Moderate
Difficulty level
Hiking/Walking
Activity (Hike)
6 Night, 7 Day
Duration

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.

“I know there are a million different ways to take a vacation. You seem to really understand that at Freewheeling.” Jeanne M.



WHY THIS TRIP?

  • 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.
  • One of the best-preserved coastlines in all of Europe with beaches as far as the eye can see.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.


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.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions, Up to ~20 km
  • DAY 2: ~14 km
  • DAY 3: ~22 km
  • DAY 4: ~18 km/li>
  • DAY 5: ~18 km
  • DAY 6: ~10 km walk + options
  • DAY 7: Transfer & Farewells

Elevation Profile:

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Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

 

Start: Lisbon, TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel , 09:00, day one.

Finish: Lisbon, TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel , 13:00, day seven.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7

Farewells

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

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP?

Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

Guided: C 3995 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, ground transportatin, maps, route instructions, taxes

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and guide(s) gratuities.


Self-Guided: C 3495 (per person, double occupancy)

includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, transfers as outlined in the itinerary, maps, route instructions, on-call support, taxes


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • Apr 18-24
  • Jun 6-12
  • Oct 17-23

2023 Guided dates:

  • Apr 17-23
  • Jun 5-11
  • Oct 16-22

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

More Reading:


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.