Portugal: Hiking the south (Rota Vicentina)

Algave Region (Hiking on The Historical Way)

The Algave Region is mainly popular for its beautiful beaches and summer holidays. Which is calling for a lot of travelers. Nether less, the region has a lot of more to offer. Even that the majority of the Fishermen’s trail is located in the Alentejo region – see below – some parts can be hiked at the Algave. This trails can be combined with the Historical Way as well, which is only partly at the ocean side and more located in the inland.

Beaches to fall in love with are Praia de Almadena, Praia Santa and Praia das Furnas. Which are also really popular under surfer, that are making the ocean more colorful.

Monchique Region

The Monchique region is a contrast to seeing the seaside places. It is located inland and mainly surrounded by hills and forest. On the way to our accommodation in Monchique, we saw a lot of stork nests along the long the road. The area is mainly quite and not as busy as the Algave. Where the majority of the coast region is over built.

There are a couple of nice hikes around Monchique, that make is worthwhile to stay there for 2 or 3 days. In order to see a bit more of what Portugal has to offer.

Alentejo Region (Hiking the Rota Vicentina / Fishermen’s Trail)

When having our first coastal hike in Madeira, I fall in love and wanted to do more of that kind of hiking. And I am happy to report that there are several options available in Europe to choose from. One of the most famous, because it is just stunning, is the Rota Vicentina or Fishermen’s trail in the south of Portugal. In the Alentejo region. The region itself is mainly countryside and farming, and the different parts of the 256 km long trail are connected by small towns. The trail can be followed easily by the green/blue sign on trees, stones or in the sand.

The sections are 10 to 25 km longs, even that there is nearly no elevation, hiking in the sand is trickier than you might think. But all the views are totally making up for it. Compared to the north of Portugal, our encounters with dogs been way less – nether the less there been some. When you are not planning to do all the long distance hike, it is totally possible to do only parts. As every 10 to 15 km, there is a parting lot for entering the hike. The most important thing to recall is, to do the hike in spring or autumn. In the high season (Jun/July/August) it is way too hot and not recommendable.

Stages of the Rota Vicentina (Alentejo Region)

  1. S. Torpes to Porto Covo (10 km)
  2. Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes (20 km)
  3. Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve (15 km)
  4. Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar (22 km)
  5. Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe (18 km)
  6. Odeceixe to Aljezur (22 km)
  7. Aljezur to Arrifana (17 km)
  8. Arrifana to Carrapateira (20 km)
  9. Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo (16 km)
  10. Vila do Bispo to Sagres (20 km)

Stages of the Rota Vicentina (Algave Region)

  1. Sagres to Salema (19 km)
  2. Salema to Luz (12 km)
  3. Luz to Lagos (11 km)

Leave a Reply