The Historical Way of Rota Vicentina - from Santiago do Cacem to Odeceixe (Portugal)

The Historical Way of Rota Vicentina - from Santiago do Cacem to Odeceixe (Portugal)

A walk along the famous Rota Vicentina or The Way of St. Vincent in Southwestern Portugal. Our self-guided walking in Portugal goes along a part of the Rota Vincentina along the south-western coast of sunny Portugal, between Santiago do Cacém and Cape St. Vincent on the verge of Portugal's strip of land. The trails are well-marked and are nearly 350 km long. This historical way takes us to numerous towns and villages.

Santiago do Cacem - with the Roman ruins of Mirobriga
Odemira - a town on the mainland that is connected to the sea via water trails
Odeceixe - cozy village by the opening of the Ribera de Seixe at the border between Algrave and Alentejo


Day 1. Santiago do Cacem
Arrival at Lisbon airport or Faro airport in the Algarve. Overnighting in the Alentejo town of Santiago do Cacém at a guesthouse close to the historical centre and the northern starting point of the Rota Vicentina.

Day 2. Santiago do Cacém - Vale Seco 
Your walk along a stage of the Historical Way through the hills between Santiago do Cacém and Vale Seco begins. Your accommodation for the night is in the converted mill buildings of the 19th century twin windmills, Moinhos do Paneiros, directly on the trail, where you can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool after your walk.
Walking distance: 20 km; walking time: 6-7 hrs ,+350m./- 480m.

Day 3. Vale Seco - Cercal do Alentejo 
Today's walk passes by Campilhas Dam & Reservoir on what is considered to be the most arrid stage of the Historical Way. The night will be spent at an art nouveau style guesthouse in the centre of the village. 
Walking distance: 21 km; walking time: 5,5-6 hrs, +200m. / - 250m.

Day 4. Cercal do Alentejo - São Luis 
The path goes through the "serras" with views to the coast and inland over the Alentejo plains. The night will be spent at a rural guesthouse in a typical Alentejano style farmhouse just outside the village, with views over the "Alentejo Montado".
Walking distance: 21 km; walking time: 6-7 hrs, +500м./ -500м.

Day 5. São Luis - Odemira 
This part of the route is known as the water section of the Historical Way, where there is an optional but recommended side trail to Pego da Pias pools. The night will be spent at a family owned pension in the centre of Odemira.
Walking distance: 25 km; walking time: 7-8 hrs, +300м. / -450м.

Day 6. Odemira - São Teotónio
Much of the route follows wide trails with mild ascents and descents beside the rivers Mira and S. Teotonio and their sidestreams, with their crystal clear waters which are host to a variety of wildlife, including dragonflies, crayfish and otters. The night will be spent in a small rural guesthouse just outside the town, where you can take a dip in the swimming pool after a day on the dusty trails.
Walking distance: 19 km; walking time: 6 hrs, +350м. / - 220м.

Day 7. São Teotónio - Odeceixe 
A walk along some inhospitable but truly memorable trails, climbing from valleys, rich in native vegetation, through quiet forests to open plateaus and hilltops with views of the Atlantic coast .You will spend the night at a small guest house close to the river in Odeceixe.
Walking distance: 17 km; walking time: 5,5-6 hrs, + 350м./ - 550м.

* During and after periods of heavy rain, part of the trail may be waterlogged. There is a marked alternative route.Walking distance: 15 km , walking time: 5.5 - 6h., + 200m / - 400m.

Day 8. Departure
Departure on your own from Odeceixe to Lisbon or Faro airport.

NB! The higher price band applies to stays during 8 April – 19 April Easter holidays.

Practical information: ►You can fly to Lisbon Airport. There are shuttle buses between Lisbon airport and the city and bus transport to Santiago do Cacem. There is a direct bus from Odeceixe to Lisbon ►The tour is not available in July and August as it is too hot, nor in the Christmas/New Year's period.

Recommended travel period of the year: April - June, September - October

Necessary equipment: sturdy walking boots and walking socks, a small rucksack, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, rainwear and insect repellent.

Price Includes:
7 overnights at family owned gueshouses with breakfast in a double room with ensuite facilities
luggage transfer
walk information pack in English
24-hour telephone service
6 simple packed lunches + 1,5 l water; 1 dinner on day 2(excluding alcohol)
personal accident insurance (please
send your birthdate for that when booking the tour)

Not Included:
flight tickets
personal insurance
transfer from/to airport
meals,not mentioned in the program,personal expenses
entrance fees

Additional Services:
if you are travelling alone (1 person),you have to pay solo departure fee on top of the basic price: 120 EUR from 1 February – 14 May & from 1 October –30 November
130 EUR from 15 May – 30 Jun & 11 – 30 September
for Extra nights in Cacem ,Odeceixe and S. Luis : on request


The Historical Way of Rota Vicentina - from Santiago do Cacem to Odeceixe (Portugal) (Rated 4.76 / 5 Based on 379 Reviews.)

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

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