Best of the Algarve

Best of the Algarve information and booking

from
$1160
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights small family run hotels (3-4 stars)
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots and sun hat (a comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Walking along sections of the Via Algarviana (the long distance footpath across the Algarve) and some specially sourced local trails
  • Experiencing the untouched beauty of Monchique and the Cape St. Vincent Natural Park
  • Relaxing on a stunning beach after a satisfying days walk
  • Soaking up the hospitality of family run hotels

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Portugal's Algarve has long been known for its picturesque beaches, lively towns and laid back lifestyle. Away from the tourist centres there is a huge interior that sees very few visitors and a spectacular coastline that remains unspoilt. This walking route offers a wide variety of walking terrain from mountains and cliff tops, to valleys and coastal ridges. En route view the wonderful diverse flora and fauna and experience first hand the friendliness of the local people. Staying in handpicked family hotels there is plenty of time in the evening to soak up the atmosphere of traditional villages.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation in small family run hotels (3-4 stars) on a twinshare basis with private facilities
  • Baggage transfer
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Detailed walking notes and route maps
  • 7 day service hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in the Algarve, transfer to Silves
Arrival in the Algarve by plane (Faro airport) or train (Tunes station) and a transfer to the town Silves, once the Moorish capital of the Algarve.
Day 2 Walk along the 'levada' and through orange groves (4hrs)
A walk along the 'levada' from Silves through tiny hamlets before returning along quiet country lanes and through groves of citrus fruit - this area is particularly famous for its oranges. Overnight in Silves.
Day 3 Ascend the second highest peak Picota (774m) for stunning views (5hrs)
Transfer after breakfast to the mountains for a walk up to the second highest peak, Picota (774m). The climb is gentle and the view spectacular. Overnight in Monchique.
Day 4 An easier day walking through the valley around Monchique (4hrs)
An easier day today with a walk along the valleys where traditional farming is still practised and then along the lower slopes of the hills surrounding the town of Monchique. Overnight in Monchique.
Day 5 Bird watching, medieval forts and Roman ruins on the walk to Salema (4hrs)
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 medieval forts and Roman ruins along the way. Overnight in Sagres.
Day 6 Walk through Cape St Vincent National Park along ancient tracks to Sagres (5hrs)
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. Overnight in Sagres.
Day 7 Walk to the most south-westerly point of Europe (5hrs)
On your final day of walking 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. Overnight in Sagres.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Transfer back to your departure point.