Full Fisherman's Trail

Duration: 13 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km / 9 - 12 mi per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m / 820 - 1640 ft ascent per day
> The full version of the Fisherman's Trail
> Spend your nights in charming fishing villages
> Explore stunning beaches and secret coves
> Accommodation before & after is included

The Fisherman's Trail is a coastal walking route, created by stitching up a maze of trails carved out by fishermen along the southwest coast of Portugal. The route is part of the Rota Vicentina trail network, that consists of more than 750 km of pathways. On the Fisherman's Trail you walk just over 200 km along the wild edge of the Atlantic. The sandy trails pass some of the most beautiful beaches and sea cliffs in Portugal. The entire area is protected from mass-scale development by law and most of the route has kept its natural beauty and authentic coastal villages.

This version of the Fisherman's Trail is done in 11 stages. The hiking itself is fairly easy, although the soft, sandy paths make it slightly harder. Distances are on average 19km a day, so you'll be on the trail for most of the day.



Arrival day

Welcome to Portugal, you will arrive in Porto Covo and receive a warm welcome at Calmaria Guesthouse (Porto Covo) . During your stay here, you can relax after your trip and before starting your adventure on the Fisherman's Trail. Have fun!

Calmaria Guesthouse (Porto Covo)

Calmaria Guesthouse (Porto Covo)

Porto Covo - Vila Nova de Milfontes

Duration: 05:15 h
Distance: 18.3 km / 11.4 mi
Ascent: 130 m / 427 ft
Descent: 130 m / 427 ft
Today, your path will follow the shoreline. Traverse the expansive area of sandy hills along the Ilha do Pessegueiro, Aivados, and Malhão beaches, where you may stumble upon secluded coves and caves. The landscape ahead will consist mainly of sand dunes, yet the many beaches you encounter will leave you in awe. Spend the night in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Villa Eira (Vila Nova de Milfontes)

Villa Eira (Vila Nova de Milfontes)

Vila Nova de Milfontes - Almograve

Duration: 04:15 h
Distance: 16 km / 9.9 mi
Ascent: 150 m / 492 ft
Descent: 150 m / 492 ft
As you embark on today's journey, you'll be stunned by the breathtaking views overlooking Vila Nova de Milfontes, the Mira River, and the point where the river drains in the ocean. When leaving Vila Nova de Milfontes, you have the option to either walk the initial kilometers across the bridge or take a small ferry across the river (fare not included). The lush natural vegetation serves as a magnet for an array of bird species and small mammals. Follow the rugged cliffs until you reach Almograve, where you'll spend the night.

Almograve Beach Hostel (Almograve)

Almograve Beach Hostel (Almograve)
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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Fisherman's Trail in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Fisherman's Trail hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Fisherman's Trail trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included in the price on the Fisherman's Trail unless otherwise indicated in the inclusive list. Along the way, there are several places to stock up on food and restaurants that lend themselves to a delicious lunch or dinner. These locations are indicated in our travel guide.


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