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.
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.