4 days circular trek on Rota Vicentina route

From the donkey farm at the feet of Monchique Mountains you start your donkey hiking to the typical small town Aljezur reigned over by a 10th century fortress. From here you head off towards the fantastic Atlantic coast through a vast, fertile river valley.

In the Vicentine Coast Natural Park fishermen trails lead your way northwards along the fantastic coastline with cliffs, unspoilt beaches and sand dunes. Another singular beauty especially in spring – the endemic and Mediterranean vegetation.

An archaeological treasure, Ribat de Arrifana, the 2nd on whole Iberian Peninsula, welcomes you on the third day. This 12th century convent fortress was placed on a headland, right on top of the cliffs, metres high over the sea. Once perfect strategic location, the Ribat offers us again an endless, stunning coastline view. Fascinating the adventurous placed stork nests, right upon the steepest cliffs – unique worldwide!

When you surpass one and another gorge, you donkey hike through valleys or on plain land, mainly still traditionally cultivated with cattle pastures, cereals, potatoes and peanuts fields. You will walk through the alleys of historic Aljezur and pass single farmhouses here and there with the scenery you love: chickens running around, coloured flour pots, charmingly crooked fences and sheds, friendly owners, often asking whether you sell the donkey. And whoosh! Plenty of stories rise up around the animal they once had. Yes, that is it, the beautiful effect of donkey trekking: your long eared travel companion opens hearts and souls in us and the people you meet.

Trekking is suitable for adults and for children used to walking.

Destination: Portugal, Europe

Self Guided

Duration: 5 days

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

Price: from 557,00 eur per person, min. 2 pax

Prices Include:
  • accommodation – 1 night with breakfast in hostel, 3 nights in guest house
  • donkey for luggage transport (1 donkey for 2 persons)
  • meeting with a local guide on day 2
  • road book, maps and information material
  • assistance during the trekking
  • transfers as per program
Prices Do not Include:
  • costs of transportation for getting to Carrapateira and from Aljezur
  • meals
  • insurance
  • anything not mentioned under “the price includes

Itinerary

Day 1
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Arrival in Aljezur

Day 2
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From donkey farm to panoramic mountain view to Aljezur

KmMt Mt Hours
7 50

Day 3
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From fertile riverbed to spectacular coast line view

KmMt Mt Hours
12 224 184

Day 4
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Cliff line hike, archaeological dig Ribat de Arrifana

KmMt Mt Hours
9 161 190

Day 5
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On the trace of former times

KmMt Mt Hours
8.5

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