Trekking the Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail in Portugal
The Fisherman’s Trail is a 4-day coastal trek in Portugal. The trail stretches from the coastal town of Porto Covo in Alentejo to the inland town of Odeceixe in Algarve.
Hugging the undeveloped Vicentina Coast of Portugal, this outstanding trek grants hikers access to Portugal’s most wild and remote coastal areas.
Scenically, the Vicentina Coast is defined by steep, sheer cliffs and golden sandy beaches. Picture ice-plant-carpeted schist and greywacke cliffs slicing the Atlantic Ocean unmercifully. And just offshore, rocky basalt outcrops jut out of the water. It’s splendidly rugged.
The Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail follows the footpaths used by locals to access prime fishing spots. During the trek, you’ll see fishermen perched on cliffs, or on beaches, patiently waiting for their catch.
Aside from the occasional fishing village, there’s absolutely no development along the coast. The entire trail is located within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, which is a protected area, stretching for 150 kilometers along Portugal’s southwest coastline.
Though mostly flat, the trail isn’t an easy one. You’ll be hiking in the sand for hours, which is physically demanding.
If you want to find out how to integrate this trek into a 2 week trip to Portugal, read our Portugal Itinerary.
Fisherman’s Trail Hiking Route
- Arrival Day: Lisbon to Porto Covo
- Day 1: Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes (20 km, 6:30 hrs)
- Day 2: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve (15 km, 5:30 hrs)
- Day 3: Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar (22 km, 6 hrs)
- Day 4: Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe (18 km, 5:30 hrs)
You can easily extend this trek by combining the Fisherman’s Trail with the Historical Way, the other Rota Vicentina Route. Recently, the Fisherman’s Trail has been extended all the way to Lagos. We’ve outlined the itinerary below.
Update: We recently discussed this trail in detail on the podcast Trails Worth Hiking. You can listen here: Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail Episode 10. The interview starts at 10:45 min.