Explore the Spot
Wandern Portugal offers individual and groups tours, in the Spring or Autumn, according to your wishes on the Rota Vicentina. You have a local German representative who has known the Alentejo for 30 years and was one of the first to explore the Rota Vicentina in spring 2012.
This 8 day program, with one center based accommodation, includes transfers to and from airport, 2 evening meals (1st and last night), 1 wine tasting session, 1 boat trip “Rio Mira”, guided hiking tours including transfers, pick-up services and an official guide book from Rota Vicentina.
1. Guided hiking tours with a marine biologist
2. German local contact
3. Hiking tours with center based accommodation
4. Hiking on selected sections of the Rota Vicentina
5. Pickup Service
Vila Nova de Milfontes
Zambujeira do Mar
- From 790€ (group booking)
- What's included
- Level of difficulty (physical requirement)
- includes some activity with light exercise
- > 7 Days
- Group Size:
Min. 2 pax
Max. 15 pax or more by request
- PET FRIENDLY:
- BIKE FRIENDLY:
Day 1 – Transfer from Faro to Zambujeira do Mar
From Faro Airport you will be transfered to your accommodation. It is just a few minutes walk to Zambujeira do Mar or one of the many magnificent beaches.
At the end of each tour you’ll have free time to spend as you please: a trip to the beach then a meal in one of the restaurants in the village; or you may want to put your feet up and enjoy the rural tranquillity on your own terrace.
Day 2 – From port to port (15km, aprox. 5h, 190m ascend, 160m descend, dificulty: medium)
First tour starts at one of the few ports on the Alentejo and Vicentina coastline. Dunes, wild rosemary, a short passage through a pine forest leads to the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão. At the end of the tour you’ll reach the small fishing port Entrada da Barca with its two restaurants famous for the quality of fish dishes and seafood.
Day 3 – Country and people (17,5km, aprox. 6h, 110m ascend, 300m descend, dificulty: easy)
Tour on day 3 will help you to acquaint with the nature and people of the countryside. The path that weaves between cork trees, lush pastures and olive trees will capture you with its rustic charm. You will also get to see the ‘strawberry tree’, from which berries for the famed liquor Medronho are picked and distilled. At the end of our journey the sunny terrace of the restaurant ‘O Tarro’ awaits you.
Day 4 – Bernosas – an extraordinary rock formation (14km, aprox. 5h, 210m ascent and 230m descent, dificulty: medium)
Wild cliffs, stork nests and magnificent beaches along the Atlantic coast will amaze you on this tour. We pass the beach of Amália, named after the iconic Fado singer, and continue along the unspoilt coastline, stopping at a small fishing village on our way for a small break. The view of the beach of Odeceixe rewards us for our efforts at the end of this stage.
Day 5 – Free time and visit to a winery (Wine tasting incl. transfer)
The hiking boots stay in the country house today. You have time to relax or take a bath in the sea. In the afternoon we visit a winery nearby. This young and innovative wine house has already made a name for itself with its coastal wines in a very short time. During the wine tasting smaller snacks are served and you will learn a lot about the Norwegian wine pioneer, who built the estate at that time. Then I have a great restaurant tip for you.
Day 6 – The house of the spirits (12km, aprox. 4h, 80m ascent and 205m descent, dificulty: easy)
A small stream accompanies us on our way to the legendary ‘Pego das Pias’, the Tortoise Lake, situated in a deep gorge. We follow the journey Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder took in the film by Isabel Allendes ‘The House of the Spirits’. Then we hike to our transfer, which brings us to Odemira. The pretty town is crossed by the river Mira and we can visit there one of the typical Alentejo windmills.
Day 7 – The wide beach (12km, aprox. 4h, 50m ascent and 60m descent, dificulty: medium)
Heading north we pass the wide beach called ‘Brejo Largo’. Here we take the opportunity to leave the path through the dunes and walk along the beach. The way back takes us past cliffs, which fall gently into the sea. We come across the Rio Mira again, which flows into the Atlantic at this point. At one of the beach cafes we can take a well earned refreshment stop. The final stage is a boat trip along the Rio Mira passing the picturesque tidal mill ‘Moinho da Asneira’.
Day 8 Transfer to Faro
Transfer from Zambujeira do Mar to Faro Airport
Transfer from Lisbon Airport its possible adding 30€