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On the way on the fishing path Portugal in the Alentejo

Discarded boats on the Rota do Peixe, the fishing path Portugal
Discarded boats at the fishing path Portugal

The fishing path Portugal, the Rota do Peixe in the Alentejo

The Portuguese fishing trail takes us for almost a week along the Rota do Peixe through the Alentejo. From Évora via Comporta to Cabo Sardão, this journey almost always took us along the sea. That was our journey 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:


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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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Evora - starting point for the Rota do Peixe
Evora

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.

Cais Palafitico, a typical picture on the fishing path Portugal
Cais Palafitico

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!

Eel stew in Restaurante A Escola, typical of the Portuguese fishing path
Eel stew in Restaurante A Escola

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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Comporta beach
Comporta beach

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.

Açorda de Marisco
Açorda de Marisco on the fishing path Portugal

The coast of Porto Covo and São Torpes

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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Coast at Porto Covo
Coast at Porto Covo

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.

Carlos Barros In Restaurante Arte e Sal, delicacies on the fishing path Portugal
Carlos Barros In Restaurante Arte e Sal on the Portuguese fishing path

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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Fishing port of Sines belongs to the fishing path Portugal
Fishing port of Sines

Vila Nova de Milfontes

We end our exciting afternoon afterwards with a terrific dinner in the Tasca do Celso in Vila Nova de Milfontes. If you want to get to know the culinary skills of the Alentejo, you will not miss this restaurant. We enjoyed a real feast there. And in a restaurant that is second to none.

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Grilled fish in the Tasca do Celso, typical food on the fishing path Portugal
Grilled fish in Tasca do Celso

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.

Lighthouse at Cabo Sardão
Lighthouse at Cabo Sardão

The lighthouse of Cabo Sardão

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.

Entrada dos Barcos
Entrada dos Barcos

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 port that is hidden between the cliffs. The fishing boats have now overcome the wild surf and brought their catch ashore. In the auction, she buys fresh fish directly from the fisherman and immediately prepares it for us in the restaurant. Fish stew, octopus, sole and grilled crustaceans fresh from the sea - fish has never tasted so good.

Grilled sole
Grilled sole in Restaurante O Sacas

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 should pack this for your hike

  • 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.

At the Rota Vicentina
At the Rota Vicentina

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.

Wine tasting in the Herdade do Cebolal
Wine tasting in the Herdade do Cebolal

More tips for the Alentejo


Travel Arrangements:

Arrival to the fishing path Portugal:

The nearest airport is Lisbon. From there you can also rent a car.

Cars:

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Excursion from Lisbon:

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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:

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We participate with this contribution at the Europe Blogparade from Trip to the Planet.

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

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

Responses

  1. Anja
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    I find these ribbed cliffs so wonderfully unique and the food looks delicious. Very nice impressions in your photos. My wanderlust is awakened!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hi Anja,

      I was particularly fascinated by this spot with the jagged crags. The region is for everyone who likes nature. And the food first ...

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Sabine
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    These are wonderful photos of a very nice area! I like when it gets a bit rough on the coast. This autumn I am in Portugal for the first time - in the Algarve. I'm very excited.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Thank you, Sabine. I am glad, if you like the photos. By the way, the region is not far from the Algarve. Maybe it's worth a trip there?

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Jessica
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    Hi Monika,
    Thanks for this great travel report. The culinary highlights make me really hungry! Thank you!
    LG Jessica

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Jessica,

      they were delicious. And when I look at the photos, I get hungry again. : D

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Franzi
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    Hello dear ones,
    Seems to be a great region! :) Consider this or next year a road trip along Portugal's coast, thank you for your great insights :) I must also necessarily recommend to my parents are also big fish fans like you :)

    Love from!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Franzi,

      the region is very nice. Take your time for the road trip and take a look a bit off the coast. There is a lot to discover. If your parents like fish, that's a paradise for them :).

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Outdoor pleasure
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    This report should not be read with an empty stomach :-) A region to bite, no wonder that the fish bites well here.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Haha, Silke: D But you're right. It is a region for those who like to eat good fish. We were amazed at the variety of fish dishes served there. And how delicious!

      Best regards,
      Monika

  6. Antje
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    An amazingly beautiful region and such great pictures, Monika. So atmospheric. And the fresh fish, the soft light ... I have to go there.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      I thought you would like that, Antje. We loved the scenery, the people and the wonderful food. Fish has tasted better nowhere.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  7. Lisa
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    8 weeks until we fly to Portugal. After your contribution, I am all the more pleased. Really great pictures!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Lisa,

      Portugal will surely please you. It's such a great country! We were only there for a week, but that was not the last time. It inspired us.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Stefan
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    Dear Monika, all very impressive, not least because of the colorful simplicity (and, of course, the baggy photos). Since it is not difficult, sometimes want to and to be touched by the lightness of being. vg stefan

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Lieber Stefan,

      it is precisely this originality that has us so addressed. We especially liked that it is not a mass travel destination. The local people want to keep it that way. I hope they succeed in maintaining the balance between commerce and authenticity.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  9. Sabine
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    The area seems to be very well suited for a pleasure trip. I also like the integration of the Twitter moment in the blog post!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      In any case, Sabine. We have experienced true Schlemmermahle there with fresh fish from the sea.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  10. Nicole from PASSENGER X
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    Hey Monika,
    That sounds like a great journey. Especially the beach picture has done to me and the host Carlos Barros looks very sympathetic. The food tastes twice as good, I bet.
    I've only been to Lisbon and surfing the Algarve so far, I really enjoyed that too. Alentejo you have also made me tasty now.

    Best regards
    Nicole from the travel blog PASSENGER X

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Nicole,

      You're right. Carlos Barros is one of the people who met us on the way, making the region so hospitable to us. The food in his restaurant did not only taste so good because of him :).

      Greetings to Berlin,
      Monika

  11. If I look at your colorful pictures, then Portugal is worthwhile in winter too.
    Especially since it is also very "untouristic".
    Simply enjoyable

    Best regards

    Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      I agree with you on all points, Katja. The Alentejo in winter we liked it very much. The temperatures were pleasant - average between 10 and 15 degrees. What we liked most was the originality of the country and the warmth and hospitality of the people. A region to feel good.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  12. Anke
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    Hi Monica. So far, I've only been traveling far to the south of Portugal - along the Algarve. And that was awesome. Our best friends got married there then. But the fish route sounds exciting in any case. LG Anke

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Anke,

      I can well imagine that the Algarve is worth seeing. I imagine it as the coast in the south of the Alentejo: rough, with small bays and steep cliffs. In the Alentejo, the beaches were very varied, which we liked. Not to mention the fresh fish dishes: D - they were just delicious.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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