Atlantic Coast – Nature Park – Rota Vicentina, self guided

The whole tour guides you through Vicentine Coast Natural Park. You will start at Carrapateira, a friendly sunny white washed little village where farmer, fishermen and surfers live. From here you will head off right away to the fantastic Atlantic coast line, you will hike over the cliffs coming across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement.

The following days the route leads northwards switching from backland half-wild, backland with eucalyptus, pine, corkoak woods and macchie where rockrose (cistus landanifer), arbutus unedo, heather and lavender grow to unique cliff sceneries. You will stop at Arrifana, 100m above the cliffs, a huge bay with beach and traditional fishing harbor. You walk through the alleys of historic Aljezur, reigned over by a 10th century fortress before your hike ends at the donkey farm in the backland.

Donkey handling

After the first practical instruction you will have a daily routine with your long eared companion which means every morning packing your luggage in special bags, preparing the donkey (feeding & grooming) for the tour and, finally loading him. During the tour donkey needs some rest. While you picnic he uses his time to graze and, at the end of the day you will groom and feed him again before he gets to his pasture.

On our trekkings each two people enjoy the company of one donkey. He will carry your luggage, max. 10kg/ person. The donkeys own equimpent weights 8kg.


Destination: Portugal

Self Guided

Duration: 7 days

Departure: 01.02. - 30.06. & 15.09. - 15.11.

Price: starting from 730,00 eur p.p. in double room; discounts for children

Prices Include:
  • accommodation (6 nights) in dbl / twin room
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 5 days donkey rent & trekking equipment (saddle & luggage bags)
  • introduction to the donkey handling on day 2
  • transfers as per program on days 3,4,7
  • road book, maps and information materials
  • assistance during the tour
Prices Do not Include:
  • costs of transportation for getting to Carrapateira and from Aljezur
  • 3 breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • insurance
  • anything not mentioned under “the price includes”


Day 1

arrival in Carrapateira

Day 2

Pontal da Carrapateira (10 km)

Day 3

Carrapateira - Arrifana (19.6 km)

Day 4

Day 4: Arrifana - Monte Clérigo (11 km)

Day 5

Monte Clérigo - Free day!

Day 6

Monte Clérigo - Aljezur - Donkey Farm (13km)

Day 7


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