450 km to walk in Sw Portugal
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.
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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.
232 KM IN 12 SECTIONS
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.
125 KM IN 5 SECTIONS AND 4 CIRCUITS
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 7 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.