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Hiking and sightseeing in lovely Portugal

Three days in beautiful Porto and seven days hiking at Fisherman’s Trail

by gulsenAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropePortugal10 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

The Fisherman’s Trail is highly recommended

The hike could get really challenging walking all day on sand dunes under warm temperatures

Itinerary Overview

My boyfriend and I have been to Portugal in June 2022. We wanted to have a mix of culture and nature on our trip. A hiking journey on Fisherman’s Trail and a visit of Porto provided us what we desired.  It is a trail that consists the coastal parts of Rota Vicentina. The trail starts at S.Torpes Beach, 10 km before Porto Covo, and finishes in Lagos. We did not make plans about how far we would walk on the trail. We ended up hiking 7 days and later we visited and stayed for 3 days in lovely Porto. I will provide information on our hiking and visit to Porto in two parts below. 

  • 7 Nights: Fishermen's Trail (Luz-Lagos)
    Hiking on the southwest coasts of Portugal
  • 3 Nights: Porto
    Porto has alot to offer from history, cultural events, beaches, nature and delicious seafood

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I wish we could finish the Fisherman’s Trail at Porto Covo since the trail from Zambujeira Do Mar to Porto Covo offers beautiful views.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    On our last night of our hike we ended up in Zambujeira Do Mar. It is a very touristic town and camping on the beach was not so appealing to us but it was getting dark and due to high season all hotels were full. We camped at the beach in this town but it was a open beach and the wind was beating our tent from all sides. It was the most difficult night of camping. We had hard time during the night to keep our tent up.

  • How was the food?

    Taberna Lusitana in Matosinhos for delicious seafood

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    In Fisherman’s Trail, since the trail ends in a village where there are food facilities, there is no need to carry much food with during the hike.

  • Packing tips?

    We hiked the Fisherman’s Trail in June and we believe it is the best time to do it because it is dry season and not as hot as July and August. Sun protection during the day and a bit warm clothes for the night is highly recommended.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Renting a car makes it very easy to travel within Portugal especially for exploring the hidden beaches. In Porto, car is not needed since there is well organized public transportation to everywhere.

  • Any surprises?

    Not much

  • Booking details?

    We organized our accommodation via booking.com and airbnb following the review ratings.