Trip Style

Rural Rugged Coastline, Dunes and Beaches


From February to June and September to mid-December


Quiet beaches, Rugged cliffs, Tranquil hills and lakes

Price from

415 EUR



The Rota Vicentina is a series of walking trails located in the South West of Portugal that navigates through the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. Combining the Fishermen’s Trail, the Historical Way and several circular routes, this trail combines both the rural charm of Portugal and the rugged coastline that has been shaped by the Atlantic Ocean.


For this centre based itinerary, you will stay in the village of Carrapateira. From here you can take advantage of walks both out to the coastline as well as inland to the quiet hills and hidden lakes of the Natural Park.  This short itinerary will give you a real taste for what the Rota Vicentina as a whole has to offer.  Below is our suggestion on walks to take to experience the best of this area, you can do these in any order that suits you when you are there.

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After Odeceixe, the route will follow both the Fishermen’s Trail as well as Historical Way. The elements that make up the Fishermen’s Trail are walks that take you back out to the coastline from the inner Historical Way. Should you be tight on time, these sections can be easily skipped.

A major draw of this area is the abundance of opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the multitude of different plants and flowers along the way – springtime (in other words any time after Christmas!) is ideal. The colours are amazing and the area is a photographers dream.


Day 1: Arrive at Carrapateira

Carrapateira sits on a small headland of limestone cliffs and will be your base for the Rota Vicentina experience. This tranquil village has not one, but two wonderful beaches.  Relax and enjoy the chilled out vibe of this pretty village.

Day 2: Bordeira Circular Walk to the Coast (6Km/13Km 2hr/4hr)

If you are feeling energetic, you can walk from Carrapateira to Bordeira. The short walk is just 5kms.  Alternatively, you can get a taxi to Bordeira to start the walk.  From Bordeira you will cross the river and continue on the floodplain out to the coast. Returning inland you will pass by a private pine forest whose wood is mostly used for boat construction, before returning to the floodplains and Bordeira.  Again, you can walk or get a taxi back to Carrapeteira depending on your energy levels.

Day 3: Bordeira Circular Walk to the Hidden Lakes (7Km/16Km 2hr/5hr)

Return to Bordeira today, either on foot or by taxi.  From the village this time you will head inland into the hills. You’ll be following a section of the Historical Way. Cork and Oak trees provide shade, and lakes and quiet valleys provide moments to stop and ponder or perhaps enjoy a  relaxing picnic.

Day 4: Carrapateira Circular Walk to the Coast (10Km 3.5hr)

This lovely circular walk can be done in either direction, heading right or left at the main road.  Prepare yourself for superb views over the sands of Bordeira and Amado on this walk. You’ll also see an ancient Islamic fisherman’s settlement today.  Be sure to take a picnic of local food and drinks and your swimming costume today so you can fully enjoy the gorgeous beach.

Day 5: Hills of Carrapateira (13.5Km 4hr)

Today’s walk has some of the most outstanding views of the region. You’ll be able to see for miles out to the coast and also inland where you can see as far as the Monchique mountains. An undulating walk takes you through more pine forests and valleys before you climb up to the sierra where the views await. The sierra is a great place to stop for lunch, relax, and really appreciate your surroundings. Make sure your camera is fully charged!

Day 6: Carrapateira - Farewell

After a tasty breakfast, we bid you farewell and hope that this taster of the Rota Vicentina will have wet your appetite to discover more of this fantastic region of Portugal.


  • 5 nights Guesthouse / Hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook) and Maps
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays


Way in & out

To get to and from Carrapateira you can fly in and out of Faro.

From Ireland you can fly with Ryanair from Dublin to Faro or EasyJet from Belfast International. From London you can fly with British Airways from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted to Faro.  EasyJet operate flights from Gatwick to Faro and Ryanair  and Jet2 operate flights from Stansted to Faro.

From Faro Airport to Carrapateria we can arrange a private transfer which is approx a 1hr20min drive (enquire for prices) or if you would like to use public transport you can get a train from Faro to Lagos (1hr45mins) and then a taxi to Carrapateira (35mins).


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