Algarve – From Mountains to Sea

Algarve, Portugal

Holiday overview

Destination

Portugal


Type

Self Guided, Tailor Made


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 575 pp


Duration

7 nights


Away from the popular tourist spots, much of the Algarve remains totally unspoilt.

Away from the popular tourist spots much of the Algarve remains totally unspoilt. This walking holiday begins in the mountains of Monchique, an area designated as an EC Natura 2000 site chosen for the beauty and rarity of the landscape. Because the area is so special you will spend three nights here before setting off southwards through remote foothills to the town and fishing port of Lagos. Your walk for the next three days follows the coastal path with its spectacular views all the way to the fishing port of Sagres, famous for its links with Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and discovery of the West African coast. Much of the coast here and the coastal path lies within the Cape St. Vincent Natural Park, a protected area famous not only for its spectacular scenery but also its rare flora and fauna. This is moderately easy walking for anyone of average fitness. The length of each days walk can be shortened if required. This is a flexible walking holiday.

 

Price:

October to March £515.00 per person. April, May, June and September £575.00 per person. Single supplement £125.00.

 

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities and breakfasts.
  • Transport to and from your arrival point in the Algarve.
  • Luggage transfers.
  • Comprehensive walking notes and emergency backup.

 

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Drinks with meals
  • All meals that are not mentioned above.

 

Departure Dates:

This holiday can start on the day of your choice. Because of the mild winters and hot summers this walking holiday is available all year round EXCEPT July and August.

Day 1:

Arrival in the Algarve and transfer to Monchique.

 

Day 2:

A walk along the slopes of Mount Foia, through ancient woodland and then down the valley where traditional farming is still practised

14 kms/8.6miles. Overnight in Monchique.

 

Day 3:

Monchique Town to Picota, a circular walk through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Serra de Monchique with spectacular views down to the coast.

17 kms/10.5 miles. Overnight in Monchique.

 

Day 4:

Transfer to Arao, followed by a walk through unspoilt countryside with fabulous views both to mountain and sea. Continue along the banks of the Bravura Lake to be met and transferred to your hotel.

11 kms/7 miles. Overnight in Lagos.

 

Day 5:

Explore the handsome, historical town of Lagos and then a half-day walk along the coast to the Alvor estuary where local fishermen harvest oysters.

10 kms/6.2 miles. Overnight in Lagos.

 

Day 6:

Walk through the Budens wetlands, home to a variety of birds, and then up onto the cliff tops, taking the coastal path from Lagos to Salema passing medieval forts and Roman ruins along the way.

17 kms/9.2 miles. Overnight in Salema.

 

Day 7:

Through the Cape St Vincent Natural Park, following the coastal path and ancient tracks to Sagres.

16km/10miles. Overnight in Salema.

 

Day 8:

End of holiday after breakfast and transfer back to your departure point.