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TRIP INFORMATION

The south heritage through the mythic old trails

Discover the pictoresque villages, historical heritage, people lifestyles and delicious fresh local products from the south of Portugal. The historical trails will fascinate you in the most pleasantful way. From the arabic heritage, to the religious and popular architecture, to the coastal defence buildings, there are plenty of sites for you to discover. Come to discover this route on your foot and let us know if it's one of the best in Europe or not! One thing we can assure, in each step you will collect an experience and in each scenery a story that will be part of you forever.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR MAP

Portugal

THE ITINERARY

SANTIAGO DO CACÉM

to MONTE DO XISTO

Ready to start your first day of adventure? This place holds a strong connection to the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and so it will be from here that we will initiate our trip through the Rota Vicentina. The path is mainly rural with beautiful trails through cork oak forests. Enjoy the golden path, the infinite landscape and play with the horizons’ perspectives. In the end of the day enjoy a delicious meal while recharging batteries for tomorrow.

MONTE DO XISTO to MATINHA

Continuing the delightful countryside route you will pass some small agricultural properties. Soon the dam of Campilhas will be in your way, since 1954 sustainaing diverse ecosystems among fish, mammals, birds or insects. There you will find a great contrast between the green fields and the blue water. The guest house of Matinha is an unique charming place, enjoy the night looking at the dark sky full of stars.

MATINHA to SÃO LUIS

PASTOGAL to ODEMIRA

ODEMIRA to

CERRO DA BORREGA

CERRO DA BORREGA

to ODECEIXE

07. Casas do Moinho

ODECEIXE to ROGIL

Start your walk side by side with the river Seixe and the wetlands until you get to Odeceixe beach. The trail over the ocean will let you wander and offer superb views of the beach. Close to the end cross inland to-wards João Roupeiro Hamlet. All adventurers need good food and the most famous sweet potato in the world is here, from the main dishes to the regional pastry the options are endlessly delicious.

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ROGIL to ALJEZUR

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ALJEZUR  to ARRIFANA

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ARRIFANA to CARRAPATEIRA

DEPARTURE  

On this last day take your breakfast with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Then comes the time to say goodbye and we will pick you up at the hotel, according to your schedule.

CARRAPATEIRA to PEDRALVA

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PEDRALVA to VILA DO BISPO

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VILA DO BISPO to SAGRES

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Arriving to the airport our Guide will welcome you with great pleasure and drive to Santiago do Cacém, where you will spend next two nights. This is an emblematic town since 1186 and the birthplace of great Portuguese poets, musicians, painters and scientists that departed throughout the world. Enjoy your stay and explore the surroundings.

Take a powerful breakfast because today you will hike one of the most hilly sections, with long ascent segments and harsh irregular terrain. Half way through the route you will find Rocha de Água d'Alte, a beautiful and unexpected waterfall. Close to the highest point of Alentejo you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the infinite plains. Close to the sky listen to the silence, let your imagination flow and celebrate such a beautiful landscape.

Today get ready to immerse yourself in a different and vibrant Alentejo that will reveal itself before your eyes. With refreshing water streams and ponds along the way, take a real swim in Pego das Pias' place. Ribeira do Torgal is the protagonist of valuable species. Later arriving in Odemira, that is one of the most coveted towns in Portuguese history, you might admire examples and features of architecture and surrender to the simple pleasures of life and local gastronomy.

Start your adventure close to the riverside, where maybe you have the chance to see an otter. Odemira is located in the hydrographical basin of the river Mira, which follows the valley until the Atlantic. While in the forest area find a straberry tree, the typical tree which come from the famous Medronho Fire Water. You must try it! Find some in the next village right before your resting place for today at the Cerro da Borrega Guest House.

Here it comes a memorable hiking day along inhospitable trails covered with well-preserved native vegetation and the seaside close by. While enjoying the view over the ocean let your senses be swept away by the scents of the aromatic herbs. Soon you must cross the river Seixe which separates the Alentejo and Algarve regions. This place is a wonder, as well the accommodation for today in the middle of the Odeceixe village. Walk around the small center and meet the local people.

Today you cross several agricultural fields, some of sweet potato, of course! And then follow a dirt road getting close to the Ocean. Awaiting you will be the beautiful beach and valley of Amoreira. Nevertheless there is still a last surprise for the day, Aljezur and its Moorish castle! This city founded by the Arabs on the 10th century and has an impressive archeologic site. Explore like a conqueror and go all the way up to the castle – the view is mesmerizing.

This day starts with a short transfer to the beach of Monte Clérigo from where your walk goes on by the coast, passing by the mythical Ponta da Atalaia, a fantastic promontory where we can see many ruins of an ancient Moorish fortress. The trail after this point carries on along the top of the cliffs with mediterranean bushland, aromatic plants and coastal dunes. Touch  nature step by step and then have a great rest in beautiful village of Arrifana.

Feel the power of the sea breaking over ancient cliffs and quiet sandy-stony beaches. Take your camera because you will need it in Canal beach when you see Pedra da Agulha, a gorgeous stone in the ocean. In a succession of hills and valleys you pass over the most aggressive and inaccessible side of this coastal area. End up at the white washed village Carrapateira, where history speaks through the fortress built with defensing purposes, still in the portuguese discoveries era.

On this day between ocean and land the rural atmosphere will conquer your heart. On the steepest slopes you can admire the natural vegetation, virtually untouched by man with dense undergrowth arbutus and dozens of local plans and herbs. Soon you arrive at one of the most interesting places and accommodations. Pedralva is a little village that was nearly deserted a few years ago but  now revived as charming Guest House Hamlet, keeping the original design together with charm and tradition.

After a great breakfast the day starts smooth crossing a forest and open land areas. Later by the beaches of Barriga, Cordoama and Castelejo the biodiversity is all around with reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibious. In the end you will arrive at Vila do Bispo town with traditional architecture, religious structures and the exploitation of natural resources. The local products, fruits and fresh fish are for sale daily on the municipal market, take a look and get some goodies for the next trip.

The landscape is flat and the vegetation low. Today you will be walking towards the most south western point of Continental Europe, where you have a small but excellent Museu dos Faróis, showcasing Sagres role in Portugal’s maritime history! This is an historical place where one can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims. Beyond here only the immense Atlantic Ocean remains a point of passage, arrival and encounters.

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

11 - 26 km

Trip Duration

15 days & 14 nights

Daily Elevation

100 - 500 meters

FROM

1.329 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Superior

 

DURATION

15 days | 14 nights

 

START | END

Santiago do Cacém | Sagres

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

11 - 26km per day

 

ROUTE

Off road tracks inland, double track roads and single tracks

 

PROFILE

Dirty roads, coastal valleys, hilly terrain and beach cliff

  • Historical villages, national heritage and archeologic sites

  • Unique nature trails and biodiversity

  • Fresh local products, markets and delicious gastronomy

  • Wonderfull coastline and golden beaches

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PRICES

Self-Guided

TRIP PRICE

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2017

ARE YOU A SOLO TRAVELER?

Available upon request

NOTE

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

INCLUDED

ARRIVAL in LISBON

Monte do Xisto

Day

1

Day

2

Monte do Xisto

Inland Hike Day

21km +300m

Herdade da Matinha

Day

3

Day

4

Boutique Hotel Naturarte

Inland Hike Day

18km +450m

Inland Hike Day

22km +350m

Quinta do Chocalhinho

Day

5

Day

6

Cerro da Borrega Guest House

Coastal Hike Day

26km +400m

Inland Hike Day

22km +300m

Casas do Moinho

Day

7

Day

8

Hotel Alcatruz

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

15km +250m

Coastal Hike Day

11km +100m

Vicentina Hotel

Day

9

Day

10

Herdade do Monte do Sol

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

20km +500m

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

13km +250m

Casa Fajara Boutique House

Day

11

Day

12

Aldeia da Pedralva

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

16km +300m

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

20km +350m

Hotel Mira Sagres

Day

13

Day

14

Memmo Baleeira Hotel

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

14km +200m

Coastal & Inland Hike Day

21km +450m

Day

15

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05.

29.09. - 27.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 26.06.

30.08. - 29.09.

 

SPECIAL SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.06. - 29.08.

1.329 €

+ 539 €

1.439 €

+ 609 €

1.579 €

+ 709 €

1.649 €

+ 769 €

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HISTORICAL "ROTA VICENTINA"

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14 nights lodging on Comfort | Superior Accommodation.

Breakfast included

 

Transfer on day of arrival from Airport LIS to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

Transfer from last Hotel to Airport LIS/FAO

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual)

delivered at departure day at location

 

GPS Track

 

Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

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TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2017

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05.

29.09. - 27.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 26.06.

30.08. - 29.09.

 

SPECIAL SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.06. - 29.08.

2.009 €

+ 539 €

2.199 €

+ 609 €

2.299 €

+ 709 €

2.399 €

+ 769 €

YOUR PARTY IS LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE

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(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

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14 nights lodging on Comfort | Superior Accommodation.

Breakfast included

 

Transfer on day of arrival from Airport LIS to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

Transfer from last Hotel to Airport LIS/FAO

 

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of the Tour

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

13 days of guided Hiking Tour

 

13 nourishing and energtic picnics

 

Dinners to be organised by our guide.

(Payment individually at location, not included in the price Tour)

 

Daily fruit, energy bars and water

 

Back-up Vehicle

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OPTIONAL

SERVICES

Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 person)

per GPS (includes complete Portugal Topographic Map)

+ 459 €

+ 95 €