It’s been claimed as one of the best coastal trails in the world – The Fisherman’s Trail – a 120km stretch of sandy Portuguese track with 4,000m of ascent/descent, winding its way through the Vicentina Coast Natural Park. The Fisherman’s Trail forms part of the Rota Vicentina, a comprehensive 450km network of walking trails in Southwest Portugal, winding its way between rural and coastal settings.
I’ve been eyeing up the Fisherman’s Trail for around 6 months now, and finally the perfect window of opportunity presented itself. I flew to Lisbon accompanied by videographer James Hustler who documented this mini-adventure in moving and still images. We camped our way along the route, and covered the 120km in 3 days (so around a marathon a day).
Starting in a small town called Porto Covo, a couple of hours drive south from Lisbon, the Fishermans’s Trail hugs the silhouette and contours of the coastline all the way down to Europe’s most westerly point; Sagres.
I have visited this stretch of coastline numerous times in the past on surf trips (and I really recommend it for this by the way!). But this time it’s different; a change of discipline and a change of pace. Running along this beautiful coastline offers up the chance to observe and soak it all up at a steady jogging speed – the atmosphere, nature, people, old fortifications, beaches, cliffs, pine forests, estuaries, villages and much, much more.
I absolutely loved this challenge, and would you believe the weather smiled with sun and 25 degrees all week!
The Fisherman’s Trail forms part of the Rota Vicentina, a network of pathways which let you tap into around 450km of marked footpaths in SW Portugal, meandering between rural villages and landscapes to wild coastline.