The Route

Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in Sw Portugal, totalling 450 km to walk, along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Comprising the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail and several Circular Routes, proposes a unique experience of two worlds, between a living and authentic rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline – fully within Sw Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park.

The route is fully marked in both directions, and can be travelled independently and in total security, preferably from September till June. The sections in which is divided are mere suggestions and can be shortened or extended according to your preferences or the location of your accommodation.

In February 2016, the Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina has been certified by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe, a certification from ERA – European Ramblers Association – joining the exclusive group of the best walking destinations in Europe.


"I just hiked today the section from Santiago do Cacem. I just wanted to comment on how well you have marked the trail. Often in Portugal it is difficult to hike because the trails lack markers. Great job on the trail! "