Cercal Circular






Carefree self-guided walking and geocaching holidays with a personal touch.





What we can offer:


Self-guided walking, trail running or geocaching tours with luggage transfers.


Centre based, self-drive self guided walking holidays.



Tailor-made walking holidays to meet your needs.




Cercal Circular - 11 days - 9 walks.


Self-guided walking on the Rota Vicentina starting and finishing in Cercal do Alentejo.



Itinerary (click walk name to view gallery).


Day one: Arrival in the Alentejo. Overnighting in the village of Cercal.The night will be spent at an art nouveau style guesthouse in the centre of the village.



Day two: Cercal do Alentejo to São Luis. A 21 km (6-7 hours) through the "serras" with views to the coast and inland over the Alentejo plains. The night will be spent at a rural guesthouse in a converted Alentejano farm just outside the village.



Day three: São Luis to Odemira. A 25 km (7-8 hours) walk known as the water section of the Historical Way, where there is an optional but recommended side trail to Pego da Pias pools. The night will be spent at a family owned pension in the centre of Odemira .



Day four: Odemira to São Teotónio. A 19km (6 hours) walk , for much of the route, the trail follows the River Mira and the River S. Teotonio along wide trails. The night will be spent in a small hotel on the edge of the town



Day five: São Teotónio to Odeceixe. A 17 km (5½-6 hours) walk along some inhospitable but truly memorable trails to the Algarve village of Odeceixe. You will spend the night at a small guest house close to the village centre.



Day six: Odeceixe to Zambujeira do Mar. An 18 km (5½-6 hours) walk along a coastal path, visiting the fishing village of Azenha do Mar. You will spend the night at a small guest house close to the village centre.



Day seven: Zambujeira do Mar to Almograve. A 21km (6-7 hours) walk heading north to Almograve, passing through the village of Cavaleiro and the historic Cabo Sardão lighthouse. You will spend the next two nights at a delightful guest house situated just behind the sand dunes.



Day eight: Almograve to Vila Nova de Milfontes. A 15 km (4½-5 hours) easy walk continuing on the Fishermen's Trail along the coast. You will spend the night at a small hotel near to the old historic centre of the village, close to the castle with views over the river estuary.



Day nine: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo. A 20 km (6-7 hours) hike heading to the northernmost point of the Fishermen's Trail. The night will be spent at a small inn in the main street off the village square.



Day ten: Porto Covo to Cercal do Alentejo. An 18 km (4½- 5 hour) walk along a stage connecting the Fishermen's Trail to the Historical Way. Your accommodation for the night is an Art Nouveau-style inn featuring traditional Alentejo-style décor near the centre of the village.



Day eleven: After breakfast, depart from Cercal do Alentejo.

Cork oak tree




An extra night at Odeceixe to be able to take a 13km circular walk from the village along a short section of the Historical Way and returning to the village via northernmost loop of the Fishermen's Trail in the Algarve.


Rest days can be arranged at any location.


Private transfers from regional airports can be arranged. Prices available on request.



Hikers on coast


Prices 2018.


Per person based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room.

From 10 February to 24 May and from 1 October to 30 November:

€670.00 - main programme.

€35.00 - extra night & walk at Odeceixe.

€205.00 - single room supplement for main programme only.


25 May to 10 July, 10 - 30 September and public holiday periods 23 March to 2 April, 27 April to 1 May and 4 - 6 October:

€735.00 - main programme

€40.00 - extra night & walk at Odeceixe.

€235.00 - single room supplement for main programme only.


€155.00 - solo walker supplement in any period.





What's included.


This package includes: 10 nights bed and breakfast in twin/double room with en suite facilities, 9 simple packed lunches + 1.5 l of water each walk day, baggage transfers during tour, emergency support phone line, 4x4 emergency support vehicle, obligatory personal accident insurance and walk information pack provided by Ramblin'tejano, our licenced recreational activities operator in Portugal.


Excluding: flights, airport transfers (unless requested), travel insurance, dinners, other drinks, personal expenses and gratuities.


Omissions or exclusions from this list does not infer that such items are included.



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