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Vicentina Coast (12300G)

Sao Teotonio
Guided Tour Vicentina Coast (12300G) - Vicentina Coast
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Description

GUIDED TOUR
The unspoilt nature


The Rota Vicentina is a long-distance path in SW Portugal, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape of St. Vincent. The 340 km route forms part of the European footpath network and mixes inland and coastal walking along one of the most beautiful and best-preserved coast lines of southern Europe. It is a rewarding way of seeing the real Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal and walk on unforgettable routes full of tradition.

The area has a wild and powerful landscape from the dramatic coast and seascapes to the more intimate and protected feel of the wooded interior.

We base ourselves in one centre. The comfortable Hotel Enigma with its many facilities is our home for the week. This minimizes the upheaval of continually packing and unpacking allowing more time to enjoy the tour. The centre gives good and easy access to some of the finest sections of this route.

This tour does not set out to cover every step of the way of the Rota Vicentina but rather follows some of the most varied and attractive sections of the trails giving the full flavour of this fascinating region.

We explore the contrasting beauty of coastal and inland sceneries, experience wild and pristine nature, breath-taking views, deserted beaches, the region's authenticity and rich identity. The mild weather year-round and wonderful food.

Feast our eyes on beautiful landscapes covered in wildflowers and enjoy the traditional ways of living.

We walk in stretches of cork tree forests, soft hillsides, green valleys, along meandering rivers and creeks, in a true journey through time, local culture and nature trails. The route passes through a Natural Park, amongst the most beautiful and best preserved coastal areas of southern Europe, with wild beaches and a fascinating rural culture.

We will visit local villages where working life continues as it has for centuries. The characteristic vegetation of the hills includes the Cork oak (Quercus suber) and Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo).

Because we have dedicated transport there will be considerable flexibility for the group’s activities. Our imaginative “opt out or opt in system” means the walks can be as challenging or as relaxing and easy as you want them to be.

The villages and natural reserves along the route are an essential part of its character and there will be time to appreciate them.

During the week we will discover a coastline of impressive cliffs topped with sandy dunes covered with aromatic Mediterranean flora; rocky islets dotted with white stork nests, the only marine colony in Europe, and small fishing harbours from where fishermen daily face the Atlantic waves.

We will be embracing a paradise of peace and nature as we walk along shaded riverbanks contrasting with open hills where the cork oak is king. On the steeper slopes are the remains of native Mediterranean oak forest, whilst the river Mira valley is filled with birds.

To explore a truly wild coastal landscape, choose this gentle yet spectacular tour which reveals the haunting beauty of Portugal’s south-western coastline.
Itinerary

WEEK’S PROGRAM

Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.

We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.

On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.

Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.


DAY 1

Arrival to S. Teotónio

Transfer by road from airport to hotel.


DAY 2

S. Luis to Odemira Walk (historical way)

This is the lush section of the trail, where a different, green and vibrant Alentejo reveals itself before your eyes, with refreshing water streams and ponds. Much of the route follows the Ribeira do Torgal where forests of valuable species such as ash, willow and alder clothe the banks of the streams. Birds and mammals are abundant in the area. We may well find evidence of Wild Boar, a species quite common in this region. Amongst the undergrowth there are many scented and medicinal plants, such as Genista tridentata found during spring, Oregano during summer and Wild Asparagus during autumn.

Distance: 14.5km (Opt out at 9km      Ascent/descent: +200m/-230     highest point: 113m


DAY 3

Odemira to S Teotónio walk (historical way)

Today we walk one of Rota Vicentina's most accessible sections, given the nature of the track, always wide and with mild ascents and descents. We will walk with the river Mira for company, getting in close contact with the beauty of the inland area of this municipality, between the hills and the sea.

The crystal-clear water in the many streams we cross along the way promote a great variety of fauna and flora from otters to birds and dragonflies.

Distance: 17km (Opt out at 8km      Ascent/descent: +200m/-60     highest point: 180m


DAY 4

Circular from hotel walk (historical way)

Our ideally sited hotel is on the Costa Vicentina Historical trail. So today we follow a circular route following both the main & alternative routes of the Historical way through countryside covered with a wide biodiversity of native vegetation. This will be a memorable day where we walk along less used trails bordered by rich native vegetation.

From the top of the hills, we enjoy the views over Odeceixe and the ocean. Along the route one is rarely out of sight or hearing of the many birds that make this countryside their home.

Distance: 16.4km (Opt out at 11km      Ascent/descent:+/-300     highest point: 208m


DAY 5

Zambujeira to Odeceixe walk (Fishermen’s trail)

This wonderful coastal walk passes many isolated beaches on the way to Azenha do Mar, a natural fishing harbour. There are outstanding views throughout the walk, particularly over Odeceixe beach as we pass nearby & follow the valley of the river Seixe into the small town of Odeceixe itself.

Distance: 18km (Opt out at 6.5km      Ascent/descent:+/-250     highest point: 63m


DAY 6

Ribeira de Seixe walk (Historical & Fishermen’s trail)

On this varied walk we mix the historical & the Fishermen’s trail. The Seixe River and the town beach are good reasons for visiting the Odeceixe area.

The Historical route follows the river Seixe as it meanders past gardens and meadows into the small town of Odeceixe itself. From Odeceixe the Fishermen’s trail passes through a maze of wetlands which provide essential habitat for wildlife & then on towards the sea where the waters from Monchique spill abundantly into the ocean.

We then follow the Fishermen trail south along the coast before turning inland to walk through peaceful farmland.

Distance: 15.5km (Opt out at 8.2km      Ascent/descent:+150m/-100      highest point: 101m


DAY 7

Aljezur walk (Historical way/Fishermen’s trail)

This harmonious mix of the Historical & Fishermen’s trails initially crosses pastures and farmland growing sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts and tomatoes, interspersed with areas of pine and eucalyptus trees.

Easy walking underfoot allows us to enjoy the views for miles around with the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west.

Then switching to the Fishermen’s trail, we cross to the beach of Carriagem and follow the coast south to the dramatic mouth of the river Aljezur and the beach of Amoreira finishing in the attractive Moorish town of Aljezur where we have time for a coffee stop and to explore this charming ancient town.

Distance: 15km (Opt out at 9.2km      Ascent/descent:+100m/-200      highest point: 114m


DAY 8

Departure

At convenient time departure from hotel to Airport.
The Hotels
  • Enigma – Nature & Water Hotel **** (or similar)
Surrounded by nature, the Enigma – Nature & Water Hotel **** offers rooms with views and a private bathroom, a flat-screen cable TV, heating and Free WiFi access.

As well as a spa/wellness centre with an indoor pool, the hotel offers also an outdoor pool next to a magnificent terrace with tables, sofas and chairs for relaxing with a coffee or a book.
What's Included

Accommodation:
  • 7 nights in a twin room (four stars hotel)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
Guide:
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
Transport:
  • Tranfers from Faro airport at 12 a.m on first day
  • Tranfers from the Hotel to Faro airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info

The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Faro airport at 12 a.m on arrival and returning to Faro airport at 12 a.m on the last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour we only accept transfers departing from Faro Airport or Faro.

Departure dates:
  • ON REQUEST