1 independent reviews for Alentejo self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

Reviews for Alentejo self guided hiking vacation, Portugal


review 17 Oct 2015

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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