Alentejo self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

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This independent vacation is available any day of the year except August and the last two weeks of July.
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Responsible tourism: Alentejo self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

Environment

Walking involves a little impact to the environment. Walking by well marked paths we will reduce a little bit more our footprint helping to protect some fragile areas in our region of Alentejo & Vicentina Region.
Our clients will get plenty of good memories and snapshots of this coastal hiking adventure. All of the walks are coastal based and between small and rural hotels near or inside the small fishermen’s villages.
This way we know that we are contributing to a sustainable development of this region and creating jobs to local people, generating small companies in different areas of tourism.
All accommodations are rural hotels so we want to transmit people genuine countryside lifestyle with all the comfort and promote interaction with local habits.
At the farm/rural accommodations, almost everything is grown according to organic principles, composting and recycling.
Water is heated by solar panels and central heating provided by our own woodland and energy.

Community

The vacation is based in the Alentejo Coastal area, passing through the Natural Park of Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, that means that we are contributing to create a sustainable ecosystem, giving the local authorities more tools to control and preserve this area constantly.
The local community will be a big part of this vacation contributing with their knowledge about the region and help to find the best restaurants and small artisans/handcraft shops to visit.
These are really small villages so all the income is really important to this villages, de biggest one as around 3000 residents and the smallest one as no more than 350 people living there.
Usually they produce and catch their one food, being the local Sea bass, Sea Bream and Sardine the favorite fishes with cooked vegetables or salads, they also produce the Iberian Black Pig a delicious meat that reveals the importance to grown them with time and in freedom.

Reviews of Alentejo self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Dramatic cliff top scenery with rare aromatic plants growing in the sandy soil round the paths. Watching surfers in the beautiful bays and fishermen perched precariously on the cliffs. Unspoiled countryside and forests inland. The fantastic non-light polluted night sky at one of the places we stayed; we saw the milky way and a shooting star. The warmth of the local people. Other walkers we met en route from many different countries. Very good locally produced food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Meals can be huge; often 1 main course, especially whole fish, will be enough for 2 people. Sometimes you can choose a small or large portion. You don't have to have the Couvert (e.g. olives, fish paste, cheese, bread) brought as a starter but be aware that it is not complimentary - you pay for what you eat).

Everywhere was surprisingly green and each season has a different beauty, but if you wish to see storks on their cliff top nests and lots of flowers, go in Spring.

Take time to look and absorb and enjoy! It's not a race!

Cape St Vincent is very touristy and perhaps best seen from a distance, but it is in beautiful surroundings and the museum there about Portuguese maritime exploration is well worth a visit.



3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we feel that we supported local businesses. Flying to get there isn't environmentally friendly, but we used public transport in the main while there and our own two feet.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Just go!

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