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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 mountain climbing routes. The path follows the shoreline and gives breathtaking surroundings; rugged cliffs, pristine seashores, and crystal clear water, it’s an ideal route for individuals who like the ocean and outside actions. The route might be walked as a separate trek or mixed with the Historic Manner of the Rota Vicentina.

Strolling alongside the coast is all the time a particular experience. We’ve achieved a number of coastal mountain climbing 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 accommodates strolling levels and an inventory 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 might be walked as a separate hike
  • Place to begin – Porto Covo or S.Torpez Seashore
  • Ending level – Lagos
  • Strolling floor – a combine of sentimental sand (dunes, seashores) and footpath with brief elements on the gravel street.
  • Route marking – blue & inexperienced markers
  • Common price – from 30 Euro per individual per day 
  • Lodging – campsites, hostels, guesthouses
One of the secret beaches along the Fishermen's Trail of the Rota Vicentina in Portugal
The gorgeous seashore surroundings on the Fisherman’s Path of the Rota Vicentina

That will help you with planning we’ve created a downloadable PDF file with the strolling itinerary and locations to remain on the Fishermen’s Path of the Rota Vicentina. The file accommodates distances, elevation profiles, campsites, hostels, and resorts alongside the route.

YouTube thumbnail of the Fishermen's Trail video
Watch our YouTube video on strolling the Fishermen’s Path in Portugal

The Fishermen’s Path will not be the one long-distance strolling route close to Lisbon. If after strolling alongside the coast you’d wish to hike by way of a very completely different space you may 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 outside exercise includes a danger of getting injured, journey cancellation, or gear loss. It’s beneficial to have journey insurance coverage if you go on vacation to a different nation. The Fishermen’s Path will not be a high-altitude wild trek by way of distant areas nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bodily difficult experience. Something from small accidents like blisters to a knee or shin break up points can occur alongside the best way. Make sure that it is possible for you to to get medical help any time you want it. When you’ve got a European Well being Insurance coverage card you don’t want some other medical insurance coverage for Portugal.

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 comfortable;  cobblestone streets, two-story homes with purple roofs, the primary sq. with many eating places and bars, and an excellent vacation vibe. We preferred the city a lot that we’re considering of renting a spot right here for a few weeks.

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

  • Lodge/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 superb place to remain for trekkers, Nicolau, the proprietor,  is aware of all the things concerning the route, he’s a lot better knowledgeable than individuals on the info workplace. We obtained some helpful suggestions, suggestions, and a map of the path with some marks on it. The placement 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 non-public rooms as effectively. The hostel was totally booked so it’s higher to ebook it upfront, it’s one of many few finances lodging choices within the city.

Services

  • 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

A wooden pole marking the route along the coast
Wood poles with blue & inexperienced stripes mark the Fishermen’s Path of the Rota Vicentina

The Fishermen’s Path itinerary

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

  • Distance – 19 km/11,Eight mi
  • Time – 5h10min.
  • Ascent – 278 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Problem degree – Three 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 may 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 gorgeous 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 sure that to take sufficient water, particularly in the summertime strolling on sand makes you drained and thirsty you’ll want at the least 1,5l of water per individual. There have been a few superb seashores on the best way the route typically takes you away from the ocean nevertheless it’s attainable to stroll alongside the coast all the best way. I’m positive in summer time 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 obtained an opportunity we took off the sneakers and walked barefoot on the seashore, mainly first 10 km you may stroll on the seashore.

There are lots of wildflowers alongside the path (we walked the Fishermen’s path in Could).

A few stork nests on the fringe of the cliffs.

In actual fact, the complete 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 stuffed with it for many of the day, it doesn’t assist to shake it out as a result of it will get in instantly.

We had been unpleasantly shocked 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 larger 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, purple and yellow colour doorways and home windows however the massive a part of the city is simply resorts 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.

  • Lodge/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 obtained a spacious double room with an connected lavatory for 23 Euro. I suppose it is dependent upon 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, all the things labored effectively, the proprietor was very good and pleasant. 

Services

  • 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 unbelievable 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 degree – 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 by way of Vila Nova following Rua Custodio Bras Pacheco (the primary avenue within the city) out of your lodge you simply can get to this avenue and proceed following the indicators on the left-hand aspect of the road. The primary Four km was not very scenic; out of the city, alongside the street, throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect after which by way of 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 may take a ship to the opposite aspect of the river as a substitute of strolling throughout the bridge, it’ll make your strolling day about Four km shorter, however to be trustworthy, you gained’t miss out lots, the primary Four km had been by way of the city and alongside the street (we walked this half). I’d relatively spend that point having fun with the seashore Praia das Furnas. The boat leaves as quickly as there are individuals keen 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 alternative 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 superb place to cease, the route goes previous the seashore however we’d advocate happening and strolling on the seashore. After Praia das Furna the path goes on and off the coast by way of forest and fields. At about 3,5 km earlier than Almograve, there’s a break up; the left route continues inland, the suitable route goes again to the coast, each routes take part Almograve.

We’d advocate taking the coastal route it’s extra scenic and takes you previous three stunning seashores, although we missed the break 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 street at first 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 ensure that to have sufficient water and a few snack. There was a bar at Praia das Furnas at about 5 km nevertheless it 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

  • Lodge/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 Almogarve – a cozy home with two rooms, one shared lavatory, a kitchen, and a lounge, 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 comfortable. The amenities had been nice, all you want for cooking, washing, and so on. This place appears to be very fashionable they’re all the time totally booked I’d advocate reserving it upfront. There are a few different good guesthouses in the identical worth vary in Almograve.

Services

  • 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 degree – 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 part of after about 1 km. We took the seashore possibility, this route goes previous the church left by way of the bush to the seashore. After about 1 km on the parking spot, the official route goes inland nevertheless it’s attainable 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 may really get to the seashore so don’t miss this chance. For the remainder of the day, you may benefit from the gorgeous sea surroundings however don’t have any probability to get near the water.

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

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 so on.
  • Cabo Sardao – an attractive 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 can 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 street previous Entrada do Braca, for about 1,5 km.

Stops on the route

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

Zambujeira do Mar

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

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

Lodge Hakuna Matata

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

Services

  • 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 may see many storks’ nests on the cliffs alongside the coast

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

  • Distance – 19 km/11,Eight mi
  • Time – 4h50min.
  • Ascent – 403 m
  • Descent – 423 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5, a few brief 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 Four km earlier than the top, the route goes subsequent to the ocean so unimaginable views are assured. At this time’s stroll had a bit extra ascends and descends than the earlier days however nothing actually robust. The final Four km to Odeceixe is alongside the street with the river on one aspect and inexperienced hills on the opposite aspect, not as gorgeous as the remainder of the day however nonetheless stunning. Simply earlier than Odeceixe, you cross from the Alentejo area to the Algarve, the sunniest a part of Portugal, the place to be for individuals 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 fascinating 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 Three 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 obtained to see a few ostriches and an antelope.

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

Challenges

  • Strolling in deep sand sometimes
  • A few steep however brief ascents

Stops on the route

  • At Three km Praia do Carvalhal there’s a espresso store however we wouldn’t advocate stopping right here, all the things may be very costly.
  • At 10 km Azenha do Mar – a tiny village with a restaurant

Odeceixe

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

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

In case you want to remain nearer to the seashore you may stroll 3,5 km additional to Praia de Odeceixe, a tiny place with a few resorts and eating places situated proper on the seashore, you’ll see it from the cliff on the best way. It’s on the alternative aspect of the river, at low tide it’s attainable to stroll throughout the river near the ocean, it nonetheless is perhaps about knee-deep. If the crossing is not possible you’ll must stroll first to Odeceixe the place you may 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 amenities. We stayed in a double room with a shared lavatory (there aren’t any rooms with connected lavatory right here), the room was fairly massive with a small balcony. Worth 35 Euro. They’ve small dormitories as effectively.

Services

  • 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 degree – 2 out of 5

*for those who don’t do the Odeceixe seashore circuit and observe the inland route whole distance is 18 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 have got two route choices; one to proceed inland, this route is 5 km shorter; an alternative 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 feel it’s a good suggestion to vary the surroundings and to benefit from the seashore and the ocean. In case you take the inland route – observe white and purple markers (just like the earlier days), for those who select the coast, observe blue and inexperienced markers.

From Odeceixe on there can be a number of non-compulsory routes that can 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 advocate to do it it’s the primary time on the Historic Manner if you get to see the ocean.

Challenges

  • Occasional strolling on the street, right here and there however not for lengthy and the street will not be busy in any respect.

Stops on the route

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

Aljezur

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

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

Daguasoul Hostel

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

Services

  • 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,Four mi*
  • Time – 4h35min.
  • Ascent – 418 m
  • Descent – 362 m
  • Problem degree – Three out of 5 a few steep ups, at first, 4-5 km of strolling by way of the sand within the second half

*At 4,5 km/2,7 mi there’s a break up; one route is shorter with a complete distance of 12 km/7,Four mi, it continues inland. The second route goes to the coast, it gives nice surroundings nevertheless it’s longer, the whole 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 immediately 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 nevertheless it 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 gorgeous. The very starting of the route for about Three km/1,Eight mi after the break up will not be that spectacular you stroll on the gravel street previous homes however when you attain the coast it will get a lot better. When you’ve got time go right 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 Three km/1,Eight mi to Arrifana is thru the pine forest on a sandy footpath the surroundings will not 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 – an attractive seashore with a few eating places and cafes
  • On the coastal route gorgeous 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

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

Once you ebook a spot in Arrifana ensure that it’s situated within the city, the place may be very small, there are lots of lodging round however a few of them are situated Three 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 Three km additional to get to our lodge.

Aljezur Villas

Aljezur Villas – the place is very nice with a swimming pool, backyard, BBQ, and so on. nevertheless it’s situated about Three km from the seashore and the path so if you wish to keep right here be prepared for that.

Services

  • 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, 24 km/15 mi

  • Distance – 24 km/15 mi
  • Time – 5h.
  • Ascent – 555 m
  • Descent – 619 m
  • Problem degree – Four out of 5 comparatively lengthy strolling day with a number of 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 obtained fairly sizzling, ensure that to refill your water at each cease and placed on sunscreen you’re uncovered to the solar for the entire day. After about 2 km you get to the coast it’s the one time at the moment when the route comes that near the ocean until the top of the day you stroll inland sometimes you may see the ocean from far.

There are two new locations to cease on the best way at Eight 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 realm, pool – an ideal place to cease for relaxation in the midst of the day.

When you’ve got time you are able to do a detour and stroll to the seashore earlier than heading to Carrapateira, the city is about Three 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, stunning views from the encompassing cliffs over the realm.
  • Inexperienced hills, vineyards, flowers fields for many of the day.
  • Many cork oaks alongside the street, 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 Three 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 Eight 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 excellent place to cease.
  • At 18 km Bordeira – a small city with a few visitor homes and eating places.

Carrapateira

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

A small city about Three km away from the ocean, there are some costlier resorts and residences situated nearer to the seashore. If you wish to exit for dinner there will not be many choices, the one place we discovered open after Eight pm was Restaurant Gato, about 1 km outdoors the city, a pleasant place, a calming vibe.

Casa da Estela

Casa da Estela – a tremendous homestay with an excellent hostess. Spacious rooms, good amenities, good and cozy. You get tea, espresso, toasts, cookies, cheese spreads, yogurt, muesli, fruit on your use without cost in a mini kitchenette subsequent to your room. The placement is nice subsequent to the path, shut to 2 bars and a store. The house owners are very pleasant and welcome.

Services

  • 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

  • Distance – 22 km/13,6 mi
  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Ascent – 418 m
  • Descent – 368 m
  • Problem degree – Three 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 this time you gained’t get to see the ocean in any respect in case you have time and actually wish 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 by way of the fields, no breathtaking cliffs or sea views extra of pastoral countryside surroundings.

Challenges

  • A number of steep ascents and descents for those who stroll it in summer time be sure you have sufficient water it will get highly regarded.

Stops on the route

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

Vila do Bispo

  • Lodge – 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 avenue, an enormous grocery store, it doesn’t appear to be a typical vacation city.

Lilas’ Personal Lodging

Lilas’ non-public lodging – an residence with three rooms, a shared lavatory (you may ebook with a personal lavatory as effectively), an enormous kitchen and lounge. Positioned near the grocery store and eating places. A model new place with good amenities, snug, clear and neat.

Services

  • 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 degree – 2 out of 5

*In case you don’t really feel like strolling 6 km/3,7 mi from Cabo to Sagres (the route ends on the Cape) you may 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 direction of the ocean, for the primary 6 km/3,7 mi you stroll by way of the fields, at about 6 km/3,7 mi there’s a break 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 purple 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 a lodging accessible on the cape the closest city Sagres is 6 km/3,7 mi away, you may stroll there, the stroll is generally alongside the street. You’ll be able to take a bus from the cape to Sagres, there are two day by 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 case you take the coastal route (the break up is about 6 km from Vila do Bispo) there are some gorgeous 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 case you resolve to stroll from Cabe S.Vicente to Sagres most a part of 6 km the route goes alongside the street.

Stops on the best way

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

Sagres

  • Lodge – sure
  • Hostel – sure
  • Campsite – sure, 2 km outdoors 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 resorts, 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, snug room, clear and comfortable. There are solely two or three rooms within the season it’s often totally booked.

Services

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

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

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

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

Day 11. Salema – Lagos, 24 km/15 mi

  • Distance – 24 km/12,Four mi
  • Time – 5 hours
  • Ascent – 620 m
  • Descent – 570 m
  • Problem degree – Three out of 5

In case you resolve to remain for a few days in Lagos to get pleasure from its stunning seashores and loosen up 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 mountain climbing and the outside.

Alya walking on a boardwalk near Lagos
Alya strolling on the boardwalk at Ponta da Piedade close to Lagos

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