Algarve Coastal Walk

Algarve Coastal Walk information and booking

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$860
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • HOTELS & PENSIONS
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking boots / shoes, sun hat and walking poles. A detailed gear list is provided on booking.

Highlights

  • hike through the impressive coastal scenery of the western Algarve
  • stay in comfortable family run accommodation in pretty coastal towns
  • swim at remote beaches away from the busy resorts
  • arrive at Cape St Vincent on foot, the south-western most point of Portugal

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Experience the renowned beauty of the Algarve coastline well away from the tourist areas on this inspiring walk along enchanting sections of the Atlantic coast. As you make your way towards the south-western most point on the European continent by foot you'll pass idyllic beaches, sand dunes and dramatic steep cliffs that see surprisingly few visitors compared to the busier resort based beaches. The walk has been carefully researched and will be appreciated by those who want to enjoy one of Europe's most celebrated coastal scenes but away from the crowds. Starting in the north the route will have you trekking through the Sudoeste Alentejano en Costa Vicentina Natural Park called to Cape Saint Vincent and finally Cabo de Sao Vincente. The trip will be an assault on the senses with tasty regional specialties and good wine to enjoy, the aroma of eucalyptus and thyme mixed with the fresh sea air, a wide variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna to spot and of course plenty of time to enjoy the traditionally relaxed Portuguese lifestyle.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 nights in simple family run pensions, 3 nights in hotels with swimming pool, all twinshare with private facilities
  • Luggage transfers on days 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • Transfers on days 2, 4, 5 & 7
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 7 day emergency hotline
  • Transfer from and to faro airport (discount available should this not be required)

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Faro Airport, transfer to the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar
On arrival in Faro airport you will be met and transferred to the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar, a journey of just over 2 hours. Your accommodation in this small whitewashed seaside village is a small hotel just 200m from the beach.
Day 2 Walk along fishermans trails to Zambujeira (7hrs)
This morning you start off with a short taxi transfer to the village of Almograve. Your 7-hour walk takes you along the fisherman’s’ trail “Rota Vicentina” along the coast, via Cavaleiro and the lighthouse at Cape Sardao, enjoying spectacular cliffs on the way back to Zambujeira do Mar. (20.7km/ +210m, -210m)
Day 3 Pass by rolling dunes en route to Odeceixe (5-6hrs)
Today you follow the Trilho dos Pescadores again, for 5 to 6 hours along the coast between Zambujeira and Odeceixe. Rolling dunes alternate with rocky shores where storks nest. You pass several beaches and the fishing village of Azenha do Mar, with its nice bar/restaurant. (20km/+220m, -230m)
Day 4 Choice of 2 routes to Vale de Telha (5 or 7hrs)
There is a choice between an unmarked coastal route or the completely way-marked Rota Vicentina / Caminho Historico inland for your walk today. The coastal route is a challenging 7hr walk, in which you constantly traverse narrow gorges from one beautiful beach to the next. Unfortunately, this route is only possible at low tide. So be sure to check the tide schedule well in advance! The inland route offers a very different landscape. For 8km you follow a towpath along an irrigation canal as it winds through varied agriculture fields. After a lunch break at the bakery in Rogil, you follow unsurfaced country roads and tractor tracks through an open landscape of heather and fragrant shrubs, before you descend through a wood to the taxi rank in Aljezur. Accommodation in Vale de Telhaom a comfortable hotel with large rooms, outdoor swimming pool and good restaurant. (min 17.5km – max 21.5km/ +200m, -200m)
Day 5 Transfer to Arrifana and continue to Carrapateira with choice of 2 routes (4 or 7hrs)
Another day to check the tides before you set out as your route choice depends on the days tides. Whatever you choose, you will need a transfer (included). The coastal route begins in the fishing village of Arrifana and it is 19.5 km along the coast, but you will have to cross the high cliffs twice, where there is no beach. The overall ascent/descent is little, but you will have to 'slog' through the loose sand or pick your way across pebble beaches. The inland route is 24km long, but technically easy, because you follow the way-marked Rota Vicentina / Caminho Histórico. There are several possibilities in order to shorten the route. The best part of this route, between Monte Novo and Carrapateira, follows country roads through the inland hills, with alternating bushes, pine forests and open grasslands with old cork and holm oaks. Accommodation in Carrapateira in a typical hostal. (min 12.3km – max 24km) Ascent: min 160m – max 280m Descent: min 230m – max 280m
Day 6 Walk to the historic town of Vila do Bispo (6-7hrs)
Today you walk directly from Carrapateira further south on a 6-hour route, with sections on the coast and others inland, depending on the tides. Near the start of the walk, you’ll have a good chance of spotting fishermen perched high on the cliffs. Your route ends in historic Vila do Bispo, where you send the night at a lovely modern hotel with indoor swimming pool and sauna. (19km / +340m, -280m)
Day 7 Last stage of the walk to Cape St Vincent, transfer back to Vila do Bispo (4-5hrs)
The last hike takes you through pastures and fields along the coast to the most south-western point of Portugal. If the weather is warm, there is an option of stopping for a swim at ‘Praia do Ponto Ruiva’. You walk along a flat track and narrow fishermen’s paths above rocky shores. This last walk of the trip ends at windy Cape Sao Vicente with sweeping views of the ocean. Taxi transfer back to your hotel in Vila do Bispo. (14,5km/ +150m, -200m)
Day 8 Trip concludes
The trip concludes with a transfer back to Faro Airport after breakfast.