreira valley through Vale da Telha and then to Monte Clérigo where you’ll be able to get a privileged view over Amoreira Beach and have a few refreshments at the restaurants on edge of the cliff and overlooking the beach. From here you’ll head south along the coast and cliffs of Ponta da Atalaia and then reaching Arrifana, where you’ll be marvelled with the views.

Hotel – Herdade Monte do Sol

 

Day 6: Arrifana – Carrapateira – 18km and 230m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. On this day there will be no opportunities to buy refreshments until you reach your destination in Carrapateira, so prepare” You’ll start your walk going downhill to Canal beach, careful because it’s a steep descent! From there you’ll have a long steady climb on dirt roads to the top of this hilly coastal area unitl you reach a forested area of eucalyptus. You’ll be going up and down a series of hills in this area until the landscape opens up and you’ll start to go downhill towards the coast and the beach of Bordeira. When the trail joins with the road you’ll be very close to your hotel in Carrapateira.

Hotel – Casa Fajara

 

Day 7: Transfer to Vila Bispo - Vila do Bispo – Sagres – 20km and 100m of accumulated climb

Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to Vila do Bispo. From this village you’ll enter the last stretch of your walking tour. This day is fertile in dramatic landscape as you near the tall cliffs of the São Vicente Cape and Sagres. The first part of the route will be done in wide gravel or dirt roads and as you get nearer to the cape you’ll start seeing the profound blue of the ocean. You’ll walk a stretch of fabulous coastal views between Ponta Ruiva and the Cape. From the cape you can continue east along the coast, along the paved road, passing the Beliche Fort and Beach as well as the Sagres Fortress. Be sure to visit them! From the fortress you’re just a stone’s throw away from you hotel and the end of your tour.

Hotel – Memmo Baleeira

 

Day 8: Transfer to Lisbon or Faro airport

Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time transfer to Lisbon or Faro Airport.

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Dates Guided Premium more info
2019-06-30 21503085
2019-10-27 21503085
Walking tour by the Southwest Coast - the best of Rota Vicentina, from Alentejo to Algarve

Contact us

Prices:

2150€ per person in the private "guided" tour (for a minimum of 2 guests);

3085€ per person in the private "premium" tour (for groups of a minimum of four guests);

High season supplement (1st May to 31st October) - 100€

Single room supplement (mandatory for solo riders) - 500€ 
 
Premium hotel upgrade supplement (for the "guided" version only) - 300€

 

Included in our "guided" tours:

- Transfer from Lisbon airport/hotel to the beggining of the tour and back to the airport at the end of tour;

- Personal guide accompanying your group, providing daily guided cyling tours, restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour;

- Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the hikes;

- 6 nights in charm 4 star hotels (upgrade to 5 star in premium option)*, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included;

- Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences;

- Garmin GPS, walking gear, water bottle and other gear to use during tours;

- Luggage transportation between hotels;

- Personal accidents insurance during our tour;

- Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff and other gear;

- Detailed briefing and routebook provided pre tour;

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance;

- Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your travel agent;

 

Also Included only in our "Premium" tours:

- Second guide accompanying, hiking alongside the group an all daily guided walking tours, always adapted to your pace;* 

- Entrance in museums, wineries and other selected experiences (wine tasting and visit to local wine cellars); 

- Hotel upgrade to 5 start charm hotels during the entire experience;

- Visit to wineries and other select experiences;

 

Not Included:

- Meals, except when specified (optional);

- Personal expenses

- Flights;

- Gratuities (optional);

 

Add-ons:

Extra night in Lisbon before or after this tour - on demand;

 

Group discounts:

/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;

 

Other discounts:

Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount;

Children from 11 to 14 years old - 25% discount;

Children from 15 to 17 years old - 20% discount;

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

Additional information:

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmaion of this information by Live Love Hike.

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Guided Premium
Duration 8 days / 7 nights 8 days / 7 nights
Tour Start Lisbon airport Lisbon airport
Tour End Lisbon or Faro airport Lisbon or Faro airport
Difficulty Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate
Daily Km 12 to 18km 12 to 18km
Terrain type Mixed Mixed
Tour type Walk or Hike Walk or Hike
Altimetry 150m to 300m 150m to 300m
Group size Minimum of 2 pax Minimum of 4 pax
Availability All year long, according to availability All year long, according to availability
Hotel type 4 star charm hotels, with breakfast included Upgrade to 5 star charm hotels or superior rooms, with breakfast included
Acommodation Shared double/twin room with breakfast included Shared double/twin room with breakfast included
Luggage transfer Included Included
Passenger transfer Included Included
Guidance type Guide driving support van for the group, providing 24h support and transfers during tour; Guide driving support van for the group, providing 24h support and transfers during tour; Additional second guide, accompanying all daily guided walking tours;
Vehicle Support SAG wagon ( support vehicle) included; SAG wagon ( support vehicle) included;
Nutrition and hydration Included, during the hikes Included, during the hikes
Included gear GPS, backpack, buff, t-shirt, walking sticks and other gear included GPS, backpack, buff, t-shirt, walking sticks and other gear included
Meals Breakfast and daily picnic bags for the hikes included Breakfast and daily picnic bags for the hikes included
Other experiences Wine tasting experience included;
Walking Insurance Included, during the hikes Included, during the hikes
Children up to 10 y/old 35% 35%
Children from 11 to 14 y/old 25% 25%
Children from 15 to 17y/old 20% 20%
Group discounts 5% to 10% discount, depending on group's size 5% to 10% discount, depending on group's size
High-season supplement 1ooEUR 100EUR

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