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Walking & Cycling Holidays in Portugal

Walking & Cycling Tours in Portugal

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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Stretching from the Spanish border right down to Cape St Vincent in the furthest south-westerly point of Portugal and Europe, this long-distance trail covering 299km is considered the “backbone” of a collection of walkways in the Algarve. This region is a nature lover’s paradise, especially in the springtime, offering excellent conditions for bird-watching while being surrounded by the beauty of fields of flowers and aromatic plants. Orchids and Western Iberian Peonies, in particular, are flowers to look out for.
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This walk is through a local protected area where you will encounter friendly people, excellent accommodations, and ample opportunities to try traditional food. Starting off the official Via Algarviana track in Loulé you will then re-join the official track on your third day in Salir. Panoramic views are ample and each as outstanding as the other.
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This section of the walk will see you reach the highest point of the Algarve, Monchique before descending down to the coast through the arable landscape typical of the south-west of Portugal. As you near closer to end of the walk, you will find yourself winding your way along cliff tops to the most westerly point of the European continent, Cape St Vincent, and the Atlantic Ocean with its crashing waves and infinite skyline.
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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 combine both the rural charm of Portugal with the rugged coastline that has been shaped by the Atlantic Ocean. The Fishermen’s Trail which you will take from Porto Covo to Odeceixe is a coastline route that follows trails created by locals to get to the beaches as well as the best fishing spots and can only be travelled by foot. The majority of this route is also on sand trails which can be more tiring to walk on and it is recommended that you have good walking boots.
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Walk through impressive landscapes teeming with wildlife and beautiful flora to find Portugal’s rich history and traditions. From the ancient mystical monuments to the vibrant well-preserved city centres, the Step by Step Walking Tour of Alentejo is a magical voyage from the stone age to modern times. This magnificent area has to be seen to be believed, so come and experience it first hand. Alentejo is known for its calm and serene way of life. Come, relax, and set your pace to ours. Disconnect from the rest of the world, and enjoy the long, sunny hours and our easy-going attitude.
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This medium level cycling tour through Portugal starts in the wild rugged area of the Southwest Alentejo and the Costa Vicentina NP. We cycle from the west coast along the popular south coast, the true Algarve. The route includes picturesque scenery and lovely spots to stop closer to the Spanish border.
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