Hiking the Rota Vicentina (also known as the Fisherman’s Trail) from Carrapateira, Algarve will leave your jaw dropping as you watch the huge Atlantic rollers crashing against incredible rock formations and cliffs. A dramatic and varied hike taking in cliffs, beaches and grassy tracks, this is one not to be missed!
There is parking available at Praia da Bordeira, at the start of the hike. If you follow the road up to the headland you will find lots of spots where you can stay the night, for info click this link. Be aware that you might be moved on as it is a national park.
Yes, this walk can be as long or short as you choose with clearly marked paths which are easy underfoot. There are lots of viewing platforms to keep little ones entertained.
None until you get to Praia do Amado where there are public loos and cafe’s aplenty.
Both Praia de Bordeira and Praia do Amado are surfing spots so expect it to be busy. the first part of the hike also has accessible viewing platforms. Numbers diminish the further you go.
Rota Vicentina, Carrapateira, Algarve
This is probably, for us, the best hike in Portugal. You will take in dramatic coastal cliffs, long beaches, rocky headlands and grassy paths as you head from the start point of the Praia Bordeira towards Praia da Murracao, the half way point (8km). The path is well marked, just keep the sea on your right as you head south!
You can of course, continue on and we met people on the route doing the Rota Vicentina in day stages and stopping in a different village every night.
This hike may take you a little longer than usual as you will want to stop and watch the awesome waves from the viewing platforms built by the municipality to help prevent erosion.