The Vicentina Route and the Untamed Atlantic is a Self-Drive Walking tour designed for keen walkers, interested in experiencing a different side of Portugal.
Following one of the most beautiful and best-preserved coastal areas of Europe, you’ll walk among jagged cliffs, secluded beaches, endless fields of wildflowers, forest tracks, and historic villages.
The delicious regional cuisine and wines stand out, with a highlight for the seafood and fresh fish.
The Vicentina Route is part of the European footpath network and combines inland (Historical Way) and coastal walking (Fishermen’s Trail), covering 340km of tracks between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape of St. Vincent.
The circular walks in the Historical Way are unforgettable routes full of tradition. Used for centuries to easily access the nearby villages and the farmland, they are a delightful way of exploring the real Alentejo and a mostly unknown Algarve.
You’ll find a green landscape with stretches of cork tree woods, soft hillsides, valleys, and meandering rivers and creeks. A true journey through time, local culture, and nature.
The Fishermen’s trail, exclusively pedestrian, was traditionally used by fishermen to access secretive fishing spots. You can still see them today, impossibly perched on top of the rocky cliffs.
The tour base is a small and centrally located village, from where it’s easy to explore the region and the tracks of this itinerary.
It includes tailored walks to show you the best sections of the Vicentina and all the wonders of this region.
From the wild and see-through blue waters of Porto Covo, the amazing views over the beach of Odeceixe, to the deserted plateaus around the Carrapateira.
The surprises nature has to offer, such as the colourful carpets of flowers, the aroma of herbs near the creeks, and the storks’ nests on the coastal cliffs, like nowhere else in the world!
Find peaceful beaches, some deserted, where you can relax from your hiking efforts. In the countryside, enjoy the streams and rivers, a much welcome relief from the heat on hotter days.
Also, you have the opportunity to experience the authenticity, the culture, the heritage, and the ways of life of the people, in small villages and towns like Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, and Sagres.
The mild weather year-round and the wonderful traditional food and wines will round up this amazing holiday adventure, perfect for independent travellers.