The Best of the Algarve

For many years the Algarve has been overlooked as a walking destination but away from the tourist complexes there is a huge interior that sees very few visitors and a spectacular coastline that remains unspoilt.

This walking holiday will show you the very best scenery, the wonderful diverse flora and fauna and you can experience for yourselves the warm welcome of the local people. Your route incorporates parts of the Via Algarviana (the long distance footpath across the Algarve) together with locally sourced trails to allow you see the very best of this region.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5 hotels in 7 nights
  • The very best that the region has to offer
  • Go off the beaten track and discover a very different Algarve
  • Superb flora and fauna

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival in the Algarve either by plane or train and a transfer to the town Silves, once the Moorish capital of the Algarve.

Day 2. A walk along the ‘levada’ from Silves town through tiny hamlets before returning along quiet country lanes and through groves of citrus fruit – this area is particularly famous for its oranges, 15km / 9.7miles. Overnight Silves.

Day 3. Transfer after breakfast to the mountains for a walk up to the second highest peak (Picota), the climb is gentle and the view spectacular, 17km / 10.5miles. Overnight Monchique.

Day 4. After yesterday’s exertions today is a breeze! You have a half day walk on the Alvor esturary – a local nature reserve. if the tide is low you can watch the locals collect clams and other shell fish in the tidal flats, 7.5km / 5 miles. Overnight Lagos.

Day 5. Transfer after breakfast to the start of the walk: a very different scene as you pass through the Budens wetlands home to a wide variety of birds. Then it is up onto the cliff tops, taking you along the coastal path to Salema passing mediaeval forts and Roman ruins along the way, 14km /9.2miles. Overnight in Salema.

Day 6. Today you walk through the Cape St Vincent Natural Park, following the coastal path and ancient tracks dropping down to sandy bays on your way to Sagres, 16km / 10.0miles. Overnight in Sagres.

Day 7. On your final day you walk to the ‘end of the world’ – this is what the Romans called Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point in Europe famous for its spectacular cliffs and wild sea, 14km / 8.6miles. Overnight Sagres.

Day 8. Transfer back to your departure point.

INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in a twin room with en-suite facilities, all our accommodation would be classified as 3 – 4 stars and are small family run guesthouses and hotels.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Transfers to and from your arrival point
  • Transfers as per itinerary and movement of luggage
  • Detailed walking notes and maps

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 7 lunches
  • 7 dinners
Closest Airport – Faro in the Algarve or travel down from Lisbon by train
Cost per person:
October – March: 670 euro, April – June and September: 695 euro
Single room supplement: 120 euro
Single transport supplement if only one walking: 125 euro