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Along the Costa Vicentina

Alentejo - golden sands & honey-coloured cliffs
 

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.

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

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Costa Vicentina

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.
 
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Itinerary

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  • 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
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  • 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
    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: 15.5km, 5hrs
    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 can choose to walk if you wish - add 1.5hrs), 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 continuing to the Praia da Amália, where a stream cascades down onto the beach, and heading inland to Brejão and the Cerca do Sul.
    Odeceixe to Brejão: 15.5km
    Odeceixe to Brejão
  • Brejão to Touril: 17km, 6.5hrs
    You start the day by retracing your pretty inland route back 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: 17km
    Brejão to Touril
  • Touril to Longueira: 21km, 6.5hrs; shorter option finishing by taxi: 19km, 6hrs
    The section of coast which you explore on this walk is famed for the storks which nest along the cliffs, and the bays of wet sand that reflect the sky. After ambling through the Herdade do Touril's grounds, you pick up a track that leads to the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão, gaining better and better coastal views as you head north (we suggest several worthwhile detours to wonderful viewpoints in our walk notes). Having passed the lighthouse, you head inland briefly before rejoining the coastal path, which winds its way through pine woodland and then over an area of rolling sand dunes to reach a narrow coastal road and the golden beach of Almograve. Here, you turn inland once more (or call a taxi) to the Monte Novo da Longueira in the quintessentially Portuguese hamlet of Longueira.
    Touril to Longueira: 21km
    Touril to Longueira
  • Longueira to Vila Nova, via bridge: 17.5km, 5.5hrs; shorter option, taking ferry: 13km, 4hrs
    Leaving Longueira, you cross pastureland and rich agricultural estates to reach a pretty coastal track that is alternately fringed by dunes and open views to the sea. It is well worth making a detour to the 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.
    Longueira to Vila Nova, via bridge: 17.5km
    Longueira to Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo: 20km, 6hrs
    Your journey along the Costa Vicentina ends with a glorious walk along clifftops and across sand dunes to the fishing harbour at Porto Covo, with chance to relax on the three-kilometre-long beach of Malhão. As you leave Vila Nova, 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 Tres Marias, where you spend your final night. After visiting the owner's pet ostrich and donkeys, enjoy one last dinner on the terrace of this stylish hotel - a great spot at which to reflect on the rugged beauty of Alentejo's coastline.
    Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo: 20km
    Porto Covo, where your walk ends
 

Accommodation

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

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 05 November 2019 & 01 March 2020 - 13 June 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 14 Sep 2019 £995 £405
    15 - 27 Sep 2019 £935 £345
    28 Sep - 29 Oct 2019 £895 £330
    1 - 28 Mar 2020 £835 £298
    29 Mar - 6 Apr 2020 £875 £345
    7 - 16 Apr 2020 £898 £360
    17 Apr - 28 May 2020 £875 £345
    29 May - 6 Jun 2020 £898 £360
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    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: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £10
    Superior in Casa Principal: 01 Oct - 05 Nov 2019 £12
    Superior in Casa Principal: 01 Mar - 13 Jun 2020 £12
    Tres Marias, Porto Covo
    Mezzanine: 01 Sep - 05 Nov 2019 £18
    Mezzanine: 01 Mar - 13 Jun 2020 £18

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

    Herdade do Touril, Touril (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £125 £210
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £115 £195
    01 Nov - 05 Nov 2019 £98 £158
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £98 £158
    01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £115 £195
    01 Jun - 13 Jun 2020 £125 £210
    Casa do Adro, Vila Nova de Milfontes (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £58 £104
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £50 £90
    01 Nov - 05 Nov 2019 £46 £80
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £46 £80
    01 Apr - 08 Apr 2020 £50 £90
    09 Apr - 15 Apr 2020 £58 £104
    16 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £50 £90
    Tres Marias, Porto Covo (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 05 Nov 2019 £100 £150
    01 Mar - 30 Apr 2020 £100 £150
    01 May - 13 Jun 2020 £105 £153
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Faro or Lisbon

    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,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Faro Flybe,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Faro easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Lisbon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Faro Flybe,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Faro Flybe,  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
    Exeter - Faro Flybe 
    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 
    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,  Norwegian,  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 British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Faro easyJet,  TUI 
    Luton - Lisbon easyJet 
    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,  TUI 
    Newcastle - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Faro Flybe 
    Norwich - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Faro Flybe 
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Faro

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Faro to Funcheira (1h30), taxi Funcheira to hotel (1h) £46 1530
    bus Faro to Ourique (2h, pay locally), taxi Ourique to hotel (1h15) £40 1530
    taxi Faro airport to hotel (1h30) £62 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Funcheira (1h), rail Funcheira to Faro (1h30) £40 1600
    taxi hotel to Ourique (1h15), bus Ourique to Faro (2h, pay locally) £36 1600
    taxi hotel to Faro airport (2h) £85 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) £52 1530
    bus Lisbon to Odeceixe (3h30, pay locally), taxi Odeceixe to hotel (0h05) £5 1530
    taxi Lisbon airport to hotel (2h30) £112 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Funcheira (1h), rail Funcheira to Lisbon Oriente (2h) £48 1300
    hotel transfer to Cercal Alentejo (0h15), bus Cercal Alentejo to Lisbon (2h30-3h, pay locally) £10 1600
    taxi hotel to Lisbon airport (2h) £90 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    5 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 2 & 6
 
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FAQs

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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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