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Walking Tour in Vicentine Route

Leisure | Self-Guided | Comfort | 8 Days/7 Nights | From 690.00€
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Vicentine coast and it ́s Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park wraps around the Algarve’s coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and into the Alentejo, covering a stretch of over 120km of lush greenery and wild fauna tucked amidst steep coastal landscapes.The coast, characterized by rugged rocks, sea stacks, sand stratified cliff faces caused by centuries of erosion, is perfect for long walks.

The Vicentine Route is a network of walking trails in Sw Portugal, totalling 400 km to walk, along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Imagine yourself walking on the most beautiful and well-preserved coast of Portugal, which combines the adventure of discovering pristine beaches, a rich culture and a gastronomy that has the best of the sea. Come and meet with the A2Z the fishermen’s trail of the Vicentine Route.Included: 7 accommodations with breakfast,  luggage  transfers, briefing in Lisbon with A2Z Guide, maps and documentation, GPS device and GPS tracks, insurance, A2Z t-shirt and water bottle.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to LISBOA
This day will take you to some Highlights of the picturesque city of Lisboa.
Early morning you will have time visit to downtown Lisboa, for centuries downtown Lisboa has been the heart of the social, commercial and spiritual life of the city, as much as the center of power of Portugal. You will have the chance to visit this beautiful city and enjoy the magnificent views towards the Tejo River.
Visit some of the most important monuments, such as the Jerónimos Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage, as well as time for shoping, tasting the famous “pastéis de belém” created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery.
Transfer to Porto Covo.
 
Day 02
Walking Route 1 - Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes - 20km
Your journey start in a beach section, where you will walk along the vast sand dunes area of Ilha do Pessegueiro, Aivados and Malhão beaches and discover small deserted coves that will surprise you. It is a tiring walking day though, given its extension and the constant sandy terrain.
The diversity of beaches you will find just on this section is absolutely fantastic! Beaches like Aivados with pebbles shaped by the constant rough and tumble of the waves. Beaches like Faquir or Farol where lace-like sandstone dunes seem to slide down into the ocean.
Sandy beaches like Malhão gently and constantly changing. Beaches such as Milfontes, (Thousand Fountains), with either rivers, small streams or tiny fresh water springs fed from the hilly interior through a network of underground channels. These beaches are interspersed by ancient, dark erosion-resistant rocks that make up the cliffs and tiny islands (locally called “palheirões”) that one comes across from time to time.
The sand dunes’ biodiversity and plant life is remarkable and reaches its peak between March and June, with a vast array of amazing colours, aromas and shapes. These plants are true masters of adaptation in this hostile environment and have to put up with poor quality soil, a dry season that can last over six months and a constant buffeting by the strong, salty winds, and you will see that the most obvious adaptation is their shape.
Pines, Rosemary and Rockrose are bent nearly horizontal and thus better adapted to these harsh conditions. Some of these plant species are endemic to this coast and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Day 03
Walking Route 2 - Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve - 15 km
This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the overwhelming views over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Mira river that meets the ocean here. It is a short and accessible hiking day so that you may enjoy the area to its fullest extent. Crossing the bridge over the river in Vila Nova de Milfontes provides stunning views of the river’s mouth, the small town beside it and the natural vegetation that covers the local hillsides. This vegetation is important as it attracts many different species of birds and small mammals. At low tide, enjoy the view of the marshes on the river bends, partially submerged and covered with reeds, important in their own way also as breeding grounds for several species of fish.
Between March and October you’ll be able to see many swifts as Alpine, Pallid and Common Swift all nest along this coast. Their breeding season starts as soon as they arrive and their acrobatics as they constantly search for enough food for their chicks is one of the wonders of the area.They spend over 90% of their life on the wing and have extreme difficulty in becoming airborne should they land anywhere but on a cliff or high building.
There are stretches along this part of the coast where native vegetation displays all its diversity and other areas where it has been destroyed and wiped out by a most aggressive exotic plant – the Acacia. This invasive plant is quite capable of reducing the sand dunes’ biodiversity almost to zero.
At times intensive farming stretches right down to the ocean, but you can also enjoy other less invasive traces of human presence such as local, non-commercial, fishing or small Stone-age quarries amongst the dunes, a reminder that Man has been shaping this coastline since time immemorial.
Day 04
Walking Route 3 - Almograve - Zambujeira do Mar - 22km
Small fishing harbours, reddish sand dunes, the scent of pine tree forests and the sight, seen nowhere else in the world, of storks nesting on the cliffs make this walk a true balm for your senses. The high cliffs you will see during this part of the journey, despite being exposed to the constant salty ocean winds, are the nesting site for over twenty species of bird! These include Jackdaw, Shag, Common Kestrel, “pure” Rock Dove, White Stork, Peregrine Falcon and Black Redstart.
It is worthwhile taking the time to stop and watch these birds especially during Spring, around the Cape Sardão area. The Rock Doves are especially interesting as they are the original species from which all the feral pigeons in the world descend. If you look carefully along this coastal stretch it is easy to see past climate change written in the rocks. The sandstone was formed when the sea was at least 100m, (400 ft), lower than at present, with the beach over 60 km further west. Prehistoric settlements have been found here with remains of colder climate animals and shellfish, clear signs of a colder, drier past, but it is equally possible to find signs of times when the climate here was warmer, wetter and more tropical, displayed by impressive reddish tones in the sand and sandstone, resulting from the accumulation of iron oxides.
Day 05
Free day at Zambujeira do Mar
Time to rest and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Zambujeira do Mar
Day 06
Walking Route 4 - Zambujeira do Mar - Odeceixe - 18km
You will be passing the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados and Amália  on the way to Azenha do Mar, where you will find a natural fishing harbour. To top it all enjoy one of the most outstanding views in the entire territory: Odeceixe beach seen from the majestic Ponta em Branco. Along this stretch of coast it is interesting to take a close look at the cliffs; note how the sedimentary rocks that were laid down horizontally over aeons have been folded and pushed out of all recognition so that what was once horizontal is now in some cases vertical. Now imagine the forces necessary! More recently was the formation of lithified sand tubes which can be seen a bit all over the trail. On this section you will also find abundant signs of the presence of mammals, especially carnivores living among the dunes.
It is hard to spot the animals themselves given that for the most part they are nocturnal, remaining in their burrows during daylight and only coming out to hunt at dark. But you will come across their droppings, footprints, burrows or maybe even the remains of their night’s hunting. These carnivorous mammals include Egyptian Mongoose (locally known as “Escalabardo”), Weasel, Beech Marten (also known as “Papalvo”), Badger, Genet and Otter.
Rabbits are other mammals that build their burrows in the most stable of the sand dunes. These Rabbits are the original stock of all Rabbits worldwide, and incredibly important here, being the preferred prey of most carnivores.
Day 07
Option 1 - Walking Route 5 - Odeceixe - Odeceixe  beach circuit - beach of Odeceixe - 10 km
or Option 2 - free day to go to the beach of Odeceixe
 
Option 1

Today you will be walking along almost 4 km  on the Historical Way, then you will enter in the Odeceixe Beach Circuit. The Seixe River and the town beach are good reasons for staying for one more night in Odeceixe.
Many birds live happily amongst the human population in these areas. The birdsong that stands out in the spring is that of the bee-eaters and cuckoos. Water is abundant, carried by the channels from the Santa Clara Reservoir (until recently the largest Portuguese Reservoir).
Herds of cows or sheep can be encountered along this route. Herdsmen are often accompanied by their faithful dogs, with whom they establish an interesting but complex form of communication. It is amazing how the sheepdogs understand a language comprising of short whistles and discrete gestures, herding the cattle so efficiently.
The day will end in the beautiful and stunning beach of Odeceixe.
Optional: A transfer will take back again to the lodging in Odeceixe (about 4,5km) or you can also keep going walking 4 more km to the village of Odeceixe
 
Option 2
Just spend a nice day in the beautiful beach od Odeceixe.
Optional: a transfer can take you to the beach and take you back if you book previously.
Day 08
Departure
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Lodgings

Porto Covo Hotel Apartamento

HS Milfontes Beach by Duna Parque

Natura Maris Residence

Rosa Dos Ventos

Casas do Moinho

Dates & Prices

From 690,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

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Included

7 accommodations with breakfast
Luggage transfers
Briefing in Lisbon with A2Z Guide
Maps and documentation
GPS device and GPS tracks
Insurance
A2Z t-shirt and water bottle

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