Fisherman’s Trail, Rota Vicentina, Portugal

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.

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Fisherman's Trail Trek, Vicentine Coast, Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Trekking Guide Overview

  • Fisherman’s Trail Map
  • When to Hike the Fisherman’s Trail
  • Tips for Hiking the Fisherman’s Trail
  • Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail Itineraries: Original & Extended
  • Arrival Day in Porto Covo (Trailhead)
  • Stages 1 – 4 Explained: stage overview, where to stay
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Praia Grande de Almograve, Fisherman's Trail, Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Portugal Map

Fisherman's Trail Stages
  • Arrival Day
  • Fisherman's Trail Stage 1
  • Fisherman's Trail Stage 2
  • Fisherman's Trail Stage 3
  • Fisherman's Trail Stage 4
Stork's Nest, Costa Vicentina, Portugal - Fisherman's Trail

When to Hike the Fisherman's Trail

September to June

September to June is the official Fisherman’s Trail hiking season.

Fall (mid-September – mid-November) and Spring (mid March – early June) are the best times to hike.

It’s way too hot to hike the Fisherman’s Trail in summer (July, August, early September). In winter, rain is very probable.

We hiked Rota Vicentina in early November. It’s a very peaceful time to hike the trail because there are very few people on the route. The temperature was perfect (not too hot, not too cold).

However, it was very humid and the weather was moody. We experienced short and sporadic rain showers once in a while. Also, some restaurants and bars were already closed for the holidays.

Fisherman's Trail Waymark, Portugal

Tips for Hiking the Fisherman's Trail Portugal

Responsible Travel along the Rota Vicentina

  • Stay on marked trails
  • Keep away from the cliff edge
  • No wild camping
  • No bicycling or motorbiking
  • No littering

Buy a Fisherman’s Trail Map and Guidebook

You can purchase hiking maps in Porto Covo, at the start of the trail. Or, you buy this Costa Vicentina Hiking Map (Freytag+Berndt 1:50:000) online.

We recommend purchasing the Cicerone’s Rota Vicentina before your trek. 

Don’t Hike with Sand in Your Shoes

Don’t walk with sand in your shoes. Always dump the sand (blister prevention).

To avoid getting sand in your shoes, wear long hiking pants with elastic ankles that wrap over high-cut hiking boots like these Hanwag Tatra Light Lady GTX.

Book Hostels and Guesthouses Before Arrival

Book all your accommodation before you start the trek. We saw people struggling to find places to stay when they arrived in town.

Follow the Rota Vicentina Waymarks

The Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail is marked with teal and green stripes.

Pack your Lunch, Snacks, and Water

There are very few good lunch options along the route. Make sure to pack lunch supplies for this trek. You can get supplies in each town along the trek.

Make sure to pack all your water (2 liters per person) for the day.

Consider Booking a Luggage Transfer Service

Vicentina Transfers is an excellent and trustworthy luggage transfer service you can utilize for the Fisherman’s Trail.

It’s really easy to book online. You simply fill out your itinerary (where you’re staying) and pay online. Vicentina Transfers picks up your luggage directly at your accommodation and then drops your stuff off at your next hotel. Our luggage was always waiting for us when we arrived.

It costs 15 EUR for a single transfer for one bag. If you book 4 or more transfers, it’s 15 EUR for a single transfer for two bags.

This is a great option for anyone who is planning an extended trip to Portugal, or Europe. Kati and I hadn’t considered using a transfer service.

But after hiking the first stage with our heavy packs (laptops, 3 pairs of shoes, etc…), we decided to book it. That was the best decision we made.

Pack these Hiking Essentials

Malhão Beach, Fisherman's Trail, Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Hiking Itinerary

Original Fisherman’s Trail Itinerary

The official Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail was created in 2013 to promote sustainable tourism along the Vicentina Coast.

The original trail was four stages, starting in Porto Covo and ending in Odeceixe. This is the itinerary we followed.

  • 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)

Extended Fisherman’s Trail Itinerary

In 2020, the Rota Vicentina Association extended the Fisherman’s Trail to 13 stages. Though stages 6 to 9 look similar to the Historical Way stages, there are significant differences.

  • Stage 1: São Torpes to Porto Covo (10 km, 3 hours)
  • Stage 2: Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes (20 km, 6:30 hrs)
  • Stage 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve (15 km, 5:30 hrs)
  • Stage 4: Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar (22 km, 6 hrs)
  • Stage 5: Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe (18 km, 5:30 hrs)
  • Stage 6: Odeceixe to Aljezur (22.5 km, 7 hours)
  • Stage 7: Aljezur to Arrifana (17.5 km, 6 hours)
  • Stage 8: Arrifana to Carrapateira (21.5 km, 6 hours)
  • Stage 9: Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo (16 km, 6 hours)
  • Stage 10: Vila do Bispo to Sagres (20.5 km, 7 hours)
  • Stage 11: Sagres to Salema (19.5 km, 7:30 hours)
  • Stage 12: Salema to Luz (12 km, 4:30 hours)
  • Stage 13: Luz to Lagos (11 km, 4 hours)

Can you Hike the Fisherman’s Trail in both directions?

Yes. The trail is signed in both directions. However, most people hike North to South.

The main reason is that most hikers arrive in Lisbon, and so it’s easier to start the trail in Porto Covo.

Additionally, the Rota Vicentina Association decided to base their communication in one direction, and they chose North to South.

Porto Covo, Fisherman's Trail Trailhead, Portugal

Arrival Day in Porto Covo

Getting to the Fisherman’s Trail Trailhead

The Fisherman’s Trail Starts in Porto Covo.

Note: the Rota Vicentina Historical Way begins in Santiago do Cacem. The trails are linked, so you could potentially hike the Historical Way from Santiago do Cacem to Porto Covo (via Vale Seco and Cercal do Alentejo).

How to Get to Porto Covo from Lisbon

From Lisbon, the easiest way to get to Porto Covo is with the Rede Expressos shuttle bus.

We recommend booking your ticket online in advance (1-2 days before departure). The bus wasn’t completely full, but the ticket line at the terminal was extremely long.

The bus departs from Lisbon Sete Rios Bus Terminal. To get to the bus terminal, use Uber/Bolt.

A one-way bus ticket to Porto Covo costs 16.50 EUR. Depending on which time you depart, the journey either takes 2 hr 10 min or 3 hr and 10 min. We took the longer route because the time was more optimal.

The bus made a single 10 minute stop in the town of Santiago do Cacém.

Across from the bus terminal, there’s a small café (O Pão Quente) that serves the freshly baked cake. Definitely grab a slice of cake and coffee here, before returning to the bus. 

The bus stop in Porto Covo is very central, a mere 4-minute walk to the center of the seaside village.

Where to Eat in Porto Covo

When we arrived, there were three restaurants that were open: an Italian restaurant, a Seafood restaurant, and a cafeteria. I recommend skipping the cafeteria. The food is a bit questionable. The seafood restaurant is good (not great).

There are several grocery stores / mini markets in Porto Covo. Grab snacks in town before setting off on the first stage of the Fisherman’s Trail.

Where to Stay in Porto Covo

Budget | Ahoy Porto Covo Hostel is a centrally located hostel directly on the Fisherman’s Trail. It’s close proximity to grocery stores and restaurants is a huge plus. The hostel offers both dormitory rooms and private rooms. We slept in the private room, which was clean and perfectly nice, but it was directly next to the living room and entrance (so you could hear everyone’s conversations).

Midrange | Calmaria Guest House is a new, modern guesthouse in Porto Covo offering clean and comfortable rooms (with private bathrooms) and a friendly atmosphere.

Luxury | Porto Covo Praia Hotel & SPA

More accommodation options: MUTE (budget)

Look for accommodation in Porto Covo.

Praia dos Aivados, Fisherman's Trail, Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Description

Fisherman's Trail Stage 1

Porto Covo to Vila Nova Milfontes

Fisherman’s Trail Day 1: Porto Covo – Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro –  Ilha do Pessegueiro Fortress – Malhão Beach – Vila Nova de Milfontes

  • Distance: 20 km
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Total Ascent: 200 meters
  • Total Descent: 180 meters
  • Time Needed: 6:30 hours with breaks
  • Where to Eat: There are two restaurants along the route: A Ilha do Pessegueiro (next to the Fort) and Porto das Barcas. We recommend packing a snack with you today because both of these restaurants aren’t located at an ideal mid-point location. It takes 1 hour to get to A Ilha from Porto Covo. And Porto das Barcas is located about 35 minutes walking (3.5 km) from Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Stage 1 Trail Description

Stage 1 of the Fisherman’s Trail is said to be the most difficult. You’ll spend the whole day walking either on sand dunes or on the beach.

We read that a lot of people struggle with this stage because they get blisters from the sand in their shoes. If you want to avoid getting sand in your shoes, wear long hiking pants with elastic ankles over high-cut hiking boots. That’s what we did, and we had zero problems with sand.

Hugging the coast almost the entire day, stage 1 of the Fisherman’s Trail begins brilliantly. Breath in the salty herbaceous air and follow the green and blue waymarks south.

Initially, you’ll walk on sand dunes. Then a sign will direct you to walk along the beach Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro until you get to the Fort. It takes 1 hour to get from Porto Covo to the Ilha do Pessegueiro Fortress.

The trail continues on sand dunes for some time. You’ll see a pod of surfers floating just off of Praia dos Aivados, which is a long beach lined with a train of pebbles. 

Eventually, you’ll descend to Malhão Beach. It’s far easier to walk on the beach than on the dunes.

From Malhão Beach, the trail leads up to a parking lot. You can take a number of boardwalks and pathways to various lookout points.

From the boardwalk above Malhão Beach, the Fisherman’s Trail continues on a sandy road along the coast and then back onto a narrow sandy trail. From here, it’s a good 3 more hours until Vila Nova. This section of trail is breathtaking. It looks like the coast is actively tumbling into the sea.

16.5 km into today’s hike, you’ll arrive at Porto das Barcas restaurant. From here, follow the paved road for a few minutes until you see a trail marker pointing right and signed 3.5 km to Vila Nova de Milfontes. You’ll see a small harbor and several fishing huts off to the right.

Where to Stay in Vila Nova de Milfontes

Budget | Raminhos Guest House

Midrange | VILLA EIRA Boutique Houses – ex Casa da Eira is the best place to stay in Vila Nova de Milfontes. Managed by the kindest and most helpful people in the world, Casa da Eira feels like a home away from home. The staff really goes out of the way to make sure you’re comfortable and that all your questions are answered.

Rudolf gave us top local tips about where to eat in town and along the trail. He also made us a dinner reservation at Tasca do Celso, which was the best meal we had along the Rota Vicentina.

Aside from the first-rate hospitality, VILLA EIRA Boutique Houses impresses with its lovely rooms. In the morning, we received a breakfast basket filled with lots of goodies. In the future, guests will eat breakfast in a breakfast room (currently under construction). 

Luxury | Guarda Rios

More accommodation options: Sol da Vila (budget), Casa Do Adro (midrange)

Look for accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Vila Nova de Milfontes Tip

If you want a really delicious dinner, make a dinner reservation at Tasca do Celso before you arrive in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

We secured the last table that night by extraordinary luck (and we were here off-season). This traditional Alentejo restaurant makes a godly Carne de Porco Alentejana (regional pork and clams dish) and seared Sarrajão (bonito fish). 

Almograve Beach, Rota Vicentina, Fisherman's Trail, Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Stage 2

Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve

Day 2: Vila Nova de Milfontes – Forte de São Clemente – Almograve

  • Distance: 15.5 km (without ferry crossing)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total Ascent: 150 meters
  • Total Descent: 130 meters
  • Time Needed: 5:30 hours
  • Where to Eat: There are no places to eat along the route.

Stage 2 Trail Description

Vila Nova de Milfontes is located on the river Rio Mira. There are two ways to cross the river: (1) by ferry, or (2) by bridge. The original Fisherman’s Trail takes you inland and over the bridge. However, no one recommends doing that. Instead, shave off those unnecessary kilometers and take the small ferry across the river.

From the middle of Vila Nova de Milfontes, head to Forte de São Clemente. This fortress was built in 1602, to protect the village from pirate attacks, which were commonplace in the 1500s.

Take the stairs down to the river. Here, you’ll see a small dock and a number of cats waiting for breakfast. This is where the ferry departs. It costs 5 EUR per person (one-way). To find out the ferry schedule, ask your guesthouse in Vila Nova.

After crossing the river, follow the footpath across the dunes.

Today, spectacular ocher and brick-red colors dominate the coastal landscapes. You’ll see some exquisite rock formations and fossilized sand dunes along the trail.

The Fisherman’s trail abandons the coast a few times today. You’ll hike through some thick bush. Some sections are very tight.

Where to Stay in Almograve

Budget | Almograve Beach Hostel is a lovely accommodation with three private rooms and one dormitory room. With their whimsical bed boards, each bedroom is extremely charming. Guests have access to a well-equipped shared kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and an outdoor patio.

Almograve Beach Hostel has a self-check-in set-up. Many accommodations along the Rota Vicentina only offer limited check-in times. So, it’s far more ideal to be able to check yourself in upon arrival, rather than waiting around for a specific time.

Budget | AL Casa das Andorinhas

Midrange | Casa Azul (one-bedroom house)

More accommodation options: Al Casa Paquito (budget)

Look for accommodation in Almograve.

Almograve Tips

Watch the sunset at Praia Grande de Almograve beach and grab a cocktail at the beach bar. You’ll see fishermen off in the distance fishing off the cliffs at Ponta da Ilha.

We ate dinner at Café Restaurante O Lavrador. This no-frills local restaurant serves grilled fish. It’s good, but not outstanding.

Zambujeira do Mar, Fisherman's Trail, Coastal Trek in Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Stage 3

Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar

Day 3: Almograve – Cavaleiro –  Entrada da Barca – Zambujeira do Mar

  • Distance: 22 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
  • Total Ascent: 200 m
  • Total Descent: 200 m
  • Time Needed: 6 hours
  • Where to Eat: There is a snack bar in Cavaleiro. The service was excruciatingly slow (we ended up leaving before placing an order). Definitely pack a lunch today. Towards to end of the trek, you’ll pass Restaurante O Sacas.

Stage 3 Trail Description

From the center of town, head directly to the beach: Praia Grande de Almograve. You’ll follow a flat path along the coast all the way to Porto das Lapas das Pombas, a tiny port with fishing huts.

The first stretch of the Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail hugs the coast. You’ll eventually leave the coast and venture 1 km inland to the small (unremarkable) hamlet of Cavaleiro. From here, the trail heads back to the coast to Cabo Sardao, marked by a lighthouse.

Keep your eyes out for white storks. There is an impressive stork’s nest crowning a pillar of stone in the sea somewhere between Cabo Sardao and Entrada da Barca.

This is the only place in the world where white storks nest in the cliffs by the sea.

The trail ends at the tiny fishing hamlet of Entrada da Barca. Here, you’ll find Restaurante O Sacas – a fish restaurant that is supposed to be excellent. Unfortunately, it was closed (for the holidays) when we arrived.

From Entrada da Barca, you’ll follow the inland road to Zambujeira do Mar. This part is really boring. Someone ought to start a shuttle service into town.

As you shuffle along this long boring road, know that all your efforts will be rewarded. Zambujeira do Mar is the most scenic village along Costa Vicentina.

The road takes you directly into town. But, don’t miss the path that wraps around the headlands close to Zambujeira do Mar. The views are outstanding.

Where to Stay in Zambujeira do Mar

Budget | Hostel Nature is a top-rated, clean, and inexpensive accommodation directly in the center of Zambujeira do Mar, very close to the beach. You can choose between staying in a double room, or a dormitory room. Guests have access to a communal kitchen and a washing machine.

Midrange | Azul Guest House is a modern and immaculately clean bed and breakfast in Zambujeira do Mar, one block from the beach. This lovely guesthouse was recently renovated and features 8 rooms. Expect a full breakfast with eggs, homemade bread, fruit and yogurt, and french press coffee.

Midrange | We stayed at Monte das Alpenduradas, which is 2.5 km outside of town. This is an amazing accommodation if you’re planning to stay a few days in Zambujeira do Mar and are traveling by car. It’s peaceful, remote, and surrounded by countryside. Their breakfast is phenomenal. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was the best breakfast we had in Portugal.

If you confirm a pick-up and drop-off from town with Monte das Alpenduradas (before arrival), then this is an option. However, if you don’t want to worry about the logistics of getting back on the trail, we recommend staying somewhere more central like the other recommended options.

Luxury | Alojamento White Rose Boutique

Other accommodation options: Hakuna Matata Hostel (budget), or Breathe In (midrange)

Look for accommodation in Zambujeira do Mar.

Praia do Carvalhal, Fisherman's Trail Portugal

Fisherman's Trail Stage 4

Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe

Day 4: Zambujeira do Mar – Praia do Carvalhal – Wildlife Park – Azenha do Mar – Odeceixe

  • Distance: 18.5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total Ascent: 300 m
  • Total Descent: 300 m
  • Time Needed: 5:30 hours
  • Where to Eat: There are two restaurants in Azenha do Mar: A Azenha do Mar and Bar Palhinhas.

Stage 4 Trail Description

The final stage of the Fisherman’s Trail takes you to the town of Odeceixe in Algarve. Compared to the other stages, stage 4 has the most noticeable ascents and descents.

As you head out of town, don’t forget to look back at picture-perfect Zambujeira do Mar.

The Rota Vicentina continues south to Praia do Carvalhal, a beautiful sandy beach. After descending the steep path to the beach, cross the rock bridge and head to the snack bar. From here, the trail continues uphill on the other side of the beach.

Next, you’ll hike inland along a fenced enclosure of a wildlife park. We saw zebras and ostriches. This part of the trail gets narrow at times and is badly in need of some upkeep.

You’ll return to the coast and hike to Azenha do Mar, a tiny fishing hamlet with two restaurants. Stop here for lunch.

From A Azenha do Mar, the trail continues along the coast all the way to a lookout point of Rio Seixe and Praia de Odeceixe -Mar.

The inland journey to your final destination begins. Once you descend to the river level, it’s 4 km of flat trail to Odeceixe. This felt longer than 4 km, and we were relieved when we saw the bridge to town.

Where to Stay in Odeceixe

Budget | Bohemian Antique Guesthouse is a charming accommodation in Odeceixe with lovely furnishings and decorative accents. This centrally-located guesthouse has double rooms as well as a dormitory. The communal living space and kitchen are a bonus.

Midrange-Luxury | Monte do Cardal is the best accommodation in Odeceixe (if you’re traveling by car). Set in a gorgeous location, surrounded by beautiful views, Monte do Cardal is a hidden oasis in Algarve. This Odeceixe hotel features a year-round outdoor pool, excellent breakfast, and exceedingly comfortable beds. Note: Monte do Cardal is an 8-minute drive to the town center and a 13-minute drive to Praia de Odeceixe Mar. 

Midrange | The welcoming AL-Odeceixe Verde is a lovingly-renovated B&B in Odeceixe. 

Luxury | Casas Do Moinho is a comfortable bed and breakfast with a swimming pool, situated just steps away from the Odeceixe windmill and Altinho restaurant.

More Odeceixe Accommodations | SulSeixe Guesthouse (budget), Casa Morais (budget), Casa Luar (budget), and Altinho B&B (luxury)

Look for accommodation in Odeceixe.

Odeceixe Tips

Celebrate the end of the trek with a bottle of wine and tapas at Altinho. The food is excellent, albeit a bit overpriced.

Walk up to the windmill “Moinho de Odeceixe” for sunset views.

Where to Go Next

Odeceixe to Lagos

There is a local EVA bus from Odeceixe to Lagos, a popular destination in the Algarve. Check the bus schedule here.

Odeceixe to Lisbon

There’s a direct bus to Lisbon operated by Rede Expressos. Check the schedule here.

Odeceixe Windmill, Algarve, Portugal
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1. Tofana di Rozes Circuit Trail (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Natural Park, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Dibona
Distance | 11.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

2. Lago di Sorapis Circuit Trail (Difficult) 
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Tre Croci, halfway between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Lake Misurina
Distance | 13.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:10 hours

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Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Giau
Distance | 12.8 km lollipop-circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

4. Croda da Lago Circuit Trail and Lago Federa (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Ponte di Rocurto
Distance | 13.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

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Where | Tre Cime Nature Park, South Tyrol, and Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo 
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours

6. Sentiero Bonacossa North Trail Circuit (Demanding)
Where | Cadini di Misurina Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo or Lago d’Antorno
Distance | 12.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours

7. Crepe de Zumèles (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Cristallo Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rio Gere
Distance | 10.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

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Where | Ampezzo Dolomites Nature Park and Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park
Trailhead | Malga Ra Stua
Distance | 17.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

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Where | Nuvlau-Averau Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Col Gallina
Distance | 9.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

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1. Seceda Ridgeline to Regensburger Hütte Circuit Hike
Trailhead | Seceda Cableway Mountain Station
Cableway Ascent/Descent | Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda Cableways, Ortisei, Val Gardena
Distance | 8.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

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Trailhead | Zannes/Zans Car Park, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.2 km circuit 
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

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Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo, Auronzo di Cadore
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate 

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Trailhead | La Crusc Church 
Cableway Ascent | Santa Croce Chairlift followed by the La Crusc Chairlift, Badia, Alta Badia
Distance | 9 km point-to-point 
Time Needed | 3 hours 
Difficulty | Easy 

5. Baita Segantini Hike
Trailhead | Passo Rolle
Distance | 9.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy

6. Sentiero Viel del Pan
Trailhead | Passo Pordoi
Distance | 6.4 km out-and-back
Time Needed | 2:10 hours
Difficulty | Easy (Moderate difficulty if you add the Alta Via Della Cresta circular route).

7. Sesto to Val Fiscalina (Sexten to Fischleintal)
Trailhead | Sesto/Sexten
Distance | 12.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:15 hours
Difficulty | Easy

8. Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail
Trailhead | Santa Maddalena Village, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy

9. Monte Specie (Strudelkopf)
Trailhead | Prato Piazza Car Park
Distance | 8.8 km circuit
Time Needed | 2:50 hours
Difficulty | Easy

10. Alpe di Siusi Meadows Circuit Trail (Seiser Alm Rundwanderweg)
Trailhead | Oritisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station
Distance | 14.4 km circuit
Time Needed | 4:25 hours
Difficulty | Easy

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Where to Stay in the Dolomites for Hiking 👇🇮🇹

⛰️Val Gardena, South Tyrol 
Pros: Very transit friendly, long summer season (end of May - end of October) 
Cons: Very busy during high season

⛰️Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno
Pros: No cableways needed for most hiking trails, gorgeous and dramatic setting, especially stunning in mid-late October
Cons: transit is difficult to navigate

⛰️Alta Badia, South Tyrol
Pros: Excellent wellness hotels, dreamy scenery, reliable easy-to-navigate public transit 
Cons: Difficult to find budget-friendly accommodations 

⛰️Alta Pusteria, South Tyrol
Pros: Many Dolomites attractions are concentrated in this region. Ideal between mid-September - late October.
Cons: Traffic restrictions in high season (mid July - mid September), which means either driving to trailheads early, or pre-booking parking, or pre-booking transit. 

⛰️San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino
Pros: Dramatic mountain landscapes and thrilling trails
Cons: Short summer season (July - mid-September). The hotels aren’t as nice as those in other regions. Not transit friendly.

⛰️Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Pros: The most beautiful valley in the Dolomites, picturesque views, fantasy-like scenery
Cons: Though the hiking in Val di Funes is excellent, it’s limited. 3 nights in Val di Funes is sufficient. 

⛰️San Vigilio, South Tyrol
Pros: San Vigilio is tucked away in a side valley of Val Badia and is thus often overlooked. There are many quiet trails around San Vigilio.
Cons: Further away from iconic Dolomites sights 

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  • 10 Best Hikes in Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy👇 🇮🇹

1. Seceda Ridgeline to Rifugio Firenze (Easy)
Trailhead | Seceda cableway mountain station
Distance | 8.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 575 meters

2. Resciesa to Rifugio Brogles and Seceda Ridgeline (Difficult)
Starting Point | Resciesa Funicular mountain station
Ending Point | Seceda cableway mountain station
Distance | 14.4 km
Time Needed | 6:15 hours
Elevation Gain | 1087 meters
Elevation Loss | 737 meters

3. Col dala Pieres (Difficult)
Trailhead | Col Raiser gondola mountain station
Distance | 13.7 km lollipop-circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 1220 meters

4. Piz Duleda (Difficult)
Trailhead | Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station
Distance | 12.4 km lollipop-circuit 
Time Needed | 5 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 980 meters

5. Vallunga and Val de Chedul Circuit Trail (Moderate – Moderately-Difficult)
Trailhead | Parcheggio Vallunga Car Park 
Distance | 16.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 1061 Meters

6. Sassolungo Circuit Trail (Moderate)
Trailhead | Passo Sella 
Distance | 17.7 km circuit
Time Needed | 6:15 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 853 meters

7. Lake Pisciadù and Pisciadù Peak (Difficult)
Starting Point | Passo Gardena
Ending Point | Corvara
Distance | 12.1 km point-to-point (a circuit is also possible)
Time Needed | 6-7 hours
Elevation Gain | 980 meters
Elevation Loss | 1570 meters

8. Monte Pic (Moderate)
Trailhead | Cristauta/Praplan Parking Lot above Santa Cristina
Distance | 13.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 1064 meters

9. Alpe di Siusi Meadows Circuit Trail (Easy)
Trailhead | Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Ropeway (aka Mont Sëuc gondola) mountain station
Distance | 14.4 km circuit
Time Needed | 4:25 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 483 meters

10. Sass da Ciampac (Moderate)
Trailhead | Passo Gardena
Distance | 14.7 km lollipop-circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 931 meters

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