Self Guided West Algarve

Walking Tours Algarve

About This Walk

The West Algarve has spectacular cliffs and maritime scenery, and its varied geology produced a rich range of landscapes, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments. This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourishes in its mild sunny winters and long hot summers. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating.This walk is designed to offer a good mix of coastal and inland scenery, so that you too can discover the huge welcoming heart of the Algarve.


Glorious Beaches

Cliffs & Coves

Good mix of Coastal & inland scenery

Busy Marina




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Praia da Rocha to Vale de Lama
7 nights
€635 pp

Day 1: Arrival in Faro

Private transfer from Faro to Praia da Rocha, 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.

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 Praia da Rocha enjoy 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, ancient capital of the Algarve. We have time to visit this historic town before returning to Praia da Rocha.

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

Or we can arrange extra days

Our prices are per person based on 2 sharing:

Season A

Price per person in Twin room: €635.00 per person

Season B

Price per person in Twin room: €669.00 per person

Season C

Price per person in Twin room: € 789.00 per person

Season D

Price per person in Twin room: € 859.00 per person


Season A             – 01/01/21 to 25/03/21 & 01/11/21 to 15/12/21

Season B             – 26/03/21 to 25/05/21 & 01/10/21 to 31/10/21

Season C             – 26/05/21 to 25/06/21 & 16/09/21 to 30/09/21

Season D             – 26/06/21 to 02/07/21 & 08/09/21 to 15/09/21


Airport Transfer to the Hotel on first and last day

7 night’s Hotel Accommodation in en-suite rooms

7 buffet breakfast in the hotel

All land travel as outlined

All self-guided walks as outlined


Flights which can be arranged for you

Travel Insurance

We are licensed and bonded so your money is fully protected by the Irish Government.

Júpiter Algarve Hotel ****

Located in Praia da Rocha and just a quick walk from the beach, marina, stores, restaurants, bars and casino, Jupiter Algarve Hotel is the ideal place for all of those looking for a truly memorable stay.
The hotel rooms feature a themed décor inspired by the Ocean, high speed wi-fi, LCD TV (national and international channels + free sportTV), personal hygiene products and 24h room service. The facilities include a SPA and restaurant.

Jupiter Hotel

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