Discovering the Alentejo & Algarve South West Coast

Self-guided walking holiday in Portugal

From € 460.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Waves rolling in at a sandy beach in bay at the Algarve coastline in Portugal Small group of hikers posing in front of a sandy beach under a blue sky two young women hiking along a sandy beach

Walk in one of the most charming coastal landscapes in Europe, the Vicentina Coast Natural Park

​This Hiking holiday begins in Porto Côvo (Alentejo) and ends at Arrifana Beach (Algarve). Here you’ll find wonderful walking along cliffs and beaches following direction South.

You’ll be walking the best parts of the Rota Vicentina’s Historical way and Fishermen’s Trail, along the most unspoiled coastal stretch of the Vicentina Coast Natural Park.

Accommodation in the Alentejo & Algarve

Along this walking route you will stay in B&B accommodations located in small towns along the walking route. During your booking process we will provide you an accommodation list from which you can pick between standard and upgrade hotels, all these with breakfast included as well as private rooms with ensuite bathroom.

Small hotel along the Alentejo walking route
Hotel swimming pool with terrace
BEdroom with double bed in Bed and Breakfast

There are restaurants and grocery stores in every village, a recommended restaurant list is provided.

Walking in the Alentejo & Algarve

Always by the Atlantic Ocean, following old paths made by the fishermen, it is a single-track trail along the shoreline cliffs of the Alentejo and Algarve southwest coast, where you will experience the scent of the sea permanently while you explore this rugged coastline.

Three hikers walking down a track towards the ocean
Volcanic rock formation at the Alentejo's Atlantic coast in Portugal

This is the ideal place to eat fresh fish and seafood caught just a few meters from the coast. At the end of this wonderful walking holiday you will find the Aljezur village, founded by the Moors in the 10th century, guarding an important part of this region’s history.

Alentejo & Algarve walking holiday itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Vila Nova de Milfontes. Briefing at the first Hotel. Arriving to Vila Nova de Milfontes, located between the Mira River and the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful small town offers great panoramic views, and a lot of places to enjoy the best of Nature, while you start to get used to this relaxing environment of Alentejo.

Mature olive tree in a green grassy meadow
Group of walkers resting and taking things from their backpacks during a guided walk

Day 2From Porto Covo – Vila de Milfontes. We will take you to the beginning (Porto Côvo) of this wonderful walk along the shoreline always with a marvellous sea view. Starting in a historical village called Porto Côvo, passing a small Island called “Ilha do Pessegueiro” with the option to go by the beach taking advantage of the hard sand or going a little bit more inland thru the dunes. You will discover some stunning beaches, most of them desert, and near the end you will pass by the Milfontes fishing harbour, just before you reach the town. Daily distance: 20km – 6h

Day 3From Vila Nova de Milfontes to Longueira/Almograve. Easy walk along the coastline by sand dunes and along cliff tops. You will find some deserted beaches and after that you’ll encounter a tiny fishing village called Almograve. From there you can have a rest and try local gastronomy, fish or seafood will certainly be good choices. Daily distance: 17Km – 5h

Small group of elderly walkers in a harbour at the Algarve
View across fields of golden-coloured flowers

Day 4Route between Almograve & Zambujeira. Heading south from the small village of Almograve, you can take a short detour to the tiny fishing harbour called “Entrada da Barca”. Walking between dunes and cliffs with panoramic views. Along this route cliff-nesting storks can be seen. Through Cavaleiro and past the centenary lighthouse of Cabo Sardão the day ends in Zambujeira do Mar, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset by the church. Daily distance: 22km – 6h

Day 5From Zambujeira Do Mar to Odeceixe. A coastal path near the beaches leads us onto Carvalhal bay, past the former residence of the famous “fado” singer Amália Rodrigues, passing “Azenha do Mar” where you can try an amazing seafood meal (the arbour is just 300 meters distance from the restaurant). After this you will have the energy needed to get to Odeceixe´s River and reach the first village in the Algarve. Daily distance: 21km – 6h.

Day 6From Odeceixe to Aljezur. Leaving Odeceixe, your path will continue near the southwest coast, passing by “Ceixe´s” river bank and following south entering the Algarve Region. You will walk in the direction of the Moorish village of Aljezur. Daily distance: 22km – 6h

Day 7From Aljezur & Arrifana Beach. Today you can spend a part of the day to explore the old part of Aljezur, walking up to the top of the Castle, passing through the old narrow streets, or you can explore further south until Arrifana beach. At the end we will provide you a taxi to return from the beach to your Hotel at Aljezur. Daily distance: 18km – 5h

Day 8 – Departure Day

Dates and Availability

A pair of hikers looking at a scenic coastal landscape in Portugal's Algarve
Stork landing on a nest of chicks

The starting date of this holiday is completely flexible and ading extra days to this holiday is also possible. The Single room supplement is €180. It is possible to arrive at your first accommodation by bus or by train, or by Private Transfer provided by Vincentina Travel. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information and prices.

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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From € 460.- / 8 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • GPS tracks available
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • 7 Nights Accommodation
    • 7x Breakfast
    • Arrival Briefing at the first Hotel + package delivery
    • 1 Map & 1 Guidebook in English per holiday
    • Morning transfer Day 2 to Porto Côvo
    • Evening transfer Day 7 back to Aljezur
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Local support
    • GPS on request

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking

    Best time to go:

    September – June

    Contact Details:

    Discovering the Alentejo & Algarve South West Coast, a Self-guided walking holiday in Portugal by Vicentina Travel

    Contact: Ricardo Estêvão
    Telephone: +351 964 134 643

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    Languages spoken:

    English, Portugese

    Getting there:

    • Lisbon Airport (190 km)
    • Faro Airport (160 km)
    • Funcheira Train Station (50 km)

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