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The walk along the coast is splendid. Crazy, crashing waves and scary, jagged cliffs. Can be heavy going on the deep sand paths.

This section of the fisherman’s/inland hike is pretty unremarkable. There are NO great views until you actually hit the coast. It’s solitary, open terrain walking. Claims of forest are untrue, the best you see are commercially farmed trees.

This is an easy hike. There is virtually no elevation change as you wander across wide open, wind swept, treeless landscape and abandoned farms. The views are lovely, but are few, and usually require a detour to the actual coast from the unpaved roads and paths.

I hiked the Fishermen's Trail, which is part of the Rota Vicentina, over the course of four days. It's a pleasant long-distance hike hugging the Portuguese coast, with extensive ocean scenery and generally flat terrain. I think it would be a very approachable multi-day hike for beginners given the relatively undemanding terrain and very reasonable daily mileage. There are several small towns along the way, so you don't need to tent camp or worry about running out of provisions. I completed the trail in May and, in addition to very agreeable temperatures, this meant that there were abundant wildflowers along the trail and plenty of opportunities to view nesting sea birds and their young. The most challenging aspect of the trail was the fact that much of it is on a base of very soft sand, which requires significantly more effort from your legs than most other trail surfaces. Good sun protection is a must as the trail offers almost no shade at all. Most hikers travel north-to-south but there is nothing to prevent you from hiking in the opposite direction, which is what I did. The trail is exceptionally well-signed in either direction. It is not a heavily trafficked trail, but traveling south-to-north affords you even more solitude.