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The Fisherman’s Path, Portugal – an in depth information

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The Fisherman’s Path is a strolling route within the south of Portugal. It’s part of the Rota Vicentina community. The path is taken into account one of the vital lovely coastal routes on this planet. The surroundings alongside the route is breathtaking; rugged cliffs, sandy seashores, gorgeous lookouts, charming cities, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and various wildlife. We had been so impressed by the great thing about the world that after finishing the path we determined to maneuver to the south of Portugal the place we reside now.

The Fisherman’s Path route overview

  • Complete distance – 230 km/143 mi
  • Variety of days – 11-13 days
  • Start line – S.Torpes Seaside, 10 km earlier than Porto Covo, Alentejo
  • Ending level – Lagos, Algarve
  • Route marking – picket poles with blue & inexperienced stripes
  • Common price – 35 Euro per particular person per day
  • Lodging choices – tenting, hostels, lodges
Cabo S.Vicente lighthouse, Fisherman's Trail, Portugal
Cabo de Sao Vicente is likely one of the highlights of the Fisherman’s Path

We now have an in depth Fishermen’s Path strolling itinerary submit the place you will discover full info on every stage of the path with distances, elevation profiles, instances, and lodging choices. Obtain our PDF file with strolling levels and locations to remain alongside the route.

Totally different route choices

The path begins at S.Torpes Seaside, 10 km earlier than Porto Covo, and finishes in Lagos. We began strolling in Porto Covo skipping the primary 10 km as a result of logistically it labored out higher for us. We arrived a bit later to start out strolling and wished to remain for a day in Porto Covo. The final a part of the Fisherman’s Path from Sagres to Lagos was added to the route later. Initially the tip of the path was in Sagres.

A beauty of the path is that you just don’t should stroll your complete route you’ll be able to stroll solely a bit of it relying on how a lot time you have got and the way far you wish to stroll. In actual fact, any a part of the Fisherman’s Path will be walked as a day hike. You may mix strolling the path with a seashore vacation.

The preferred route choices on the Fisherman’s Path

Porto Covo – Odeceixe S.Torpes Seaside/Porto Covo – Sagres S.Torpes Seaside/Porto Covo – Lagos S.Topres Seaside/Porto Covo – Santiago de Cacém
76 km/47 mi
Four days
191 km/118 mi
9-10 days
230 km/142 mi
12-13 days
196 km/121 mi
10-11 days
Route choices with distances and tie=mes required on the Fisherman’s Path

Strolling the Fisherman’s Path from Porto Covo to Odeceixe. It’s the unique 4-day path that later was prolonged to Cabo de Sao Vicente (Sagres) after which all the way in which to Lagos. The half Odeceixe to Sagres was part of the Historic Route of the Rota Vicentina. Now the Historic Route begins in Santiago do Cacém and finishes in Odeceixe. The full distance is 76 km/47 mi.

Beginning in Porto Covo or São Torpes Seaside and ending in Sagres is the way in which we walked the path (the Sagres – Lagos extension was added later). The full distance is 181 km/112 mi or 191 km/118 mi in the event you begin in St.Torpes Seaside. More often than not the route goes alongside the coast. You’ll want 9-10 days to finish it.

If you wish to full your complete Fisherman’s Path from São Torpes Seaside to Lagos you’ll want 12-13 days. The full distance of the route is 230 km/142 mi.

It’s doable to mix the Fisherman’s Path with the Historic Approach. You can begin in São Torpes Seaside or Porto Covo stroll alongside the coast to Odeceixe and from there proceed on the Historic (inland) path to Santiago do Cacém. The full distance of this route is 196 km/121 mi. You’ll want 10 days to finish it.

Blue and green route markers on the Fisherman's Trail
Wood poles with blue & inexperienced stripes mark the Fisherman’s Path

Sensible info

Faucet water in Portugal is okay to drink you don’t have to purchase bottled water or use filters.

The route is well-marked it’s straightforward to comply with and plan by yourself you don’t want a information or a tour.

The Fisherman’s Path crosses the Alentejo and Algarve areas within the south of Portugal it will get highly regarded in the summertime. It’s advisable to begin strolling early in an effort to escape the afternoon warmth.

In the event you don’t really feel like strolling with a heavy backpack it’s doable to rearrange baggage switch on the route from lodging to lodging. The primary firm that does transfers on the route is Vicentina Transfers.

Each city on the route has ATMs, outlets, and lodges you don’t have to hold meals or a whole lot of money with you, many locations settle for bank cards.

Distances between cities are fairly lengthy there’s nothing in between at all times be certain to have sufficient water for the entire day. There are not any faucets to refill it alongside the route.

In a e-book store in Porto Covo on Vasco da Gama avenue (a block away from the church)  you should purchase an official guidebook and a route map.

There’s a Ciceron guidebook on the Rota Vicentina that has a whole lot of info on the path.

The realm will get very busy in July and August consequently lodging costs enhance quite a bit, hold it in thoughts when planning your climbing vacation.

Lodging on the Fisherman’s Path

Lodging on the trek was our primary concern however ultimately, it wasn’t an issue. Since we couldn’t discover a listing of lodging choices alongside the route we tried our greatest to make an entire listing of hostels, lodges, and campsites alongside the way in which.

Hostels, lodges, and guesthouses will be present in each city alongside the route some locations have extra choices some much less. The campsites will be present in Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujeira do Mar, Odeceixe, Aljezur, and Sagres.

We don’t like reserving lodging prematurely and often don’t do it, however for this route, we did e-book all of the locations a few days earlier than we began. Each place we stayed in was full primarily as a result of a lot of the hostels and guesthouses are very small; two or three personal rooms or Eight to 10 beds in order that they refill shortly. We walked the path in the beginning of Might which isn’t the busiest season in the event you’re planning to stroll it between June and August we strongly suggest reserving lodging beforehand even in the event you’re planning to camp at the very least contact campsites to learn how full they’re.

When reserving lodging;

  • verify for the check-in time in most lodges it’s fairly late, round three pm.
  • be certain your resort is within the city itself and never 5 km outdoors of it
  • discover your home on Google.maps beforehand as typically following the route you would possibly stroll previous it on the way in which to the middle of the city
  • verify in the event you pay for lodging when making a reserving or on arrival, most locations cost beforehand.

Obtain our PDF spreadsheet that may assist you to to systematize your bookings The Fishermen’s Path Rota Vicentina reserving spreadsheet.

Porto do Mos Beach in Lagos
Praia de Porto do Mos in Lagos is likely one of the seashores on the Fisherman’s Path

Baggage supply on the route

It’s doable to make use of a baggage switch service on the Fisherman’s Path in the event you don’t wish to stroll with an enormous backpack or have an excessive amount of baggage to hold with you day by day. Vicentina Transfers is an organization that gives baggage supply service on the path. They’ll ship your baggage door to door between any sort of lodging alongside the route together with campsites. It’s 15 Euro per part for 1 piece of bags.

The corporate offers solely baggage supply they don’t do lodging reserving for you. Earlier than you prepare the baggage service it’s important to e-book your lodging. The price of baggage supply on the Rota Vicentina is sort of excessive in comparison with for instance 6-7 Euro that you just pay on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino.

The price of strolling the Fisherman’s Path

The price of the path relies upon rather a lot on the kind of lodging you determine to remain in; tenting, dormitories, or personal rooms and on the season. In the event you’re planning to camp, to make your personal meals and to not exit for drinks each night time funds 25 Euro per particular person per day. To remain in dormitories and make your personal meals 30 Euro pp. per day. Staying in personal and consuming out now and again 35-40 Euro. If you wish to keep in personal, eat out at the very least as soon as a day, and exit for drinks I’d counsel budgeting 45+ Euro per day per particular person.

Lodging

Tenting is probably the most funds possibility right here, costs nonetheless fluctuate relying on the season with August being the costliest month. The primary downside right here is that it’s important to carry tenting gear with you (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking stuff, and so forth.) which provides a whole lot of weight to your backpack. The value for tenting is between 6 to 10 Euro per particular person per night time.

A mattress in a dormitory is one other funds lodging possibility on the Fisherman’s Path. There are usually not many hostels on the route and they’re often totally booked as the world is a highly regarded vacation vacation spot. With a view to get a spot within the season, it’s advisable to e-book your lodging prematurely. The value for a dorm mattress is between 15 and 20 Euro relying on the season.

A personal room is probably the most comfy lodging possibility and typically a double room with a shared lavatory price the identical as two beds in a dormitory. So in the event you’re two folks it’s a significantly better deal. There are a number of lodges that provide triple and household rooms in the event you’re a bunch of individuals climbing you’ll be able to share a much bigger room. Costs for a funds double room are between 30 and 40 Euro. We had one or two locations the place we paid 25 Euro for a double room with a non-public lavatory. In the event you stroll fully low season between November and March it may be kind of a normal value.

Meals

There are grocery shops and mini markets in each city on the route in the event you’re on a decent funds making your personal meals is the most suitable choice. At all times be sure to e-book lodging with a kitchen (most locations we stayed had at the very least a microwave). Relying on what sort of stuff you purchase purchasing for three meals (lunch, dinner, and breakfast) prices between 8-10 Euro per particular person. Many supermarkets have cafes the place you will get a meal, a sandwich, or a pastry for comparatively low cost in comparison with the restaurant costs.

Consuming out is sort of costly on the route the Costa Vicentina and the Algarve are fashionable vacationer locations costs in native eating places are greater than common in Portugal. Only a few eating places alongside the Fishermen’s Path provide Menu do Dia – a set lunch that often features a starter, primary dish, drinks (beer, wine, cool drink), bread, espresso, or dessert. We had these menus all over the place on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. In most locations on the path you pay a median of 10 Euro for a dish, each time we went out for dinner we paid about 15 Euro pp. together with drinks. Breakfast (toasted sandwich and low) you will get for three Euro.

We at all times cease quite a bit for espresso and Portugal is an actual paradise for espresso lovers, the espresso right here is nice and low cost; for a cup of Espresso you pay about 0,7 Euro, for espresso with milk1 Euro. In the event you order Americano it’ll price you extra, about 1,2 Euro, for cappuccino you’ll pay between 2 and three Euro (they add a whole lot of milk and chocolate to it). Cafe con Leite (espresso with milk) is often comparable to what’s referred to as cappuccino in different international locations.

One of the beaches surrounded by the cliffs on the Fisherman's Trail
Carrapateira Seaside from a lookout level on the Fisherman’s Path

Our funds breakdown (2 folks, 11 days)

We didn’t camp on the path. We stayed in personal rooms and dormitories, went out each different day however more often than not we made meals and stopped at the very least as soon as a day for espresso. We didn’t use a baggage switch service. In the event you do add to our funds 15 Euro per particular person per day.

  • Lodging – 422 Euro
  • Purchasing (meals, toiletries) – 116 Euro
  • Consuming out – 151 Euro
  • Transport – 70 Euro, 15 Euro per particular person bus Lisbon – Porto Covo, 20 Euro per particular person bus Lagos – Lisbon
  • Espresso+pastry – 35 Euro

Complete: 794 Euro or 36 Euro per particular person per day.

The very best time for strolling the Fisherman’s Path

The Fishermen’s Path goes by way of the south of Portugal it’s by no means actually chilly right here and it doesn’t rain that a lot which suggests the route will be walked all 12 months spherical. We’ve finished a number of multi-day walks in Portugal and actually like climbing in spring, between April and Might. For us it’s the perfect time of the 12 months; not chilly however not scorching but, not too many individuals like in summer time, many flowers and bushes in blossom, and costs are decrease than in peak season.

Summer time notably July and August are the most well liked and the busiest months right here when you have a alternative I’d counsel strolling the route some other time even in Might. Over the weekends there have been many individuals on the route doing day hikes, I can think about in peak season there will likely be tons of of individuals. Costs for lodging go up in summer time fairly a bit so that you get extra folks, highly regarded climate, and better costs. April – June, and September – October are most likely the greatest months for strolling with probably the most comfy climate and fewer folks.

As for strolling the route fully offseason; November – March it’s a great time, many lodges and hostels are open all 12 months spherical. It may be very quiet like in some other seashore vacation space low season. So in the event you’re searching for a solitary and tranquil strolling vacation it’s the suitable time of the 12 months to come back right here. As for the climate, it’s sunny within the south of Portugal even within the winter but it surely does get chilly, particularly in January-February and wet in November-December.

How you can get to the path?

There are direct buses from Lisbon to Porto Covo/São Torpes Seaside. Rede Expressos buses depart all through the day from Sete Rios Bus station in Lisbon. As of March 2022, there are morning buses at 7.30 am and 9.30 am solely on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The journey takes 2h10min. The ticket prices 16,5 Euro. Tickets will be purchased on the bus terminal or on-line. Within the peak summer time season, I’d suggest buying tickets beforehand. You may verify the up-to-date itinerary and purchase tickets on-line.

In the event you’re planning to start out strolling at S.Torpes Seaside which is 10 km north of Porto Covo you’ll should get off the bus earlier. S.Torpes Seaside is between Sines and Porto Covo. Ask a driver to cease at Praia de São Torpes.

There are direct buses to Lisbon from Odeceixe, Sagres, Lagos, and Santiago do Cacém. Wherever you determine to complete the Fisherman’s Path you’ll be capable of get again to Lisbon by bus. From Odeceixe and Sagres there are one or two each day buses to Lisbon. From Santiago do Cacém and Lagos there are numerous. You will get a direct bus to Lisbon from just about each city on the route besides Arrifana and Salema. You should purchase tickets and verify the present itinerary on the Rede Expressos web site.

In the event you’re coming from Lisbon and wish to spend a few days there listed here are our suggestions on locations to remain within the metropolis.

Amoreira Beach is one of the beaches on the Fisherman's Trail
Amoreira Seaside on the sundown

Locations to remain in Lisbon

Excursions and actions in Lisbon

Lisbon is a tremendous place with many vacationer sights and things to do. You probably have a while in Lisbon earlier than or after the Fisherman’s Path listed here are some really helpful actions;

What to pack for the hike?

In the event you’re planning to remain in lodges or hostels you don’t want a lot stuff to hold which is nice you’ll be able to pack actually mild for the hike and benefit from the path strolling with a day pack.

Backpack – a 30l backpack will likely be sufficient to pack climbing garments for Four days and a few toiletries.

Comfy footwear for strolling, it may be a pair of sunshine climbing footwear (a males’s mannequin), a pair of trainers (males’s mannequin), or a pair of sandals. The final will work nice for strolling over sand dunes and on the seashore.

GoPro HERO8 – on the Fishermen’s Path as a substitute of carrying our large DSLR digital camera we packed a brand new GoPro. The standard of the footage and pictures is nice, the digital camera may be very mild and small, it may well get moist, you’ll be able to swim and dive with it. All pictures and movies on this submit are taken with the GoPro8.

Garmin Fenix 5 GPS watch – our new climbing companion, we used it to get the elevation profiles and the maps for this submit.

Kindle – we at all times take our Kindles Paperwhite with us when touring. In the event you’re an proprietor of Kindle by becoming a member of Kindle limitless program by Amazon you’ll get entry to 1000’s of e-books and audiobooks.

In the event you’re planning to camp (probably the most budget-friendly lodging possibility on the path), you’ll want a much bigger backpack and a few tenting gear;



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