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Rota Vicentina

Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in Sw Portugal. Comprising the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail, and several Circular Routes, totals 450 km to walk, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape St. Vincent, the south westernmost point in Europe.

Historical Way

With 12 sections and 230 km, integrating GR 11 / E9, the European long distance path connecting Sagres to St. Petersburg, the Historical Way has been certified in 2016 by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, for its high walking quality.

Fishermen's Trail

Comprising 4 sections in the Alentejo and 5 complementary circuits in the Algarve, totaling 120 km, the Fishermen’s Trail is a single track along the cliffs which can only be travelled by foot, and more demanding from a physical point of view.

Circular Routes

Eight new Circular Routes to choose from. These are short hikes with start and finishing points right in the same place, so that it becomes even easier to discover the pleausure of walking in the Sw of Portugal, without transfers, complications and with a duration of just half a day or less.  

A region to be discovered

Walking is the most natural way to travel and the best way to discover the true essence of a region. To get to know Sw Portugal, you need to feel the earth beneath your feet.

450 km to walk in Sw Portugal

The Route

Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in Sw Portugal, totalling 450 km to walk, along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Comprising the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail and several Circular Routes, proposes a unique experience of two worlds, between a living and authentic rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline – fully within Sw Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park.

The route is fully marked in both directions, and can be travelled independently and in total security, preferably from September till June. The sections in which is divided are mere suggestions and can be shortened or extended according to your preferences or the location of your accommodation.

In February 2016, the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina has been 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.

To start to plan your adventure, explore our Help Guide, where we list the main sources of information that you have on this website. Good preparations! 

Fact Sheet

FULLY MARKED TRAILS, DIVIDED IN DAILY SECTIONS UP TO 25 KM
ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER SERVICES ALONG THE ROUTE
THIS IS A WALKING ROUTE. DO NOT USE MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE MARKED TRAILS


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Historical
Way


Certified in 2016 by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, for its high walking quality, 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.


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230 KM IN 12 SECTIONS

Fishermen's
Trail


Always running along the coastline, it follows the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs,with plenty of sand, which can only be traveled by foot, and more demanding from a physical point of view. A challenge to a permanent contact with the ocean winds, the harsh coastal scenery and the wild and powerful natural landscape.


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120 KM IN 4 SECTIONS AND 5 CIRCUITS

 

Circular Routes


These are short routes with start and finishing points right in the same place, so that it becomes even easier to discover the pleausure of walking in the Sw of Portugal, without transfers, complications and with a duration of just half a day or less. You have now 8 different circular routes to choose from, at Almograve, S. Luís, Troviscais, Santa Clara, Sabóia, Bordeira and Carrapateira, that complete the classic trails: the Historical Way and the Fishermen’s Trail.





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90 KM IN 6 ROUTES

 

Trip Planner

NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR TRIP?


With Rota Vicentina Trip Planner you’ll get SUGGESTIONS of different route sections to walk, places to stay and other services to complete your adventure. All of it according to the duration of your stay and your user profile.

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Europcar

"I walked Rota Vicentina one year ago, in March 2016, and I absolutely loved it. It is a beautiful trail, and I enjoyed my first meeting with Portugal tremendously. "

2017-05-02 Eva Maria De Moor