The Rota Vicentina walking on the fishing path Portugal
On the ancient paths of the Rota Vicentina, fishermen hike across the fishing path Portugal to their fishing spots. It leads from Porto Covo along the west coast down to the Algarve. Sometimes the path runs comfortably above the cliffs. At other times steep ascents and descents to the beaches have to be overcome. There the surf lashes against the rocks. We definitely admire the fishermen who venture out into this seething chaos.
It often seems as if the waves want to tear them off the rocks. You will find it on rocks that are lapped by the water. Others throw their fishing from high cliffs into the sea. This is no less dangerous. They defy the winds that often blow with high wind forces over the west coast of the Alentejo. One is this path in any case. An exciting and varied experience! A tame trail is not the coastal path. The Rota Vicentina is instead a path that impressed us a lot.
Book your fishing path Portugal Accommodation:
- The Apartment Break Time * Located about 7 km from the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, it is ideal for day hikes on the Portuguese fishing path with a short car journey.
- In these simple but fully equipped Camping Bungalows of Campigir São Torpes * The beach is only a few steps away. The national park is a good two kilometers. You need a car if you want to stay overnight, as there is no public transport.
- In the Casas Buganvilia * The fishing path is almost on the doorstep. The cottages are surrounded by nature by a pond.
- Just outside Malhadinhas lies the Holiday farm O Monte das Flores *, With a rental car you are in 10 minutes in Vila Nova de Milfontes, and also the beach and the fishing path are within easy driving distance.
- In the middle of nature lies the Herdade do Touril * near Zambujeira do Mar. From here you can easily explore the fishing path. A car is necessary to drive to the village or to Vila Nova de Milfontes.
More accommodations on the Costa Vicentina * here.
During our stay in the Alentejo we walk a few sections on the Rota Vicentina. On the one hand, it includes the path on the west coast of the Alentejo. The fishermen are still using it on their way to their fishing spots. On the other hand, the Rota Vicentina leads in a second part through the cork oak forests inland. The coastal path can be difficult and dangerous. No wonder in often steep rocky areas, which must be overcome to the sandy beaches. The path through the woods is lighter and less dangerous. However, you can also do it like we do and choose easier stages on the coastal path. We got to know two of these routes on our Travel along the fishing path through the Alentejo.
A walk along the Rota Vicentina at Cabo Sardão
As a hike, I would not call our stay at Cabo Sardão. He was too short for that. But also a walk along the Rota Vicentina in this beautifully situated lighthouse is worthwhile. The most beautiful is the sunset. Then the sun shrouds the lighthouse in soft light as it sinks slowly over the Atlantic into the sea.
But we are here in the morning. The paths are definitely good at this point. They lead over flat land above the coastal cliffs. Sometimes there are even boardwalks that lead to the edge of the cliff. So hikers can safely admire the wild coast from safe viewing platforms. The remainder of the trail is sandy and leads through bush vegetation that even flowers in January.
That belongs in the suitcase for a hike on the Rota Vicentina
- As explained above, it is a very small amount of concentrated sourdough, a small power chamber, with which you can bake a new bread without having to wait days for your sourdough to ripen. The leaven is stored in the refrigerator and is waiting to be activated. With a very small part of it a new sourdough is "inoculated". It needs only XNUMX-XNUMX hours - instead of XNUMX to XNUMX days - to be ready for baking a bread. Since a little part of this mini sourdough is always retained and stored in the fridge, the new sourdough can be used completely to bake a bread. From the mixture in the fridge a new sourdough can be made at any time. Now you are going to learn swimsuit* or a swimming trunks* because the sea and the beach or the pool are never very far.
- A Bathrobe*to be able to move freely.
- Slippers *that can get wet sometimes.
- Comfortable hiking boots for women and Hiking boots for men * for walks on the fishing path Portugal or along the beach.
- Hiking poles *to help you hike in the rugged terrain of Rota Vicentina.
- A Backpackwhere you can have your lunch for a picnic on the beach or on the coast.
The path is still used by fishermen. As you walk from one viewpoint to the next, you will come across them again and again. One of them is dragging a long, narrow tree branch over his shoulder. â € œThis is his angel, â € says JosÃ ©, our Portuguese companion. I would never have thought this branch to be a fishing rod. But apparently the materials that nature provides are still used to this day. Expensive fishing gear is not necessary to get a perch or dogfish out of the water.
Rough coastal path at Entrada dos Barcas
For our second trip on the Rota Vicentina we take a little more time. For this we choose a section of road that runs above the small fishing harbor Entrada dos Barcas south of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Here begins the path with a steep climb from Restaurante O Sacas. Climb up the rocky path until the plateau reaches the cliffs. There the path becomes wider and easier. It follows the coastline and also provides insights into the interior.
Here, red-brown cattle graze in the pasture, but when we see them, they prefer to look far. Dense acacia forests grow along the path. Marta Cabral, director of the Rota Vicentina, who accompanies us on this section, is not enthusiastic. She explains: â € œThese plants spread aggressively here. We fight them all the time.â € Acacias are not native to Portugal. If nothing is done about them, they will displace the region's natural vegetation.
Again and again we meet fishermen. One bumps past us on a dented moped. He carries his catch home in a bucket that hangs from the handlebars. Another is making his way to his fishing spots. His target is therefore one of the rocks in the surf. Anyway, his high boots point to that. Bold men are definitely. Admirable! That is why, as we travel along the coast, we see several of them throwing out their fishing rods.
Buy here your fishing path Portugal hiking guide
Currently there is a German-speaking hiking guide for the Rota Vicentina. Therefore, we also recommend English-speaking guides for the Alentejo.
- Rota Vicentina: Portugal South: Coastal path from Santiago do Cacém to Cabo de São Vicente *, German-speaking Rother hiking guide
- Alentejo (Bradt Travel Guide) * English-speaking
- Alentejo 1: 300 000 *, Map
Also check out Petar's video. There you will also find scenes from our walks on the Rota Vicentina:
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More travel tips for Portugal
- On the website of Rota Vicentina you will find more Information about the entire route.
- Beaches in the Alentejo discover
- On the way Rota do Peixe in the Alentejo
- Alentejo - Of fish, shrimp and coriander
- Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo
- Theresa is from Travelwoman.at hiked the fishing route.
- Julianna beats 20 cool things to do in Portugal before.
- A good German-language description of the trail you can find in the blog of Portugalismo.
There is an airport in Lisbon and Faro. From there you can also rent a car.
Excursion from Lisbon:
Book one here Excursion from Lisbon to the southwest coast of Portugal *.
Accommodation at the Rota Vicentina
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