Start: Zambujeira do Mar Finish: Villa Do Bispo
Arrival in the Algarve, at the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar.
Challenge: Travel to Portugal
Villages along the way: Zambujeira do Mar
This morning you start off with a short taxi transfer to the village of Almograve. Your 7-hour walk along the way-marked foot path "Rota Vicentina" takes you along the coast, via Cavalheiro and the lighthouse at Cape Sardao, enjoying espectacular cliffs on the way back to Zambujeira de Mar. If you feel a bit tired, just ask the taxi driver to drop you off in Cavalheiro (9km less)
Challenge: 5,5-6 hrs, 20,7 km, 175m ascent.
Villages along the way: Cavalheiro
Today you follow again part of the Rota Vicentina along the coast. Rolling dunes alternate with rocky shores where storks nest. Along beaches, by way of the fishing village at Azenha do Mar, you do a 5-hour walk to reach the rural town of Odeceixe.
Challenge: 5,5-6 hrs, 20 km, 220m ascent.
Villages along the way: Azhena, Odeceixe
Today you follow the Rota Vicentina inland to the Medieval town of Aljezur. First along an irrigitation canal as it winds through varied agriculture fields and then through an open landscape of heather and fragant shrubs. If you prefer the coast, you can take a detour to Praia Amoreira, spend some time there and then order a taxi (not incl. only 5km). Your modern hotel in Aljezur has a small swimming pool and is conveniently close to one of the best restaurants in town.
Challenge: 5/6 hrs, 17,5/22km, 145/150 m ascent.
Villages along the way: Aljezur
Again, your route choice for the day will depend on the tides, but whatever you do, the day starts with a short taxi ride to the fishing village of Arrifana. If tides are low, you can walk along rocky strands and sandy beaches. If water levels are high, you take an alternate route further inland via Bordeira to Carrapateira. Afternoon transfer to your accommodation
Challenge: 5/7 hrs, 15,5/19/24 km, 175/325 m ascent.
Villages along the way: Arrifana, Bordeira, Carrapateira, Aldeia da Pedralva
After a short transfer to Carrapateira, you walk from the hotel in Carrapateira to the hotel in Vila do Obispo. In between sections on the coast and others inland, depending on the tides. Near the start of the walk, you’ll have a good chance of spotting fishermen perched high on the cliffs. Your route ends in historic Vila do Bispo, where you sepnd the night at a lovely hotel with indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Challenge: 6-6,5 hrs, 19 km, 400 m ascent.
Villages along the way: Carrapateira, Vila do Bispo
The last hike takes you through pastures and fields to the most South-western point of Portugal. You walk along a flat track and narrow fishermen’s paths above rocky shores. If the weather is warm, option of stopping for a swim at ‘Praia do Ponto Ruiva’. This last walk of the trip ends at windy Cape Sao Vicente with sweeping views of the ocean. Taxi transfer back to your hotel in Vila do Bispo.
Challenge: 4-4,5 hrs, 14 km, 150 m ascent.
Villages along the way: Vila do Bispo
After breakfast your arrangement ends.
Challenge: Travel from Portugal
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability. In December and January a few hotels might close for their annual holidays.
In Summer, specially from 23/06 to 28/08 it can be too hot. Some hotels also ask for a minimum stay, which would imply the need of booking extra nights in any of the standard accommodations or changes in the program to have the booking confirmed.
Arrival in Zambujeira do Mar
From Lisbon airport. Shuttle bus from Lisbon airport to Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon city centre. Then take bus from Lisbon-Sete Rios bus station to Zambujeira with company Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt)
From Faro airport. Shuttle bus from Faro airport to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviario – EVA bus company). If you are flying with TAP, you can make use of their free shuttle service.
From Faro Bus Station you travel first to Portimão (Timetables at www.eva-bus.com)
From Portimão you take the Rede Expressos bus to São Teotónio. Then from Sao Teotónio, you take a taxi to your accommodation in Zambujeira
Departure from Vila do Bispo
To Lisbon airport: From Vila do Bispo you travel with EVA to the bus station (terminal) in Lagos (30 to 45 minutes) or take a taxi from Vila do Bispo to Lagos. Then take a bus to Lisbon and then a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport.
To Faro airport; From Vila do Bispo, you can travel with EVA to the bus station in Lagos (‘terminal’) or take a taxi. From Lagos, you take the bus / train to Faro. From Faro bus station / train station to Faro Airport you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.
Optional airport transfers
Private taxi transfers can be booked from/to the airport (Lisbon-LIS or Faro-FAO) through S-cape Travel. Prices on request
GPS tracks are available on request.
We have finished the tour and would like to thank you for a very good job with all the information and organization. We will pass your name to our friends as well. We loved the hotel at Zambujeria and the one in Carrapateria. The one in Vila do Bispo is ok but we like the smaller ones – maybe in Sagres instead.
From de UK
We particularly enjoyed the Casas do Moinho for its facilities, food and accommodation.
What a fantastic holiday we had!
The scenery was fantastic, the weather was great and the walking was lovely. Also, all the arrangements made by S-Cape were perfect, including both the accommodation and the taxi transfers for us and our luggage. We were also really grateful for and impressed by the help you gave us on the first day when we arrived and the package with the route information was missing, right at the beginning of the Easter weekend. We really appreciated your efforts in tracking it down.
It's the first time we've booked a holiday like this (usually we just make all our own arrangements for accommodation, etc and research the route ourselves) but if we ever decide to do something similar, we will definitely consider S-Cape.
Many thanks for all your efforts to make it memorable and enjoyable. It was a totally positive experience.
Enjoyed the sea panoramas and the energy of the ocean, we had quite windy weather and rain at times. Acacia forests were nice, most memorable experience was the scent of the plant life, rosemary, thyme, acacia, etc. and also the wold flowers.