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Ramble along the Costa Vincentina with Inntravel

Company Name: Inntravel

Name of trip: Along the Costa Vincentina

Destination:  Alentejo, south-west Portugal

Length of trip: 7 nights

Summary of trip:

On Portugal’s hauntingly beautiful Costa Vicentina, virgin beaches backed by dramatic cliffs are washed by waves that roll in from the Atlantic, swirling round the sea stacks that are dotted just off the shore. That Europe’s only marine stork colony chooses these precarious-looking towers to nest on is hard to believe, but you can see it with your own eyes in April, the start of the breeding season. There is plenty to draw your eye on dry land too, with carpets of wildflowers lining the scenic coastal paths and pink thrift carpeting the dunes.

Inntravel’s self-guided walking break, Along the Costa Vicentina takes in The Rota Vicentina, a long-distance footpath in Alentejo (south-west Portugal) that was introduced a couple of years’ ago.  En route expect charming small villages and towns showcasing the essence of this deeply rural region and its unique connection with the sea.  But it’s not all about the landscapes: the accommodation is absolutely superb.  Guests walk from one welcoming hotel another – six in all - while their luggage is transported on ahead by road.  Described as a region like the Algarve but far ‘slower’, the beaches are largely deserted, attracting egrets and turtles, and sleepy whitewashed fishing villages which offer a glimpse of a way of life that has remained unchanged for decades.


Cost of trip: from £685pp based on 2 sharing, including 7 nights’ B&B, 5 dinners, 5 picnic lunches, luggage transported, route notes and maps.  Flights are extra (Faro or Lisbon).


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