Via Algarviana – The Algarve Way (coastal route)

The ‘Via Algarviana – the Algarve Way’ was inaugurated in May 2009. It is a fully way marked long distance footpath between Alcoutim on the Spanish border and Cape St. Vincent (the most south-westerly point in Europe) and the Via Algarviana now forms part of the European network of walking routes as the most westerly extension of the GR13.

The walking is more challenging mainly because of the distances involved but if these do seem too much we can start you each day further along the trail. Our holiday allows you the opportunity to experience the last 130km of this 240km trail offering you a wide variety of walking from mountains to cliff tops and very much more in between. This walking holiday is only for those with a good overall level of fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Long distance walking along the new GR13
  • Fabulous scenery
  • Traditional Algarve at its best
  • Challenging but rewarding

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival in the Algarve either by plane or train and a transfer to Silves. Overnight Silves.

Day 2 – Transfer after breakfast to the start of the days walk at Messines. The route today takes you through a wide variety of scenery from low lying limestone hills to the orange groves at the centre of the Algarve’s fruit industry and passing by the Funcho and Arade lakes, 24km. Overnight Silves.

Day 3 – Transfer to the start of the walka more challenging day today as you climb 500m to the town of Monchique but you are rewarded with some magnificent vistas along the way both down to the coast and northwards into the Alentejo, 16.2km. Overnight Monchique.

Day 4 – Transfer after breakfast to the start of the trail which is long but downhill passing through the foothills of the Serra de Monchique where traditional agriculture is still practised to the historic town of Aljezur,17.5km. Overnight Aljezur.

Day 5 – A short transfer to just beyond Aljezur to find your trail, which is also part of the Rota Vicentina.This takes you through unspoilt countryside before dropping down to walk around the spectacular Pontal headland with its stunning coastal scenery to the village of Carrapateira and then through the countryside to Pedralva, 20km. Overnight Pedralva.

Day 6 – A shorter walk to day through the Cape St Vincent Natural Park to the historical town of Vila do Bispo, 12km / 7.5 miles. Overnight Vila do Bispo.

Day 7 –The final day is along the Sagres peninsula, easy almost flat walking that takes you to the ‘End of the World’ – Cape St Vincent and its awe inspiring cliffs, 14km. 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 places.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 picnics
  • Transfers to and from your arrival point
  • Transfers as per itinerary and movement of luggage
  • Route maps & GPS corodinates

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 7 dinners
Closest Airport – Faro in the Algarve or Lisbon and travel down by train.
Cost per person: October – March: 690 euro
April – June and mid to late September: 765 euro
Single room supplement: 120 euro
Single transport supplement if only one person travelling: 155 euro