Walking the Alentejo
Our walks are currently based in our home of the Southern Alentejo region of Portugal. Located in the South West of Portugal, the Alentejo and Vicentinan Coast is the best preserved coastal area of southern Europe. The 110km of wild coastline and 75 thousand hectares of protected area within the SW Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park comprise diverse habitats, many of which are untouched, where you will find several species of endemic plants and animal species, particularly amphibians, birds and sea fauna.
The region is characterised by its high cliffs of very old dark roach on the coast and winding rivers and streams that split this plateau creating deep valleys which are covered in an almost untouched mediterannean undergrowth.
The Alentejo is a region filled with authenticity and the coastal area adds the smooth breeze of the Atlantic, making this region one of the Portuguese favourites.
Having explored the region extensively and selecting the best parts, we bring to you the opportunity of knowing Alentejo as well as any local person.
Portugal's least inhabited region, the wilds of the Alentejo provide a magical home to OLOSW.
Our walks follow part of the Rota Vicentina's Fisherman's trail which is backed by private and public sector entities that consider Nature Tourism an essential tool for the development of responsible tourism in this region. The well-marked paths wind along honey-coloured cliffs, down to deserted beaches and hidden sandy coves, allowing you to discover the wild of Portugal as you visit places only accessible by foot.
The route is breathtaking. Experience the power of the sea pouring over ancient cliffs or on quiet sandy beaches, undergrowths full of colour and aromas, an extraordinary biodiversity of fauna, tranquil woods of cork, wild olive and oak trees, meadows cultivated by man at his leisure visited at night by boars and badgers, a spring which erupts in flowers and colourful insects, an autumn that has mushrooms and edible wild plants, points of contemplation at sea level, at the top of the cliff, in the intimacy of the woods or on top of a hill.
The Southwest of Portugal has a Mediterranean climate with a strong Atlantic influence. The summer season, particularly July and August, can reach dangerously high temperatures and high numbers of tourists making this the season most difficult to walk the Alentejo.
The Autumn months are generally milder in temperature, with ocean temperatures at their warmest.
Southern Portugal experiences the majority of its rain during the winter months, and although rarely reaching freezing, temperatures are much cooler.
From March on, temperatures begin to rise and the reborn landscape and the intensity of the colours and aromas from the fresh wild flowers make spring one of the best seasons to walk the area.