Costa Vicentina

The Alentejo and Algarve “Vicentina Coast” is one of the most beautiful and best preserved coastal areas of southern Europe, with wild beaches and a fascinating rural culture.

The Rota Vicentina is a long distance path in the SW coast Portugal, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape of St. Vincent. Totalling more than 340 km route to walk mixes inland and coastal walking along one of the most beautiful and best preserved coast lines of southern Europe. It is a rewarding way of seeing the real Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal and walk on unforgettable routes full of tradition.

The area has a wild and powerful landscape from the dramatic coast and seascapes to the more intimate and protected feel of the wooded interior. A challenge to a permanent contact with the ocean winds, the harsh coastal scenery and the wild and powerful natural landscape.

Explore the contrasting beauty of coastal and inland sceneries, experience the wild and pristine nature, breathtaking views, deserted beaches, the region's authenticity and rich identity. Get to know every inch of this coast line of mild weather year round and wonderful food.

The walks form part of the European footpath network. The entire route is 340 kilometres and we have cherry picked the best sections for us to enjoy.

We walk in stretches of cork tree forests, soft hillsides, green valleys, along meandering rivers and creeks, in a true journey through time, local culture and nature trails. The route passes through a Natural Park, amongst the most beautiful and best preserved coastal areas of southern Europe, with wild beaches and a fascinating rural culture.

We use 2 centres. This minimizes the upheaval of continually packing and unpacking allowing more time to enjoy the tour. The centres give good and easy access to the relevant sections of the tour and by using varied routes and allowing time, the travel becomes part of the tour.

This tour results from the selection and marking of existing tracks and trails used by local populations over thrutime, and forms part of the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago (Santiago's Way).
The entire route is 340 kilometres and we have cherry picked the best sections for us to enjoy.
Comfortable 4-star accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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