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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.

You will stay in two extraordinary Portuguese regions, which 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 Area

Our two centres have been chosen for their accessible locations to get to the best walks, high standard of hotels and of course the quality of the surrounding walks.

You will first be based in the castellated town of Aljezur, whose castle is actually quite legendary as it’s one of the seven that are represented on the flag of Portugal. This lush green valley is well known for its “incomparable” home grown sweet potatoes and boasts a very relaxed, old style way of life in comparison to the bustling Algarve further south. The historic old town and intriguing new town are separated by the flowing river that runs through the valley.

Your second centre is in the charming town of Odemira located on the banks of the Rio Mira which is still tidal at this section. This beautiful area offers a tranquil experience set within characterful countryside between the hills and the sea, where you will notice the abundance of traditional white houses’ facing down towards the powerful Rio Mira. Similar to Aljezur, Odemira has an interesting old town set on the hillside which is well worth exploring.

The Walking

We have carefully selected our routes to ensure the walker truly experiences the best variety this region has to offer. You can access routes which follow both The Historical Way (inland) and The Fishermen’s Trail (coastal), in addition to circular walks, from both of our centres giving you a considered assortment of walks to choose from. The variety and quality of paths is quite exceptional, the majority are excellently waymarked and clearly signposted. Some of our chosen walks require public transport (bus), some don’t require any transport at all and others benefit from private transport provided by your accommodation to get you to the more remote areas. All of our accommodations are more than happy to arrange transfers for you locally should you wish to.

Self-Guided Walking

We provide you with our self-guided walk booklet with walks catering for all abilities. We also provide the official Rota Vicentina map. Our recommended walks include some circular routes, whilst others are more suitable as a linear walk. Public transport is available from each centre (by bus) but the timings are not always walker friendly, particularly in the quiet season. Private transfers can be arranged locally with your hotels.

Walk Grading

Self-guided: A Selection of Easy, Moderate and Challenging walks that you can choose from.

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Rota Vicentina Two Centred

We have selected our accommodations for their quality, friendliness and location. We don’t feature a standard or higher grade choice as we feel our accommodations are all of an equally quality standard; they also all feature an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms have a private bathroom, mostly with showers. You will be assured of breakfast and/or dinner with local specialities.

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This holiday 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.

Faro

From Faro airport you will be collected and transferred to your first hotel in Aljezur which takes just over an hour. There are no suitable buses or trains available between Faro and Aljezur so a private transfer is the only option.

On your return from Odemira, you will be transferred to Funcheira train station which takes 30 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 Odemira to Faro airport at a supplement; this transfer takes 1 hour, 45 minutes.

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 bus to Aljezur (3 hours, 30 minutes) which stops very close to your hotel (included).

Private transfers between Lisbon airport and your hotels are available at a supplement – this may be necessary if your flight arrives too late for the bus. The private transfer from Lisbon airport to your first hotel takes 2 hours, 30 minutes.

On your return, you will be transferred from your hotel to Funcheira station (30 minutes) where you take the train back to Lisbon City (2 hours - 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 Odemira to Lisbon airport at a supplement. The private transfer from your last hotel in Odemira to Lisbon airport takes 2 hours.

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Portugal Vicentina Two Centre

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*
  • Bus from Lisbon City to first hotel
  • Transfer between your two holiday centres
  • Transfer from last hotel to Funcheira station, then train to Lisbon City
  • 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. Flights from many local airports also available (exact prices for your dates are available on request) Arrivals/departures into Faro are available at a supplement of £20 per person (local transport).
  • Private transfers between Lisbon airport and your hotels at a supplement of £170 per person (return journey)
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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 half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Hotel Vicentina & Refugio do Monte

Dates

7 nights Half Board*

With Flights**

7 nights Half Board* Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night

15 Sep – 16 Oct

769

629

POA

POA

17 Oct – 24 Mar    

739

589

POA

POA

25 Mar – 18 Apr

789

649

POA

POA

19 Apr – 13 Jun

779

639

POA

POA

14 Jun – 14 Sep

849

689

POA

POA

 
* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room Supplements (per person per night):  

  • Hotel Vicentina: Room with a balcony = £8
  • Hotel Vicentina: Studio = £12
  • Hotel Vicentina: One bed apartment (max 4 people) = £14

Hotel Vicentina & Quinta do Chocolhihno

Dates

7 nights Half Board*

With Flights**

7 nights Half Board* Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night

15 Sep – 02 Nov

789

649

POA

POA

03 Nov – 28 Mar    

749

599

POA

POA

29 Mar – 28 Jun    

789

649

POA

POA

29 Jun – 15 Sep

759

599

POA

POA

 
* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here
 

POA = Prices on Application

Room Supplements (per person per night):  

  • Hotel Vicentina: Room with a balcony = £8
  • Hotel Vicentina: Studio = £12
  • Hotel Vicentina: One bed apartment (max 4 people) = £14
  • Quinta do Chocolhihno: Apartment (max 4 people) = £12

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