The fishing path Portugal, the Rota do Peixe in the Alentejo
The fishing path of Portugal takes us for almost a week along the Rota do Peixe through the Alentejo. From Évora via Comporta to Cabo Sardão, this trip almost always took us along the sea. That was our trip at a glance.
Also, check out Petar's video. There he summarized the most beautiful moments of our enjoyment journey along the Rota do Peixe:
Our journey started in
Évora, largest town in the Alentejo
Only a good hour took us from the airport in Lisbon Évora. There we spent our first night on this tour. In this place we also had our first encounter with the fish of the region, but at first only in a restaurant. in the Café Alentejo Only a few steps away from the town square, we were allowed to try spiny dog soup, the specialty of the house. After an evening city tour and a night in comfortable Vitoria Stone Hotel * it went on the next day to the coast.
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Comporta and Cais Palafítico
In Cais Palafítico we finally met the sea. Or better a lagoon. Here we experience, what makes the fishing path Portugal. From this small harbor, with its fragile boat jetties and crooked fishing huts, fishermen go out at high tide to catch fish in the sheltered lagoon. We were there at low tide and watched a fisherman preparing his next exit.
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Im Restaurante A Escola the next one waited Fish specialty on us: eel stew. Delicious! We also learned that it would be better to bring plenty of time for a lunch in the Alentejo. Ours lasted from 13.00 to 17.00 o'clock. But it was worth every minute. You should only be hungry!
The beaches from Comporta to Sines
On the way to Hotel Vila Park in Santo André * we stopped at several beaches. From miles of wide sandy beaches in the north at Comporta to small sandy coves that hide between high cliffs, there is everything. One thing they are all at this time of the year: almost deserted! We can not bathe at average daytime temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees. Instead, we experience beautiful sunsets and a nature that is second to none.
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After a few trips to the beaches we finally treat ourselves to a dinner in the Restaurant Cais da Estação, Here we get to know another culinary specialty of the region: Açorda de Marisco. A meal that the poor fishermen of the region prepared. Despite its reputation as "poor people's food", it tastes delicious. You can find the recipe for this in our Article about Portuguese fish specialties.
The coast of Porto Covo and São Torpes on the fishing path Portugal
The next day we follow the coast of the Alentejo. This time our journey takes us to the Beaches and coves between Porto Covo and São Torpes, In the small fishing village of Porto Covo, however, we wait in vain for the fishing boats. They obviously need more time that day to fill their warehouses. Instead we walk along the coast, Small bays hide between the rough rocks. Most of them are accessible and offer summer bathing enthusiasts access to sheltered areas. In front of the bays, the waves of the Atlantic break in spectacular surf.
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Other than São Torpes: there is a wide sandy beach for miles almost to Sines. Above the coast, we find some fish restaurants that serve fresh fish dishes. We make lunch break in the Restaurante Arte e Sal, Where grilled Fish is one of the specialties of the house. Carlos Barros, the landlord, serves us the whole thing with enthusiasm. Hospitality is very important here.
The fish market of Sines belongs to the fishing path Portugal
It is he who accompanies us in the afternoon to the fish market of Sines. There we will witness how to get fresh fish on the coast. At the fish auction in Sines, fishermen are auctioning off their fresh catch from the sea. While fishing boats are constantly docking at the pier and delivering their catch, customers are waiting for it in the auction hall. The highest bidder finally does the business.
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Vila Nova de Milfontes
We then end our exciting afternoon with a magnificent dinner at Tasca do Celso in Vila Nova de Milfontes. If you want to get to know the culinary skills of the Alentejo, you cannot avoid this restaurant. We enjoyed a real gourmet meal there. And that in a restaurant that is second to none.
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We stayed the last two nights of our trip along the Rota do Peixe in a holiday apartment not far from in Monte do Zambujeiro *, This is located in an old farmhouse off the main road and can only be reached on a gravel road. Absolute rest during the night and a sunrise with breathtaking views make the overnight stay an unforgettable experience. Rest is guaranteed in this environment.
The Cabo Sardão lighthouse, at the south end of the fishing path in Portugal
The last day of our journey at the Rota do Peixe leads us first to the lighthouse of Cabo Sardão. It towers over a rugged coastline but is not open to the public. Instead, there are several trails that run along the coast with views of the cliffs.
From there our journey goes on Entrada das Barcas just a few minutes drive away. in the Restaurante O Sacas we are already expected. The grandmother wants to join us in the small fishing harbor, which hides between the cliffs. There, meanwhile, the fishing boats have overcome the wild surf and brought their catch ashore. In the auction, she buys fresh fish directly from the fisherman and prepares it for us in the restaurant. Fish stew, octopus, sole and grilled shellfish fresh from the sea - never fish tasted so good.
Hiking on the fishing path Portugal, the Rota Vicentina
After such a meal, a hike is good. For that offers itself the Rota Vicentina which is easily accessible from the restaurant. After a steep climb, the path follows the coastline with views of creeks and pastures where cattle graze. In between, we meet fishermen who throw their fishing rods from the cliffs. One even ventures out onto a rock in the water and tries to pull his prey ashore. It costs a lot of effort to catch the delicious fish along the Rota do Peixe. But it's worth it.
You need that for hiking on the fishing path Portugal
- Very important lightweight hiking bootswhere you can walk comfortably.
- In Portugal, the sun shines intensely. Therefore, one is Hat with neck protection good for sunburn.
- Hiking poles * make it easier for you to walk on bumpy terrain. This will meet you on the Rota Vicentina.
- Practical is a backpackwhere you can stow your utensils during the hike.
- Use our hiking checklist and check that you have packed everything you need for your hike.
- Here you can find everything what you need for hiking.
What would be good fish without wine?
The next day our trip goes back to the airport in Lisbon. We still have some time to visit a winery. The Herdade do Cebolal in Vale das Eguas is not easy to find. Even Google is having a hard time with it. But after some inquiry we discover the gravel road that leads to this winery. We are all the more surprised by the modern wine cellar that awaits us. The wine of the Herdade do Cebolal tastes fruity-fresh. According to the winemaker, this comes from the proximity of the sea. In any case, it is a perfect complement to the fish dishes that we got to know on our pleasure trip along the Rota do Peixe.
More tips for the Alentejo
Arrival to the fishing path Portugal:
Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is Lisbon. You can also rent a car from there.
Excursion from Lisbon:
Book one here Excursion from Lisbon to the southwest coast of Portugal *.
Accommodations near the coast of the Alentejo
Hotels and accommodations near the coast of the Alentejo * You can also book through our partner booking.com. We have however in the Hotel Vila Park in Santo André * and in a holiday apartment in Monte do Zambujeiro * spent the night.
More information about the Alentejo and the fishing path Portugal can be found here:
Travel Guide about the Alentejo * you can buy at Amazon.
Excursions and guided tours in Evora
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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