Rota Vicentina: Porto Covo to Odeceixe via Fishermen's Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Rota Vicentina: Porto Covo to Odeceixe via Fishermen's Trail is a 74.7 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Vila Nova De Milfontes, Alentejo, Portugal that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is best used from September until June.

Distance: 74.7 km Elevation Gain: 1,174 m Route Type: Point to Point

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This is a pleasant long-distance hike hugging the Portuguese coast, with extensive ocean scenery and generally flat terrain. There are several small towns along the way, so you don't need to tent camp or worry about running out of provisions. In addition to very agreeable temperatures, there are often abundant wildflowers along the trail and plenty of opportunities to view nesting sea birds and their young. The most challenging aspect of the trail is 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. 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. This trail is a part of the much larger Rota Vicentina. The Fishermen's Trail hugs the coast while the Historical Way goes more inland. If you'd like to see more of the Rota Vicentina information on AllTrails, please follow this link: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/rota-vicentina.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

This is a beautiful and very easy walk along the west coast of Portugal. Anyone can do this trail providing they set their own pace. Sometimes the sand makes it a little difficult in the dunes and the Portuguese sun can be scorching. I’ve walked this trail three times and my favorite time is during September.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

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.

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