Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.
We have selected a mix of walks through coastal, mountain, and inland scenery that will present us with different facets of this beautiful area and its diverse landscape.
The varied geology of the area helps produce a rich diversity of scenery from granitic mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs; this diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourish in the equable climate of mild, sunny winters and long, hot summers. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating.
Silves, view from the Castle
From the “classic” sections of the Algarve coast with its perfect sandy beaches and rugged headlands of Portimão to the splendorous old towns like Silves and Lagos, the walks in this tour take us to all the right places so that we may discover the huge welcoming heart of the Algarve.
Our varied offer ranges from the verdant hills around the small town of Monchique where we have fine views over the surrounding hillsides to the small local villages where working life continues as it has for centuries. Around here carob and olives are cultivated on farms and smallholdings, along with oranges and other citrus fruit, pomegranates, almonds, and an abundance of other produce.
West Algarve, Silves walk
Our search for the hidden gems of the Western Algarve continues as we reach Sagres in the edge of the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina, the most south-westerly point of Europe where there is a chance to appreciate and most certainly view the abundant birdlife on one of the most important migratory routes of spring and autumn.
Sagres, Cape St Vincent
Our center for this week is Lagoa. Historic records show that in the past, the area was occupied by the Arabs that settled around a small lagoon whose marshes were dried to create fertile lands and housing. The potential of the region of Lagoa contributed decisively to the economic development of the area, nowadays based on agriculture, fishing, small industry, and tourism. It is also famed for wine production, with its soft and fruited wines gathering fans all over the world.
Day 1 – Arrival
Fly to Faro and transfer to Lagoa. If time allows, an introductory walk will be offered.
Day 2 – Estômbar
Our walking day program starts in the traditional village of Estômbar, in the West Algarve. Along the fertile valley of the River Arade, perfumed with the orange blossom scent, we follow quiet tracks and paths, enjoying the impressive natural landscape.
On the way, we visit the ecological park Sítio das Fontes, one of Algarve’s hidden gems, teeming with birdlife. Throughout the park, we find the largest limestone springs in the Algarve and an old mill house.
Our walk ends in Silves, a historical city, and the ancient capital of the Moorish Algarve, where we’ll have time for a relaxed lunch and to sightsee.
Distance: app 10 km/6.2mi; Ascent/descent: 46m/-66m; Highest point: 46m
Day 3 – Monchique
Today we head into the hills of the Serra de Monchique. Our walk offers panoramic views of some of the most beautiful parts of the Algarve.
The mountainous area of the Serra de Monchique stands in complete contrast to the rest of the Algarve. This is a green wooded area, decked in cork, chestnut, pine, and eucalyptus trees.
There are rivers, small streams, and refreshing springs. The valley floors are rich and fertile, yielding an abundance of fruit and vegetables. It is no wonder this area is often called “the garden of the Algarve”.
Distance: app 10km/6.2mi; Ascent/descent: +-330m; Highest point: 637m
Silves, view from the Castle
Day 4 – Alvor & Praia da Rocha
Today we´ll be presented with a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the much-photographed beach at Praia da Rocha, one of the best in the Algarve.
The rock strata are particularly varied and very colorful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wildflowers.
Distance: app 9km/5.5mi; Ascent/descent: 107m/-86m; highest point: 42m
Ponta da Piedade Walk
Day 5 – Ponte da Piedade & Lagos
We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk starting from the small village and resort of Luz.
On this walk we follow a coastal path to Lagos, visiting on the way Ponta da Piedade where the famous sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos.
The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have time to sightsee in this attractive town that was an important Roman settlement called ‘Lacobriga’. A variety of ancient Roman & medieval ruins remains, including the old slave market.
Distance: app. 11km/6.8mi; Ascent/descent: 260 m/-263 m; Highest point: 95m
Barao de Sao Joao
Day 6 – Barão Villages
Today we head inland for a walk that takes in the villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel.
These charming, rural, and peaceful villages are characterized by the typical white houses with a colored border around the windows and doors.
This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.
Distance: app 14km/8.6mi; Ascent/descent: +190m/-191m; Highest point: 180m
Fisherman on the rocks, in Sagres
Day 7 – Sagres & Cabo de São Vicente
Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates in Sagres, the most westerly town in the Algarve.
This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon.
We finish our walk-in Cabo de S. Vincente, whose spectacular cliffs were once believed to be the end of the world.
Distance: app 8km/4.9mi; Ascent/descent: +88m/-121m; Highest point: 83m
Day 8 – Departure
At a convenient time transfer to the Airport.
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