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Historical Way

This route seeks to re-establish the old trail that would have been used by pilgrims, travellers and locals on their journeys throughout the region. We learn its history from the fountains, churches, old country houses, the villages, the legends and the stories heard along the way.

Towns and villages of the Sw

Between Santiago do Cacém and Cape St. Vincent you will have the opportunity to pass through several towns and villages. Visit the churches, walk the streets, discover secrets and make conversation. This is a trail to be lived.

A route guarded by shepherds

They are the guardians of the grasslands and paths of the Sierra. It is their voices that echo through the silence of the valleys and it is their presence that gives life to the landscape. If you ever get lost, always trust in the shepherds, after all they always know the way.

The sea seen from Sierra

In fact it is the sea seen from the Sierra and the Sierra seen from the sea. The two arms of the Rota Vicentina both complement and contemplate each other. Whenever you’re there at the top, look for the horizon and see the Atlantic from the summit of the Sierra.

Oak forests

Portugal is the world’s largest producer of Cork – only 8% of the country produces more than 50% of the worlds cork. To walk this route is a way to discover the wonderful world of Cork.

Travel through the History of Sw Portugal


Historical Way

It runs through the main towns and villages in a rural itinerary with several centuries of history.

Comprised mainly of rural trails, this is a classic Grand Route (GR), fully accessible to hikers and mountain bikers, with stretches of cork tree forests, mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and creeks, in a true journey through time, local culture and nature trails.

In February 2016, the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina was certified by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe, a certification from ERA – European Ramblers Association – joining the exclusive group of the best walking destinations in Europe.

It comprises a total of 12 sections and 230 km.

Take note:

 

Fact Sheet

AVOID DOING THE HISTORICAL WAY ON A MOTOR CYCLE OR IN A JEEP. LOOK INTO OTHER OPTIONS
230 KM OF COUNTRY TRAILS ALONG THE LESS KNOWN PARTS OF THE REGION
SELF EXPLANATORY TRAIL SIGNS SO YOU CAN WALK THE TRAIL ON YOUR OWN, IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
12 SECTIONS OF 1 WALKING DAY, WITH UP TO 25 KM
ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER SERVICES ALONG THE ROUTE. STUDY THE INTERACTIVE MAP
TO BE ENJOYED ON FOOT
TO BE ENJOYED ON MOUNTAIN BIKE
GENERAL DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
FOOTPATH CERTIFIED WITH THE EUROPEAN WIDE LABEL “LEADING QUALITY TRAILS – BEST OF EUROPE”
FOOTPATH INTEGRATED IN THE GR 11 / E9, CONNECTING SAGRES TO ST. PETERSBURG
 



Signs Historical Way


Sinalética Caminho Histórico
 

Santiago do Cacém
» Vale Seco
 

18 km

Vale Seco
» Cercal do Alentejo
 

23 km

Cercal do Alentejo
» Porto Covo
 

18 km

Cercal do Alentejo
» S. Luís
 

21 km

S. Luís
» Odemira
 

25 km

Odemira
» S. Teotónio
 

19 km

S. Teotónio
» Odeceixe
 

17 km

Odeceixe
» Aljezur
 

18 km

Aljezur
» Arrifana
 

12 km

Arrifana
» Carrapateira
 

24 km

Carrapateira
» Vila do Bispo
 

22 km

Vila do Bispo
» Cabo de S. Vicente
 

14 km