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Fishermans Trail – Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe on lifeday 25,435

Sally Kelly on the coas
Sally on The Fishermans Trail

We started the day at 8 am with a 15 minute €20 taxi ride up the coast to Zambujeira do Mar where we had a lovely breakfast at the Por do Sol cafe. Fortunately, the rain stopped just before we departed in the cab 🙂

After breakfast, we started on The Fishermans Trail all be it the final section. After some confusion, we finally found the trail on the other side of a huge empty car park. This place must be heaving in the summer with the vast car parks and large number of hotels/b&b etc

The trail is delightful with splendid views and very hilly, constantly dropping down to sea level and then straight back up. Very reminiscent for me of my walk on the South West Coast Path in Cornwall. However, one huge difference is the sand! how does all the sand get on top of the cliffs?  was my constant thought.

The eponymous Fisherman

Once again the trail was virtually devoid of people even though it was sunny today.

The last 4km into Odeceixe was a bit disappointing as it’s along on a flat surfaced road, at least it had no cars on it.

The trail itself was a fine end to our short walking holiday of just over 80 miles and 7,260 feet of ascent.

Today’s photos are here and Strava is here

Here’s my little spreadsheet:-

Trip to Portugal Km 128.5 2.2
Miles 80.3 7261.0
Day Date From To Walk Days Miles fromStrava Elevation (ft) min/mile % Gradient Hotel
Saturday 11 Mar 2017 Cambridge Sagres Mareta View
Sunday 12 Mar 2017 Sagres Vila do Bispo 1 14.4 1319 21.37 3.47% Pure Flor de Esteva
Monday 13 Mar 2017 Vila do Bispo Carrapateira 2 14.3 964 19.3 2.55% Carrapateira Guest House
Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 Carrapateira Arrifana 3 15.4 1746 19.34 4.29% Arrifana Destination Hostel
Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 Arrifana Aljezur 4 12.6 1361 21.3 4.09% Amazigh Hostel
Thursday 16 Mar 2017 Aljezur Odeceixe 5 11.5 444 18.57 1.46% Hospedaria Firmino Bernardino
Friday 17 Mar 2017 Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe Odeceixe 6 12.1 1427 22.1 4.47% Hospedaria Firmino Bernardino

Reader Comments

  1. i think Portugal is a hidden treasure. We visited the northern part l\st year and loved the remoteness and unspoilt nature of the place……..once we got over that the shops were closed at 70’s UK times. I saw 3 cyclists the whole time on the rural roads. I’d deffinately go back……but i do like a drop of Porto so i might me a little biased x

    1. Yes we have enjoyed the remotness the lovely scenery and the wild flowers but was not as warm as we thought and maybe march is just a month too early ….

  2. Gosh! That flew by quickly. Hopefully we’ll find ourselves in Portugal sometime in the next year or so, and we’ll make sure to sample a bit of the coastal walking.

    1. Yes, it was only a short break 🙁
      Bertie would love it down here, he would have lots of friends to snuggle up with!
      I’m sure you two would love the walking too 🙂

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