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Fisherman’s Trail, Portugal

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Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

I FINALLY hiked Fisherman’s, one of the world’s best coastal hikes.

Porto Covo to Zambujeira do Mar in NOVEMBER.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Sunsets are what I remember best. Usually with wine.

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Weather was perfect for me in early November, though it’s considered too late in the year for hiking. I saw only about 12 other multi-day hikers over 4 days. Most hotels and restaurants had already closed for the season.

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Beach walking is lovely … for a while. There’s a LOT of sand on this adventure.

In November I had most beaches to myself.

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Clifftop vistas are stunning.

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Charming villages are particularly charming in November, nearly deserted in the off-season.

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Porto Covo
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Vila Nova de Milfontes
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Fort of Pessegueiro

I’d highly recommend 3 days, 3 nights Porto Covo to Zambujeira do Mar. In either direction.

As do most, I added Zambujeira to Odeceixe. But you could certainly skip that day as it doesn’t add much. And requires quite a few kms of road walking.

If looking for MORE, however, Fisherman’s Trail (Porto Novo to Odeceixe) is only one section of the longer Rota Vicentina.

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In case you’re considering hiking high season, here’s how some beaches may look on a busy day.

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Zambujeira do Mar
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