Portugal

Fishermen's Trail Walk

Six nights, six days of walking and hiking. Moderate to challenging coastal routes among cliffs and dunes with remarkable biodiversity and a temperate climate, making this an ideal "camino" trek.
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Itinerary



Start / Finish: TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel , Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 1

Transfer Lisbon to Porto Cova, then walk up to ~20km to Vila Nova de Milfontes

Start with a morning pickup in Lisbon for a two hour transfer to Porto Covo and the beginning of the Fishermen’s Trail. The beaches along this section of the trail are fantastically diverse; some are covered in smooth pebbles shaped by the sea and waves, while others have lace-like sand dunes sliding down to the ocean and are home to plant species endemic to this coast. Your resting place for tonight is in Vila Nova de Milfontes, a delightful Portuguese town filled with whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips; self guided trips include breakfast only)
HS Milfontes Beach Hotel, Vila Nova de Milfontes.


Day 2

~14km

Your path today offers insight into the agricultural side of the region. As you depart from the village you will be greeted by marshes on the river bends, important breeding grounds for several species of fish. Farmland stretches down toward the coast, and reminders of non-commercial fishing will be seen along the way. BLD
Same Lodging


Day 3

~22km

The high cliffs along this part of the journey provide a treat for bird watching enthusiasts. Despite exposure to the constant ocean winds, the cliffs serve as protective nesting sites for over twenty species of bird, including Jackdaw, Shag, Common Kestrel, Rock Dove, White Stork, Peregrine Falcon, and Black Redstart. Signs of prehistoric times and changes can be seen along the coast, with reddish tones of the sand and sandstone revealing evidence of past warmer climates. BLD
Rosa Dos Ventos, Zambujeira do Mar.


Day 4

~18km

Walking along this stretch of coast you will marvel to see how the sedimentary rocks, laid down horizontally eons ago, have been folded and pushed up vertically by the forces of nature. Watch for small mammals living in the dunes, such as mongoose, weasels, martens, badgers, otters, and rabbits, before finishing at your inn for a well-deserved dinner and rest. BLD
Casas do Moinho, Odeceixe.


Day 5

~18km – Two Beach Circuits and a short walk along the Historical Way

Travel the Odeceixe Beach Circuit, a path wrapping around the mouth of the Seixe River. A treat for the eyes, the river flows into meadows before spilling into the ocean, creating a maze of wetlands which are essential for wildlife. White and grey herons are commonly spotted as sandpipers scurry along the ocean water’s edge in search of small creatures brought in on the tide, and spectacular shapes are carved into the cliffs by years of sea erosion. Next you will explore the famous Historical Way, an ancient trail system that runs inland, connecting the towns and villages, before connecting back onto a beach route. On the Amoreira Beach Circuit you will see evidence of dune colonization, from sea level to the pine forest. As you approach the mouth of the Amoreira River you will see why it is called a bird watchers paradise. BLD
Vicentina Aparthotel, Aljezur.


Day 6

Two 30 min transfers; beach Circuit ~10km walk + additional ~6km

After a short transfer to Carrapateira, take your time and linger on the beach along the Pontal Da Carrapateira Circuit. Here you will enjoy the harmonious shapes carved in the sands by the unique interaction of tides, currents, deposits and winds. Savour the scents of thyme, amaranth, rosemary, lavender, and crowberries, that vegetate the local dunes. Explore the cliffs, with their holes, caves, and arches formed from the disintegration of the limestone from rainwater above and salt seas below. Enjoy an independent lunch in Santo Antonia before another short transfer to Cape St. Vincent for your final beach walk at Telheiro Beach. Designated a geosite due to the existence of the most spectacular disconformity on the Iberian Peninsula, Telheiro Beach was the site of abrupt changes between rock formations over the course of millions of years. If you could sequence these changes into a human life span, walking on this coastline would be like riding on a rollercoaster! BD Pousada de Sagres Hotel Infante, Sagres.


Day 7

Transfer and farewell

Enjoy breakfast at your inn before transferring back to Lisbon (3.5 hrs).



Description



Note about the route:

Moderate to challenging walks on 60-70% sandy trail. Not recommended for people with vertigo or fear of heights. Caution: possible cliff erosion and possible high winds in some regions.



With over 100km along SW Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park, this single track along cliffs and beaches can only be travelled by foot. Ancient trails shaped by the constant trek between villages and hidden fishing spots. Considered one of the best coastal trails in the world, it is one of the best-preserved coastlines in all of Europe with beaches as far as the eye can see, towering cliffs, biodiversity, an authentic culture and a temperate climate. This trail could only be given one name – Fishermen’s Trail.



Map & Elevations





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Day # Daily distance
1
  ~20km
2
~14km
3
~22km
4
~18km
5
~18km
6
  ~10km walk + additional ~6km
7
Transfer and farewell




Learn more



Torre de Belem - A trip to the capital should take in the Torre de Belém, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Portugal’s most famous monuments. The Gothic tower was built to guard the entrance to the harbour and has some fine examples of Portuguese stonework dating from the 1500s.

Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora - One of the mandatory things to see in Lisbon during your stay. Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, laid the foundation stone for the first church of St Vincent 'Outside' - that is, beyond the then city walls - hardly a month after taking Lisbon from the Moors in 1147.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - One of Europe's leading fine arts museums, with exhibits dating from 2000 BC to the early 20th century. Save time for the final room and its breathtaking glass and metal art nouveau jewellery by René Lalique.



Costs



US 3245 C 3895


US 2825 C 3395


Single
Occupancy

TBA




All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.