The Fishermen’s Path strolling itinerary 2022 season

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The Fishermen’s Path within the Algarve area, within the south of Portugal is part of the Rota Vicentina mountaineering routes. The path follows the shoreline and presents breathtaking surroundings; rugged cliffs, pristine seashores, and crystal clear water, it’s an ideal route for many who like the ocean and out of doors actions. The route may be walked as a separate trek or mixed with the Historic Approach of the Rota Vicentina.

Strolling alongside the coast is at all times a particular expertise. We’ve performed a number of coastal mountaineering routes together with the well-known West Coast Path in Canada and the Otter Path in South Africa and so they’re a few of our favourite trails.

That will help you with planning your stroll we created a free downloadable PDF file Fishermen’s Path itinerary. The file comprises strolling levels and a listing of lodging choices on the Fishermen’s Path of the Rota Vicentina.

The Fishermen’s Path route overview 

  • Distance – 230 km/143 mi
  • The required time – 12 days or much less; any part of the path may be walked as a separate hike
  • Start line – Porto Covo or S.Torpez Seashore
  • Ending level – Lagos
  • Strolling floor – a combine of soppy sand (dunes, seashores) and footpath with quick elements on the gravel highway.
  • Route marking – blue & inexperienced markers
  • Common value – from 30 Euro per individual per day 
  • Lodging – campsites, hostels, guesthouses
Alya walking on a trail near Lagos
Alya strolling on a boardwalk at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos

The Fishermen’s Path shouldn’t be the one long-distance strolling route close to Lisbon. If after strolling alongside the coast you’d prefer to hike via a very totally different space you’ll be able to stroll one of many pilgrimage routes that begin in Santiago e.g. the Portuguese Camino & the Camino de Fatima.

Journey insurance coverage. Strolling the Fishermen’s Path like some other out of doors exercise includes a threat of getting injured, journey cancellation, or gear loss. It’s really useful to have journey insurance coverage if you go on vacation to a different nation. The Fishermen’s Path shouldn’t be a high-altitude wild trek via distant areas but it surely’s nonetheless a bodily difficult expertise. Something from small accidents like blisters to a knee or shin cut up points can occur alongside the best way. Make certain it is possible for you to to get medical help any time you want it. If in case you have a European Well being Insurance coverage card you don’t want some other medical insurance coverage for Portugal.

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Porto Covo, the start of the Fishermen’s Path

Porto Covo is a very nice city, in all probability our favourite city on the Fishermen’s Path. It’s fairly small and comfy;  cobblestone streets, two-story homes with pink roofs, the primary sq. with many eating places and bars, and an awesome vacation vibe. We preferred the city a lot that we’re pondering of renting a spot right here for a few weeks.

In the event you arrive with a morning bus (obtainable solely Friday – Sunday) you can begin strolling the identical day however we’d suggest stopping at Porto Covo for an evening, to stroll round, drink a beer on the sq., watch the sundown, and many others.

  • Resort/guesthouse – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure

Ahoy Porto Covo Hostel

Ahoy Porto Covo Hostel is a good place to remain for trekkers, Nicolau, the proprietor,  is aware of every little thing in regards to the route, he’s significantly better knowledgeable than folks on the data workplace. We received some helpful suggestions, suggestions, and a map of the path with some marks on it. The situation is ideal, near the eating places, outlets, and the seashore, proper on the path. The worth relying on the season varies between 16 and 20 Euro per mattress, there are personal rooms as effectively. The hostel was absolutely booked so it’s higher to e book it upfront, it’s one of many few funds lodging choices within the city.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy shops within the room – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Further – washing strains, lockers

Extra lodging choices in Porto Covo

For extra particulars on the path together with the price of strolling, route choices, packing record, transportation choices, and baggage supply service learn our detailed information on the Fisherman’s Path.

The Fishermen’s Path itinerary

Day 1. Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes, 19 km/11,8 mi

  • Distance – 19 km/11,8 mi
  • Time – 5h10min.
  • Ascent – 278 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Problem stage – 3 out of 5 it was a brief strolling day however more often than not you stroll on sand dunes typically ankle-deep within the sand.
Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes elevation profile
Elevation profile of the path from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes. As you’ll be able to see it’s very flat with barely any hills on the route

It was an unimaginable strolling day on the Fishermen’s Path. The route goes alongside the shore or on the seashore with some beautiful views from the cliffs. The water temperature was about 17 °C a bit chilly to go for a swim however good to stroll barefoot ankle-deep in water. Make certain to take sufficient water, particularly in the summertime strolling on sand makes you drained and thirsty you’ll want not less than 1,5l of water per individual. There have been a few wonderful seashores on the best way the route typically takes you away from the ocean but it surely’s potential to stroll alongside the coast all the best way. I’m positive in summer season the water is heat sufficient for swimming so pack a swimming costume and a towel.

A map of the Fishermen's Trail from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes
A route map of the path from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes

Highlights

A few lengthy sandy seashores; Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro, Praia dos Aivados, Praia do Saltinho, Praia dos Nascedios, Praia do Malhao. Each time we received an opportunity we took off the sneakers and walked barefoot on the seashore, mainly first 10 km you’ll be able to stroll on the seashore.

There are numerous wildflowers alongside the path (we walked the Fishermen’s path in Might).

A few stork nests on the fringe of the cliffs.

In truth, your entire stroll was one massive spotlight we completely liked it regardless of the robust a part of strolling on the sand dunes.

Challenges

As I already talked about strolling on sand was fairly troublesome, our sneakers had been filled with it for a lot of the day, it doesn’t assist to shake it out as a result of it will get in instantly.

We had been unpleasantly stunned how many individuals walked the path possibly as a result of it was Sunday and there have been many day walkers.

No place to cease for meals or water for 16 km after the restaurant at Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro.

Stops on the route

  • At 3,5 km at Forte do Pessegueiro, there’s a restaurant

Vila Nova de Milfontes

This place is kind of a bit greater than Porto Covo, however to be trustworthy we preferred the earlier city extra. The middle of the city is good with conventional white homes with blue, pink and yellow colour doorways and home windows however the massive a part of the city is simply inns it wasn’t the season but the place was very quiet. There are a pleasant fortress Forte de Sao Clemente and a few seashores within the city.

  • Resort/guesthouse – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure

Apartamentos Patio Victoria

Apartamentos Patio Victoria – good worth for cash, we received a spacious double room with an connected rest room for 23 Euro. I suppose it is determined by the season on this space in the summertime months you’ll pay extra for a similar room. The one downside of this place was its location, about 15 min. stroll to the middle and 10 min. stroll to the seashore, however the room was clear and neat, every little thing labored effectively, the proprietor was very good and pleasant. 

Amenities

  • Kitchen – no, a fridge and a microwave within the room
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy shops within the room – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Further – towels, bathe gel

Extra lodging choices in Vila Nova de Milfontes

A beautiful cape with an unspoiled beach on the Fisherman's Trail in Portugal
The surroundings on the Fishermen’s Path is incredible from the primary day

Day 2. Vila Nova de Milfontes – Almograve, 16 km/10 mi

  • Distance – 16 km/10 mi
  • Time – 4h15min.
  • Ascent – 204 m
  • Descent – 192 m
  • Problem stage – 1 out of 5, a brief and straightforward strolling day on the footpath with some sandy elements.
Elevation graph of the trail from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve on the Fishermen's Trail
Elevation profile of the route from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve

The route goes via Vila Nova following Rua Custodio Bras Pacheco (the primary road within the city) out of your lodge you simply can get to this road and proceed following the indicators on the left-hand aspect of the road. The primary 4 km was not very scenic; out of the city, alongside the highway, throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect after which via the bush again to the coast. You’ll be able to simply skip it and take a ship.

Various! In Vila Nova de Milfontes you’ll be able to take a ship to the opposite aspect of the river as an alternative of strolling throughout the bridge, it’ll make your strolling day about 4 km shorter, however to be trustworthy, you received’t miss out lots, the primary 4 km had been via the city and alongside the highway (we walked this half). I’d slightly spend that point having fun with the seashore Praia das Furnas. The boat leaves as quickly as there are folks prepared to go, the pier is on the fortress in Vila Nova de Milfontes, worth 5 Euro pp. The boat drops you on the seashore on the other aspect you don’t must search for the route simply proceed strolling alongside the seashore until Ocean Drive Seashore restaurant.

Praia das Furnas is a good place to cease, the route goes previous the seashore however we’d suggest happening and strolling on the seashore. After Praia das Furna the path goes on and off the coast via forest and fields. At about 3,5 km earlier than Almograve, there’s a cut up; the left route continues inland, the appropriate route goes again to the coast, each routes take part Almograve.

We’d suggest taking the coastal route it’s extra scenic and takes you previous three lovely seashores, although we missed the cut up and took the inland route. We walked part of the coastal route from Almograve later with out backpacks.

A map of one of the walking stages of the Fishermen's Trail
A route map of the part of the Fishermen’s Path from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve

Highlights

  • A number of nice seashores on the best way; Praia das Furnas, Praia dos Picos, Praia da Angra.
  • Beautiful views from the cliffs, rugged shoreline, fields of flowers.

Challenges

1,5 km of strolling on the highway to start with from Vila Nova de Milfontes throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect of the river. You’ll be able to skip this half by taking a ship.

No locations in between to cease for meals and water be certain that to have sufficient water and a few snack. There was a bar at Praia das Furnas at about 5 km but it surely was closed (possibly as a result of it was Monday).

Stops on the route

  • At 5 km (if stroll throughout the bridge) at Praia da Furnas, there’s a restaurant.

Almograve

  • Resort/guesthouse – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure, about 500 m away

A really small city a lot smaller than Vila Nova, about 500 km away from the seashore. There are a few eating places on the primary sq. and several other guesthouses.

Refugio do Almograve

Refugio do Almogarvea cozy home with two rooms, one shared rest room, a kitchen, and a front room, there are solely two double rooms in the home so sharing the lavatory and the kitchen wasn’t an issue. Our room was very good and comfy. The services had been nice, all you want for cooking, washing, and many others. This place appears to be highly regarded they’re at all times absolutely booked I’d suggest reserving it upfront. There are a few different good guesthouses in the identical worth vary in Almograve.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy shops within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Further – towels, washing strains, bathe gel

Extra lodging choices in Almograve

Ferry across the river from Vila Nova de Milfontes, the Fishermen's Trail
Campbell on the seashore near Vila Nova de Milfontes

Day 3. Almograve – Zambujeira do Mar, 22,5 km/14 mi

  • Distance – 22,5 km/14 mi
  • Time – 5h45min.
  • Ascent – 293 m
  • Descent – 274 m
  • Problem stage – 2 out of 5
Ascents and descents on the trail from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar
Elevation profile of the path from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar

There are two choices to stroll out of the city; the primary route goes again to the seashore the second continues inland. Each routes be a part of after about 1 km. We took the seashore possibility, this route goes previous the church left via the bush to the seashore. After about 1 km on the parking spot, the official route goes inland but it surely’s potential to stroll on the seashore Praia da Longueirinha for about 500 m after which go upstairs again to the path. It’s the one place on the route for the entire day the place you’ll be able to really get to the seashore so don’t miss this chance. For the remainder of the day, you’ll be able to benefit from the beautiful sea surroundings however don’t have any probability to get near the water.

For the primary 10 km, the route goes via the dunes once more strolling in deep sand. After a small city of Cavaleiro more often than not, you stroll on the gravel highway.

A map of the walking route from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar
A map of the strolling path from Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views from the path; sea, small seashores, rugged coast, cliffs, and many others.
  • Cabo Sardao – a stupendous cape and a lighthouse.
  • Many stork nests on the edges of the cliffs. The perfect space for recognizing storks was at 18 km simply earlier than Entrada do Barca, there have been some nests with infants that you may come fairly near.
  • Beautiful views from the cliffs simply earlier than Zambujeira.

Challenges

  • First 10 km on the sand dunes
  • A brief stretch of boring strolling alongside the highway previous Entrada do Braca, for about 1,5 km.

Stops on the route

  • At 10 km Cavaleiro; two eating places, store, inns, bus cease
  • At 19 km Entrada do Barca; two eating places

Zambujeira do Mar

  • Resort/guesthouse – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure

One other small city, a bit greater than the earlier one, with many eating places and guesthouses. There are a few good seashores across the city.

Resort Hakuna Matata

Hostel Hakuna Matata – an superior place, very near the ocean, good services, clear and cozy. We stayed in a dormitory however with solely 2 beds so mainly we received a personal room. All dorms are fairly small; 2-4 beds, there’s one or two personal rooms as effectively. 

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy shops within the room – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Further – towels

Extra lodging choices in Zambujeira do Mar

A stork's nest on the cliff above the water on the Fishermen's Trail
Strolling the Fishermen’s Path in spring you’ll be able to see many storks’ nests on the cliffs alongside the coast

Day 4. Zambujeira do Mar – Odeceixe, 19 km/11,8 mi

  • Distance – 19 km/11,8 mi
  • Time – 4h50min.
  • Ascent – 403 m
  • Descent – 423 m
  • Problem stage – 2 out of 5, a few quick ascends and descends, right here and there some sandy elements.
Elevation graph of the Fishermen's Trail from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe
Ascents and descents on the Fishermen’s Path from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe

From the start until about 4 km earlier than the top, the route goes subsequent to the ocean so unimaginable views are assured. At present’s stroll had a bit extra ascends and descends than the earlier days however nothing actually robust. The final 4 km to Odeceixe is alongside the highway with the river on one aspect and inexperienced hills on the opposite aspect, not as beautiful as the remainder of the day however nonetheless lovely. Simply earlier than Odeceixe, you cross from the Alentejo area to the Algarve, the sunniest a part of Portugal, the place to be for many who love sunshine, the ocean, the seashore, and browsing.

A map of the trail from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe
A map of the strolling stage of the Fishermen’s Path from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe

Highlights

Praia dos Alterinhos – an unspoiled seashore proper after Zambujeira with a cave (on the finish of the seashore) and attention-grabbing rock formations, the one seashore on the route for the day.

Breathtaking views on the best way; rugged cliffs, pristine seashores, pine forest, fields of flowers

Not likely a spotlight extra curiosity, after Praia do Carvalhal (at 3 km) there’s a safari park, an individual from Angola introduced a number of African animals right here like ostriches, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and even an American buffalo, we received to see a few ostriches and an antelope.

Praia de Odeceixe-Mar – beautiful view over the seashore with a few homes on the other aspect and a river.

Challenges

  • Strolling in deep sand infrequently
  • A few steep however quick ascents

Stops on the route

  • At 3 km Praia do Carvalhal there’s a espresso store however we wouldn’t suggest stopping right here, every little thing could be very costly.
  • At 10 km Azenha do Mar – a tiny village with a restaurant

Odeceixe

  • Resort/guesthouse – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure, about 3 km away at Praia de Odeceixe

The primary city on the route that’s not by the ocean, the seashore is about 3 km away. Odeceixe is the place the place each Rota Vicentina routes; the Fisherman’s Path and the Historic Approach be a part of. From right here you’ll be able to proceed on the Rota Vicentina to Cabo de Sao Vicente.

In the event you desire to remain nearer to the seashore you’ll be able to stroll 3,5 km additional to Praia de Odeceixe, a tiny place with a few inns and eating places positioned proper on the seashore, you’ll see it from the cliff on the best way. It’s on the other aspect of the river, at low tide it’s potential to stroll throughout the river near the ocean, it nonetheless could be about knee-deep. If the crossing is inconceivable you’ll must stroll first to Odeceixe the place you’ll be able to cross the river over the bridge after which again to the seashore, it’s a 6 km loop. 

Hostal Ceixe

Hostal Ceixe – a nice place, very clear, cozy, with good services. We stayed in a double room with a shared rest room (there aren’t any rooms with connected rest room right here), the room was fairly massive with a small balcony. Value 35 Euro. They’ve small dormitories as effectively.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy shops within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Further – towels, washing strains

Extra lodging choices in Odeceixe

Day 5. Odeceixe – Aljezur, 23 km/14,2 mi

  • Distance – 23 km/14,2 mi*
  • Time – 5h30min.
  • Ascent – 288 m
  • Descent – 280 m
  • Problem stage – 2 out of 5

*if you happen to don’t do the Odeceixe seashore circuit and observe the inland route whole distance is eighteen km/11 mi

Ascents and descents on the trail from Odeceixe to Aljezur
Elevation graph of the Fishermen’s Path from Odeceixe to Aljezur

From Odeceixe you might have two route choices; one to proceed inland, this route is 5 km shorter; another choice is to stroll previous Odeceixe seashore to the coast. This route is a bit longer however you get to see the ocean and delightful seashore Praia do Odeceixe. After strolling for six days inland I believe it’s a good suggestion to alter the surroundings and to benefit from the seashore and the ocean. In the event you take the inland route – observe white and pink markers (just like the earlier days), if you happen to select the coast, observe blue and inexperienced markers.

From Odeceixe on there will probably be a number of non-obligatory routes that may take you to the coast more often than not they’re marked with blue and inexperienced stripes.

A route map of the walk from Odeceixe to Aljezur
A route map of the strolling path from Odeceixe to Aljezur

Highlights

  • Unbelievable surroundings on the coastal route. We’d extremely suggest to do it it’s the primary time on the Historic Approach if you get to see the ocean.

Challenges

  • Occasional strolling on the highway, right here and there however not for lengthy and the highway shouldn’t be busy in any respect.

Stops on the route

  • At 3,5 km Praia de Odeceixe; eating places, inns
  • At 14,5 km Rogil (11 km if stroll inland); grocery store, eating places, inns, ATMs

Aljezur

  • Resort – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure, 3 km earlier than the city on the route
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – no

A pleasant city, greater than Odeceixe with a number of lodging choices, many eating places, and bars, about 5 km away from the ocean. In the event you’re planning to camp the campsite is about 3 km earlier than the city, on the path.

Daguasoul Hostel

Daguasoul hostel – an awesome and really chilled place, fairly small 4 rooms, 10 beds in whole, very cozy, clear, and cozy. The situation is sweet, a bit away from the route, about 500 m, however near a store and a few bars/eating places.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Further – towels, washing strains, terrace
Odeceixe beach in the morning on the Fishermen's Trail
Praia de Odeceixe is without doubt one of the most spectacular seashores on the Fishermen’s Path

Day 6. Aljezur – Arrifana, 19 km/12 mi

  • Distance – 19 km/12 mi or 12 km/7,4 mi*
  • Time – 4h35min.
  • Ascent – 418 m
  • Descent – 362 m
  • Problem stage – 3 out of 5 a few steep ups, to start with, 4-5 km of strolling via the sand within the second half

*At 4,5 km/2,7 mi there’s a cut up; one route is shorter with a complete distance of 12 km/7,4 mi, it continues inland. The second route goes to the coast, it presents nice surroundings but it surely’s longer, the full distance 19 km/12 mi.

Elevation graph for the route from Aljezur to Arrifana
Elevation profile of the path from Aljezur to Arrifana

Word! You’ll be able to skip Arrifana and stroll instantly from Aljezur to Carrapateira it’s a really lengthy stroll, about 31 km/19,2 mi.

We thought it was going to be a brief strolling day but it surely wasn’t as a result of we determined to take the coastal route which was 6 km/3,7 mi longer however the surroundings alongside the coast was beautiful. The very starting of the route for about 3 km/1,8 mi after the cut up shouldn’t be that spectacular you stroll on the gravel highway previous homes however when you attain the coast it will get significantly better. If in case you have time go all the way down to the seashore, benefit from the swim, drink a cup of espresso, after which proceed. It’s the one place to cease for meals or drinks on the best way.

The final 3 km/1,8 mi to Arrifana is thru the pine forest on a sandy footpath the surroundings shouldn’t be as spectacular as alongside the coast however nonetheless fairly good.

A route map of the trail from Aljezur to Arrifana
A map of the strolling path from Aljezur to Arrifana

Highlights

  • Praia de Monte Clerigo – a stupendous seashore with a few eating places and cafes
  • On the coastal route beautiful views from the cliffs, rugged shoreline, a number of pristine seashores
  • Praia da Arrifana

Challenges

  • At first, a few steep ascents and descents
  • On the coastal route 4-5 km of strolling on the sand

Stops on the route

  • At 11 km (coastal route) Praia de Monte Clerigo; restaurant, espresso store, lodge

Arrifana

  • Resort – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure 2-3 km away
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Seashore – sure

While you e book a spot in Arrifana be certain that it’s positioned within the city, the place could be very small, there are a lot of lodging round however a few of them are positioned 3 km away from the seashore and the path. The perfect can be to seek out your lodging on the map beforehand and be sure you don’t miss it following the route markers. We needed to stroll 3 km additional to get to our lodge.

Aljezur Villas

Aljezur Villas – the place is very nice with a swimming pool, backyard, BBQ, and many others. but it surely’s positioned about 3 km from the seashore and the path so if you wish to keep right here be prepared for that.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Further – towels, washing strains, swimming pool, free rea & espresso
Arrifana beach is one of the best surfing beaches on the Fishermen's Trail
Sundown from the cliffs at Arrifana Seashore

Day 7. Arrifana – Carrapateira, 20 km/12,4 mi

  • Distance – 20 km/12,4 mi
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Ascent – 555 m
  • Descent – 619 m
  • Problem stage – 3 out of 5 many ascents and descents
Elevation profile of the route from Arrifana to Carrapateira
Elevation profile of the Fishermen’s Path Arrifana to Carrapateira sections

It was a pleasant strolling day although within the afternoon it received fairly sizzling, be certain that to refill your water at each cease and placed on sunscreen you might be uncovered to the solar for the entire day. After about 2 km you get to the coast it’s the one time immediately when the route comes that near the ocean until the top of the day you stroll inland infrequently you’ll be able to see the ocean from far.

There are two new locations to cease on the best way at 8 km/5 km and 9,5/5,9 mi km that weren’t talked about within the guidebook. We actually preferred Nomads Surfers at 9,5 km/5,9 mi; good meals, chilly drinks, nice views over the world, pool – an ideal place to cease for relaxation in the course of the day.

If in case you have time you are able to do a detour and stroll to the seashore earlier than heading to Carrapateira, the city is about 3 km/1,7 mi away from the ocean.

A map of the Fishermen's Trail the part from Arrifana to Carrapateira
A map of the strolling path from Arrifana to Carrapateira

Highlights

  • Praia do Canal, a small seashore at 2 km, lovely views from the encircling cliffs over the world.
  • Inexperienced hills, vineyards, flowers fields for a lot of the day.
  • Many cork oaks alongside the highway, this tree is Portugal’s nationwide tree, we did see them earlier than on the route however not as many as right here.
  • Praia da Bordeira a protracted sandy seashore about 3 km earlier than Carrapateira.

Challenges

  • A few fairly steep ascents and descents, no shade to cover if it’s sizzling and sunny

Stops on the route

  • At 8 km a visitor home/restaurant (was closed once we had been there on Saturday afternoon).
  • At 9,5 km Nomad Surfers hostel and restaurant – an awesome place to cease.
  • At 18 km Bordeira – a small city with a few visitor homes and eating places.

Carrapateira

  • Resort – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Seashore – sure, 3 km away

A small city about 3 km away from the ocean, there are some dearer inns and flats positioned nearer to the seashore. If you wish to exit for dinner there usually are not many choices, the one place we discovered open after 8 pm was Restaurant Gato, about 1 km exterior the city, a pleasant place, a relaxing vibe.

Casa da Estela

Casa da Estela – a tremendous homestay with an awesome hostess. Spacious rooms, good services, good and cozy. You get tea, espresso, toasts, cookies, cheese spreads, yogurt, muesli, fruit on your use free of charge in a mini kitchenette subsequent to your room. The situation is nice subsequent to the path, shut to 2 bars and a store. The house owners are very pleasant and welcome.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Further – towels, washing strains, free tea, espresso, breakfast & snacks
Boardwalks at the Carrapateira Beach, Cosa Vicentina, Portugal
Boardwalks resulting in a lookout level on the Carrapateira Seashore

Day 8. Carrapateira – Vila do Bispo, 22 km/13,6 mi or 16 km/10 mi

  • Distance – 22 km/13,6 mi inland route, 16 km/10 mi coastal route.
  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Ascent – 418 m
  • Descent – 368 m
  • Problem stage – 3 out of 5, a number of ascends and descends
Ascents and descents on the Fishermen's Trail from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo
Ascents and descents on the strolling path from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo

From Carrapateira the route goes inland and for the remainder of the day, it meanders between the hills, fields, and the forest. At present you received’t get to see the ocean in any respect you probably have time and actually need to get to the seashore do it within the morning from Carrapateira.

A route map from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo, Fishermen's Trail
A route map of the strolling path from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo

Highlights

  • It was fairly an everyday day of strolling largely via the fields, no breathtaking cliffs or sea views extra of pastoral countryside surroundings.

Challenges

  • A number of steep ascents and descents if you happen to stroll it in summer season be sure you have sufficient water it will get extremely popular.

Stops on the route

  • At 10 km/6,2 mi Pedralva – a tiny city with a few eating places and guesthouses.

Vila do Bispo

  • Resort – sure
  • Hostel – no
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – no

A really quiet city with many new homes, a few eating places alongside the primary road, an enormous grocery store, it doesn’t seem like a typical vacation city.

Lilas’ Personal Lodging

Lilas’ personal lodging – an condo with three rooms, a shared rest room (you’ll be able to e book with a personal rest room as effectively), an enormous kitchen and front room. Situated near the grocery store and eating places. A model new place with good services, comfy, clear and neat.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Washer – sure, freed from cost
  • Further – towels, washing strains

Day 9. Vila do Bispo – Sagres, 21 km/13 mi

  • Distance – 21 km/13 mi*
  • Time – 4h50min.
  • Ascent – 282 m
  • Descent – 313 m
  • Problem stage – 2 out of 5

*In the event you don’t really feel like strolling 6 km/3,7 mi from Cabo to Sagres (the route ends on the Cape) you’ll be able to take a shuttle bus.

Ups and downs on the trail from Vila do Bispo to Sagres
Elevation profile of the route from Vila do Bispo to Sagres, Fishermen’s Path

Out of Vila do Bispo the route goes previous the market in the direction of the ocean, for the primary 6 km/3,7 mi you stroll via the fields, at about 6 km/3,7 mi there’s a cut up; one route goes to the ocean, one other continues inland nearly all the best way to the cape. The coastal route is marked with inexperienced and blue, the inland route is marked with pink and white. The space on each routes is about the identical, 14 km/8,6 mi from Vila do Bispo to the cape. Be able to see many vacationers at Cabo San Vicente.

There isn’t any lodging obtainable on the cape the closest city Sagres is 6 km/3,7 mi away, you’ll be able to stroll there, the stroll is generally alongside the highway. You’ll be able to take a bus from the cape to Sagres, there are two every day buses at 11.55 am and three.05 pm, they run solely from Monday to Friday, no buses to Sagres on weekends and public holidays.

Vila do Bispo to Sagres trail map
A map of the strolling path from Vila do Bispo to Sagres

Highlights

  • In the event you take the coastal route (the cut up is about 6 km from Vila do Bispo) there are some beautiful views from the cliffs over the ocean and the seashores.
  • Cabo S.Vicente – a cape with a lighthouse and a fortress, spectacular surroundings, and the official finish of the Rota Vicentina.

Challenges

  • In the event you determine to stroll from Cabe S.Vicente to Sagres most a part of 6 km the route goes alongside the highway.

Stops on the best way

  • At 14 km Cabo S.Vicente there are a few meals stalls.

Sagres

  • Resort – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure, 2 km exterior the city
  • ATM – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Seashore – sure

A cool seashore city fairly small with a few good seashores round, good surf spots, many inns, and eating places. It’s a pleasant place to remain for a few days after ending the Rota Vicentina. We stayed right here for 3 days and actually loved the place. We preferred Sagres greater than Lagos, Lagos is an enormous and really busy place.

Sagres Sunny Room

Sagres Sunny Room – a pleasant place within the middle of the city, comfy room, clear and comfy. There are solely two or three rooms within the season it’s often absolutely booked.

Amenities

  • Kitchen – no
  • Sizzling bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Further – towels, balcony
Cabo de S.Vicente, Fishermen's Trail, Portugal
The lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente close to Sagres

Day 10. Sagres – Salema, 20 km/12,4 mi

We haven’t walked the final stretch of the Fishermen’s Path from Sagres to Lagos but. We now have it deliberate for March this yr (2022). I’ll replace the submit as quickly as we full it.

  • Distance – 20 km/12,4 mi
  • Time – 4 hours
  • Ascent – 550 m
  • Descent – 600 m
  • Problem stage – 4 out of 5

Day 11. Salema – Lagos, 24 km/15 mi

  • Distance – 24 km/12,4 mi
  • Time – 5 hours
  • Ascent – 620 m
  • Descent – 570 m
  • Problem stage – 3 out of 5

In the event you determine to remain for a few days in Lagos to take pleasure in its lovely seashores and calm down after the hike ship us a message we are able to meet up for espresso or drinks. We stay in Lagos and love assembly individuals who share our ardour for mountaineering and the outside.

Beneficial books and guidebooks

Fishermen’s Path planning sources

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