Hiking Rota Vicentina (also called the Fisherman’s Trail) from Zambujeira do Mar is simply stunning. With the wild Atlantic craving against every cliff and sea-birds everywhere you look, your senses will be alive!
There is parking available in Zambujeira do Mar although we stayed in a local campsite. This area of the coast is notorious for people being moved on due to it being in a national park.
Yes, it can be as long or short as you choose. Be aware that the hike is along cliff tops where there is lots of erosion.
There are lots of cares and bars in Zumbujeira but nothing on the route or at the lighthouse at Cabo Sardao.
Not a busy route…the Rota Vicentina stretches for several hundred kilometres so there is plenty of room for all!
Hiking Rota Vicentina, Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal
The Rota Vicentina is 450km of well signed coastal paths and walking trails between Santiago do Cacem and Cape St Vincent, the south westernmost point of Portugal.
This portion of the path takes you from the pretty coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar north to Cabo Sardao lighthouse. There are beautiful coastal views along a fairly flat but eroding cliff top route; you will find yourself ducking inland regularly to traverse the huge gashes in the cliffs caused by sea erosion.
The distance quoted is for a return hike.