Delving into the coastal wilderness – in

“We can tell you with some authority that this walk is spectacularly well waymarked,” admit “What if we Walked” bloggers, Luke Smith and Nell Sleet.


“This is the last coastal wilderness of Southern Europe,” with these words from a local hostelier the two experienced travel writers start their journey on Rota Vicentina exploring both the Historical Way and the Fishermen’s Trail for a total of three weeks. Slightly sceptical about the bold statement at first, they soon become truly enchanted with the sceneries and solitude they encounter, “We found there was a sense of calm and pleasant aloneness, as though everyone was here, right on the edge of the land, to meditate a bit on life.”

Their article captures the magical details of Portugal’s seascape as well as the insights into local community’s lifestyle, “we found four fishermen calmly working among the boats and lobster pots. A briny seadog eyeballed us warily. The squat stone cottages above the cove were strung with buoys and festooned with fishing and boating equipment of all sorts. It could’ve been a scene from a painting.”

Read the full article on their hiking experience here (in English).