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The Fisherman's Trail

from £1245
The trails of south west Portugal’s Rota Vicentina offers 70 miles of wild Atlantic coastline and inland vistas of deep valleys, mountain ridges and forests of pine and oak.
Added Value Offer Wine included with all dinners
FLEXIwalking FLEXIwalking: most walks offer an opt out point, join the entire day’s route or walk a shorter distance and join the group later.

Offering 70 miles of wild Atlantic coastline and inland vistas of deep valleys, mountain ridges and forests of pine and oak, the trails of south west Portugal’s Rota Vicentina take you through thoroughly diverse habitats alive with endemic plantlife and numerous animal and bird species. Coupled with authentic rural life and a mild climate, this is a region for nature lovers.

From our hotel, situated on the edge of the Rota Vicentina Natural Park, we follow carefully chosen sections of the path, starting with the Historical Way, which takes us on trails between villages, through Portugal’s agricultural heartland, past forests of cork and oak, green meadows and valleys. By comparison, the coastal Fisherman’s Trail, which forms most of the 2nd half of the holiday, wends its way along the dramatic Atlantic coastline, offering cooling breezes, superb seascape views and majestic cliffs. One walk is a circular route directly from our hotel offering wonderful hill top views out over the distant ocean.

Flower filled meadows, wild oregano and asparagus, crystal clear streams and rivers and farmland with sweet potatoes, maize and tomatoes accompany us as we discover this authentic region of Portugal. We’ll have time to explore small villages and Moorish towns, stop at deserted beaches and marvel at the crashing Atlantic waves.

Each day's walk offers a carefully planned opt out point, which allows for a shorter walking day if you prefer.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience a mix of wild coast and countryside walks.
  • Discover the Historical Way and its journey between villages, Portugal’s agricultural heartland, forests of cork and oak, green meadows and valleys.
  • Explore the impressive Fisherman’s Trail along the dramatic Atlantic coastline.
  • Savour the Alentejo cuisine and wines.
  • Make use of carefully planned opt out points on many of the walks.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation
      Five dinners at our hotel and two dinners at local restaurants with local wines
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    After arrival into Faro airport, we make the transfer by coach to our hotel, close to the village of Sao Teotonio in Portugal's Alentejo region. Our time spent walking the highlights of the Rota Vicentina trail, on the Historical Way and Fisherman's Trail take us on inland paths, to Moorish villages, along coastal trails and seeing rural Portuguese life. This is a wild landscape with a dramatic coastline and seascapes, deserted beaches, breath-taking views and  pristine natural surroundings.

  2. Day 2

    S Luis to Odemira: Our walks takes us through a lush, green part of the Alentejo region, with much of the route following the Ribeira do Torgal. Here there is an abundance of birds, different species of trees, medicinal plants and wild asparagus. 14.5km/9 miles; A/D 230m. There is an opt out point at 9km/6 miles

  3. Day 3

    Odemira to Sao Teotonio: We follow wide tracks with easy ascents and descents with the River Mira for company as we walk between the sea and hills. We cross crystal clear streams and hope to see otters, birds and dragonflies. 17km/10.5 miles; A 200m/D 60m. Opt out point at 8km/5 miles

  4. Day 4

    Circular Walk from our hotel: Today we follow a less used path directly from our hotel in countryside that has a wide variety of native vegetation. From our highest point we enjoy views over Odeceixe and the ocean. 16.5km/10.25m; A/D 300m. Opt out point at 11km/7 miles.

    Alternatively, you may wish to take today as a free day and enjoy the facilities of the hotel spa and swimming pools.

  5. Day 5

    Zambujeira to Odeceixe: The wonderful coastal walk starts in a small sea-side village and passes many quiet beaches on the way to the fishing harbour of Azenha do Mar. Outstanding views are our companions today, particularly over Odeceixe beach, as we follow the River Seixe into the small town of Odeceixe itself. 14.5km/9 miles; A/D 250m. Opt out point at 6.5km/4 miles

  6. Day 6

    Ribeira de Seixe: We follow the River Seixe as it meanders past gardens and meadows, reaching the small town of Odeceixe, where we discover wetlands and their varied habitats. From here, we head to the sea and walk a coastal trail before turning inland through peaceful farmland. 12.5km/7.5 miles; A 150m/D 100m. Opt out point 6km/4.5 miles

  7. Day 7

    Aljezur: Our walk initially crosses agricultural pastures and farmland, easy underfoot, allowing us unobstructed views with the mountains to the east and coast to the west. After Carriagem beach, which makes a lovely lunch stop, we follow the coast south to the dramatic mouth of the River Aljezur, ending in the Moorish town of Aljezur, with time to explore. 12.5km/7.5 miles; A 100m/D 150m. Opt out point 6.5km/4 miles

  8. Day 8

    We transfer back to Faro airport for our return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Enigma - Nature & Water Hotel

The Enigma - Nature & Water Hotel is located close to the Vicentine Coast natural park. The hotel offers the perfect location to make the most of the surrounding trails and for a relaxing way to wind down at the end of the day. It is not located in a town or village. The  four-star hotel features a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an onsite restaurant called Enigma Flavours, a bar and a relaxing garden. The rooms are bright , all with private bathroom, a balcony, free WiFi and air conditioning. You will also find a minibar, hairdyer and safety deposit box in the rooms. There is a lift at the hotel.

The in-house Enigma Flavours restaurant serves a variety of Portuguese delicacies and you will also find a bar at the hotel. We will eat at the hotel on most nights - where dinner is usually a buffet with wine and water included - and we eat out at local restaurants on two nights. Wine is also included on our restaurant dinners. 

In order to be able to use the spa facilities, you are required to wear a swimming cap. You can bring one with you or the hotel has them available to purchase locally.