The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk – 12500G

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Availability: Available soon

Grade: Easy (2/8)

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios.

You’ll see that are still places with more flamingos than tourists, and where centuries’ old traditions are part of the daily life. Tavira, Portimão and Lagos are the centres of our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.

Highlights

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax
  • Spectacular hikes in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, marshes and along the East Algarve coast
  • Charming historical towns of Tavira, Portimão and Lagos
  • Typical fishermen villages and ways of life
  • The protected area of Alvor Estuary is rich in wildlife and especially interesting for birdwatching
  • Amazing hikes in the cliffs, hidden caves and grottoes following scenic Ocean trails in the West Algarve
  • A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident
  • Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region
  • The hospitality and warmth from the local population
  • Portugal is known for its gastronomy and wines, and in the Coastal Algarve you’ll be delighted with the freshest catch of the day and a great variety of quality wines
  • Professional guide to lead the tour and make sure everything runs smoothly

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax

 

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Guided Walking Tour set in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that are still places with more flamingos than tourists, and where centuries’ old traditions are part of daily life. Tavira, Portimão, and Lagos are the centres of this fantastic walking and sightseeing holiday.

In the tranquil coastal East Algarve, the beaches can stretch for many kilometres with few people, and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve teems with birds and sea life. Tourist activity seems secondary to the work of fishermen and shellfish farmers.

Tavira, our first centre, mixes quiet and charming cobbled streets lined by flowered balconies, with the action at the riverfront.

The River Gilão’s estuary meets the Ria Formosa and the Atlantic ocean in a relaxing and rich scenario, dotted with colourful traditional fishing boats. The castle, the dozens of whitewashed churches, and the elegant manor houses provide cultural interest.

The eight-mile beach, across the salt marshes of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, was elected one of the best in the world and is the perfect chill-out zone.

On the other hand, in the West Algarve, the coast surrenders itself to the power of the Atlantic Ocean.

Here the landscape is formed by cliff-top paths, volcanic hills, and dramatic limestone escarpments topped by a carpet of colourful flora changing with the seasons.

Portimão is our first base in the West Algarve, where most of the Algarve population is located. Sat on the banks of the River Arade, the town has a history of sardine fishing and processing. The old and once bustling fishing docks have been remarkably transformed into a scenic promenade.

The quaint tree-lined plazas of the old town show a pleasant collection of historic buildings and pedestrian shopping streets with terraced cafés, bars, and restaurants.

We then head to Lagos, a city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean.

It was from its wide bay, encircled by the fine sands of the Meia Praia Beach, that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador.

It was also here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and where galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas were put into port.

The stretch of the wall bordering the marginal (waterfront) is beautiful, and in the old town, you can find shops, restaurants, tons of history and culture. Last but not least, Lagos comes alive at night with street artists and bars for every taste with live music.

Whichever part of the coastal Algarve we visit in our walking trails, you will find welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines and delicious food, from the freshest fish to regional dishes packed with flavour.

Enjoy our cherry-picked walks, specially designed for this tour, as they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking tour while giving a real sense of holidays.

The Algarve Ultimate Coastal Walk is led by a professional local guide with deep insider’s knowledge of the region. The personal insight that the guide shares with you can make each turn more exciting, and each new vista richly rewarding.

Adds immeasurably to your appreciation of the region, the flora and fauna, the history and the legends, and the ways of the local people.

The dinners and accommodations are at locally owned businesses. It’s an important part of your holidays, especially with the excellent Portuguese cuisine and wines!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival to Faro

Transfer from airport to Hotel.
Depending on our arrival time, a short introductory walk around town will be offered.
Free time until the evening meeting and dinner.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

 

Day 2 – Cacela Velha and Cabanas Walk

An easy walk, close to the coast, starting in the beautiful old village of Cacela Velha, following tracks and quiet lanes to the picturesque old fishing village of Cabanas.
Here fishermen still continue their craft, mixing harmoniously with the visitors crossing to the island and the golden beaches. Here too we can rest, enjoy good food and drink whilst enjoying the sunshine by the colourful waterfront.
We continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where we may see an abundance of wild life along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 14km; 8.76mi / Ascent/descent: 65m/-66m

 

Day 3 – Santa Luzia &  Tavira Island

A real treat as we walk along one of finest beaches in the world and visit the small fishing village of Santa Luzia with its abundance of fishing boats bobbing in the gentle waters of the channel.
This circular walk from and returning to Tavira crosses to Tavira Island via local ferry/water taxi and returns to the mainland on a floating pontoon bridge. Not just a day’s walking but a real day’s holiday as well!
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 17km;10.51mi / Ascent/descent: 21m/-21m

 

Day 4 – Ferragudo Walk /Hotel change

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.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 6.5km;4mi / Ascent/descent: 21m/-21m

 

Day 5 – Alvor & Rocha Walk

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.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 9.41km;5.85mi / Ascent/descent: 87m/-87m

 

Day 6 – Vale de Lama / Hotel change

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 arriving in Lagos with its beautiful waterfront and old historic centre.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 10km;6.3mi / Ascent/descent: 17m/-32m

 

Day 7 – Praia da Luz to Lagos

A wonderful walk along the cliff tops with stunning views all around. The highlights of the area are the spectacular rocks, coves and caves that have been relentlessly carved and shaped by the pounding waves. You can look down on the famous grottos. Looking inland you can see the remnants of old farmhouses and land divisions that marked the territory here when it was once the only source of income. Porto de Mós and Ponta da Piedade cafés provide welcome refreshments.
Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Distance: 9.9km;6.2mi / Ascent/descent: 306m/-293m

 

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer from hotel to Airport.

Info

Maria Nova Hotel, Tavira

Hotel Globo,Portimão

Hotel Aqualuz, Lagos

Hotels

Tavira: Maria Nova Lounge Hotel (4****) or similar

Located a 5-minute walk from Tavira’s bustling town centre, Maria Nova Lounge Hotel – Adults Only enjoys a quiet hillside location. Its modern rooms feature a private balcony. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools.
Maria Nova Lounge Hotel’s rooms are decorated with tiled floors, wooden furniture, and large windows. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom. The rooms have panoramic views.
The Bar Panorâmico offers an extensive list of cocktails and stunning views over Tavira.

 

Portimão: Hotel Globo (3***) or smiliar

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.

 

Lagos: Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartments (4****) or similar 

With its privileged location, 1km away from the closest beach, the Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartments**** is a modern hotel, embellish with light coloured furniture and open door areas. The hotel features spa facilities, a courtyard with four swimming pools and a rooftop terrace. The Club Restaurant serves authentic Algarve cuisine and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool.
All rooms offer satellite TV, an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer and air-conditioning.

 

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax (3 stars hotel)

3 nights in Tavira (4 stars hotel)
2 nights in Portimão (3 stars hotel)
2 nights in Lagos (4 stars hotel)

  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 7 Dinners with drinks included (Lunches can be bought from local shops)

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • 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

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
  • Guide services inside monuments

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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