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Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and poscard-worthy fishing villages—Portugal’s Costa Vicentina is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Get ready to cover over 20 miles of untamed coastal landscapes in 4 unforgettable days! This hidden gem is as pristine as it gets and it’s also a paradise of biodiversity: prepare for encounters with some of 200 bird species, 48 unique plant varieties, and thriving wildlife in general. It’s all part of the experience in Portugal’s Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. Make this an adventure to remember!

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  • Dramatic coastline

    Enjoy crashing waves, salty winds, hidden coves, and towering cliffs along one of Europe’s most pristine coastlines

  • Rich biodiversity

    Home to 700 species of plants and their flowers, and more than 200 bird species and other wildlife

  • Portuguese charm

    Taste traditional specialties and explore quaint fishing villages along the way

Itinerary

Join us for a remarkable 4-day hiking expedition along Portugal's mesmerizing Costa Vicentina. Our comprehensive tour package encompasses hotel accommodation, the expertise of a local guide, daily breakfasts, seamless luggage transfers, and convenient transportation throughout your adventure. You'll embark on two unforgettable hikes, from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes and from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve, uncovering the region's dramatic shores, rich biodiversity, and charming fishing villages along the way.

  • Upon arriving in charming Porto Covo, take in the picturesque sights of this coastal village known for its stunning beaches and tranquil ambiance. As you explore the village on foot, you’ll discover white-washed houses lining quaint streets, and local cafes offering traditional Portuguese delicacies. Embrace the unhurried coastal lifestyle and prepare for the upcoming adventure by meeting your guide, conducting a gear check, and discussing the plans for your journey.

    Accommodation: Porto Covo Hotel

    A blue-and-white simple church in the village of Porto Cavo, Portugal.
  • Embark on the beach leg of your journey, wandering across the vast sand dunes of Ilha do Pessegueiro, Aivados, and Malhão beaches. Along the way, uncover secluded coves that promise delightful surprises. The extensive sandy terrain presents a challenge, making this hike both invigorating and demanding. After a full day of challenging hiking, get some well-deserved rest in your hotel or spend some quality time with fellow hikers in the village.

    Accommodation: HS Milfontes Beach Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 13 miles (21 km)

    A street of a fishing village Villa Nove de Milfontes along Costa Vicentina, Portugal.
  • Prepare for a day of soul-soothing moments as you savor breathtaking vistas over Vila Nova de Milfontes and the convergence of the Mira River with the vast ocean. This leg offers a shorter, more accessible hike to let you fully appreciate the surroundings. Upon reaching Almograve, you’ll be transported back to Porto Covo. Back at the hotel, celebrate your achievements with your fellow adventurers before enjoying a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation: Porto Covo Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 9.3 miles (15 km)

    A hiker posing for a photo on a sandy trail along Costa Vicentina.
  • As every adventure has its conclusion, relish your final breakfast of the tour and prepare to check out from the hotel. Bid farewell to your guide, fellow hikers, and the rugged shores of Portugal—or continue touring on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast

    A huge sand beach near a cliff, Costa Vicentina, Portugal.
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Npoint specializes in crafting unforgettable hiking and outdoor adventure experiences, dedicated to sports and nature enthusiasts alike. With a commitment to safety, environmental preservation, and fostering a deep connection with nature, Npoint offers guided hikes and programs for varying experience levels. These adventures lead you through scenic trails, national parks, and natural reserves, presenting challenging terrains and awe-inspiring landscapes. Additionally, Npoint champions responsible hiking practices to minimize ecological impact. Joining them means reconnecting with nature, breaking away from daily routines, and relishing unique outdoor adventures.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Two days of hiking along Costa Vicentina
      • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy (3 nights)
      • Breakfasts on Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4
      • Transport from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Mil Fontes and back
      • Return transportation from Almograve to Porto Covo
      • Personal accident and civil liability insurance

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Porto Covo
      • All meals other than breakfasts on Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4
      • Any personal expenses
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To participate in this Costa Vicentina guided hiking trip in Portugal, a good level of fitness is required. You’ll be hiking two days in a row, covering considerable distances—13 and 9.3 miles (21 and 15 km)—while carrying a daypack. The routes entail occasional steep ascents and descents. The sandy terrain can pose a challenge, as well as the coastal area’s characteristic windy weather. Trail difficulty ranges from leisurely coastal walks to more demanding routes with significant elevation changes.

    Having some prior hiking experience, ideally including full-day hikes in somewhat hilly terrain, is recommended. To prepare, engaging in cardiovascular exercises and strength training in the weeks leading up to the trip is advised. Occasional weekend hikes can also help in readiness. Rest assured, our guide will accompany you every step of the way, providing support, ensuring safety, and adjusting the pace to suit the group’s overall fitness level.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Daypack large enough to carry all the items you might need in a day (around a 25L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Hiking T-shirts
      • Hiking shorts
      • Lightweight waterproof hiking pants
      • Lightweight waterproof hiking jacket
      • Basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications
      • Sunhat
      • Casual clothes to wear when you’re not hiking
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
      • Flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Hiking snacks such as nuts and energy bars
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Bring comfortable clothing that you can move in. During spring, the weather is mild with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), occasional light rain. You’ll likely see a mix of sunny and partly cloudy days with relatively low rainfall. However, you have to be prepared for rainy and windy weather. We suggest checking the weather forecast before the start of the adventure and packing accordingly.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 12:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking along Costa Vicentina can be arranged for larger and private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Porto Covo, most people fly into Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), which is 2 hours away (by car). From there, we suggest you get to Lisbon’s Sete Rios Bus Station and catch a Rede Expressos bus. The journey will take you between 3 and 3.5 hours. You can also rent a car if you prefer that option.

    Once you and our guide agree on the details of your itinerary, they will suggest the best time (depending on your arrival time) and place to meet, usually a predetermined location in Porto Covo.

  • Personal accident and civil liability insurance are included in the price of this guided hiking tour along Costa Vicentina. This insurance provides coverage in case of accidents or medical emergencies, both on and off the trails, ensuring that you won’t incur unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. This coverage encompasses a range of situations, from hospital treatments to emergency transportation and more.

    Additionally, we recommend that you also arrange travel insurance. Travel insurance serves as a safeguard against potential issues such as canceled flights and natural disasters, which could disrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right travel insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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