Now is the time to pack your bags and visit the Algarve on this fabulous easy walking holiday in Portugal. The Algarve has much to offer the walker with spectacular coastal scenes. There are still places where there are more flamingos than tourists, and traditions are part of the fabric of life. For example in the tranquil east of the Algarve, secluded beaches can stretch for many miles with no one in sight and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve teems with bird and sea life, tourist activity is secondary to the wildlife and work of the fishermen and shellfish farmers.
The western Algarve is little more populated but has cliffs, volcanic hills with 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 in the Coastal Algarve a fascinating experience!
During this walking holiday in Portugal, you shall stay overnight in 3 towns.
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.
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 is pleasant pedestrian shopping streets, a series of historic buildings, and a tantalising selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants.
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 India were put into port.
Tavira: Maria Nova Lounge Hotel (4star)
Located a 5-minute walk from Tavira’s bustling town centre, Maria Nova Lounge Hotel enjoys a quiet hillside location. Its modern rooms feature a private balcony with panoramic views. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom. The Bar Panorâmico offers an extensive list of cocktails and stunning views over Tavira.
Portimão: Hotel Globo (3star)
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 (4star)
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.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Over the course of the day arrive at Faro airport where you shall be met and transferred the 45 minutes to your hotel in Tavira. Your hotel is located on the highest point above the town and boasts commanding views of the rich and historically diverse architecture that is typical of the coastal town of Tavira. Its numerous churches and chapels are just begging to be explored, as are the fish market and shopping area. The hotel is only a few minutes’ walks from the centre of the town with plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants.
In the morning you shall be transferred to the start of your walk where you walk back to Tavira. This is an easy walk, close to the coast, starting in the beautiful old village of Cacela Velha. You follow paths 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. You now continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where you may see an abundance of wild life along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.
Walking time: 4 hours, Distance: 8.7 miles 14km , Ascent/Descent: 65m/-66m.
First, you take the ferry out to the island of Tavira and walk back to the hotel. This is a real treat as you walk along with 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. The cafés and restaurants here vary from simple to gourmet level and can offer all the local specialities.
Walking time: 3.5 hours, Distance: 10.5 miles 17km, Ascent/Descent: 21m/-21m.
Firstly, a transfer to the start of the walk where you walk to Portimao. You start from Ferragudo´s Light House and follow a stunning coastline westwards towards Portimão. Visit, en route, the charming and very traditional village of Ferragudo before continuing into Portimão itself to finish at the hotel.
Walking time: 2.5 hours, Distance: 5.8 miles 9.5km, Ascent/Descent: 32m/-40m.
Firstly, a transfer to the start of the walk and walk back to your hotel. Today you have a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the photographic 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: 2.5 hours, Distance: 5.8 miles 9.4km, Ascent/Descent: 87m/-87m.
Firstly, a transfer to the start of the walk and continue to your third destination in Lagos. The walk will bring you through gentle countryside to the salt pans on the Alvor Estuary with its abundant bird life. From there you continue to 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: 2.5 hours, Distance: 6.3 miles 10km, Ascent/Descent: 17m/-32m.
Today a wonderful walk along the many cliffs tops with stunning views all around you. 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. During the day Porto de Mós and Ponta da Piedade provide welcome café stops.
Walking time: 2.5 hours, Distance: 6.9 miles 11km, Ascent/Descent: 306m/-293m.
You shall be transferred back to Faro airport to arrive around 2 hours before your flight.
Fly to Faro airport where a transfer is included to your first accommodation. At the end of the trip, a return transfer to Faro airport is included.
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