This post was written by Ralph Starks, a blogger and traveler who enjoys exploring the world in the best ways possible.

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The Fisherman’s Trail is a long-distance hike and one of the most popular in Lagos, Portugal, it will take you through a coastal route that winds along rugged cliffs and pristine beaches. It’s usually seven days long, where you will be able to check out some of the most stunning landscapes, charming villages, and hidden gems that the Algarve region has to offer.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just looking for a memorable escape, the Fisherman’s Trail promises an unforgettable journey.

So, lace up your hiking boots and start your journey but before that, you need to plan your adventure very carefully, you’ll be walking several miles per day and staying in different places each day, you’ll need to book accommodation in advance and pack light.

If you want to avoid all the hassle, you can opt for a tour company like OrbisWays, which specializes in walking holidays like West Highland Way, Fisherman Trail, and several others. That way you have more time to focus on your trip!

The Fisherman Trail

The fisherman trail covers a total of 89 km (55 miles) and starts from the picturesque seaside town of Porto Covo, known for its dramatic cliffs and awesome beaches.

Make sure to take a stroll around the town and enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant before starting your journey.

Your final destination is Odeceixe, another iconic village where the Seixe River meets the sea. Here you will be able to explore the cobblestone streets and savor traditional Portuguese dishes.

Along the way, you’ll find several highlights, small towns, and natural attractions. Here are some of them:

  • Almograve: There’s a high chance that you’ll be spending a night here, you’ll find a stunning beach packed with an iconic reddish dune.
  • Zambujeira do Mar: A typical fishing village that’s well known for its pristine beaches, you’ll be able to take a swim and visit the Cape Sardao Lighthouse.

Planning Your Hike

In case you want to walk this trail on your own without the help of a tour you need to make sure you get some stuff right, and with those tips, you’ll be ready to go.

The first thing is getting your accommodations in place beforehand, getting a pair of good and sturdy shoes, and getting a quality backpack and packing light (remember that you’ll be carrying that every day for long distances).

Plan Ahead

Before embarking on the Fisherman’s Trail, do your research. Understand the trail length, difficulty level, and any permits required.

Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Bring a physical map and use a good hiking app to navigate the trail, make sure the app lets you use its features offline.

Footwear Matters

The terrain can be uneven, so invest in sturdy hiking boots with good traction and a pair of high-quality insoles.

Comfortable socks are important to prevent blisters. Try your footwear before hitting the trail to avoid discomfort, walk a few days with them to make sure they are okay.

Pack Light, But Pack Smart

Make sure to just carry the essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, and a fully charged phone as well as a power bank and a backup phone.

Leave unnecessary items behind to lighten your load, but don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is an essential aspect of your hike, the coastal climate can be deceiving. Even on cooler days, you’ll need to stay hydrated.

Bring a refillable water bottle and take sips regularly, as well as a small water punch you can’t carry or attach to your backpack.