Along the Costa Vicentina

Alentejo - golden sands & honey-coloured cliffs

Holiday Highlights

The scenery | Unspoiled coast in a protected natural park: surf beaches and wild seas.
Maritime storks | Nesting in season on every available perch.
The natural bounty | Extraordinary coastal flowers – sea holly and sea daffodils, birds, and song.
The food | Delicious suppers at each day’s end and fish restaurants along the way.

Along the Costa Vicentina. 7 nights
Along the Costa Vicentina. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday on the Costa Vicentina

Journey through wild, unspoiled coastal scenery and timeless fishing villages while your luggage is transported ahead. Highlights of this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday include the glorious sunsets over the Atlantic, delicious seafood, and the charming mix of accommodation.
To explore a truly wild coastal landscape, choose this spectacular walk which reveals the haunting beauty of Portugal's south-western coast. Here, on the Costa Vicentina - Europe's largest coastal natural park - virgin beaches backed by dunes and dramatic cliffs are washed by a restless ocean. The sunsets over the Atlantic are superb, and by day the plentiful sunshine shows the colours of the landscape to best effect: the white-and-blue houses, the turquoise sea, the honey-coloured cliffs, red fishing boats, golden sands, green cliff-tops...

The pace of life here is refreshingly unhurried, and the beaches largely deserted, attracting egrets and turtles. The sleepy, whitewashed fishing villages offer a glimpse of a way of life that has remained unchanged for decades, and hide rural hotels of great charm and character, which range from luxurious ranch-style hotels to pristine townhouses. Late spring is a particularly special time, when pink thrift carpets the dunes and Europe's only marine stork colony nests on precarious sea stacks buffeted by the waves.



The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    March to June is the best time for flowers.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 14 15 16 17 20 23 26 26 25 21 17 15
    mm 105 83 62 51 35 21 4 5 20 64 95 107
  • Arrival in Odeceixe
    Night 1: at Casa Vicentina, near the small town of Odeceixe (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk via Odeceixe: 13.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 145m
    Your first walk is a delightful introduction to the wonderful scenery of coastal Alentejo, initially taking you along quiet lanes and dusty tracks to reach the coast where you may possibly get your first glimpse of the region's famous cliff-nesting storks. You follow the sandy cliff path as it winds its way north through herb-scented scrub before dropping down to the beach of Praia de Odeceixe. Heading inland along the river, you soon reach the small town of Odeceixe, where you can relax over refreshments before heading back to your hotel via a narrow canal that winds through fields dotted with farms. 
    Circular walk via Odeceixe: 13.5km
    The route around Odeceixe
  • Odeceixe to Brejão: 11km / 3hrs 50mins; 335m ascent, 280m descent
    Featuring the estuary, clifftops, sea stacks and a traditional fishing hamlet, today's route is reasonably long but an excellent walk along the coast. After a short transfer to nearby Odeceixe, you walk through a cork-fringed river valley to reach the Atlantic. Paths and sandy tracks lead along the coast, past viewpoints overlooking precarious sea stacks which are often topped with nesting maritime storks if you come during the breeding season. You reach the authentic fishing hamlet of Azenha do Mar, with a pebble cove fronted by more sea stacks. Linger here, perhaps, to enjoy a tasty fish lunch accompanied by a refreshing glass of vinho verde, before heading inland to the Casa de Seiceira near Brejão.
    Odeceixe to Brejão: 11km
    Odeceixe to Brejão
  • Brejão to Touril: 13km/4hrs 45mins; 270m ascent, 270m descent
    You start the day by returning to the coast for new views of the waterfall-backed Praia da Amália. Then you continue northwards, emerging from farmland and woodland to discover a marvellous stretch of coast characterised by glorious sandy bays and dramatic headlands. You may wish to pause for refreshments  and admire the beach of the laid-back resort of Zambujeira do Mar before a final stretch along a country road to the Herdade do Touril.
    Brejão to Touril: 13km
    Brejão to Touril
  • Touril to Vila Nova de Milfontes, via bridge: 16km, 5hrs; ascent 255m/descent 265m; shorter option, taking ferry: 11.5km, 3.5hrs
    Today begins with a transfer to the beach at Almograve, from where you follow the Rota Vicentina along a pretty coastal track that is alternately fringed by dunes and open views to the sea. It’s well worth detouring along the way to visit Praia do Brejo Largo, whose long expanse of golden sand, backed by low cliffs, certainly lives up to its name. On reaching the broad estuary of the River Mira, you can join the road and cross by the bridge, or enjoy a short ferry ride (pay locally) to the far bank – a very pleasant way to arrive the unhurried town of Vila Nova de Milfontes and Casa do Adro. Take time on arrival to stroll around the old quarter and harbour, which takes on an animated buzz when the fishing fleet lands its catch.
    Touril to Vila Nova de Milfontes, via bridge: 16km
    Touril to Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo: 20km, 6.5hrs; ascent 340m/descent 345m
    Your journey along the Costa Vicentina continues with this glorious walk along clifftops and across sand dunes to the fishing harbour at Porto Covo, with the chance to relax on the three-kilometre-long beach of Malhão. As you leave Vila Nova de Milfontes, the landscape becomes more rugged and remote, with sandy footpaths weaving amid the dunes. You pass isolated farms and quiet coves before reaching the fortress at Pessegueiro which overlooks Peachtree Island. On arrival in Porto Covo, enjoy a well-earned drink in one of the small bars before your taxi takes you a few miles inland to the delightfully tranquil Três Marias, where you spend your final two nights.
    Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo: 20km
    Approaching Porto Covo
  • Around Três Marias: 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent 200m/descent 280m
    You may decide to spend your last day relaxing in the extensive grounds of the guesthouse, where there’s an outdoor pool to enjoy in good weather, but we also provide notes for a final walk which explores the picturesque countryside close to Três Marias. Beginning with a transfer (pay locally) to the market town of Cercal, this route is nicely varied: after ascending through a series of smallholdings, it traverses eucalyptus plantations and a natural, cork oak forest to return to Três Marias via the wild pastures of the plain. Before you depart the following day, there’s time to enjoy one final delicious dinner and to reflect on the rugged beauty of this very special corner of Portugal.
    Around Três Marias: 11km
    Your route winds through cork oak forests


Besides the scenery, one of the real highlights of this holiday is the charming accommodation.

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  • 7 nights: 10 March 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024, 01 March 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Mar - 10 Apr 2024 £1080 £335
    11 - 19 Apr 2024 £1165 £350
    20 Apr - 28 May 2024 £1245 £355
    29 May - 23 Jun 2024 £1295 £370
    1 - 14 Sep 2024 £1345 £395
    15 - 27 Sep 2024 £1295 £370
    28 Sep - 24 Oct 2024 £1185 £350
    1 Mar - 10 Apr 2025 £1125 £350
    11 - 19 Apr 2025 £1215 £365
    20 Apr - 28 May 2025 £1295 £370
    29 May - 23 Jun 2025 £1350 £385
    1 - 14 Sep 2025 £1400 £415
    15 - 27 Sep 2025 £1350 £385
    28 Sep - 24 Oct 2025 £1235 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50 to -£52
    Single traveller supplement £50 to £52

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Herdade do Touril, Touril
    Superior in Casa Principal: 10 Mar - 15 Jun 2024 £15
    Superior in Casa Principal: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £15
    Superior in Casa Principal: 01 Mar - 15 Jun 2025 £16
    Superior in Casa Principal: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £16
    Tres Marias, Porto Covo
    Mezzanine: 10 Mar - 15 Jun 2024 £24
    Mezzanine: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £24
    Mezzanine: 01 Mar - 15 Jun 2025 £25
    Mezzanine: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Herdade do Touril, Touril (with dinner) Double room Single room
    10 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £121 £201
    01 Apr - 31 May 2024 £145 £248
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2024 £160 £270
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £161 £271
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £145 £248
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £130 £213
    01 Apr - 31 May 2025 £155 £262
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2025 £170 £284
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £170 £284
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £155 £262
    Casa do Adro, Vila Nova de Milfontes (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £62 £106
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2024 £66 £119
    06 Apr - 12 Apr 2024 £73 £135
    13 Apr - 15 Jun 2024 £66 £119
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £80 £142
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £70 £125
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £64 £110
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2025 £69 £124
    06 Apr - 12 Apr 2025 £76 £140
    13 Apr - 15 Jun 2025 £69 £124
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £83 £147
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £73 £130
    Faro or Lisbon
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Faro Ryanair,  TUI 
    Aberdeen - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Lisbon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Lisbon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Faro TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Lisbon easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Glasgow - Lisbon Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Faro easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Lisbon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Faro British Airways 
    London City - Lisbon TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Faro British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Gatwick - Lisbon Air Europa,  Azores Airlines (SATA),  easyJet,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Faro British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Heathrow - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Heathrow - Lisbon Azores Airlines (SATA),  British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Faro easyJet,  TUI 
    Luton - Lisbon easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Faro easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Faro British Airways,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Lisbon Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Lisbon easyJet,  Ryanair,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Manchester - Lisbon (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Newcastle - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Faro

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Faro to Ourique (2h, pay locally), taxi Ourique to hotel (1h15) £55-£57 1530
    rail Faro to Funcheira (1h30), taxi Funcheira to hotel (1h) £64-£67 1530
    taxi Faro airport to hotel (1h30) £81-£84 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Ourique (1h15), bus Ourique to Faro (2h, pay locally) £48-£50 1600
    taxi hotel to Funcheira (1h), rail Funcheira to Faro (1h30) £55-£57 1600
    taxi hotel to Faro airport (2h) £110-£114 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Lisbon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Lisbon Oriente to Funcheira (2h), taxi Funcheira to hotel (1h) £68-£71 1530
    taxi Lisbon airport to hotel (2h30) £143-£150 flexible
    bus Lisbon to Odeceixe (3h30, pay locally), taxi Odeceixe to hotel (0h05) £9 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Cercal Alentejo (0h15), bus Cercal Alentejo to Lisbon (2h30-3h, pay locally) £15-£16 1600
    taxi hotel to Funcheira (1h), rail Funcheira to Lisbon Oriente (2h) £62-£64 1300
    taxi hotel to Lisbon airport (2h) £116-£121 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfers on days 2, 4 & 5

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Portugal, Madeira and the Azores, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is Portuguese. The currency is the Euro. Portuguese time is the same as GMT/UTC. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on the same time as BST.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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