Portugal walking holiday : The wild Vicentine coast
    • Portugal - Mainland Portugal
    • 7 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From January to December
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Trip code : K1102

About the Portugal walking holiday : The wild Vicentine coast trip

About the walking trip in Portugal

The Vicentine coast is one of the wildest, most spectacular and best-preserved coastlines in Europe. A beautiful walking trail exposed to the spray of the Ocean and the aromas of many different plants and herbs, the Natural Park extends over 120km (74.5 miles) covering 2 regions of the south western coast of Portugal, Alentejo and the Algarve. This Portugal walking tour will enable you to explore and enjoy the stunning coastline scenery: high rising multicoloured cliffs, aromatic plants, pine and oak forests, mimosa trees, sand dunes, small inlets and long sandy beaches.

The small white-washed villages and towns dotted along the trail only add to its charm. Vila Nova de Milfontes, Porto Covo, Odeceixe, Aljezur… all boast narrow streets, alleyways, chapels and fortresses that add beauty and culture to this wild coastline. 

Highlights of the trip 

  • The omnipresence of the ocean and the diversity of the landscapes
  • Geological, botanical and ornithological treasures
  • Transfer at the start and end of your trip included: Lisbon / Lagos
  • Swimming opportunities nearly every day ! 
  • The hospitality and cuisine in the villages along the way
  • End of your trip in Lagos or Faro, both beautiful historic cities with stunning beaches

  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks, etc .. Click on BOOK
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Portugal walking holiday, the wild Vicentine coast : Day by Day 

- Extra night in Lisbon (optional)

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  • Arrival in Lisbon. Optional transfer to the hotel in the centre of Lisbon  (From 35€ to 40 €uros
  • A free day to visit the beautiful capital of Portugal, once the centre of a large maritime empire from Brazil to Japan. Enjoy the narrow streets and alleyways, the small squares and belvederes and stroll through the historical quarters of Mouraria, Alfama and Chiado.  
  • Night in Lisbon

  • Market in Lisbon: Mercado da Ribeira, the large indoor market in Lisbon close to Cais do Sodré station. Open everyday with a great choice of restaurants, fresh fruit & veg, local delicacies and much more. 

  • We recommend :
    . Depending on your arrival time, take the number 28 tram line, the most spectacular line in Lisbon (terminal at Martm Moniz square or at Estrela), visit the Azulejos or Calouste Gulbekian museums
    . Visit of São Jorge castle, with the best panoramic views on Lisbon
    Opt for a guided tour of the city with a professional cultural guide on a theme of your choice : botanical, architechture, earthquake of 1755, Azulejos and the arts... 
    . Enjoy some traditional Fado music
    . Contact us for more info

  • Access: from Lisbon airport - info here

Day 1 - Start of your walking trip in Vila Nova De Milfontes

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  • Private transfer (2h30) from Lisbon or from Faro ( from your hotel or the airport) to Vila Nova de Milfontes. Depending on your inbound flight and your arrival time, we highly recommend having a pre-night in Lisbon or Faro to break up the journey as the private transfer lasts 2h30 minutes. 
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes is a beautiful white-washed town nestled between the Mira river estuary and the ocean.   Your first port of call along the coast offering incredible sunsets. Enjoy a stroll by the sea and admire the sand dunes and long stretches of sandy beach. 
  • Night in Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market : every day from 7am to 2pm in Vila Nova de Milfontes ( Except on Monday)

  • We recommend
    . Have an extra night in Lisbon or Faro, in order to be able to have the 2h30 transfer to Vila Nova de Milfontes in the morning, or erarly afternoon

Day 2 - Hiking from Vila Nova De Milfontes to Almograve

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  • Walk - Vila Nova de Milfontes > Almograve
  • 4 hours / 11 km - 6.8 miles / Ascent: +150 - Descent: - 150m
  • The trail heads south from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve, close to the Atlantic Ocean. You cross the Mira estuary on Dona Conceiçao's traditional boat and then continue onwards following the cliffs, beaches and mimosa forests towards the small village of Almograve. Transfer back to Vila Nova de Milfontes at the end of the walk.
  • Night in Vila Nova de Milfontes.
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

Day 3 - Beach day from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar

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  • Walk - Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar
  • 5 hours / 19 km - 11.8 miles / Ascent: +200 - Descent: - 200m
  • Your transfer will take you to the suberp Almograve beach, the start of your walk.  A wild and colourful coastline towards Zambujeira do Mar, a beautiful fishing village with the traditional white-washed houses with a blue stripe, a reminder of the Oceans presence and typical to Southern Portugal. 
  • Night in Zambujeira do Mar
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market : every morning in Zambujeira (Except on Sunday)

  • We recommend : Enjoy the sunset at Nossa Senhora do Mar

Day 4 - Wavy sand banks from Zambujeira to Odeceixe

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  • Walk - Zambujeira do Mar > Odeceixe 
  • 5 hours / 18 km - 11 miles / Ascent: +300 - Descent: - 300m
  • This section of the walk lies between the two regions of Alentejo and the Algarve. The view from the cliffs down towards the mouth of the river Odeceixe with its white wavy sand banks and turquoise water is a real highlight of the walk.
  • Our suggestion : At the end of the walk , you can go to the beautiful Odeceixe beach 
  • Night in Odeceixe
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market : every morning in Odeceixe (Except on Sunday)

Day 5 - Trail to Amoreira beach & Aljezur

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  • Walk - Rogil > Aljezur 
  • 4 hours / 14 km - 8.6 miles / Ascent: +200 - Descent: - 200m
  • Transfer (30 min) to Rogil. The walk starts along a « levada », an irrigation channel. The water from the Levada is used in part for agricultural purposes. This particular region is famous for sweet potato, cereal and vines. A walk through a beautiful pine forest leads to the stunning Amoreira beach, the trail then continues through the hills towards Aljezur, the capital of the Vicentine coast, with its narrow streets and medieval castle.
  • Our suggestion : visit the medieval castle ruins in Aljezur
  • Night in Aljezur
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market : every morning in Aljezur (Except on Sunday)

Day 6 - On the very edge of Europe to Cape St Vincent

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  • Walk - Vila do Bispo > Cape St Vincent 
  • 4 hours / 15 km - 9.3 miles / Ascent: +100 - Descent: - 200m
  • Transfer to Vila do bispo (30 mins), a barnacle fishing village. This walk takes you through wild heathlands, home to aromatic herbs, and along the multicoloured cliffs to the « promontorium sacrum » the southwestern most point in Portugal to Cap Saint-Vincent. You are on the edge of the world! Possible to visit the fortress in Sagres.
  • Our suggestion : visit the small maritime museum in Cape St Vincent at the end of your walk. 
  • Night in Sagres
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

Day 7 - Bye Bye Algarve: end of your trip in Lagos

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  • Transfer from Sagres to Lagos. End of your trip in Lagos
  • Lagos is a beautiful historic town and is intimately linked to the history of sailors and pirates, forever present with the colourful trawlers who bring fish to the auction hall.  The Avenida dos Descobrimentos leads you to the sea and to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. Meia Praia on the east coast is a 5km long stretch of white sand. To the west, there are plenty of smaller sandy beaches boasting clear waters and rocks sculpted by erosion that add to the charm. Beaches such as Batata, Pinhão, Dona Ana and Camilo are all accessible from the town centre and are small paradises waiting to be discovered.
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • We can offer you  several transfer arrangements to Faro or Lisbon 
    - 1.  Sagres to Lisbon by private direct transfer  : 2h30 (From 340€ to 400 €uros)
    - 2. Lagos to Lisbon by bus : 3h15 (From 20€ to 30 €uros)  Bus info here + optional transfer to the airport - hotel in Lisbon (From 25€ to 35 €uros
    - 3. Lagos to Lisbon by train ! 3h with one train change (From 30 to 45€uros) Train info here 
    - 4. Lagos to Faro airport : 1h (From 145€ to 170 €uros)- Faro aiport airlines here 
    - 5. Lagos to Faro  by train : 1h45 (From 7€ to 12€uros) + optional transfer from Faro bus station to Faro Airport (From 20€ to 30€uros)
    - 6. Sagres to Tunes by private direct transfer : 45 min (From 110€ to 125 €uros) and train to Lisbon : 2h20 (From 30 € to 45 €uros)  Train info here + optional transfer to the airport - hotel in Lisbon (From 25€ to 35 €uros)
    - Contact us for details

- Add an extra night in Lagos or Faro !

  • Have an extra night in Lagos by the sea and enjoy the magnificent beaches, local fish and seafood specialities. Enjoy a boat excursion and discover the Ponta da Piedade, the symbol of the region: an impressive rugged rock formation with deep sea caves.  

  • Have an extra night in Faro, and explore the picturesque "cidade velha" (old town) surrounded by medieval walls that protect a gothic cathedral, an episcopal palace and pretty little cobbled streets. On Faro's doorstep are the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and nearby beaches, including the islands of Ilha de Faro to the southwest and Ilha da Barreta to the south. You can go on a boat trip through the Rio Formosa park. 

  • You can also continue onwards to Lisbon with our walking city trek in Lisbon

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Trip info

The rates are per person 

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis (shared room),
  • and are always subject to availability

Included 

  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Day 1 : transfer from Lisbon or Faro to Vila Nova de Milfontes, start of you trip
  • Day 7 : transfer from Sagres to Lagos
  • All transfers listed in the program
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps 
  • 1 road map of the region
  • GPS Files
  • 24/7 phone assistance

Not included 

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement

Extra options (with supplement)

  • Private guided tour (themed walks available)
  • Possibility to rent a bike for the itinerary along the Tagus to Bélem

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        • Portugal - Mainland Portugal
        • 2 adults (2x610€)
        • 0 children (0x610€)
      • 7 days
      • Simple
    Total 1220€
    Deposit 380€
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