The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Availability: Available soon

Grade: Moderate (4/8)

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

In the tranquil East Algarve, secluded beaches can stretch for many kilometres with no one in sight and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve teems with birds and sea life; tourist activity is secondary to the wildlife and work of the fishermen and shellfish farmers.

The West Algarve is more populated, but has cliffs, volcanic hills and dramatic limestone escarpments. This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourishes in its mild sunny winters and long hot summers.

Anchor cemetery in Barril Beach Tavira

Anchor cemetery in Barril Beach Tavira

All this, combined, makes walking in the Coastal Algarve a fascinating experience with surprising sites and landscapes.

Tavira, at the centre of the Eastern Algarve, mixes old-Portuguese charm – cobbled streets, bougainvillea-hung balconies – with a workaday fisherman’s riverfront.

Its ruined castle, churches and elegant merchants’ houses provide cultural interest, while the eight-mile beach, across the salt marshes of Ria Formosa Natural Park, is a perfect chill out zone. The River Gilão estuary meets the Ria Formosa and the Atlantic ocean in a tranquil and rich scenario, dotted with colourful traditional fishing boats.

Whitewashed walls west Algarve village

Whitewashed walls west Algarve village

Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade, was traditionally a centre for sardine fishing and processing. Today the city’s old and once bustling fishing docks have been remarkably transformed into a scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Bordering this are pleasant pedestrian shopping streets, a series of historic buildings, and a tantalising selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Walking in Lagos centre

Walking in Lagos centre

Lagos is a city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean. It was from its wide bay, encircled by the fine sands of Meia Praia that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador; it was here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas or spices from the India put into port.

These are the three centers of our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.

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 walking holidays  and Self-Guided walking 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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Please consult our Travel Insurance page, where you’ll be able to get more detailed info about insurance requirements and an immediate quote for your trip.