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Rota Vicentina

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This place is absolutely amazing. Different varieties of routes set up for travelers to go from... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2018
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Best hiking trail in Portugal

Fabulous hiking trail where you feel like you really are on the edge of the continent! Would... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
Powell River, Canada
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“soft sand”(4 reviews)
Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in Sw Portugal. Comprising the Historical Way, the Fishermen's Trail, and several Circular Routes, totals 450 km to walk, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape St.Vincent, the south...more
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Passeio Quinta da Estrela 3, Santiago do Cacem 7630-130, Portugal
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All reviews vila nova de milfontes four days soft sand sand dunes every night great choice the cliff coastal views seafood tour company wonderful scenery next morning sun screen self guided great walk won t small town
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

This hike is incredible and Ricardo was very responsive in the planning phases of the walk. I traveled by myself and was disappointed by the tour company’s lack of communication and laizze faire attitude when I got sick. Unfortunately I got the stomach flu the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Katherine K
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

This place is absolutely amazing. Different varieties of routes set up for travelers to go from village to village. Different scenes and terrains. Couldn't ask for more. Portuguese food is superb!!!!!. One of BEST cuisines. Fresh air, scenery, food, animals and history. Can't beat it

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Fabulous hiking trail where you feel like you really are on the edge of the continent! Would recommend barefoot hiking as it is almost all sand. If you have a fear of heights or vertigo it is NOT recommended! Would not be good for small...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gypsyrozbud
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We just completed the Rota Vicentina Hike. Spectacular scenery. If you want to Enjoy an exceptional multi day walk with the added benefit of great food and a comfortable bed at the end of the day this is the hike for you! We were lucky...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I was going to Lisbon on a work trip and wanted to spend some extra days in Portugal for vacation. Through Google I stumbled across a very useful, easy to use and up to date web site about hiking along Rota Vicentina and fell for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Vaike_Fors
Reviewed 17 October 2018

My husband and I just completed the Rota Vicentina trail from Porto Covo to Cabo s. Vicente. What an incredible experience! Our 7 days of hiking was mostly on the Fisherman’s Trail - challenging in parts but well worth the journey. We booked all of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank mcewanb12
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We hiked from Porto Covo to Odeceixe. I loved the hike, although I have 3 pieces of advice. 1. if you must skip a day, skip the 3rd day; and 2. stay as close as you can to the trail so you don't walk far...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We hiked a section between Vila do Bispo and Cape St. Vincent. The trails were well maintained and clearly marked so there was no danger of getting lost. Although some sections of the hike are along dirt roads used by the locals, the trails along...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank FWontheroad
Rota V, Gerente at Rota Vicentina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thank you for your kind words. Hope to see back on track!

Reviewed 9 July 2018

I traveled to Porto Corvo via bus from Lisbon. I went to the Tourism office and they provided me with a list of local families for accommodation. There is the option of getting their bags/suitcases transported to their next destination should they so desire. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank spililani
Rota V, Gerente at Rota Vicentina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thank you for your kind words. Hope to see back on track!

Reviewed 9 July 2018

Between Vale Seco and Odemira I found 6 ticks on me. Then I saturated my boots and pantlegs with DEET, and I never found another tick. The ticks I found were big, like the American Dog Tick, not the tiny American Deer Tick. Wikipedia shows...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Danny R
30 May 2018|
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Response from asburr57 | Reviewed this property |
We both wore trainers and found them fine for the conditions. As the weather was warm, boots would have probably been uncomfortable.
18 May 2018|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I have walked the traditional rout ( not the fishermans way ) in both directions and really there is no significant difference . Hope you enjoy . It is a fabulous experience. w200
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Response from GoOnHol | Reviewed this property |
Walked north to south in late September. Sun wasn’t a problem. It’s easy to get public transport from Faro to Porto Covo - morning train from Faro to Lagos, time for lunch before the afternoon bus to Porto Covo. Very easy... More