About the Rota Vincentina (Fishermen’s Trail)
The Fishermen’s Trail (other known as the Coastal Route) is a long-distance hiking trail from the Rota Vincentina network of hiking trails in South Portugal. It starts at Lagos, Faro region, and stretches over 200 km along the Atlantic Ocean coastline until finally finishes at Sines, Setubal region. Even though it may seem like a fairly easy hiking trail, given that it’s very well-waymarked and goes along the coastline, it actually isn’t. During these 230 km, you’ll have to walk along steep coastal cliffs and deal with high temperatures, especially during the summer. That said, it’s a very rewarding hike because you’ll encounter plenty of swimming opportunities, beautiful views over the sea, and walk through many traditional Portuguese coastal villages. Another popular trail in the Rota Vincentina network is the Historical Way, which shares some parts with the Fishermen’s trail.
Statistics About the Rota Vincentina (Fishermen’s Trail)
- Start point: Praia de Sao Torpes (Sines), Portugal
- End Point: Lagos, Portugal
- Total distance: 143 miles / 230 km
- Total altitude gain/loss: 12 444 ft / 3793 m
- Highest point: 554 ft / 169 m
- Regions crossed: Faro, Beja, and Setubal
- Time to finish: Usually 12-14 days
- Best time to hike: March – November
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