Walk Vicentina coast in the wilderness of south-west Portugal crossing the beaches and villages of the Algarve and Alentejo. Enjoy the regions natural beauty and mystical villages along your walking route, plus, take the opportunity for water sports.
£1150 per person
Day 1: Arrive to Faro
Transfer from Faro airport to Aldeia da Pedralva (1h 30), where you will spend overnight.
Day 2: Amado beach walking trail
You will have the chance to connect Aldeia da Pedralva to Murração and Amado beach. This hike will take you the finest preserved stretch of European coastline. The landscape is marked by steep cliffs, that have been given various forms and colours by centuries of erosion. The beaches, are highly popular amongst surfers, and are the finest surf spots in the country. There is a tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks where many bird species can be seen. Distance: 6 km or 12 km Approximate time: 4 h
Day 3: Ocean trail in Carrapateira
After a 10 minute transfer you will start the trail in Vilarinha, continuing to the dunes of Carrapateira beach. From here you will continue along the coastal plateau all the way to Amado beach. Along the coast you can see a large number of Seabirds that nest, or that pass through here during migration. There are also a large number of white stork nests in the rocky cliffs, something that is unique in the world. From Praia do Amado, where you can have lunch, the trail continues towards the interior, and the landscape begins to change: gradually species such as mastic trees, the white-leaved rockrose, the sage-leaf rockrose, cork-oaks and cistus begin to appear. The trail ends in Aldeia da Pedralva. Distance: 19 km Approximate time: 6 h
Day 4: Fisherman’s Trail
After a 40 minute transfer you will arrive to the small village of Odeceixe. You will enjoy one of the most outstanding views in the entire territory: Odeceixe beach seen from the majestic Ponta em Branco. You will pass by Azenha do Mar, where you will find a natural fishing harbour and reach Amália beache where the famous fado singer once had a house. You will then enter inland towards the lodging Cerca do Sul in Brejão Distance: 15 km Approximate time: 6 h
Day 5: Zambujeira do Mar Trail
Transfer to Porto das Barcas (20 min) to start the Fisherman’s Trail passing by Zambujeira do Mar. You can opt to start in Cabo do Sardão where you can admire the beautiful lighthouse (adds 6 Km) or you can opt to shorten the walking trail and start in Zambujeira do Mar (less 4 Km). Small fishing harbours inserted into the cliffs’ design, reddish sand dunes and lunar landscapes, the scent of pine tree forests and the sight, seen nowhere else in the world, of storks nesting on the cliffs make this walk a true balm for your senses. Distance: 15 km Approximate time: 6 h
Day 6: Ermelinda Walking Trail
Transfer from Cerca do Sul to Quinta do Barranco da Estrada (around 1h). From Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, this walk through country tracks will be a nice and easy way to get to know the surrounding area. After meandering along a ridge high above the lake, the route takes you down into the fancy white village of Cortes Pereira de Baixo. Here you can stop in the typical Ermelinda’s Bar. The return route takes you back to the lodging through a narrow, leafy valley filled with cork oaks. Distance: 14 km Approximate time: 5 h
Day 7: Vingança Trail
This circular walk starts at the lodging and takes you to the North over a low range of hills, so there is a steady ascent both on the outward and the return leg of the walk. Once in the rural valleys beyond, the landscape really opens up to cultivated fields. Farms are scatered here and there, and there is a bar in the village of Vingança where you can enjoy your picnic. There is also an optional short final stretch up the valley from where you have some great views back over the countryside—another nice spot for lunch. The trail ends in Quinta do Barranco da Estrada where you can enjoy the surrounding area which is very interesting for birdwatching. Distance: 20 km Approximate time: 6 h
Day 8: Departure
Morning transfer to Santa Clara train station to catch the train to Faro so you can catch an afternoon flight from Faro airport. Optional van transfer directly to Faro airport.
Day 1 – 3: Aldeia da Pedralva B&B
Day 4 – 5: Cerca do Sul B&B
Day 6 – 7: Quinta do Barranco da Estrada B&B
7 night accommodations w/ breakfast
Luggage transfers between lodges
Local transfers in program days*
Documentation and maps
GPS system with GPS tracks with accurate hiking routes
* Day 1: From Faro airport or train station to Aldeia da Pedralva: Time depending on the arrival . If another transfer is needed at a different time or day for the same booking, an extra cost applies (max 4 pax).
Day 3: 9h30 am from Aldeia da Pedralva to Vilarinha
Day 4: 9h30 am from Aldeia da Pedralva to Odeceixe
Day 5: 9h30 am from Cerca do Sul to Cabo Sardão (std option) or to Porto das Barcas or to Zambujeira do Mar
Day 6: 9h30 am from Cerca do Sul to Quinta do Barranco da Estrada
Day 8: From Quinta do Barranco to Santa Clara Saboia train station