Arrival in Porto Covo
Today you start your hiking trip through the coastal area of Rota Vicentina arriving in the charming municipality of Porto Covo, whose white houses and beaches accompanied by cliffs will enchant you.
If you arrive early, we suggest you either tour its beautiful square, or even take a boat to the Isla de Pessegueiro and get to know its famous Roman ruins there.
Overnight: Porto Covo
From Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes
Welcome to your first day of walking. Today, you will find beautiful beaches with their dunes and coves with the spectacular charm of the Portuguese coast.
Walking on the sand isn't as easy as it seems because of its smooth texture, but all your effort will be rewarded for the diversity of landscapes and unparalleled coastal views you'll encounter.
Length: 19,5 km
Overnight: Vila Nova de Milfontes
From Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve/ Longueira
Today you will walk along the River Mira towards Almograve, your destination for today. The wild flowers you will see along the trail and the immense number of birds will make your route much more pleasant.
Just in case you want to rest, and although it is only your second day on the route, we suggest you take a boat that crosses the river, which will help you get to your accommodation sooner. You must book it in advance.
Length: 17,4 km
Overnight: Almograve/ Longueira
From Almograve/ Longueira to Zambujeira do Mar
On your fourth day, you will cross dunes again, but you will also see some cliffs on your way, as well as birds and large pines that will give you, in short, a beautiful day of landscape diversity.
As a curious fact, we would tell you that at this point of the coast is the only place in the world where White Storks nest, so if you see any, you will be surprised by their presence, so remember to take some photos that will be a great souvenir.
You will arrive at the Cabo Sardao Lighthouse, built in 1915, and where the fishermen's particular way of working will impress you. Follow your route to your destination today: Zambujeira do Mar.
Today you have an included transfer from Zambujeira do Mar to Touril.
Length: 23 km
From Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe
Today you will have for yourself, the spectacular views over the cliffs and the Fisherman's Trail that you will walk along. You will get to know several of the beaches that make up this route and, in addition, a natural fishing port.
As you walk, you'll see Odeceixe Beach in the distance, indicating that you're approaching your destination. You will also see that the beach is protected by the Foia Mountains and Monchique, which offer you a spectacular landscape in general.
Length: 18,3 km
Circular hiking route to Odeceixe Beach or rest day
For today we offer you two options. On one hand, you can enjoy the village of Odeceixe, your hotel and the rest you deserve after several days of walking.
On the other hand, a walk to the beach that you saw yesterday along your route, will then take you to the River Seixe and spectacular wetlands that will give you a new experience during your hiking trip along the Rota Vicentina coast.
Length: 13 km
Return from Odeceixe
Today, after breakfast, you must return on your own to Faro or Lisbon Airport, from where you can take your flight back to your home city*.
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities of the hiking route along the Rota Vicentina: coastal route.
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Services in your hiking trail in The Rota Vicentina: coastal route
Accommodation in hotels and country cottages.
Rooms with private bathroom.
Meal plan of your choice.
Complete itinerary of your trekking route in The Rota Vicentina: coastal route.
24 hours Telephone assistance on route.
Baggage transfers according to your itinerary.
Additional single room: to consult.
Extra nights (breakfast included): to consult.
Private transfer on the first day from Lisbon airport or Faro airport to Porto Covo: to consult.
Private transfer on the last day from Odeceixe to Lisbon airport or Faro airport: to consult.
Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.
Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.
The 2 dinners are included on days 5 and 6.
This route can only be completed during the months of March to June inclusive, and from September to November, also inclusive.
This route is suitable for solo travellers.
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route can only be done during the months of March to June inclusive, and from September to November, also inclusive.
How do I get to the starting point?
To start your Walking Holiday on the Rota Vicentina: Coastal Route, the ideal option is to get to Lisbon Airport. From there, you can take a bus that will take about 2 and a half hours to the city. Otherwise, ask us to book you an additional private transfer.
You can also take a flight to Faro Airport. To get from there to your first accommodation in Porto Covo, we need to know your flight number and arrival time at the time of booking to organize an additional transfer for you, as there is not a good connection on public transport.
When you finish your trip in Odeceixe, you can go to Faro Airport or Lisbon Airport on your own or by booking an additional transfer with us.
Remember, we can arrange a private transfer both at the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.