Rota Vicentina: to the Algarve

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4.3 Based on 3 Reviews
  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20467
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Zambujeira Do Mar, Portugal
  • Ends Faro, Portugal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Hike through the impressive coastal scenery of the western Algarve
  • Stay in comfortable family run accommodation in pretty coastal towns
  • Swim at remote beaches away from the busy resorts
  • Arrive at Cape St Vincent on foot, the southwestern most point of Portugal
The trip "Rota Vicentina: To The Algarve" starts in Zambujeira Do Mar and ends in Faro. It is a walking trip that takes 9 days taking you through Arrifana Beach, Cape St. Vincent, Faro and 6 other destinations in Portugal. "Rota Vicentina: To The Algarve" is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Discover the Algarve's hidden beaches along the unspoiled west coast from Zambujeira do Mar to Cape St Vincent. The Rota Vicentina is a long distance footpath which opened in 2013 and represents a successful eco-tourism initiative to develop low impact tourism in a relatively untouched region of Portugal. The trail connects Cape St Vincent, Portugal's most south-westerly point, to the village of Odeceixe, where it splits into two trails; the Historical Way which heads inland and the Fishermen's Trail which follows the coast to Porto Covo. This trip follows the trail south from Odeceixe to Cape St Vincent and a section of the Fishermen's trail. Experience the renowned beauty of the Algarve coastline well away from the tourist areas on this inspiring walk along enchanting sections of the Atlantic coast. As you make your way towards the south-western most point on the European continent by foot you'll pass idyllic beaches, sand dunes and dramatic steep cliffs that see surprisingly few visitors compared to the busier resort based beaches. The walk has been carefully researched and will be appreciated by those who want to enjoy one of Europe's most celebrated coastal scenes but stay away from the crowds. Starting in the north the route will have you trekking through the Sudoeste Alentejano en Costa Vicentina Natural Park to Cape Saint Vincent. The trip will be an assault on the senses with tasty regional specialties and good wine to enjoy, the aroma of eucalyptus and thyme mixed with the fresh sea air, a wide variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna to spot and of course plenty of time to enjoy the traditionally relaxed Portuguese lifestyle.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Zambujeira do Mar
  • Day 2 : Transfer to Almograve, walk along the coast back to Zambujeira (6hrs)
  • Day 3 : Pass by rolling dunes en route to Odeceixe (5-6hrs)
  • Day 4 : Choice of routes to the medieval town of Aljezur (5-6hrs)
  • Day 5 : Transfer to Chabouco and continue to Carrapateira with choice of 2 routes (3.5-6hrs)
  • Day 6 : Choice of loop walks (3-6.5hrs) or rest day in Carrapateira
  • Day 7 : Walk to the historic town of Vila do Bispo (6-7hrs)
  • Day 8 : Walk to Cape St Vincent, transfer back to Vila do Bispo (4-5hrs)
  • Day 9 : Trip concludes
  • 5 nights in simple family run pensions, 3 nights in hotels with swimming pool, all on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Private transfers on days 2, 5 & 8
  • Luggage transfers on days 3, 4, 5 & 7
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked (GPS data files available on request)
  • 7 day emergency hotline
  • Transfers to and from Faro airport (available for an additional cost)
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks throughout
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Transfers not noted as included
  • Travel insurance
4.3 - Very Good
Based on 3 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 03 2019
3 - Average
Great coastal hiking with wonderful views. Beautiful beaches - good surf and very clear water. Be aware that there is quite a lot of walking on soft sand. The level of walking is easy to moderate.
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 02 2019
5 - Excellent
What a wonderful trip! Everything was set up well for us to be able to just enjoy self-guided hiking without any logistical concerns or problems. Each day was a rewarding experience in a beautiful, interesting place (the Algarve... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 08 2018
5 - Excellent
The beauty of Portugal took our breath away at every turn: hidden valleys carpeted with a million, million flowers of every colour imaginable. Deep, dark forests of fragrant eucalyptus and pine trees stunted by the ceaseless... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Rota Vicentina: to the Algarve tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 15 April 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 April 2023, a deposit of 183 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Rota Vicentina: to the Algarve tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Rota Vicentina: to the Algarve tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best time to go to Portugal?

    There is no bad time to visit Portugal, but April to October are considered the best. For a seasonal overview, check out our article on the best time to visit Portugal.

  • What are the best places to travel to in Portugal?

    The best places to visit in Portugal are going to depend on your preference. If you are into medieval cities, head to Obidos. The town is also popular for its chocolate festival. If you are looking for a relaxed surf town vibe, ​then ​Ericeira or Peniche is what you are looking for. For a foodie adventure, Porto will satiate all your culinary desires.

  • How many days should you spend in Portugal?

    We recommend spending at least 10 days in Portugal to experience the country’s culture and see its top attractions. Find out more about how long to spend in Portugal with our guide.

  • What is the best way to travel in Portugal?

    The public transport networks in Portugal are pretty decent. Scenic trains are highly affordable, but if you are short on time, the buses will normally be quicker. It is probably one of the only places where buses are quicker than trains.

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