Historical Way, "one of the best in Europe"!
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.
Based on years of practical experience from countries that use quality criteria to plan and upgrade their walking trails, and inspired by the well famed German Certification - Wanderbares Deutchland Qualitaetsweg, ERA - European Ramblers Association, has created a transparent system of criteria that allows to measure routes’ attractiveness and guarantee a high walking experience.
The system is designed to capture the complexity of different landscapes, route designs and character, available infrastructures, marking quality, organization of the touristic offer, among other aspects in comparable dimensions allowing for the necessary flexibility.
In the case of the Historical Way the rating/grading “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, has been used as an evaluation method of its quality as a walking path, with all criteria being fulfilled with distinction. Improvements and adjustments have also been implemented and in the coming years, this is a process to be continued.
This certification is a reason to be proud, not only for having been awarded to the Rota Vicentina but because it underlines the fact that the route has been conceived and designed since the beginning to be up to the most demanding international quality criteria in what concerns to hiking destinations.
Come and walk it. Test it for yourself. Each one of you is the most demanding judge we can have and we want to be the best so you take with you the best of Europe, right from Sw Portugal.
The Rota Vicentina team.