The East Algarve sees a lot fewer tourists than other parts of this region, meaning that visitors will be rewarded with a more peaceful and authentic experience!
Tavira, our base for this walking holiday, is a scenic town located on both sides of the meandering Gilão River.
Group Walking in Tavira Island
From here, you’ll walk to villages and landscapes in the Caldeirão Mountains, following trails crossing the Algarve way, and coastal gems, along the amazing Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Tavira is an ancient Moorish town that has retained its unique character and heritage. A place full of charm, with cobblestones, beautiful tree-lined streets, and traditional Portuguese architecture.
There are plenty of historic buildings, including a castle, multiple Gothic and Renaissance churches, an old Roman bridge crossing the Gilão.
The river flows into the Ria Formosa National Park, a haven for natural life with absolutely stunning vistas. Across the canal, the sandy, unspoiled beaches of Tavira’s island, one of the most beautiful in the world.
Fishing boat – Santa Luzia
Another walks along the coast will lead us to quaint coastal villages such as Santa Luzia, Cabanas, and Cacela Velha.
Inland, we wind our way between hills and valleys to the low peak of Zimbral, with wide rewarding views, and Cachopo, high in the Caldeirão Mountains.
Ancient trails will take us past farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and carob orchards.
Sometimes we walk beside rivers; other times amongst the pines and cork oaks.
Through most of our season, we are presented with an endless and ever-changing procession of beautiful flowers.
This is an escorted walking tour, designed by local resident leaders.
Day 1 – Arrival to Faro
We’ll meet you at the airport and bring you to the Hotel.
Short introductory walk around Tavira. Free time until evening meeting.
Day 2 – Zimbral Walk
Wonderful walk through open rolling hillsides. Spectacular views allow a tremendous appreciation of the region.
We walk through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley full of orange orchards and small holdings.
Day 3 – Santa Luzia and Tavira Island walk
A remarkably varied walk on the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Our walk takes us through Tavira’s salt pans which date back thousands of years.
We take a relaxing break in the fishing village of Santa Luzia with its glorious waterfront. And we walk along Tavira Island’s beach regarded by many as one of the finest in the world with its vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters.
The walk will feature a fascinating boat ride between Tavira & Tavira Island.
Day 4 – Free Day
This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of Tavira and surroundings.
You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Tavira there is a wide variety of sightseeing available (we can advise and/or recommend options according to your interests). On free time keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Castro Marim in the fens and marshes of the “Reserva Natural do Sapal”, famous for their flamingos, or enjoy other local sightseeing tours.
Day 5 – Manta Rota to Cabanas Walk
Classic coastal walk following the inner shoreline and visiting the iconic village of Cacela Velha before arriving in Cabanas for a well-earned rest in one of the many cafés lining this spectacular waterfront. From here we will return to Tavira.
Day 6 – Santa Catarina Cerâmica walk
An inland walk through one of most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve.
Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside we walk through reflects this. We will also pass tiny brick and tile works whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.
Day 7 – Fuzeta to Tavira Walk
A lovely walk following the Algarve’s Ecovia. We pass by old estates with orange, figs and almond orchards and through the salt pans of Fuzeta where we are able to appreciate the rich birdlife of the area.
Day 8 – Departure
Free time until Transfer from Tavira to Faro Airport.
Maria Nova Hotel, Tavira
Maria Nova Hotel, Tavira
Maria Nova Adults Lounge Hotel (4****)or similar
Located a 5-minute walk from Tavira’s bustling town centre, Maria Nova Lounge Hotel enjoys a quiet hillside location. Its modern rooms feature a private balcony, large windows, a minibar, satellite TV, and an en-suite bathroom.
Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools. The Bar Panorâmico offers panoramic views over Tavira.
7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax (4 stars hotel)
Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
Fit for solo travellers – single room with surcharge (limited availability)
Extra nights available on request
7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day, at 12:00h – group transfer
Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day, at 12:00h – group transfer
All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost
Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day
Walks and Activities
Walks according to program
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)
Guide services inside monuments
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