Portugal | THE SOUTHWESTERN SCENIC COASTAL TREK

Visit picture-perfect villages, golden sandy dunes, and dramatic beaches.

Portugal Flag
  • Boat in Portugal
  • Almograve, Odemira, Portugal Coastline
  • Hiking in Southwestern Portugal
  • Rock formation on Southwestern Portugal coastal trek
  • Hikers in Portugal
  • Portugal cave
  • Portugal castle
  • Portugal boardwalk
  • Portugal beach

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike along the unspoiled Atlantic coastline on the Fishermen's Trail
  • Visit old, charming, picturesque fishing villages
  • Dine on delicious, regional wine, cheeses, meats, and pastries

Our week-long trip to the Southwestern Coast of Portugal offers an opportunity to visit picture-perfect whitewashed villages, golden sandy dunes, and beaches dotted with dramatic black shale rocks. The rugged cliffs, crashing Atlantic waves, natural parks, and an unspoiled coastline make for a wonderfully diverse trek.

Over the course of the week, you hike along the coastline and stop in the small, treasured resort of Almograve, home to the biggest and best-known beach in the area. A hike through the laid-back village of Carvoeiro gives you a peek at the beautiful whitewashed architecture this area is known for. The small horseshoe-shaped beach is the town’s jewel, and features lovely villas set into the hillsides beyond. Another coastal hike takes you to Zambujeira do Mar, where you will want to be sure to visit the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar to get dramatic views of the coast. The final hike that follows the historic Fishermen’s Trail takes you through two more picturesque beach towns to the finest viewpoint in the region above Odeceixe Beach.

As you hike between villages, enjoy the flowers and wildlife of the region, and watch farmers and fishermen at work.

Throughout your journey, there are plenty of opportunities to dine on delicious, regional cuisine. Considering Southwest Portugal’s closeness to the mouth of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no wonder seafood dominates the main dishes of this region. You will also delight in the cured meats, cheeses, pastries, and wines.

Your accommodations include a variety of lodging, from 4-star hotels, to family-run inns. All the hotels and inns are selected for their comfort, cuisine, regional flavor, and friendliness.

Trip Itinerary

Ryder-Walker will provide transfer from Lisbon to Vila Nova de Milfontes, a lovely and laid-back coastal village located in the heart of the beautiful Alentejo coastline. We base out of this beautifully whitewashed and cobbled street village for two days as we embark on the historical Fishermen’s Trail.

After a quick transfer to the official start of the Fishermen’s Trail just north in Porto Covo, we embark on our coastal journey south through the dunes, deserted beaches, and coves of the Costa Vicentina; the last wild coast in Europe. Vila Nova de Milfontes will be a welcome respite a er a day of sandy coastal walking.

We leave the comforts of our hotel and head out of town across the bridge to rejoin the Fishermen’s Trail. A wider path awaits us today and the scents of pine, eucalyptus, and the hearty coastal vegetation dominate the air. Our hike ends on the lovely beach in Almograve, before a short transfer to our hotel.

Wander through red-hued sand dunes and cliffs harboring more than 20 species of birds nesting, including the Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, and White Stork. Passing through the tiny village of Cavaleiro we eventually stroll back into the tranquil village of Zambujeira do Mar and on to our well-appointed hotel.

Continuing along the Fishermen’s Trail, we pass the beaches of Alteirinhos, Carvalhal, Machados, and Amalia en route to the natural fishing harbor of Azenha do Mar. From one of the finest viewpoints in the region we look down upon the stunning beach of Odeciexe, which is our final destination for the day.

Leaving behind the Fishermen’s Trail, your guide will choose an appropriate outing on one of the trails on the Historical Way or possibly the Circular Route, all of which are part of the greater Rota Vicentina covering the entire Southwest Alentejo region. Following the hike, we transfer south into the Algarve region to the spectacular and historic coastal village of Lagos, located on the very southern tip of the Portuguese coast.

On our final hiking day we embark on one of the most classic trails in the Algarve. Covering some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in Europe, if not the world, we wander along the rugged coast, exploring the beautifully carved rock formations. Midway through our day we have the chance to take a private boat to really get up close and personal with this amazing coastline. Spend another night at our hotel in Lagos.

THE SOUTHWESTERN SCENIC COASTAL TREK | Portugal

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