Walk On The Clifftops. The Rock Strata Are Particularly Varied And Very Colourful, From White Limestone To Red Sandstone.

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk

About This Walk

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Self-Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that there 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 our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.

 

Highlights:

• 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
• 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

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East to West Algarve
(72 Km)
7 Nights

The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Self-Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that there 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 our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.

In the tranquil coastal 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 the work of fishermen and shellfish farmers.

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The first base of the tour is Tavira, in the East Algarve. The town mixes charming cobbled streets lined by flowered balconies, with the fishing activity at the riverfront. Its castle, the numerous whitewashed churches, and the elegant manor houses provide cultural interest, while the eight-mile beach, across the salt marshes of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, creates a relaxing and rich scenario, dotted with colourful traditional fishing boats.

The West Algarve coast surrenders itself to the power of the Atlantic Ocean. More populated than the other end, here the landscape is formed by cliff-top paths, 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.

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Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade, is the first base in the West Algarve. 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. Pleasant pedestrian shopping streets border the area with a series of historic buildings and a tantalizing selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants.

You 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 Meia Praia that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador; it was here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and where galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas, or spices from India, 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.

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Whichever part of the Coastal Algarve your walking trails lead you, you will find a welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines, and delicious food, from the fresh-caught of the day to regional dishes packed with flavour.

To see the Coastal Algarve at its best, enjoy our cherry-picked walks, for they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking holiday.

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.

Day 1 – Arrival at Tavira

Individual arrival to Faro Airport or Faro train station.

Day 2 – Cacela Velha and Cabanas Walk

Transport to the beginning of the walk & walk back.
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 you can rest, enjoy good food and drink whilst enjoying the sunshine by the colourful waterfront. Continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where you may see an abundance of wildlife along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.

Walking time: 4h / Distance: 14km; 8.76 miles / Ascent/Descent: 65m/-66m

Day 3 – Santa Luzia & Tavira Island

Circular walk; service ferry out to the island of Tavira; walk back to the hotel.
A real treat as you walk along with one of the 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.
The cafés and restaurants here vary from simple to gourmet level and can offer all the local specialities. Not just a day’s walking but a real day’s holiday as well!

Walking time: approx. 3.5 hrs. / Dist.: 17km/10.51mi / Ascent/Descent: 21m/-21m

Day 4 – Ferragudo Walk /Hotel change

Transport to the start of the walk & walk back. The driver will drop you at the beginning of the walk and drive to Portimão to deposit the bags in the Hotel.
From Ferragudo´s Light House follow a stunning coastline westwards to Portimão. Visit, en route, the charming and very traditional village of Ferragudo before continuing into Portimão itself to finish at the hotel.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hrs. / Dist.: 9.5km/5.8mi / Ascent/Descent: 32m/-40m

Day 5 – Alvor – Rocha Walk

Transport to the start of the walk & walk back.
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 wildflowers.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hrs. / Dist.: 9.4km/5.8mi / Ascent/Descent: 87m/-87m

Day 6 – Vale de Lama / Hotel change

Transport to the start of the walk & walks back to Hotel.
The driver will drop you at the beginning of the walk and drive to Lagos to deposit the bags in the Hotel.
The walk will bring you through gentle countryside to the salt pans on the Alvor Estuary with its abundant birdlife. From there you’ll parallel the extensive Lagos beach where, at any time, you can drop down to the sea for a rest and a swim. To crown the day you’ll be arriving in Lagos with its beautiful waterfront and old historic centre.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hrs. / Dist.: 10.15km/6.3mi / Ascent/Descent: 17m/-32m

Day 7 – Praia da Luz to Lagos

Transport to the beginning of the walk starts & walk back
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.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hrs. / Dist.: 11km/6.9mi / Ascent/Descent: 306m/-293m

Day 8 – Individual departure or extra days

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

Please contact our reservations team to enquire about prices. 

 

What’s Included

Accommodation:
7 nights in a twin room for two pax:
3 nights in Tavira (4 stars hotel)
2 nights in Portimão (3 stars hotel)
2 nights in Lagos (4 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 the 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
Option of language
Trip documents can be provided in English or German.

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

Hotel Maria Nova 4* in Tavira

AP Maria Nova Lounge is an outstanding 4-star property overlooking the picturesque town of Tavira. Its stunning location in the popular tourist region of Portugal’s Algarve makes it a great choice for those seeking sun, beaches, culture, and breathtaking scenery.

The bright, spacious, and sophisticated rooms all come with ensuite, mini-bar, satellite TV, and their very own terrace. There are also two swimming pools, a poolside snack bar, car parking, conference facilities, games room, two bars, and the ‘Tabira’ restaurant for guests to avail of during their stay. At the Health Club, guests can relax and enjoy the Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool or unwind in the sauna.

The AP Maria Nova Lounge is also ideal as a base for guests who come to the Algarve to sample some of the regions incredible golf courses.

Hotel Maria Nova

 

Hotel WHE 3* in Portimão

The 3-star Whe Hotel Portimao lies nearly a 25-minute walk from the Praia dos Tres Castelos Rocha Beach, and offers proximity to a ferry port. At the hotel you’ll find 24-hour front desk assistance, room services and ironing.

This Portimao hotel has 71 rooms with a balcony and a seating area. Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels along with a mini-fridge-bar and coffee/tea makers are provided. Some rooms are fitted with a bath and a shower.

The accommodation is in the centre of Portimao, within a short distance from Visconde de Bivar. Portimao Arena is approximately 17 minutes’ stroll away, while Portimao Jesuit College Church is just off this modern hotel. A 25-minute stroll will take you to Beach Tres Castelos. Whe Hotel is 0.5 km away from Portimao airport.

Whe Hotel Portimao

 

Hotel Águahotels Vila Branca 3* in Lagos

Água Hotels Vila Branca offers the ideal conditions for family holiday, combining the tranquillity and serenity of a house with the Hotel service commodities! Located near the heart of the city of Lagos, less than 1 km from the walled city or Porto de Mos beach, the resort consists of large studios and one and two bedroom apartments. The Resort also offers a bar, 4 outdoor swimming pools (two of them for children), surrounded by small gardens and a pool bar. To complete your experience, we invite you to dine with us at the Restaurante da Vila and delight yourself with our dishes inspired in Italian gastronomy.

 

Água Hotels Vila Branca

Additional extras or upgrades are available upon request at extra charge.

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