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Mettchen

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CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
Dear all,

I am contemplating whether to walk another Camino (from Porto) in March or The Fisherman's Trail - and I think it'll be the latter - and starting from Lagos and walking north.

I know I won't be able to find albergues here as when I've walked my caminos and I am ok with that. But what I did when I walked my caminos - was that I would often chose my distance for the day on where there was somewhere interesting to sleep and/or eat :)

I will gladly walk 35km + (not everyday ;-) ) or take a short day for the right accommodation or dinner option.

So if you have any favourite hotels/hostels/airBNBs (or restaurants) on the route, please share.
Thank you!

Best,
Mette
 
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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Pura Vida Divehouse in Sagres would be a good place to start.
They have a 4-bed bunk beds room for about 23 euros.
They drove us to the start of the trail after breakfast for no extra charge.
 
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Mettchen

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Pura Vida Divehouse in Sagres would be a good place to start.
They have a 4-bed bunk beds room for about 23 euros.
They drove us to the start of the trail after breakfast for no extra charge.
Great - looks like a lovely place for my 2nd night :) - as soon as I decide when to go I'll see if they have space.

Thanks a lot.
 
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Latest: Rota Vicentina '19; Portuguese '19.
I walked the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's Trail from north to south in April 2019. It has outstanding beauty..
I booked all hostels, guest houses and small hotels before leaving home as I'd read that the surfer community can fill up less expensive lodging choices quickly. It worked out very well for me with much less stress involved.
Unfortunately I am not back home until March 1st, so do not have my itinerary and notes at hand. If you send me a PM, I can get back to you later if you still need some suggestions.
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Mettchen

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CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
I walked the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's Trail from north to south in April 2019. It has outstanding beauty..
I booked all hostels, guest houses and small hotels before leaving home as I'd read that the surfer community can fill up less expensive lodging choices quickly. It worked out very well for me with much less stress involved.
Unfortunately I am not back home until March 1st, so do not have my itinerary and notes at hand. If you send me a PM, I can get back to you later if you still need some suggestions.
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Awesome - and it looks stunning... I am slightly concerned if the sand will kill me 🤣 - but everything else I can't wait to experience.

I also plan on booking as much as possible in advance - I know people are different but I am a slow walker "stop to smell the flowers" - and I like to know where I am going :)

If I think of something or need something - I'll reach out after March 1 :)
 
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Awesome - and it looks stunning... I am slightly concerned if the sand will kill me 🤣 - but everything else I can't wait to experience.

I also plan on booking as much as possible in advance - I know people are different but I am a slow walker "stop to smell the flowers" - and I like to know where I am going :)

If I think of something or need something - I'll reach out after March 1 :)
Please do reach out! I will add that this trail had absolutely NO Camino feel or vibe, but a bit of a backpacking/hiking feel, although we rarely saw anyone during the day. I knew that ahead of time and did not have any expectations as I walked it with my son.
EDIT, it is very well marked so no issue of getting lost if you are alone.
 
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Mettchen

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Please do reach out! I will add that this trail had absolutely NO Camino feel or vibe, but a bit of a backpacking/hiking feel, although we rarely saw anyone during the day. I knew that ahead of time and did not have any expectations as I walked it with my son.
Tbh - not that I don't love the camino - I do and I am sure I will walk more of those in the future as well - but what you are saying just makes me wanna go even more. My favourite part of the camino was when I felt alone in the world. No one if front or behind, just beauty. I'm still considering if I should ask a friend to join me - if nothing else then for the company for dinner - because the walking I prefer to do alone :)

I am not sure how frequently it'll be possible to get a coffee and a (real ;-) ) toilet hehe - and I will miss my daily tortilla - but I'm sure all the fish I'll be eating will make up for it.

So far me and https://rotavicentina.com/en/walking/fishermens-trail/ haven't become best friends, especially not from ipad and phone - so it does seem to require a bit of extra work / research to decide where to stop or when to take an alternative route. Less handholding than with all the camino apps and websites available.
 

jsalt

Jill
Past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I'm still considering if I should ask a friend to join me - if nothing else then for the company for dinner
I also prefer to walk alone, but I did the Rota Vicentina out of season (Feb 2016), and so I decided to ask a friend to join me for the company.

I asked a friend that I had walked with before (we met on the CF), so I knew in advance that we were compatible. So glad I did.

First of all for the company. We saw very few hikers, and it was fun going out in the evening finding places to eat – I would have found that quite difficult on my own on a non-pilgrim trail.

Secondly, because there are not many hostels, we had to find cheap hotels – and it was cheaper to share a room than get a single room. One place only had a small double bed, so we slept top-to-tail – one inside the sheets, the other in her sleeping bag the other way round.

There were very few cafes during the day, so we carried snacks in case there was nothing at all.
 

jsalt

Jill
Past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Near Carrapateira we really liked Surf n Sand Eco House, which is so laid back it’s horizontal. However, we didn’t stay in the dormitory, as when we got there it was already full, and they let us stay in one of the cottages for no extra charge, which is probably why we liked it so much!
 

Mettchen

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CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
Near Carrapateira we really liked Surf n Sand Eco House, which is so laid back it’s horizontal. However, we didn’t stay in the dormitory, as when we got there it was already full, and they let us stay in one of the cottages for no extra charge, which is probably why we liked it so much!
I love places like that. It looks sooo lovely. Thanks for this tip.
 

Mettchen

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Past OR future Camino
CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
I also prefer to walk alone, but I did the Rota Vicentina out of season (Feb 2016), and so I decided to ask a friend to join me for the company.

I asked a friend that I had walked with before (we met on the CF), so I knew in advance that we were compatible. So glad I did.

First of all for the company. We saw very few hikers, and it was fun going out in the evening finding places to eat – I would have found that quite difficult on my own on a non-pilgrim trail.

Secondly, because there are not many hostels, we had to find cheap hotels – and it was cheaper to share a room than get a single room. One place only had a small double bed, so we slept top-to-tail – one inside the sheets, the other in her sleeping bag the other way round.

There were very few cafes during the day, so we carried snacks in case there was nothing at all.
I understand what you're staying, but I am a little concerned if I actually know anyone I would enjoy 10-14 days with 😄. I am not sure if this is the type of challenge I would be up for and enjoy.

On my caminos I only walked with other ppl for a few days. I did consider the financial part of having someone to share the cost with, but haven't travelled so much in the past couple of years, so think I can find the money.

Might change my mind when I see what is available 😉. But thanks for your input.
 
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Tbh - not that I don't love the camino - I do and I am sure I will walk more of those in the future as well - but what you are saying just makes me wanna go even more. My favourite part of the camino was when I felt alone in the world. No one if front or behind, just beauty. I'm still considering if I should ask a friend to join me - if nothing else then for the company for dinner - because the walking I prefer to do alone :)

I am not sure how frequently it'll be possible to get a coffee and a (real ;-) ) toilet hehe - and I will miss my daily tortilla - but I'm sure all the fish I'll be eating will make up for it.

So far me and https://rotavicentina.com/en/walking/fishermens-trail/ haven't become best friends, especially not from ipad and phone - so it does seem to require a bit of extra work / research to decide where to stop or when to take an alternative route. Less handholding than with all the camino apps and websites available.
I see the Rotavicentina website has the newest edition of their Field Guide for sale at €15. I used the last edition for planning purposes of daily stages and places to stay along the way. Should you decide to order one it will be very beneficial to you and helpful in answering questions that you will have, giving you additional confidence that you can do it!
 

anamcara

Camino Walker
Past OR future Camino
2022 Chemin du Piémont 😎
Hi @Mettchen Lucky you!

We loved the Rota Vicentina. We walked north from the southern most tip at Cabo de S. Vicente weaving between the Historical Way (at the southern end) and then sticking to the Fisherman's Trail. I did a bit of research beforehand to try to include 'the best of both' so we got to enjoy both rural and coastal.

We used this site for planning - but made our bookings directly. Send me a PM if you're interested in our stages.


We then travelled to Lisbon, then train to Porto and walked to Santiago.

Enjoy!

PS Just saw that you have visited the RV site that I linked to above, but not finding it to be your friend.
 

Mettchen

Member
Past OR future Camino
CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
I see the Rotavicentina website has the newest edition of their Field Guide for sale at €15. I used the last edition for planning purposes of daily stages and places to stay along the way. Should you decide to order one it will be very beneficial to you and helpful in answering questions that you will have, giving you additional confidence that you can do it!
Great - thanks for pointing me in that direction. Just ordered it 👍
 

Mettchen

Member
Past OR future Camino
CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
Hi @Mettchen Lucky you!

We loved the Rota Vicentina. We walked north from the southern most tip at Cabo de S. Vicente weaving between the Historical Way (at the southern end) and then sticking to the Fisherman's Trail. I did a bit of research beforehand to try to include 'the best of both' so we got to enjoy both rural and coastal.

We used this site for planning - but made our bookings directly. Send me a PM if you're interested in our stages.


We then travelled to Lisbon, then train to Porto and walked to Santiago.

Enjoy!

PS Just saw that you have visited the RV site that I linked to above, but not finding it to be your friend.
Thank you so much for the offer.

And I know the website has a ton of info, but for some reason it seems as if it does not want to share easily haha. It re-loads pages frequently and spontanously and then opens new windows and then even though you pick English, then some of it is still in portuguese… which I guess is totally fair, it is in Portugal after all. But as I said before as well, it seem to behaving a bit better when accessing through a computer :)

It’s bedtime for me now - but will PM you this week. I would love (good) ideas of stages and how to get the best of both trails as I have some extra days available. I have been suffering a bit from FOMO already when trying to decide on going left or right at any given cross road 😉😄
 
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Latest: Rota Vicentina '19; Portuguese '19.
I have to agree that as I looked at the website today, it has definitely changed (a bad update, imo) and does not seem to be as user friendly as it was in 2019, sorry to say. The field guide will be able to help you immensely!
I know @anamcara will be able to help you out. She is a forum ⭐!
 
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LTfit

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I walked north to south from Santiago do Cacem (Historical Trail) on to Porto Covo (Fisherman's Trail) down to the Cabo March 2016. I never found it a problem finding a bed in a surfer's hostel. Back then they were about €15 in a dorm with sheets and towels included. I started out alone but I met an Italian in Porto Covo who asked if he could join me. We ended up walking together the whole way which came in handy as he helped me in a couple of spots down a few steep cliffs.

Two or three days out of Porto Covo were quite sandy. I didn't find it too bad but then again I walk frequently on the beach.

It's stunning, in fact IMHO even more beautiful than the Norte. But...forget culture. Do it for the scenery as there is little else.
 

Mettchen

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CF (sep 2017), Primitivo (aug 2018)
I walked north to south from Santiago do Cacem (Historical Trail) on to Porto Covo (Fisherman's Trail) down to the Cabo March 2016. I never found it a problem finding a bed in a surfer's hostel. Back then they were about €15 in a dorm with sheets and towels included. I started out alone but I met an Italian in Porto Covo who asked if he could join me. We ended up walking together the whole way which came in handy as he helped me in a couple of spots down a few steep cliffs.

Two or three days out of Porto Covo were quite sandy. I didn't find it too bad but then again I walk frequently on the beach.

It's stunning, in fact IMHO even more beautiful than the Norte. But...forget culture. Do it for the scenery as there is little else.

Thank you for the info :)

I can live with scenery only - I am supposed to go to Lisbon in June (postponed from 2020, then 2021... now it better happen!!!) - so I'll get the culture then ;-)

I hope my hiking poles can help me up/down steep cliffs if I don't come across a friend Italian (fingers crossed). And good to know about the sand - I did experience that for about 8-10 km (only) a few years ago and I felt I got NO WHERE. Luckily it was pretty, so it was ok ;-)
 
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Two or three days out of Porto Covo were quite sandy. I didn't find it too bad but then again I walk frequently on the beach.
We started in Porto Covo, too, going north to south. Yes, those first two or three days gave my legs a good workout in 4" sand! Thankfully the trail "mellowed out" considersbly the rest of the way.🙂
I agree, it has more consistently stunning cliff views than the Norte has, but loved them each in a different way. We then took a very comfortable long bus ride up to Porto to begin the Poruguese Camino. After walking to Matosinhos, we turned inland to the Central route as I wanted to get a more "Frances feel" with more villages as I'd experienced the best ocean views already on the Fisherman's Trail and Algarve coast.
 

Colette Z

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Dear all,

I am contemplating whether to walk another Camino (from Porto) in March or The Fisherman's Trail - and I think it'll be the latter - and starting from Lagos and walking north.

I know I won't be able to find albergues here as when I've walked my caminos and I am ok with that. But what I did when I walked my caminos - was that I would often chose my distance for the day on where there was somewhere interesting to sleep and/or eat :)

I will gladly walk 35km + (not everyday ;-) ) or take a short day for the right accommodation or dinner option.

So if you have any favourite hotels/hostels/airBNBs (or restaurants) on the route, please share.
Thank you!

Best,
Mette
I stayed with my dog in Sagres near beach in Jan 2020 at Tonel Apartments. Had a private room with sheets, blankets and towels, shared 2 new bathrooms/showers (male and female separate) with 3 other rooms mostly surfers and a well equipped kitchen. Price for 1 with dog was €25

 
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My wife and I walked the Rota Vicentina in 2014, the Alentejo part on the coast and the inland section as well. It is not a Camino but a long distance hiking trail, comparable with trails like Coast to Coast in England or the GR trails in France. It is very beautiful with spectacular stages on the coast and a very rural Portuguese countryside. We had a booked vacation with luggage transport, but I am sure you can find yourself hostals and B&B's by checking on the Rota Vincentina accommodation page, or searching at Booking.com or sites of local tourist offices in Algarve and Alentejo. Have a nice walk.

There are a few climbs up and down the cliffs but they are not too high. Some stages have sandy parts but it was not so difficult as some people warned us for.

One of the unforgettable things on the coastal section of this hiking trip was every evening seeing the sun go down in the Atlantic Ocean.
 

Mettchen

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My wife and I walked the Rota Vicentina in 2014, the Alentejo part on the coast and the inland section as well. It is not a Camino but a long distance hiking trail, comparable with trails like Coast to Coast in England or the GR trails in France. It is very beautiful with spectacular stages on the coast and a very rural Portuguese countryside. We had a booked vacation with luggage transport, but I am sure you can find yourself hostals and B&B's by checking on the Rota Vincentina accommodation page, or searching at Booking.com or sites of local tourist offices in Algarve and Alentejo. Have a nice walk.

I actually looked into the Coast to Coast route in England just before Corona.. and I think it's still on my bucket list, though I got sort of scared of the info I found saying it would be recommended to know how to use a compass and read a map haha.... I prefer places where I don't worry about getting lost ;-)

GR? Is that the red and white marked trails around Europe?
 

Carel5

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They booked us in small hotels and Bed and Breakfast. I don't remember exactly where but most of it was very nice.
 

Carel5

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GR? Is that the red and white marked trails around Europe?
Yes, Rota Vicentina is red and white marked as well, as are most trails in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. No yellow arrows there.

By the way, the navigation skills needed on the Coast to Coast are not so difficult, as it is well marked and trodden. But surely at some places you must not go in winter or with heavy fog.
 

LTfit

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We started in Porto Covo, too, going north to south. Yes, those first two or three days gave my legs a good workout in 4" sand! Thankfully the trail "mellowed out" considersbly the rest of the way.🙂
I agree, it has more consistently stunning cliff views than the Norte has, but loved them each in a different way. We then took a very comfortable long bus ride up to Porto to begin the Poruguese Camino. After walking to Matosinhos, we turned inland to the Central route as I wanted to get a more "Frances feel" with more villages as I'd experienced the best ocean views already on the Fisherman's Trail and Algarve coast.
I too took a long bus ride from Lagos to Porto to walk part of the Portuguese (only had time to walk to Tui). My original ticket was to Lisbon but when we arrived it was hailing so I hopped back on the bus and headed north. The sun was shining when we arrived 🙂
 
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Mettchen

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The Rota V also has official pretty blue&green markers.🙂
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Yup - it's one of the many things that have bugged me about the RV website (maybe I have too high expectations) - but when you offer the website in 4 languages - why don't you translate this too 🤦‍♀️

Fair enough - they are pretty self-explanatory, but still!!! 😄. I have wondered though, why there is no green line with the arrows
 

J F Gregory

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We walked from Porto last October on the Litoral along the coast and also the Varient. Most albergues are set in stone by the guide books. We chose not walk more than about 22 kilometers per day and sometimes there were no albergues. We stayed in hotels for about $30-$40 for a nice room and breakfast. Not many pilgrims on this route.
 
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2022 Chemin du Piémont 😎
@Mettchen By PM, I've sent you a link to my blog so you can see the stages we walked, the distances, the accommodation and also the scenery on both the Historical Way and Fisherman's Trail. Very enjoyable looking back on all of that. So, thank you.
 

penaut

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Rota Vicentina
I walked the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's Trail from north to south in April 2019. It has outstanding beauty..
I booked all hostels, guest houses and small hotels before leaving home as I'd read that the surfer community can fill up less expensive lodging choices quickly. It worked out very well for me with much less stress involved.
Unfortunately I am not back home until March 1st, so do not have my itinerary and notes at hand. If you send me a PM, I can get back to you later if you still need some suggestions.
Hi, I would star the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's trails in september 2022. About the path I heard that there is a lot of sand and this is very difficult for walking. It's so?
Many thanks
 
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Hi, I would star the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's trails in september 2022. About the path I heard that there is a lot of sand and this is very difficult for walking. It's so?
Many thanks
There is quite a bit of sand the first 2-3 days up on the cliffs, but don't let that put you off as the views, and the flowers and succulents are outstanding. The rest of the days are not as difficult.
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