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Rota Vicentina Centre Based

ROTA VICENTINA

FISHERMEN’S TRAIL & HISTORICAL WAY

Trip Style

Rural Rugged Coastline, Dunes and Beaches

Availability

From September to June

Highlight

Quiet beaches, Rugged cliffs, Cape St Vincent

Price from

415 EUR

Grade

The Rota Vicentina is a series of walking trails located in the South West of Portugal that navigates through the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. Combining the Fishermen’s Trail, the Historical Way and several circular routes this trail combines both the rural charm of Portugal with the rugged coastline that has been shaped by the Atlantic Ocean.

The Fishermen’s Trail which you will take from Porto Covo to Odeceixe is a coastline route that follows trails created by locals to get to the beaches as well as the best fishing spots and can only be travelled by foot. The majority of this route is also on sand trails which can be more tiring to walk on and it is recommend that you have good walking boots.

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A major draw of this area is the abundance of opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the multitude of different plants and flowers along the way – springtime (in other words any time after Christmas!) is ideal and the colours are amazing and a photographers dream.

This centre base option allows you to get a taster of what the Rota Vicentina National Park has to offer giving you the opportunity to experience the coast as well the inland hills and lakes.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive at Carrapateira


Carrapateira is a tranquil pretty village with easy access to the two beaches nearby as well as the hills and lakes inland.

Day 2: Bordeira Circular Walk (13.5km / 4hr)


If you are feeling energetic and would like a longer day walking you can walk from Carrapateira to Bordeira to start the walk out to the coast. Alternatively you can get a taxi to take you to Bordeira to start the walk.  This coastal circular walk will take you from the hills, where the town is located, out to the coast and area of dunes. Wildlife abounds on this section as does the wonderful flowers and with the pinewood of the area this adds to the diversity of your surroundings.

Day 3: Bordeira Walk to the Hidden Lakes (16km / 5hr)


Returning to Bordeira today either by walking or taxi you will now explore the interior region. Starting out you will follow the Historical Way to Arrifana before turning off this route to climb through a valley of cork and oak trees.  Catch the scent on the air of aromatic plants such as rosemary and white barn.  Passing through quiet valleys you will pass by tranquil lakes where you can relax and have a picnic.  Continuing on you will pass by eucalyptus trees before returning to the Historical Way to get back to Bordeira.

Day 4: Carrapateira Circular Walk to the Coast (10km / 3.5hr)


Today’s walk will give you the opportunity to witness some superb viewpoints over the escarpments and beaches.  An interesting part of today will also be the ruins of an ancient Islamic fisherman’s settlement.  Some of this walk is on boardwalks so it makes for an easily enjoyable walk.

Day 5: Hills of Carrapateira (13.5km / 4hr)


This route today will be a real treat for those who appreciate great views.  Panoramic views await not only over beaches today but also villages, valleys and even the opportunity to see as far as the Monchique mountains. Be sure to take a picnic and find a spot to appreciate the views while you enjoy a relaxed lunch stop.

Day 6: Check Out


Today you say good bye to this tranquil paradise and we hope that you will return to experience more of the Rota Vicentina.

INCLUDED AND NOT

5 nights Guesthouse/Hotel

6 Breakfasts

Roadbook (Guidebook) and Maps

24/7 Customer Care

Flights/trains

Insurance

Drinks

Lunches & dinners

Transfer from/to airport

Extra night stays

Access

Way in & out

Situated between Lisbon and the Algrave the region is served by the airports in both Lisbon and Faro.

If starting from Porto Covo we would recommend that you fly to Lisbon.  From Dublin there are direct flights with both Aerlingus and RyanAir.  From London there are direct flights with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.

From Lisbon to then get to Porto Covo you can get a bus or we can organise a private transfer.

Information on the bus schedules can be found on: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/.  The bus journey is approximately 2hr 30 minutes.

A private transfer will take approximately 1hr 55 minutes and will drop you at your first nights’ accommodation.

Going home from Sagres to Faro Airport we can arrange a private transfer which will take approximately 1hr 20 minutes.

Alternatively you can get a bus from Sagres to Lagos where you can then get a train to Faro and the shuttle bus back to the airport.  The bus from Sagres to Lagos is approximately 1hr 5 minutes and information on this can be found on http://eva-bus.com/index.php?lang=uk.  Information on the train can be found on http://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/ and the train takes approximately 1hr 45 minutes.  Information on the shuttle bus in Farro to the airport can be found on http://www.proximo.pt/pt/ and takes approximately 25 minutes.

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