Portugal's Rota Vicentina
Portugal, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
Day 1: We rendezvous at the group hotel in the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar. KE Land Only package services begin with a timed, group transfer from Faro Airport. In the evening we meet our guide who will brief us on the week ahead and we take dinner at the hotel or a nearby restaurant. Overnight at the group hotel in Zambujeira do Mar.
Day 2: After a short transfer to the village of Almogravo we walk back to Zambujeira along fisherman's trails. This walk takes us along the coast, via Cavaleiro and the lighthouse at Cape Sardao, with dramatic cliff-top scenery. Approximate walk distance: 20km. Approximate ascent: 130m. Approximate walking time: 7 hours. We spend a second night at Zambujeira. Accommodation in Zambujeira
Day 3: We return to the coast where we left off yesterday and walk along beaches and by way of the fishing village at Azenha do Mar, to reach the rural town of Odeceixe. Today's walk features beautiful dune areas and sections of rocky coastline where storks nest. From Odeceixe we have a short transfer to the group hotel in Vale de Telha for a swim in the pool. Distance: 16km. Ascent: 120m. Time: 5 hours.
Day 4: Today we walk direct from our hotel through the countryside to the coastal village of Monte Clerigo which has a very pleasant sandy beach. We can have some time swimming here or we can extend the walk a further 2.5 hours along the coast to Arrifana before returning to our hotel. Distance:15km. Ascent: 100m. Time: 4 hours
Day 5: We transfer to Arrifana and follow the beautiful coast line of the Costa Vicentina. If the tide is high we take the long distance footpath 'Rota Vicentina' through the quiet hinterland, with Mediterranean woods, open fields and small villages. By either route we reach the beach at Carrapateira before continuing to our hotel. 17 - 20km. 160m. 5 - 7 hours.
Day 6: Starting from Carrapateira we continue south on the Rota Vicentina, with sections of coastal walking and others inland, depending on the tides. Near the start of the walk we are likely to see fishermen perched high on ledges on the sea cliffs. Today's walk ends in historic town of Vila do Bispo where we check into our comfortable hotel. 19.5km. 340m. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 7: We walk through pastures and fields along the coast, stopping for a swim at 'Praia do Ponto Ruiva'. We walk on mainly level tracks and narrow fishermen's paths above rocky shores. This last walk of the holiday ends at windy Cape Sao Vicente with sweeping views of the ocean. Transfer back to Vila do Bispo. 14.5km. 150m. 5 hours.
Day 8: After an early breakfast, we have a transfer back to Faro Airport where KE Land Only package services end.