Beautiful Atlantic Coast 8-Day Walking Tour
Come walk with us along Portugal’s Atlantic coast from the culturally rich Lisbon region down to the Algarve on the southern coast. We offer you the unique daily privilege of enjoying awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic seascape as well as visits to remote unspoiled beaches. On our trek we’ll hike by centuries-old palaces and castles as well as charming whitewashed villages with inviting plazas and cafés that will give you an authentic taste of the southern European lifestyle. Our tour comes to an end near Lagos, at the towering cliffs of the Sagres promontory, where ships departed from Prince Henry the Navigator’s sailing school in a quest to discover far off lands.
|Trip - Walking Tour:||Beautiful Atlantic Coast Walking Tour|
|Dates 2014:||There are many departure dates. Please contact us.|
|Length:||8 days / 7 nights|
|Accommodation:||Premium accommodation: luxurious and charming historical hotels/inns|
|Meals:||All breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine, and 2 picnic lunches.|
|Single Supplement:||90 USD / night|
|Daily mileage:||6 - 16 km / day, with optional distances daily.|
|Level:||Easy to moderate|
|Interests:||Views, food & wine, nature, monuments and beaches.|
|Arrive / Depart:||Lisbon, Portugal|
Beautiful Atlantic Coast 8-Day Walking Tour
Price: $ 3,449 USD
- Nature: the views, turquoise colors of the Atlantic ocean, coastal flora and fauna
- Sintra: palaces, castle, lush scenery and pastries.
- Cabo da Roca: the view from the most westerly point in Europe.
- Serra da Arrábida: natural park with spectacular sea views and convent.
- The Rota Vicentina coastal trail from the Alentejo coast to the Algarve
- Azeitão: cheese, wine-tasting; hand-painted tile-making workshop.
- Vila Nova de Milfontes: a lovely whitewashed seaside village.
- Sagres: stunning cliffs marking the most southwesterly point in Europe.
- Algarve region: beaches, fig and almond trees, pottery.
- Great seafood from start to finish: grilled fish, shellfish, Iberian black pork; tasty Portuguese wines.
- 8 days / 7 nights in charming inns and hotels (mostly 4-star)
- 6 dinners featuring regional cuisine with wine
- 2 picnic lunches
- All breakfasts
- Support vehicle (with water / sports drink, fruits, snacks, trail mix, etc.)
- Highly experienced and enthusiastic multilingual guides
- If anyone wants to walk separated from the guided group, full use of easy to use GPS with routes
- Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
- Sight-seeing at relevant monuments (including entrance fees)
- Baggage transfers and handling
- Transfers from / to Lisbon at the start / end of the tour.
Day 1: Sintra
We begin our tour with 9am pick up at the Lisbon airport or downtown hotel, with a subsequent short transfer to Sintra. After dropping off our bags at our hotel, we will set off to discover this romantic mountain village nestled in a natural park that is also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is a monument to the harmony between the man-made – palaces, manor houses and gardens – and nature itself with forests and ocean views. Today we will show you Sintra by foot and a selection of the local monuments including a visit to the town’s main palace. Picnic lunch included. Tonight, you have a quiet dinner and lodgings in Lawrence’s Hotel, the longest continuously running hotel in the Iberian Peninsula.
Walk: between 2.5 m ( 4 km) to 4 m (10 km). Driving before walk: 40 min. Terrain: stone steps, some uneven packed earth trails surfaces due to roots.
Day 2: Sintra
Today, after a short transfer to the coast, we’ll walk along ocean trails hidden in the coastal flora, to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in the European continent. From this windswept landscape we’ll marvel at the views of the wild Atlantic waves and the local fisherman perched on the cliffs. After our hike you’ll have a chance to continue to explore Sintra.
Tonight we’ll sleep in the same hotel and dine on delicious local specialties such as roasted duck rice and fresh grilled fish. Our dinners always include wine, since this is an important part of any meal in Portugal.
Walk: Magoito beach (or Praia Grande) -> Cabo da Roca. Distance: 4.8 m or 8.9 miles (14.3 km). Terrain: dirt and rock trails among coastal vegetation.
Day 3: Cascais
Today we transfer to the top of the mountain and visit the contemplative moss-covered Capuchos Convent built completely from local materials by Franciscan monks. We’ll then head towards the dramatic location of Peninha Sanctuary and walk downhill on trails and then along a pedestrian boardwalk all the way to the attractive fishing town and tourist resort of Cascais. The views will inspire you today.
We end the walk in Cascais and have time to see the town, the fishing market and to eat some of the best artisanal ice cream around. Tonight we’ll stay in the center of Cascais. Free dinner for you to explore on your own.
Walk: Peninha –> Guincho beach or Cascais. Distance: 4.9 m or 11 m (18 km). Terrain: packed dirt and rocky trails among coast vegetation, some sections prickly. Drive: 10 min. to convent.
Day 4: Arrábida Natural Park
After visiting the farmer’s market in Cascais and choosing food for our picnic we’ll sit back and take 1-hour transfer over the Tejo River on the 25 de Abril Bridge to the spectacular Natural Park of Arrábida, where we’ll hike by a magical 16th century convent and sanctuary and then down to the tiny bay and beach of Portinho da Arrábida at the foot of the mountain. The landscape today is distinctly different from previous days offering with pine forests, turquoise waters, the home of a dolphin pod, rocky bays and views of the sandy spit of land called Troia in the distance.
Tonight, we’ll stay in Vila Nova de Milfontes after a van transfer. Group dinner.
Walk: Arrábida Natural Park (includes picnic) to Portinho da Arrábida. Distance: 6.5 m (10.5 km). Terrain: packed dirt and rock trails in forest, fields and coastal shrubbery. Drive to hotel: 1h45m
Day 5: Zambujeira do Mar
Today we will walk along the Rota Vicentina, a coastal hiking trail fishermen frequent to reach the choice fishing spots hidden nestled among the cliffs and beaches taking us to some of Southern Europe’s wildest stretch of coast. After a short transfer to Almograve we will meander our way along the cliffs and get to see stork’s nests and the fossilized remains of a mangrove swamp. For those who prefer a less strenuous hike, our destination is Cabo Sardão (Cape Sardão), otherwise you can continue on to the famous surfing beach town of Zambujeira do Mar set high on the cliffs, where we lodge tonight. Group dinner at a seafood restaurant.
Walk: Almograve or Cabo Sardão –> Zambujeira do Mar. Distance: 7.2 m to 14.6 m (23.5 km)
Terrain: trail surface consists mostly of red sandstone today, with gently climbs and descents. Drive to trail head: 10 min.
Day 6: Odeceixe
We will stroll right out of our hotel back to the Rota Vicentina coastal trail and continue along the coast enjoying the sea breezes and sweeping views. Our route takes us to Odeceixe beach on the Seixe river delta, which marks the border between the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal. Tonight we stay in the tiny southern village of Salema, a quaint village on a sheltered beach. Group dinner.
Walk: Zambujeira do Mar –> Odeceixe. Distance: 8.1 m (13 km)
Terrain: trails, beach walking, sandy paths, mostly flat. Drive to hotel following hike: 45 min.
Day 7: Sagres
Our final hike begins at Salema beach, where brightly colored fishing boats are still launched from its golden sands by a tractor. En route to Sagres, the trail takes us through fields of wildflowers in the spring and past steep shale cliffs along the southern Algarve coast. The beauty of Algarve beaches, many of them nearly deserted, the unspoiled coastline, the pristine bays, and the towering cliffs are visual delights. Many of the locals still devote their time to the sea and land, taking advantage of nature’s abundance which results in varied and tasty cuisine. Sagres is one of the few places in the Algarve region where the wilderness, in conjunction with a rich historical and cultural heritage, remains intact. Group dinner.
Walk: Salema Beach –» Sagres, 10 miles (16.2 km) or Ingrina Beach – Sagres 5.5 miles (8.9 km). Terrain: coastal paths, sandy paths, beach walking, rolling trails with some steeper sections.
Day 8: Sagres
Today is our farewell day. After breakfast there is a 3-hour van transfer to Lisbon where we will arrive at around 12 noon, in time for afternoon flights.