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Rota Vicentina

Photo:Rota Vicentina
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  • follow a fishermen’s trail, still used to this day
  • see stork nests on the cliffs of the Cape of Sardão

Along the west coast, you can set off to discover Rota Vicentina. You will be accompanied by the ocean between jagged cliffs and, at times, you will be presented with seemingly endless fields of wild flowers. There cannot be a better suggestion for a walk…

This long hiking path covers a total of almost 340km along one of the most beautiful and best preserved coastal areas of Europe, and there are two paths to take to enjoy the diversity of its landscapes.

The “historical road”, at 241km, is the longest route and goes from Santiago do Cacém to the Cape of São Vicente. It is a rural trail, with 13 stages through forest tracks, towns and villages with centuries of history, and can be done on foot or by bike.

The “fishermen’s trail”, in turn, hugs the coast for the 111km between Porto Covo and Odeceixe, using paths that give access to beaches and fishing grounds. It is an exclusively pedestrian trail, more demanding physically, and is organised in four stages and five complementary itineraries.

Each stage covers no more than 25km and is designed to last a day. The schedule is left to personal choice, so you can just attempt the sections that better suit your individual preferences or physical condition.

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