Self guided walking over fifteen days along the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina from its northernmost point at Santiago do Cacém to Odeceixe on the border between the Algarve and the Alentejo. Then heading northwards on the Fishermen's Trail to Porto Covo and Cercal do Alentejo.
The package includes 14 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in family owned and managed guest houses, together with pic-nic lunches and one evening meal. Optional airport transfers by taxi/minibus can also be arranged.
Available mid February until end June and from mid September until late November. To book this tour, contact: Ramblin'trails.
The best periods to undertake this tour are in the autumn from late September to early November and in the spring from early April until the end of June.
This package includes: 14 nights bed and breakfast, 1 evening meal (excluding alcohol) on day two, 11 simple packed lunches + 1.5 l of water each day, baggage transfers during tour, emergency support phone line, 4x4 emergency support vehicle, walk information pack, obligatory personal accident insurance.
We also provide detailed information about public transport to the region from Faro and Lisbon or a taxi/minibus transfer from either Faro or Lisbon airports can be arranged.
Excluding: flights, airport transfers (unless requested), travel insurance, dinners, other drinks, personal expenses and gratuities. Omissions or exclusions from this list does not infer that such items are included.
Day one: Arrival in the Alentejo. Overnighting in the town of Santiago do Cacém at a guesthouse close to the historical centre and the northern starting point of the Rota Vicentina.
Day two: Welcome meeting after breakfast at your guest house before the first walk from Santiago do Cacém to Vale Seco. A 21 km (6 -7 hours) walk along a stage of the Historical Way through the hills between Santiago do Cacém and Vale Seco. Your accommodation for the night is in the converted mill buildings of the 19th century twin windmills, Moinhos do Paneiro, directly on the trail.
Day three: Vale Seco to Cercal do Alentejo. A 20 km (5 - 5½ hours) walk passing Campilhas Dam & Reservoir on what is considered to be the most arrid stage of the Historical Way. The night will be spent at an art nouveau style guesthouse in the centre of the village.
Day four: Cercal do Alentejo to São Luis. A 21 km (6-7 hours) through the "serras" with views to the coast and inland over the Alentejo plains. The next two nights will be spent at a rural guesthouse in a typical Alentejano style farmhouse just outside the village.
Day five: A rest day in São Luis, where you can relax on the lawns around the swimming pool and take in the views of the "serra".
Day six: São Luis to Odemira. A 25 km (7-8 hours) walk known as the water section of the Historical Way, where there is an optional but recommended side trail to Pego da Pias pools. The night will be spent at a family owned pension in the centre of Odemira.
Day seven: Odemira to São Teotónio. A 19km (6 hours) walk , for much of the route, the trail follows the River Mira and the River S. Teotonio along wide trails. The night will be spent in a small hotel on the edge of the town
Day eight: São Teotónio to Odeceixe. A 17 km (5½-6 hours) walk along some inhospitable but truly memorable trails to the Algarve village of Odeceixe. You will spend the night at a small guest house close to the river and the village centre.
Day nine: Odeceixe to Zambujeira do Mar. An 18 km (5½-6 hours) walk along a coastal path, visiting the fishing village of Azenha do Mar. You will spend the night at a small guest house close to the village centre.
Day ten: Zambujeira do Mar to Almograve. A 21km (6-7 hours) walk heading north to Almograve, passing through the village of Cavaleiro and the historic Cabo Sardão lighthouse. You will spend the next two nights at a delightful guest house situated just behind the sand dunes.
Day eleven: A rest day in Almograve, where you can relax around the pool or on the beach.
Day twelve: Almograve to Vila Nova de Milfontes. A 15 km (4½-5 hours) easy walk continuing on the Fishermen's Trail along the coast. You will spend the night at a small hotel or guest house near to the old historic centre of the village, close to the castle.
Day thirteen: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo. A 20 km (6-7 hours) hike heading to the northernmost point of the Fishermen's Trail. The night will be spent at a small inn in the main street off the village square.
Day fourteen: Porto Covo to Cercal do Alentejo. An 18 km (4½- 5 hour) walk along a stage connecting the Fishermen's Trail to the Historical Way. Your accommodation for the night is an Art Nouveau-style inn featuring traditional Alentejo-style décor near the centre of the town.
Day fifteen: Departure from Cercal.
An optional extra night at Santiago do Cacém, before the start of the walking programme, is recommended. This will give you the opportunity to make a 10km circular walk to visit the town's castle,the historic centre and the ruins of the Roman town of Mirobriga just outside the town.
An optional extra night at Odeceixe, where you can undertake a 15km circular walk taking in the awarding winning beach, is recommended.
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