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 with the rugged coastline that has been shaped by the Atlantic Ocean.

For this centre based itinerary you will be based in the village of Carrapateira where 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 the follow both the Fishermen’s Trail as well as Historical Way. The elements of this section that comprise the Fishermen’s Trail are walks that take you back out to the coast line from the inner Historical Way, but should you be tight on time these section can be easily by-passed.

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 and the colours are amazing and a photographers dream.


Day 1: Arrive at Carrapateira

Carrapateira sits on a small headland of limestone cliffs and will be your base for this centre based experience of the Rota Vicentina. 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 which is 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 up inland to the hills following a section of the Historical Way. Cork and Oak trees provide shade, 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 circular walk can be done in either direction either heading right or left at the main road.  Superb views on this walk over the sands of Bordeira and Amado and an ancient Islamic fisherman’s settlement await you.  Be sure to take a picnic and your swimming costume today so you can fully enjoy the beach.

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

This walk today has some of the best views of the region, not only out to the coast but also inland where you can see as far as the Monchique mountains. An undulating walk takes you today through more pine trees and valleys before you climb up to the sierra where the views await and make a great place to stop for picnic to really appreciate your surroundings.

Day 6: Carrapateira - Farewell

Today after breakfast we bid you farewell and hope that this taster of the Rota Vicentina will have wet your appetite to discover more of this region.


  • 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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