Alentejo & Algarve self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

“Enjoy six days of self-guided walking amongst the pine groves, sand dunes and fishing harbours of southern Portugal at an average daily distance of 20kms.”

Highlights

Vila Nova de Milfontes | Alentejo coastline | Mira Estuary | Porto Covo | Ilha do Pessegueiro | Rota Vicentina | Almograve | Zambujeira | Cabo Sardao lighthouse | Carvalhal Bay | Azenha do Mar | Praia de Odeceixe | inland Algarve | Aljezur | River Seixe | Choice of departure airports: Faro or Lisbon |
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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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Environment

We are based locally on the Alentejo Coast and Vicentina Region in a small village called Vila Nova de Milfontes. We are well aware of the important impact of tourism on this unspoiled region situated on the Southwestern Europe.. This Alentejo Coast & VICENTINA region is known for its tranquility: deserted beaches, surrounded by beautiful steep cliffs. Inland you will find dales dams and cork oaks, undulating and rural scenery, the magnificent serpent-shaped River Mira, temperate weather all year long.
This is an opportunity to live together with homely and hospitable people, in a rural surrounding dominated by little white villages and traditional agriculture (we use small guest houses owned locally and open all the year). The local gastronomy (local restaurants are recommended during the briefing) based on fresh fish and seafood, and a menu full of tasty meals it’s also a highlight of this unique place.
Now all the route as markers during the all way (Saint Vicent’s Route), giving you more time to appreciate the landscape and helping to minimize the “footprint “impact. We apply to re-use the maps, to repair instead of buying new, reduce and recycle separating all the waste and using the eco points near the villages, the philosophy is to Recycle whatever you can while traveling. We strongly recommend the consumption of fruits and vegetables in season, grown on the area and we also clarify that people can drink from the tap and refill their own bottles.
Some of the accommodations did an upgrade on their energy consumption installing some solar panels and using aero generators. Some of them have adopted the policy to minimize the laundry (for towels and sheets) and putting signs in the bathroom explaining ways to save energy.
By following some of these easy steps people that visit us are contributing actively to a strong and sustainable relation with locals and their region.

Community

We respect local people and their customs, because they are the more important part of this region and they love to share our knowledge of Vicentina & Alentejo Coast Region with our clients.
We take our clients to a fantastic journey, walking trough desert beaches, stunning cliffs and amazing dunes and Rivers. Always using the accommodations owned locally and recommending the typical restaurants that serve traditional dishes focus on our local gastronomy.
We also provide people with contents about the main areas that they will discover during their adventure.
This walking vacation is much more than a ordinary walk from “a” to “b” is a unique experience to interact with local people and nature and taste/smell the original flavors of our region.
Because of all that e like to transmit people that hiking is the best way to discover every single thing with the correct detail. And that is what does this a unique experience, all together is a perfect mix of heritage, with nature, excellent food and very friendly people that have proud in their region and products.

17 Reviews of Alentejo & Algarve self guided hiking vacation, Portugal

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Reviewed on 05 Apr 2019 by

The most memorable parts of our vacations were seeing the unbelievably gorgeous coastline, the profusion of spring wildflowers and tasting the excellent Altejo-style cooking available in every village inexpensively. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2019 by

10/10 - we would go back and do it again! the operator and Ricardo were really great! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2018 by

Excellent....we had great weather and met some really nice people. Ricardo is a lovely well rounded person and very attentive to his business concerns in an area that he truly loves. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2018 by

The highlight was the scenery and wildflowers. Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018 by

The enormous seas on our first day. Flowers just coming into bloom. The storks nesting on sea stacks. Good food. Good accommodation. Friendly walkers and locals. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by

The wild flowers were particularly spectacular, especially the lupins. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

Stunning coastal scenery which changes along the route. Very remote & unspoilt coastline. The organisation was fantastic and all accommodation was lovely. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017 by

We walked from Porto Covo to Arrifana over 6 days and we had an absolute ball. Throughout the entire week, it was some of the best scenery we have ever seen and the trails were so easy to follow. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

Scenery along route was amazing. Excellent well organised trip, very professional and very quick to respond to any needs we had while on route. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2017 by

The track is one of the most beautiful coastal walks. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2017 by

Breathtaking cliff top walking with the Atlantic breakers smashing into rocks below. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

The most memorable was the beautiful wild flowers, storks nesting on sea stacks and swallows nesting everywhere in the little villages. The people were lovely and all very proud of their country, countryside is beautiful... Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2016 by

It was a heavenly walking experience. A feast for the senses and easy on the feet! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2016 by

Absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed every moment of it and will treasure all the memories we have been getting. We are already discussing when we can come back and do other trails along the coast. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by

Wonderful vacation! More Canadians (North Americans) should know about Portugal and it’s walking tours. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2013 by

The self-guided walking tour of the Rota Vincentina was overall a great experience. We would gladly return to walk some of the other routes of Southwest Portugal...The trail was incredible. The coastal scenery was breathtaking and access to isolated beaches provided great natural experiences. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2013 by

Seeing and feeling the beautiful energy from the ocean as spring broke over Portugal was the most memorable part of my vacation. My every need was considered and prepared for, and the scenery and fresh air was spectacular. Read full review

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