Portimão: Rambling in the West Algarve – 1600S

Self-Guided Walking

From 535.00 pp

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Availability: January - December

Grade: Moderate (4/8)

Rambling in the West Algarve is an exciting Self-Guided walking tour in a walker’s paradise destination. The climate is perfect for hiking for most of the year, and the countryside teems with wildlife, bright coloured flowers, and picturesque villages. The coastline boasts impressive rock formations, cliffs, secluded beaches and amazing blue seascapes. The base of our tour is Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade, a town with a low-key and relaxed ambience. The adjoining Praia da Rocha is one of the most scenic and famous beach resorts in the Algarve.

Highlights

  • Spectacular hikes in the cliffs, hidden caves and grottoes following scenic Ocean trails
  • Tranquil and surprising walks in the lush green hills
  • The protected area of Alvor Estuary rich in wildlife and especially interesting for birdwatching
  • A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders
  • The hospitality and warmth from the local population.
  • The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
  • Includes all the information and services you need, from detailed route notes to a 24h hotline

Rambling in the West Algarve is an exciting Self-Guided walking tour in a walker’s paradise destination. The climate is perfect for hiking for most of the year, and the countryside teems with wildlife, bright coloured flowers, and picturesque villages. The coastline boasts impressive rock formations, cliffs, secluded beaches and amazing blue seascapes. The base of our tour is Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade, a town with a low-key and relaxed ambience. The adjoining Praia da Rocha is one of the most scenic and famous beach resorts in the Algarve.

The walks in this carefully crafted self-guided tour will let you discover the West Algarve in a very unique way. Fabulous walks along the coast featuring spectacular rock formations, caves, beautiful quiet beaches, rugged cliffs with unforgettable seascapes and quaint fishing villages.

Unexpected inland walks in places where life revolves around the seasons, mostly on non-touristic paths, off the beaten track, giving us an insight into the traditional Algarvian way of life as we walk through ancient farmland, smallholdings, and fragrant orchards.

The beautiful River Arade and its fertile banks, leading to Silves the ancient Moorish capital of the Algarve.

The sheltered Alvor estuary is a natural haven with a wide array of habitats and rich biodiversity. The walks use quiet paths and lanes to take us through a variety of landscapes from salt marshes, farmland, pastures and orchards. It’s great for birdlife observation, so pack your binoculars!

There we can appreciate the ever changing blues and greens of the inner lagoons, as well as the beautiful Rocha Delicada (‘Delicate Rock’ or ‘Elegant Rock’), an ochre rock formation.

The scenic village of Ferragudo, an excellent example of a typical fishing village, with an array of colourful fishing boats and whitewashed houses lined in cool blue.

This West Algarve self-guided walking tour really does have something for everyone, and you’ll be spoilt by the variety and beauty of the hiking locations.

The light and weather on the West Algarve are fantastic, even during the winter months, making of it a lovely region for walking and nature activities. In the small cobbled streets of picturesque villages, you’ll find whitewashed houses, cafes and a tranquil way of life.

Whichever part of the West Algarve your walking trails leads you, you will find welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines and delicious food, from the freshest of fish to regional dishes packed with flavour.

To get under the skin of the West Algarve and to see it at its best, enjoy our cherry-picked walks, for they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking holiday while giving a real sense of place.

Surely is for it that we offer this walking tour: Rambling in the West Algarve, based in Portimão!

Our self-guided walking tours are thoroughly designed and include all the information you need, from detailed maps and route notes to a 24h hotline. The accommodation, airport transfers, and transports are included in the walking program.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Faro

Fly to Faro and transfer by road to Portimão, taking approximately 1h.

 

Day 2 – Rocha Delicada

This walk in centred on the Alvor estuary. This protected natural haven contains a wide array of habitats. The walk uses quiet paths and lanes to take us through a variety of landscapes from salt marshes, farmland, pastures and orchards. It’s great for birdlife observation, so pack your binoculars.
We can contemplate the ever changing shades of blue and green along the secluded inner lagoon, as well as the beautiful Rocha Delicada (‘Delicate’ or ‘Elegant Rock’), an ochre promontory formed during the Miocene period.
Embedded in its calcareous rock face, it is possible to detect some marine fossils from this remote period, mainly composed of oyster, scallop and clam specimens.
The walk finishes at the attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande with cafés and restaurants for a welcome cooling drink. If there is time before the train back to Portimão enjoy a stroll through the village.

Distance: 8 km /  Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 3 – Estômbar

This walk starts in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. We follow the valley of the river Arade visiting the Ecological Park of Fontes, an attractive beauty spot on the way.
The route itself enables us to explore this river valley following quiet tracks and paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife.
We finish in Silves, the ancient capital of the Algarve. We have time to visit this historic town before returning to Portimão.

Distance: 10 km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 4 – Ferragudo

From Ferragudo´s Light House we follow a stunning coastline westwards to Portimão & Praia da Rocha. We visit en route the charming and very traditional village of Ferragudo before continuing into Portimão itself to finish at the stunning Praia da Rocha.

Distance: 10 km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 5 – Figueira

This imaginatively designed walk in the rolling hillsides just inland from Portimão enables us to visit and appreciate an area hidden from normal tourism, giving us an insight into the traditional Algarvian way of life as we walk through ancient farmland, smallholdings and the “dry” orchards so typical of this area, to finish in the attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande.

Distance: 12.6 km / Ascent/descent: +/- 60m

 

Day 6 – Alvor – Rocha

Today we offer 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 colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wild flowers.

Distance: 9.2 km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 7 – Vale de Lama

Starting from the village of Odiáxere we walk through gentle countryside to the salt pans on the Alvor Estuary with its abundant bird life. We then parallel the extensive Lagos beach where, at any time, we can drop down to the sea for a rest and a swim. We crown the day with a visit to Lagos with its beautiful waterfront and old historic centre.

Distance: 10 km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 8 – Individual departure or extra days

At a convenient time, departure to Faro Airport or Faro Train station.

Info

Hotel Globo,Portimão

Hotel

Hotel Globo (3***) or similar

This modern design hotel on the Algarve Coast offers panoramic views of the city of Portimão and the River Arade. It features a stylish rooftop restaurant and a gym.
The bright rooms at Hotel Globo are decorated with modern furniture. They include a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a work desk. Some rooms have a spacious seating area with sofas and armchairs.
Guests can enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine complemented by regional wines in the rooftop restaurant, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The bar serves light snacks and refreshing drinks in an elegant setting.

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin room for two pax (3 stars hotel)
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • Half-board available with surcharge (buffet dinner at the hotel without drinks)

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer from airport / train station / bus station to the hotel on the first day
  • Transfers from the hotel to airport / train station / bus station on last day
  • Transports to walking/activities sites, if applicable

Your information pack includes

  • Accommodation vouchers
  • Taxi vouchers
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • General information about your holiday and destination
  • List of hotel(s)
  • Directions for arriving at your first hotel, if applicable
  • Detailed maps and route notes in your own mobile with App Routes & Maps (or detailed travel documents 1x per room)
  • Travel Advice
  • Complimentary luggage transfer if there is more than one hotel
  • Assistance 24/7

Exclusions

Any services not listed as included

  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements

Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our Guided and Self-Guided holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday.

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