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So what is Rota Vicentina? In case, you aren’t yet familiar with this long distance route, Rota Vicentina is a network of well-preserved walking trails in South-West Portugal totalling 450km. Comprised of two main routes (several circular routes are also available) – The Historical Way (inland) and The Fishermen’s Trail (coastal) propose an exceptional journey between the two contrasting personalities of this admired route which was certified as a ‘Leading Quality Trail’ within Europe in 2016.

Rota Vicentina was officially established in 2013 when an association was founded who adopted responsibility for this project. Aware that this region is one of the last wildernesses of Europe’s Southern Coast, the founding association, composed of local establishments and local people, feared its destruction and were determined to preserve that which makes it so special for us today.

United by two extraordinary Portuguese regions, this area combines Alentejo’s serene ambiance with the only coastal stretch of Algarve that remains truly genuine and wild. Pampered by over 300 days of sunshine a year, this region is an unmissable destination for lovers of walking within nature.

The Walking

The route is very well way-marked, the paths are clear and the walking is generally easy going (becomes less easy towards the end on the coast). Whilst you walk along the Historical Way you pass by rural villages following a stunning, tranquil route through stretches of cork trees, rivers and creeks; with even the possibility to spot the local otter! Whilst following the Fishermen’s Trail, you become immersed in a more wild experience as you traverse along the cliffs listening to the abundant sea birds whilst facing the approaching striking natural landscape.

Extra Nights

We recommend adding extra nights in Lisbon or Faro (depending on which airport you are using). Both of these coastal cities are extremely beautiful and are teeming with sights to see and history to discover. They are also both very nearby to some fantastic beaches should you wish to relax in the sunshine for a little longer.

Self-Guided Walking

We provide you with our exclusive self-guided walk booklet created by a member of our UK based walk writing team (first language English) which documents each walk. We also provide the official Rota Vicentina map – certainly the best for this trek!

Luggage Transfer

The luggage is transferred for you from hotel to hotel, leaving you free to travel with a day rucksack only.

Walk Grading

Self-Guided – Easy to Moderate walking. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Total ascents: 1470m. Total descents: 1530m. Total distance: 61.5 miles / 98km.

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Rota Vicentina Trek

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We offer standard grade and higher grade accommodation every night on this trek. All are of good quality chosen for their charm, location and friendliness. All rooms have a private bathroom, mostly with a shower over the bath. The hotels will let you know about any local specialities for dinner and/or breakfast.

All of our standard grade accommodations have been selected for their convenient location close to the Rota Vicentina and for their simple, yet comfortable rooms. Each night is breakfast only as they are ideally located in the towns/villages within walking distance of a choice of good local restaurants.

All of our higher grade accommodations have been selected for their more luxurious appeal, all set within beautiful farmland and all offer a swimming pool making them a more rural, relaxing choice of accommodation. Due to their tranquil isolation, transfers are required between the path and accommodations, all of which are included in your holiday price. Breakfast and dinner is taken at each accommodation usually utilising their own fresh local produce.

Below is a brief description of our normal hotels, however, if full, we may change the hotel to something similar.

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Day 1: Arrive into either Lisbon or Faro airport and take the necessary local transport to your first hotel (see ‘how to get there’ for more details). Private transfers between Lisbon or Faro airport and your first/last hotels are available at a supplement – this may be necessary if your flight arrives too late for the train. Overnight Odemira.

Day 2: Today’s walk passes through sparsely populated, hilly countryside with lots of cork oaks, and for part of the way, eucalyptus forest. With the Rivers Mira and S. Teotonio for company, you become truly immersed in the beauty of this inland area between the hills and the sea. This is a good warm-up day – whilst it’s quite long, it is easy going with the whole of the route following country tracks and only modest ascents and descents. Overnight Sao Teotonio.

Ascent: 400m. Descent: 250m. Distance: 12 miles. Time: 4.5 hours.

Day 3: Today is a little more challenging than walk day 1. As you walk alongside streams and through the countryside, you will begin to recognise the amazing biodiversity in this area such as Portuguese heather, Oregano and May-flower. You are rarely out of sight or hearing of the many beautiful birds that make this countryside their home. You may notice holes dugs in the banks made from the local Water Voles, Signal Crayfish or even Kingfishers. Overnight Odeceixe.

Ascent: 250m. Descent: 400m. Distance: 10.5 miles. Time:  4.75 hours.

Day 4: With two nights in the same accommodation, you can choose how much walking to do today. We describe a circular walk, shorter and easier than the previous two days, which takes you down to a beautiful stretch of coast. The highlights of the circuit are undoubtedly this coastal section, together with Praia (beach) de Odeceixe and the village of Odeceixe itself, which is worth exploring. There is a small section alongside an irrigation canal (quite a novelty – look out for the turtles) and another section along the striking cliff tops. Overnight Odeceixe.

Ascent: 110m. Descent: 110m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 3.5 hours.

Day 5: Today you turn northwards. This coastal walk is in complete contrast to previous days. The first section follows along the north side of the river from Odeceixe nearly to the river mouth. Opposite Praia de Odeceixe, you climb steeply up to the headland and thereafter most of the walk is along tracks or narrow paths, along the top of high cliffs, traversing a beautiful section of coast where you come close to the sand dunes which are home to many burrowing mammals. Overnight Zambujeira do Mar.

Ascent: 340m. Descent: 370m. Distance: 11.5 miles. Time: 4.25 hours.

Day 6: A varied walk today. After a very short section of cliff-top path, you walk on to the fishing port of Entrada da Barca. Leaving this little valley, the path takes you steeply up rocks, but there is a handrail. From there to the lighthouse of Cabo Sardao you walk along tracks getting ever closer to the fascinating cliffs. The route from the lighthouse to the approach to Almograve is much wilder, and you walk on stony or sandy paths and tracks along a spectacular coastline. Overnight Almograve.

Ascent: 220m. Descent: 230m. Distance: 13 miles. Time: 4.75 hours.

Day 7: This is shorter than previous days and somewhat easier. Although there are sandy parts, especially in the first 1/3rd, there is less up and down – the cliffs are lower here. Described by locals as ‘a day to purify your soul’ thanks to the overwhelming views over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Mira River as it meets the ocean, this is a spectacular walk. In the summer there is a regular ferry boat across the Rio Mira to Vila Nova, which is a great way to end the trek. Out of high season, you can phone for the ferry although we understand that it does not run in the winter. More details are given within our holiday documents. Overnight Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Ascent: 150m. Descent: 170m. Distance: 6.5 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Day 8: Depart from your last hotel on the necessary local transport to either Lisbon or Faro airport (see ‘how to get there’ for more details). Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer from your hotel in Vila Nova to Lisbon or Faro airport at a supplement.

You can of course choose to stay on for a couple of nights in either Lisbon or Faro which we highly recommend. 

 

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This trek is available from March to October; however we wouldn’t recommend travelling in July & August due to expected high temperatures and high volumes of visitors which also makes hotel availability limited. March to June is the best time for flowers.



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The nearest airport is Faro which welcomes regular non-stop flights from major UK airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Doncaster, Leeds, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Lisbon airport is also within reach and welcomes regular non-stop flights from all the above (except Stansted, Newcastle, Doncaster, Leeds, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Belfast) as well as flights from Toronto, Boston, Miami, New York and Dubai. 

Lisbon

From Lisbon airport you take the metro train to Lisbon City Station (Oriente) which takes just under 10 minutes (payable locally). From there, you take the train to Funcheira which will take approx. 2 hours (included). Once you arrive in Funcheira, you will be met and driven 30 minutes to your first hotel in Odemira (included).

Private transfers between Lisbon airport and your first/last hotels are available at a supplement – this may be necessary if your flight arrives too late for the train. The private transfer from Lisbon airport to your first trek hotel takes 2 hours.

On your return, you take the intercity coach bus from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Lisbon City which takes 3 hours, 30 minutes (included – this will be dependent on your flight times, for example if you have an early departure you would need to opt for a private transfer to get you to the airport in time, or have a recommended extra night in Lisbon).

You then take the short journey on the metro train back to the airport (payable locally). Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer from your hotel in Vila Nova to Lisbon airport at a supplement; this transfer takes just under 2 hours.

Faro

From Faro airport you take a 20 minute bus into the city (payable locally). From there, you take the train to Funcheira which takes 1 hour, 30 minutes (included). You will be collected from Funcheira station and driven 30 minutes to your first hotel in Odemira (included).

Private transfers between Faro airport and your first/last hotels are available at a supplement – this may be necessary if your flight arrives too late for the train. The private transfer from Faro airport to your first trek hotel takes 1 hour, 40 minutes.

On your return from Vila Nova de Milfontes, you will be transferred back to Funcheira train station which takes 45 minutes (included). You will then take the train back to Faro which takes 1 hour, 30 minutes (included - this will be dependent on your flight times, for example if you have an early departure you would need to opt for a private transfer to get you to the airport in time, or have a recommended extra night in Faro) and then the short bus back to the airport (payable locally).

Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer from your hotel in Vila Nova to Faro airport at a supplement; this transfer takes just under 2 hours.

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Portugal – Rota Vicentina Trek

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a standard room with breakfast only (Standard Grade) OR
  • 7 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board  (Higher Grade) 
  • Train from Lisbon City to Funcheira and transfer from Funcheira station to first hotel
  • Bus from last hotel to Lisbon City
  • Transfers most days between rural accommodations & walking route (higher grade only – not necessary with standard grade accommodations)
  • Baggage transfers between the hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)
  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map
*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • 'With flights' includes typical flight prices* between London and Lisbon airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request). Arrivals/departures into Faro are available at a supplement of £20 per person.
  • Private transfers between Lisbon airport and your first/last hotels at a supplement of £200 per person (return journey)
*For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals
  • Metro train between Lisbon Airport and Lisbon City Station

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights bed & breakfast (standard grade) or 7 nights half board* (higher grade) in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

 

With Flights**

Own International Flights

Extra Night

per person

Single room Supplement

per night#

Standard Grade - 7 Nights bed & breakfast

Apr, May & Oct

689

539

POA

27

June & Sept

699

559

POA

30

July & August

749

589

POA

35

Higher Grade - 7 Nights half board*

Apr, May & Oct

904

754

POA

37

June & Sept

964

824

POA

45

July & August

1004

844

POA

56

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here
#  If at least 2 people travelling; if solo traveller the single supplement applies in addition to a sole transfer supplement

POA – Prices upon application

Update: QI08

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