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Rota Vicentina hiking on the fishing path Portugal

Rota Vicentina hike at Porto Covo on the fishing path Portugal
Rota Vicentina hike at Porto Covo on the fishing path Portugal

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.

Costa Vicentina at Cabo Sardao - Hiking at the Rota Vicentina
Costa Vicentina at Cabo Sardao

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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

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 the sea
Petar looks out to sea © Emanuele Siracusa

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.

Hiking trail at Cabo Sardao
Hiking trail at Cabo Sardao

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 Josà ©, 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.

Entrada dos Barcas
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
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: 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.

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.

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.

cliff
cliff

Also check out Petar's video. There you will also find scenes from our walks on the Rota Vicentina:


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

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Anna Neumann
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    Thanks for your report and the tips.

  2. Oli
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    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.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  3. Outdoor delight
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    We are not the coastal friends and beach runners, but that looks really interesting. Thanks for your report and the tips.

    Greetings Thomas and Silke.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  4. Nicole from PASSENGER X
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    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 go fishing with simple branches. Very sympathic!

    Best regards
    Nicole from PASSENGER X

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      That's right, Nicole. I was also impressed. In general, the people in Alentejo are very hospitable and accommodating.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Andreas
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    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.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  6. Katja
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    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
    Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  7. Michaela
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    This region sounds just fantastic for hiking - just my thing! I hope I can get there someday.
    Michael

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Michaela,

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

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Lisa
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    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.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  9. Katrin of jo-igele
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    Beautiful the Rota Vincentina ... Especially the beautiful beaches have done to me!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      You're right, Katrin. I especially liked how varied the coast is there.

  10. Theresa
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    Thank you for the reference to my hiking report! Great report and great pictures! Now I want to go back right away ...

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

  11. Antje
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    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?

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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,
      Monika

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