Experience the untouched and pristine southwest coast of Portugal on the Fisherman’s Trail. We will cover 120km over 6 days, staying in boutique…
Experience the untouched and pristine southwest coast of Portugal on the Fisherman’s Trail. We will cover 120km over 6 days, staying in boutique guesthouses and lodges along the way. Completely within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast National Park, we will hike atop cliffs that overlook sandy beaches and ocean views by day, then enjoy Portuguese wine and fresh local delicacies in the evening. The Rota Vicentina has been certified as a “Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe”, and has something to offer everyone. This area of Portugal gets an incredible 300 days of sun per year, making the weather perfect for walking. Our expedition to Portugal’s Southwest coast is a nice balance between outdoor adventure and blissful vacation.
6 days of walking the SW Portuguese coast are bookended by nights in Lisbon. On the trail, we will encounter beaches, cliffs, bamboo forests, eucalyptus trees, and fishing villages.
Fly to LisbonMeet at 7pm for a welcome dinner in the heart of Lisbon, a colourful city full of cobbled alleyways, lively street performers, ancient ruins, and white domed cathedrals.
Explore BélemBélem, a district in West Lisbon is a place to discover the history of Portuguese colonialism. Situated along the winding river Rio Tejo, we will watch boats gliding by while enjoying the world-famous pastry in its birthplace: Pastiés de Bélem (Portuguese egg tarts!).
Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes, 20kmOur first day on the Fisherman's Trail will follow beaches with diverse topography: sandstone dunes sliding into the ocean, rivers and streams, and dark cliffs and islands.Our day will end in Vila Nova de Milfontes – a delightful Portuguese town filled with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and scenic views across the Mira River.
Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve, 15kmWe will wake up this morning to a yoga class instructed by Clara Pratas, a local to Vila Nova de Milfontes who has been practicing yoga since 2002. Having studied psychology at the University of Lisbon, this mother of two considers yoga to be a celebration of life and authenticity. Our relatively short day of walking will pass through several small towns taking particular notice of the unique vegetation that attracts birds and small mammals. Many types of swifts will be visible. Their breeding season will be in its peak and the birds fly high seeking food for chicks and mates.
Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar, 22kmToday’s hike is truly wonderful with all the high cliffs, small coves, inlets, and rock islands. There will be lots of opportunities to spot local fishermen and, hopefully we can enjoy a swim and picnic at an untouched beach only accessible by foot.
Zambujeira do Mar - Odecixe, 18kmA relatively short day of hiking will allow us to enjoy the bliss of Odeceixe’s beach and attractions. As Ellen Himelfarb quoted in her special to the Globe and Mail, “ arguably the most dazzling beach in the region, Praia de Odeceixe, a name whose pronunciation will make you suffer if you let it (o-de-SHAYSH is close), but which arouses an emotion approximating euphoria.” Perched on rolling hills, we will wander the village making sure to visit the ancient windmill and the local market.
Odecixe - Aljezur, 23kmToday's hike is a flat and easy walk to Aljezur. Going inland, we will pass farmer's fields while walking alongside the River Mira. Along the way, we will stop for lunch in Rogil, a quaint village 95meters above sea level.
Aljezur - Arrifana, 18kmOur final day of hiking will take us to the surf town of Arrifana, where locals and travellers alike gather to take advantage of the excellent surf waves and pristine views. Renowned for its exceptional beach, Arrifana’s kilometer of sandy shoreline offers the perfect ending to our hike. After a dip in the sea, we’ll enjoy a delightful dinner in this bustling and colourful fishing village.
Arrifana - LisbonToday we’ll learn to fish with the locals! We’ll head out on the Atlantic with some local fishermen for an authentic fishing experience getting close to cliffs that are only accessible by boat. Alternatively, you may choose to have a surfing lesson with local pros and learn to ride the Atlantic Ocean waves. We will say good bye to the coast and head back to Lisbon for our final evening.
- Transportation to/from the trail by private van
- A Lisboa Card, giving free access to Lisbon public transit and many museums and attractions in the city for your enjoyment
- All accommodation (double)
- All breakfasts
- Lunches on the trail
- Kickoff and Final Celebration dinners
- An experienced WAFA certified guide
- Comprehensive pre-trip support including a fitness plan and gear list
- Travel to/from Lisbon
- Remaining lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
start: Thursday October 11, 2018end: Saturday October 20, 2018Group Size: 10 paxprice: /Person
The SW Coat of Portugal sees 300 days of sun per year, and in October temperatures range from 15°C to 22°C. The route follows the coast, so it can be windy at times and the sun is strong. Detailed information will be provided upon joining this trip.
The Fisherman's Trail has little elevation change and no altitude making it very accessible. We will, however, be walking on sand for long days which requires strong calves and quads. Detailed information and a personalized plan to ensure your enjoyment and success will be provided upon joining this trip.
At the end of each day on the trail, we will stay in local lodges and guesthouses. In Lisbon we will stay in boutique hotels with unique character.