Rota Vicentina has just earned the European certification "Leading Quality Trails-Best of Europe", awarded by ERA (European Ramblers Association), the highest authority at European level in the sector of walking trails.
This seal of quality was inspired by the German seal Wanderbares Deutchland Qualitaetsweg, which for many years has certified and recognised the quality of an important network of trails in Germany.
It is a very demanding certification, which checks a number of factors, including the quality and nature of the terrain, landscape beauty, security, access to tourist facilities, information provided to walkers, the quality of route marking, amongst many others.
The survey resulted on the need to improve some technical details, but in essence the Rota Vicentina passed the test with flying colours with a score well above the minimum required.
This is a fundamental step in the international affirmation of the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast as a hiking and nature tourism destination. With this certification, the Rota Vicentina Association hopes to win over even more confidence from an increasingly demanding international public, and consequently, greater renown among potential new walkers.
There are already 12 certified routes, in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Greece. This is therefore a first in all of Western Europe, which gives a huge competitive advantage.
A brochure with the 12 European routes already certified was launched during the ITB, in Berlin.
The Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails along the Sw coast of Portugal that today totals about 400 km of marked trails between Santiago do Cacém and Cape St. Vincent. Inaugurated in 2012, this route was developed in partnership between public authorities and local businessmen, who uphold Nature Tourism as a means for the essential development of this very special region.
Formed by the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail and the new Circular Routes, launched in 2015, the Rota Vicentina offers a unique experience of these two worlds: between the authentic rural culture of the interior and the surprisingly wild coastline of the Sw Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park, which deserve all of our attention, so that they can be preserved for many years to come.
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Source: Rota Vicentina