The Complete Rota Vicentina

This very special walking tour offers you 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Away from it all
  • Stunning scenery
  • A unique combination of coastal and historical walking
  • Small family run accommodation

ITINERARY

2012-03-20 11.30.43Day 1: You arrive by bus or train in the Alentejo town of Santiago do Cacém at a guesthouse close to the historical centre and the northern starting point of the Rota Vicentina.

Day 2: The first walk from Santiago do Cacém to Vale Seco. A walk along a stage of the Historical Way through the hills between Santiago do Cacém and Vale Seco,21km

Day 3: Vale Seco to Cercal do Alentejo. A walk passing Campilhas Dam & Reservoir on what is considered to be the most arid stage of the Historical Way, 21km

Day 4: Cercal do Alentejo to São Luis. 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, with views over the “Alentejo Montado”, 21km

2012-10-20 10.44.10Day 5: A rest day in São Luis, where you can relax on the lawns around the swimming pool and take in the views of the “Alentejo Montado”.

Day 6: São Luis to Odemira. A walk known as the water section of the Historical Way, where there is an optional but recommended side trail to Pego da Pias pools, 25km

Day 7: Odemira to São Teotónio. Much of the route, the trail follows the River Mira and the River S. Teotonio along wide trails, 19km

Day 8: São Teotónio to Odeceixe. A walk along some inhospitable but truly memorable trails to the Algarve village of Odeceixe, 17km

Day 9: A walk along the coastal path with stunning scenery, visiting the fishing village of Azenha do Mar, 18km

Day 10: A 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, 21km

2012-10-20 12.09.50Day 11: A rest day in Almograve, where you can relax around the pool or on the beach.

Day 12: An easy walk continuing on the Fishermen’s Trail along the coast. You will spend the night at a small hotel near to the old historic centre of the village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, close to the castle with views over the river estuary, 15km

Day 13: A walk heading to the northernmost point of the Fishermen’s Trail, you will never be bored with this scenery, overnight Porto Covo, 20km

Day 14: A walk along a stage connecting the Fishermen’s Trail to the Historical Way,  a great walk to end your time in the Alentejo, last night Cercal de Alentejo, 18km

Day 15: Depart

INCLUDED

  • 14 nights in a twin / double room with ensuite facilities and breakfast
  • 11 simple picnics
  • 1 dinner (excluding drinks) on day 2
  • Luggage movement
  • Local back up support
  • Walking maps and notes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 13 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Travel to and from the the Alentejo

October – March: 870 euro

April – June and September: 980 euro

Single room supplement: 300 euro