The Ultimate Coastal Algarve

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.

Call 0818 333 990 /  046 90 68600 or email info@uwalk.ie

 

Itinerary:

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.

Walk

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

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

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.

 

Price per person: From €599 based on 2 sharing

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

Call 0818 333 990 /  046 90 68600 or email info@uwalk.ie

 

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

Call 0818 333 990 /  046 90 68600 or email info@uwalk.ie

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