Rota Vicentina hiking on the fishing path Portugal

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The Rota Vicentina walking on the fishing path Portugal

On the ancient paths of the Rota Vicentina, the fishermen hike to their fishing spots via the Portugal fishing path. It leads from Porto Covo along the west coast down to the Algarve. We get there on our tour along the Rota do Peixe. Sometimes the path runs comfortably above the cliffs. At other times, steep climbs and descents to the beaches have to be overcome. There the surf lashes against the rocks. We definitely admire the fishermen who dare to venture out into this seething chaos. When hiking on the Rota de Vicentina in Portugal, you always follow their tracks along the coast.



The Rota Vicentina is more than just a hiking trail. It is a piece of Portuguese history. The fishermen of the region still use this path. They are looking for the best places to fish. The fishermen left tracks. They formed the path we know today. The Rota Vicentina is a testament to their work. It shows how they live with nature. They respect the sea and the coast. The path is still vital to some of them. He leads them to their fishing grounds.

It often seems as if the waves want to tear them off the rocks. They find support on boulders that are washed by the water. Others throw their lines into the sea from high cliffs. However, that is no less dangerous. There they brave the winds that often blow at high wind speeds over the west coast of the Alentejo blow. This path is definitely one. An exciting and varied experience! A tame trail However, the coastal path is not. The Rota Vicentina is instead a trail that really impressed us.


Costa Vicentina at Cabo Sardao - Hiking at the Rota Vicentina
Costa Vicentina near Cabo Sardao - hiking on the Rota de Vicentina in Portugal


Animal and plant world at the Rota Vicentina

The Rota Vicentina is a paradise for nature lovers. It leads through an impressive world of flora and fauna. Here you will find a variety that will amaze you.

The path meanders through dense forests. Cork oaks and pines grow here. They provide shade and are home to many animals. Birds chirp in the treetops. Insects buzz through the air. But the Rota Vicentina has even more to offer. It takes you to wild stretches of coast. Here you can experience the raw beauty of the sea. You see seagulls and ospreys circling in the sky. With a bit of luck you might even spot dolphins playing in the waves.

The fishermen of the region know this diversity. They have used the trail for centuries and know every plant and animal. The fishermen know when the fish are coming. They know the tides and the seasons. For her, the Rota Vicentina is more than just a path. It is a habitat and a place that provides nourishment. The Fisherman's Path is a place that offers protection and enables life.

When you hike the Rota Vicentina, you follow in their footsteps. You experience the diversity of nature and feel the connection to the earth. You become part of the story.


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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.


Cabo Sardao at the Rota Vicentina
Cabo Sardao - hiking on the Rota de Vicentina in Portugal


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.


Petar looks out to sea at the Rota Vicentina
Petar looks out to sea while hiking on the Rota de Vicentina in Portugal © Emanuele Siracusa


However, we are here in the morning. The paths are definitely good to walk 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. In this way, hikers can safely admire the wild coast below from safe viewing platforms. The rest of the trail is sandy and passes through bushy vegetation that blooms even in January.


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Hiking trail at Cabo Sardao on the Fishermen's Trail Portugal
Hiking trail on Cabo Sardao while hiking on the Rota de Vicentina in Portugal


The path is still used by fishermen. On our walk from one lookout point to the next, you will always come across us. One of them is dragging a long, narrow tree branch over his shoulder. "This is his fishing rod," says José, our Portuguese companion. I would never have thought this branch to be a rod. But apparently the materials that nature provides are still used to this day. Expensive fishing equipment is not necessary to get a perch or dogfish out of the water.


Entrada dos Barcas on the Fishermen's Trail Portugal
Entrada dos Barcas


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.


Fishing boats in Entrada dos Barcas on the Rota Vicentina
Fishing boats in Entrada dos Barcas


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: “These plants spread aggressively here. We are constantly fighting them. ”Acacias are not native to Portugal. If you do nothing about them, they will displace the natural vegetation of the region.


Cattle at the Rota Vicentina
Cattle at the Rota Vicentina


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.


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Steep coast at the Rota Vicentina


The best time to visit the Rota Vicentina

The Rota Vicentina is an experience in every season. But some times are particularly appealing.

In spring, nature comes to life. The meadows are full of colorful flowers. The birds sing their songs and the temperatures are pleasant. It's the perfect time to discover the beauty of the Rota Vicentina.

Summer brings warmth and sunshine. The days are long and bright. You can enjoy the clear waters of the coast. But make sure you take enough water with you. It can then also get very hot.

Autumn is the time of harvest. The forests are full of fruits and berries. The leaves are changing color. They paint the landscape in warm tones. It's a quiet, peaceful time.

Winter has its own charm. The air is fresh and clear. You can watch the rough waves of the sea. It's the quietest time of the year. You almost have the Rota Vicentina to yourself. We were there in January and can confirm this. With the exception of a few fishermen casting their rods at sea, we didn't meet any other people on the way.

No matter when you come, the Rota Vicentina will definitely inspire you. Each season has its own highlights. Choose the time that suits you best. And then enjoy every moment of your adventure.

Our tips for preparing a hike on the Rota Vicentina

A hike on the Rota Vicentina is definitely an adventure. With the right preparation, it will be unforgettable.

  1. Plan your route: The Rota Vicentina has many paths. Decide ahead of time which ones you want to go with. So you can make the best use of your time.
  2. Check the weather: The weather can change quickly. So look at the prediction. So you are prepared for all conditions.
  3. Pack right: Be sure to pack enough water and snacks in yours backpack a. Also think about sunscreen and Rainwear. Good walking boots are a must.
  4. Respect nature: stay on the trails. take your trash with you This keeps the Rota Vicentina beautiful for everyone.
  5. Be sure: In any case, inform someone about your plans. Also, bring a cell phone for emergencies. Then you can call for help when you need it.
  6. Enjoy the journey: the Rota Vicentina is more than a destination. She is a journey. Also, take the time to enjoy the scenery. Stop and watch the animals. Listen to the sounds of nature.

With these tips, you'll be ready for your adventure. The Rota Vicentina is waiting for you. She will inspire you with her beauty and diversity.


Questions and answers about hiking the Rota Vicentina

How long does it take to hike the entire Rota Vicentina?

The entire Rota Vicentina is about 226 kilometers long. If you go hiking every day, you can complete them in about 14 to 21 days. The Historical Fishermen's Trail is a little longer at 263 kilometers. Both hiking trails extend over 13 stages.

Is there accommodation along the Rota Vicentina?

Yes, along the Rota Vicentina you will find various accommodations. These include hotels, guesthouses and campsites. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in high season.

Is the Rota Vicentina suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Rota Vicentina has routes for all levels of difficulty. There are both easy and challenging routes. You should choose the route that suits your fitness level.

What should I do if I get lost on the Rota Vicentina?

The Rota Vicentina is well marked, but if you get lost, stay calm. Try to track your steps or use a GPS if you have one with you.

Can I take my dog ​​to the Rota Vicentina?

Yes, you can take your dog with you, but it should be kept on a leash. Respect nature and other hikers.

Are there guided tours on the Rota Vicentina?

Yes, there are various providers who offer guided tours on the Rota Vicentina. They can be a good option if you are visiting the region for the first time.

What should I do if I have a problem during my trek?

In the event of an emergency, you should immediately call the emergency number 112. It is also helpful to have a first aid kit with you.



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Source: on-site research. We were invited on this trip by Aptece, Visit Alentejo and the Rota do Peixe. However, our opinion remains our own.

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Rota Vicentina hiking on the fishing path Portugal

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Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

22 thoughts too "Rota Vicentina hiking on the fishing path Portugal"

  1. Very nice. One year ago, I was also on the route. What I think is great: The Rota Vicentina can be on the one hand as a long-distance hiking trail, but also in the context of various day trips, where you always drive by car to the beginning of the circular routes. Personally, I like that better, because then you do not have to worry about the luggage all the time and you can also put off a day if the weather is bad or your calves hurt.

    1. Hello Oli,

      I think you're right. That's it, too, which we liked so much. For the time between the hiking days there are also plenty of other ways to pass the time at the Rota Vicentina. Or you just let all fours be straight and relaxed in one of the nice accommodations along the route.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Thomas and Silke,

      Depending on where you go on the Rota Vicentina, you can also go up and down the narrow paths. The route is very varied.

      Best regards,

  2. It looks really adorable, so idyllic. A walk is twice as nice. Really seems like the world in Alentejo will still be "okay" if the fishermen even fish with simple branches. Very sympathic!

    Best regards,
    Nicole from PASSENGER X

    1. That's right, Nicole. I was also impressed. In general, the people in Alentejo are very hospitable and accommodating.

      Best regards,

  3. Think this is definitely a nice walking tour along the coast. But in the summer very warm? unless you jump into the sea in between.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      yes, you are right. We were there in January. It was windy and cool, but for hiking - at least for my needs - just right. In summer I do not want to do this hike.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Ones,
    Do you know when the best travel time is to go on this great hiking tour?
    Rocks, lighthouses and many enjoyable moments are probably the order of the day here.

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Katja,

      Yes that is true. We were there in January at temperatures between about 10-15 degrees and five days of sunshine. I think these are temperatures where you can hike well. If you travel a little later in the year, or in October, November, the conditions should be good too. What we really liked about our trip was that we almost had the region to ourselves. Of course you have to weigh that up. But I think the region will never be overcrowded because the tourist infrastructure is not that big. And that's good!

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Michaela,

      that's it too. On foot you can enjoy the region and the great views on the coast particularly intense.

      Best regards,

  5. We will incorporate Alentejo into our Portugal trip because of your great articles. We are very happy and count the days. Beautiful pictures by the way.

    1. Dear Lisa,

      We're really glad. The Alentejo is a still very original and authentic region that impressed us a lot. I'm curious how you like it.

      Best regards,

    1. Very much, Theresa. Your report describes in great detail a multi-day hike on the Rota Vicentina. This certainly interests some of the readers of our article.

      Best regards,

  6. I'll remember the Rota Vicentina, I like the rough coast. Do you know how long the trail along the coast is? Can you stay overnight on the way?

    1. Hello Antje,

      Yes, there are accommodations. Look at the article below under Travel Organization. If you click on the link, you will find all accommodations in the region of Rota Vicentina.

      The fishing path along the coast includes four daily stages with a maximum of 22 km and five connecting routes. Overall, the 120 are km.

      Best regards,

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