Southwest Coast Of Portugal

For the true nature lovers, 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 of Portugal, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape of St. Vincent. Its 340 km route mixes inland and coastal walking along one of the most beautiful and best preserved coast lines of southern Europe and finishes at Cabo São Vicente.
This tour results from the selection and marking of existing tracks and trails used by local populations over time, and forms part of the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago.


From Odeceixe to São Teotónio and from there to Odemira, and Milfontes, you will discover a paradise of peace and nature.
You will walk along shaded riverbanks contrasting with open hills where the cork oak is king.
On the steeper slopes are remains of native Mediterranean oak forest, whilst the river Mira valley is filled with birds.
We walk in stretches of cork tree forests, soft hillsides, green valleys, 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 will visit local villages where working life continues as it has for centuries. The characteristic vegetation of the hills includes the Cork oak (Quercus suber) and Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). Experience beautiful landscapes covered in wildflowers and traditional ways of living.

Discover a coastline of impressive cliffs topped with sandy dunes covered with aromatic Mediterranean flora; and rocky islets dotted with white stork nests, the only marine colony in Europe.
Small fishing harbors, from where fishermen daily face the Atlantic waves, are sheltered between the cliffs, together with many tempting deserted beaches.

Cherry-picked walks offering beautiful, varied scenery, far from crowded touristic places.
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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