Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Fisherman's Trail
  • Beaches, Dunes, Cliffs, & Coves
  • Visit a Quaint Seaside Chapel
  • Taste Fresh, Local Seafood
  • Daily Luggage Transfer
  • Free Day in Aljezur
  • Europe's Southernmost Point


The Fisherman’s Trail, also known as Portugal’s Rota Vicentina, is one of Europe’s lesser known gems: a long distance hiking trails with some of the most spectacular coastal line you have ever seen. Begin in Lisbon but soon travel away from this busy city to venture into quieter areas where you might often find your group to be the only ones about, passing small fishing villages and pristine beaches as you travel through the Alentejo and Algarve regions. Travel with an expert, local leader and like minded travelers as you stare up at dramatic cliffs, traverse the ever changing sand dunes full of rare and endemic wildlife, and sunbath on lovely beaches along the coast. This corner of Portugal is not to be underestimated for its beauty, culture, and food.

Operated by Intrepid Travel

This trip is offered and operated by Wildland’s parent company, Intrepid Travel. Intrepid is an international adventure travel company committed to offering sustainable, experience-rich journeys across the globe. They’ve led the way with ethical, small-group travel since 1989, helping guests discover the magic of travel more than 30 years! When you sign up for this trip, you will be taken into Intrepid’s registration system, and book directly with them.

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$2045 Per Person
$625 Singl Supplement  

$625 Singl Supplement

A single supplement is available on this trip for an extra fee if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies to all your nights but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms.

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Trip Type: Intrepid Walking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-12
Trip Length: 8 Days
Distance: 57MI / 92KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows mostly well-maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections. It includes mostly moderate hiking distances with moderate elevation and some days with more strenuous distances. Hikers should expect to walk long stretches of the trail on sand which can make the hike more tiring. Some sections of trail also lead past steep sea cliffs.

Hiking Distances:

13.5MI / 22KM

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up To 1,000 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections of sands and near steep cliffs.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a Level 2 for solitude. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

This trip can be booked as a private tour directly with Intrepid Travel by calling  1-800-970-7299.

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Inclusions: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, local transportation, accommodations, activities

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Day 1: Lisbon

  • Orientation Meeting: 6pm
  • Meals Included: Dinner 
  • Accommodations: Hotel

Say hello to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal simply stuffed full of lovely restaurants and intriguing history. If you get to Lisbon early, feel free to explore some of the city, perhaps walking through the quaint Alfama neighborhood or visiting Sao Jorge Castle. Your tour with Intrepid begins with an orientation meeting at 6pm where you’ll meet your fellow travelers and your local group leader who will guide you on your trek. After the meeting, head out with your group to an included dinner at a local restaurant where you can get to know each other better and take a guided walk around the city which has an exciting nightlife. 

Please be sure to attend the orientation meeting this evening as you will need to provide insurance and emergency contact information at this time. If you are going to be late, please contact Intrepid or let the hotel know.

Day 2: Vila Nove de Milfontes

  • Travel: Drive from Lisbon to Malhao
  • Activities Included: Malhao to Vila Nova de Milfontes Guided Walk
  • Meals Included: Breakfast 
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5MI / 10KM
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

Your hiking begins as you leave Lisbon and drive toward the beginning of the Fisherman’s Trail. This ancient coastal walk is comprised of many hikes all connected through Alentejo and the Algarve. You’ll soon arrive at Porto Covo where you will pull on your hiking boots and get ready to start your trek. This entire trail is seaside and today, you’ll be hugging the coastline along many sandy beaches and the wind swept dunes of Aivados and Malhao. Each beach you pass today will offer something different from the last, so keep your eye out for springs of freshwater, hidden coves and caves, and dramatic cliffs. Your leader will narrate to the group about some of the plants that manage to thrive here in a harsh climate of scorching sun, low nutrient soil, and salty air. You’ll finish your hike at Vila Nova de Milfontes where you can take a dip in the great Atlantic if you’d like

Day 3: Almograve

  • Activities Included: Boat to Praia das Furnas, Vila Nove de Milfontes to Almograve Guided Walk
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Hiking Distance: 7.5MI / 12KM
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Begin your day with a lovely cruise from the mouth of the Mira River to Praia das Furnas where today’s hike will begin to Almograve. Follow the coastline again today and lookout for wildlife that thrives in this area. Many of the marshes and estuaries that you will pass serve as breeding grounds for various fish and you’ll likely see swifts flying overhead if you’re hiking in summer. Your guide will continue to point out various types of vegetation along the coast as well as the invasive acacia that often drives out native species. Local fisherman will probably to be out along the coast and see if you can spot small, stone-age quarries among the sand dunes.

Day 4: Zambujeira do Mar

  • Activities Included: Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar Guided Walk, Typical Seafood Lunch in Zambujeira do Mar, Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mar Evening Walk
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch 
  • Hiking Distance: 13.5MI / 22KM
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Get up bright and early this morning to get on the trail on the way to Zambujeira do Mar through some of the most spectacular sights you will see on this trip. Hike passed dizzyingly high cliffs that serve as nesting ground for nearly 20 specious of birds such as rock doves, peregrine falcons, jackdaws, and kestrels. Besides wildlife, this area has a very active and interesting geological past which will be apparent to you as you see the oxidized red sandstone which gives evidence of a tropical climate and the remains of cold climate animals from a colder era. You’ll come to Zambujeira do Mar around lunch, just in time to head into town for an included meal at a local eatery that has all the seafood classics of this area, brought in fresh the from sea. Shrimp, hake, whelk, and clams will all be options so take your pick of what sounds good. The group will take a short walk around town later in the afternoon to Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mar, a quaint seaside chapel with stunning views. Bring a picnic dinner here if you’d like and watch the sun sink in to the majestic Atlantic. 

Day 5: Aljezur

  • Activities Included: Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe Guided Walk 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Hiking Distance: 11MI /18KM
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse

You’ll get to enjoy a later start today before getting onto the trail for another great hike on your way to Odeceixe with stunning coastal scenery along the way. Stroll along clifftops past the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and Amália as you arrive at Azenha do Mar, a natural fishing bay. There is more wildlife to see today, many of which live among and under the sand dunes. They are can be difficult to spot, but keep a keen eye out for the burrows and tracks of Egyptian mongooses, beach Martens, otters, weasels, genets, and badgers. Arrive in Odeceixe at the end of your hike to lounge on the beach in the sun or explore the village. Later in the evening, the group will take a public bus to Aljezur where your accommodation will be waiting for you. 

Day 6: Aljezur

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse

The schedule is clear for you today to do as you please in Aljezur. If you are still feeling like you want to get out and hike, there are plenty of scenic trails in the area ranging from 3 miles to nearly 10 miles where you can continue to enjoy the sights of this fantastic region. There are also water activities in Praia da Amoreira such as stand up paddle boarding, surfing, and even classes for these activities. Another great way to explore the area is by bicycle so you can travel farther, faster. Of course, there are many lovely beaches where you can simply relax and stretch out to sunbath.

Day 7: Vila do Bispo

  • Travel: Transfer to Vila do Bispo
  • Activities Included: Vila do Bispo to Sagres Guided Walk
  • Meals Included: Breakfast 
  • Hiking Distance: 12.5MI / 20KM
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Get ready for you last day of trekking as your group is transferred from Aliezur to Vila do Bispo where you’ll set out on the trail. First, trek towards Cabo de São Vicente, the southernmost point of the European mainland. Continue on toward the end of your journey as your group leader tells stories about this region’s maritime, Phoenician and Roman history. Observe rare flora found only in this area of Portugal as you come around the coast to Sagres, a favorite destination for surfers and vacationers. Portugal’s staple beer is named after this town, which might be why the name sounds familiar. Stop into one of the local eateries to try out a glass of cerveja tonight to go with dinner with your group. 

Day 8: Sagres

  • Meals Included: Breakfast 

Your tour with Intrepid comes to an end this morning after breakfast as there are no activities or walks planned for today. If you’d like to stay long, Intrepid would be happy to arrange additional accommodations for you if availability allows.

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Transportation: On Foot, Private Vehicle, Boat
  • Accommodation: 3 Nights Hotel, 4 Nights Guesthouse
  • Activities Included:
    • Malhao to Vila Nova de Milfontes guided walk
    • Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve guided walk
    • Boat ride through Mira River
    • Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar guided walk
    • Typical seafood lunch in Zambujeira do Mar
    • Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mar evening walk
    • Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe guided walk
    • Vila do Bispo to Sagres guided walk

Important Notes

  • A single supplement is available on this trip if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies to all your nights but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested.
  • This tour begins with an orientation meeting at 6pm on day 1 in Lisbon at the hotel listed in the PDF travel packet
  • This tour ends after breakfast on day 8 in Sagres and you are free to leave at any time.
  • The weather in southern Portugal can be extremely hot in July and August. Hikes may start very early in the morning or be curtailed to accommodation extreme weather.

Essential Packing List

  • Small to Medium Day Pack: used for carrying essentials on treks
  • Hiking Clothing: mix of lightweight quick-drying clothes and warmer layers
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Sport or Water Sandals
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket and/or Windbreaker
  • Water Bottle or Bladder for a Hydration Pack
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Toiletries

Optional Packing List

  • Small First Aid Kit (Your guide will have a large one)
  • Sleep Aids: such as ear plugs or eye mask
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Swimwear
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary & Accommodations Disclaimer

The itineraries on Intrepid trips are updated frequently to reflect the current state of the destination and based on guest comments. Therefore it is essential that you review the itinerary information directly before your trip as there may have been changes since you booked with us. Additionally, weather, holidays, local conditions, transportation schedules, and a variety of other factors may cause us to change the itinerary during your adventure. Your guide will inform you of any changes to your trip as soon as the information is available.

Similarly, the accommodation types listed here are meant to be used as a guideline and are not guaranteed.  It is sometimes necessary to make alternative arrangements due to a lack of availability or a change in itinerary. In these situations, we will use like standard of accommodation.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Starting Point

  • This tour begins on day 1 with an orientation meeting at 6pm at Hotel Gat Rossio
    • Hotel Gat Rossio, Rua do Jardim do Regedor 27, LisbonlPORTUGAL
    • Phone: +351 213478300
  • The Hotel Gat Rossio is located in Old Town Lisbon and is in the perfect location for exploring the city. The rooms are comfortable and clean and feature air conditioning, TV, private bathroom facilities, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has outdoor space for relaxing in the evening.

Ending Point

  • This tour finishes after breakfast on day 8 at Hostel SunStay
    • Hostel SunStay, Estrada Nacional 268 Sitio do Poço, 8650-375 Sagres, Sagres, PORTUGAL
  • The nearest airport to Sagres is Faro Airport located about an hour and half drive away from the hotel. You can either rent a car or book an airport transfer with Intrepid.
  • If you are planning to spend any time in Lagos after your trip, it is about 30 minutes away from Sagres.

Health and Safety Considerations

The health and well-being of guests and guides is Intrepid’s top priority. Please review our itinerary and activities carefully to assess whether you are able to cope with and enjoy this particular trip. If our group leader or any local guide determines a guest is not able to participate in the itinerary without undue risk to themselves or others in the group, we reserve the right to deny said guest access to all or a portion of the trip without refund.

Group Size & Age Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Group Size: 1
  • Maximum Group Size: 14

Weather in Southern Portugal

The weather in southern Portugal will vary depending on the season you travel. Summers can be very hot and dry with temperatures in the triple digits which can make hiking uncomfortable. Please remember to pack sun protection as well as hats and sunglasses and to drink plenty of water. It is important to consider what time of year is best for your travels and what temperatures you are willing to deal with. Because of the extreme heat in summer, travelers should keep in mind that trips in July and August may have hikes that begin very early in the morning or are curtailed in order to accommodation for extreme weather

On the other hand, the shoulder seasons can have unpredictable weather and snow is not unheard of at higher elevations. If you are traveling during these seasons, please pack accordingly and bring warm clothing that you can layer as it becomes colder or take off as it becomes warmer. The biggest benefit of traveling in these seasons is the lack of other tourists.

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