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Discover the Vincentina Route

How to explore the Rota Vicentina

If you appreciate the serenity of nature and the discovery of a better place in the unknown, keep reading this article. We promise you’ll want to start preparing your visit right away! In this article, you will find information and tips for an incredible experience along the beautiful Vicentina Route.


1. What is the Vicentina Route?

The Vicentina Route is a 750 km network of trails that can be completed on foot or by mountain bike. This route has European certification for its trails, which extend from the coastal Alentejo region to the Algarve. The route is divided into two paths, which we will present to you next.


2. The Historical Path

The first path is the Historical Path, a route of approximately 263 km that is predominantly rural. The first path is the Historical Path, a route of approximately 263 km that is predominantly rural. The diverse landscape is adorned with rivers, streams, and a mountain range, creating a captivating blend of nature and culture.

Here is some useful information about the Historical Path:

  • 263 km of the region’s lesser known trails.
  • Consists of 13 one-day stages, with a maximum distance of 25 km per stage, except for the stretch between Sabóia and Odemira, which covers 33 km.
  • The difficulty level is easy.
  • The route is certified by the European Ramblers Association and has received the Leading Quality Tours award.
  • Accommodation and other services are available along the route.


3. The Fisherman’s Trail

The Fisherman’s Trail is a coastal trail that showcases the paths used by the local population to access beaches and fishing spots. This trail can only be traversed on foot and takes you along beaches and cliffs. It is recommended for those seeking a more physically demanding activity. The trail requires more effort as it runs along cliffs and can be challenging due to constant exposure to coastal winds.

Here are some notes about the Fisherman’s Trail to help you plan:

  • The trail consists of a total of 13 stages, covering 226.5 km in total.
  • Each stage can be completed in one day, with a maximum distance of 22.5 km per stage.
  • The trail can only be done on foot.
  • The difficulty level is moderately difficult.
  • Not recommended for people with vertigo.
  • Strictly follow the trail markings as the ecosystem is fragile.
  • Maximum group capacity is limited to 20 people.
  • 60% to 70% of the trails are sandy.
  • Accommodation and services are available along the route.


4. Programs and Activities

Throughout the regions covered by the Vicentina Route, there are various programs and activities that are not to be missed. These programs and activities aim to represent the region and leave unforgettable memories in the minds and hearts of visitors. The activities focus on immersing oneself in the local culture, nature, and dominant landscape of the region.

Some of the activities you can find include:

  • Horseback riding at Herdade do Pessegueiro.
  • Arts and Crafts in Odemira.
  • Wine Tastings in Brejão, Odemira.
  • Boat Tours in Lagos.
  • Kayak rentals along the coast.
  • Surfing in Odeceixe.
  • Canoeing on the River Mira.
  • Treatments and massages in Vila Nova de Milfontes.
  • Cycling.
  • Wool Route.


5. Accommodation and Transportation

You don’t have to worry much about accommodation and transportation! The Vicentina Route itself suggests various accommodation options where you can stay during your visit, catering to different budgets. As for transportation, there is an extensive network of taxis and transfer services with great flexibility, allowing you to leave the car at home and enjoy a more relaxed visit.



What did you think? Have we said enough about the places to visit on the Rota Vicentina to make you feel ready to start a trip right now? We hope so. There is much more to enjoy in our country. We invite you to contact us to plan your own perfect itinerary.

We will be happy to help you discover the best of Portugal.

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