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ALGARVE ODYSSEY

from £1795
The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
  • Product Code 26180
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

All about Algarve Odyssey

Two weeks exploring the Algarve, combining our Tavira and Hidden Delights of the Algarve holidays.

Guided Walking Holidays - Algarve Odyssey

The scent of orange groves and pine trees accompanies you as you ramble along ancient paths fringed with abundant wild flowers, to a viewpoint where you can rest and drink in the scenery and the silence. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

Tavira straddles the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. With its ruined castle and active fishing harbour, Tavira is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, shady plazas and the most attractive of the Algarve’s coastal towns.

Our walks take us to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to pretty coastal villages such as Santa Luiza, Cabanas and Cacela Velha. Inland we wind our way between hills and valleys to the low peak of Zimbral, with some rewarding views. Ancient trails take us past farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and carob orchards. Sometimes we walk beside rivers; other times amongst the pines and cork oaks. Through most of our season we are presented with an endless and ever-changing procession of beautiful flowers.

Tavira itself is, to say the least, a very charming town. The ancient Ponta Romana spans the Rio Sequa, separating the two sides of the town. Narrow streets lead between whitewashed buildings, many with traditional balconies. At the centre lies the lovely Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. We'll enjoy dinners at local restaurants in Tavira giving the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine.

During our second week, the western Algarve offers a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. The varied geology gives a rich diversity of scenery from granite mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs.

We stay in two contrasting centres on Portugal’s south coast. From Portimao, where our hotel  sits in the historical centre, we follow a levada alongside the Rio Arade, passing through orange and lemon groves. We walk the picturesque coast from Alvor to Portimão and up into the hills of the Serra de Monchique, which offers outstanding views. Of course there will be time to explore charming Silves too.

From Burgau a coastal path takes us to the pretty seaside town of Lagos, visiting the Ponta da Piedade (with its famous sea caves) en route, and inland tracks lead us through the villages of Barão de Sao João and Barão de São Miguel, which are characterised by their typical whitewashed houses. This is the Algarve at its most tranquil. Our walk at Sagres, the most westerly point on the Algarve,was the last sight of Europe for explorers setting forth on their voyages. Here you'll find Henry the Navigator's fortress and Cape St Vincent, with its lighthouse and breath taking views.


This holiday is a combination of our two one weeks holidays, Tavira and Hidden delights of the Western Algarve

Holiday Highlights

  • Variety of coast and countryside walks.
  • Spectacular Tavira Island beach.
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park.
  • Unique white-washed fishing village of Tavira.
  • Spectacular sea cliffs and maritime scenery.
  • Inland Serra de Monchique mountain range.
  • Costa Vicentina Natural Park and Cape St Vincent.
  • Abundance of springtime flowers and autumn fruits.
  • Exploring the cobbled streets of historic Silves, topped by its Arab castle.
  • Dining at restaurants with local Portuguese dishes and wines.
  • Flexibility of opt out points on many of the walks.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      Dinners taken in local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/L

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport

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Hotel Santa Catarina

The Hotel Santa Catarina, a 3 star hotel close to Praia da Rocha beach in Portimão, offers a bar and restaurant, and is only a 10 minute walk from Portimão marina. All rooms are en suite with TV, minibar, safety deposit box, A/C and free wifi. With the beach being so close at hand, it is perfect for an after walk dip in the sea!

 

 


Maria Nova Lounge

Located a 5-minute walk from Tavira’s bustling town centre, Maria Nova Hotel enjoys a quiet hillside location. Its modern rooms feature a private balcony. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools. Tavira Castle is just 1,000 yards from Maria Nova Lounge Hotel, and the Tavira train station is 0.9 miles away. Ria Formosa Natural Park is 9.9 miles from the hotel. Maria Nova Lounge Hotel’s rooms are decorated with tiled floors, wooden furniture, and large windows. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom. The rooms have either panoramic city or mountain views.


Quinta do mar da Luz

Located only 1km from Burgau beach the Quinta do mar da Luz offers a stunning cliff top location and wonderful views of the sea. Set in verdant lush gardens it offers a tranquil retreat after a day’s walking, where you can cool off in the outdoor pool (unheated) or relax with a drink at the bar. The bedrooms all include TVs, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, safes and complimentary Wi-Fi. We take breakfast in the restaurant which is a great continental as well as English buffet breakfast.


Hotel Globo

From 2019, we will stay the Hotel Globo, located in the historical centre of Portimao, close to all the local facilities and sights. Rooms are all en suite with air conditioning and there is a lovely panoramic view from the breakfast room. You will also find a bar and gym/sauna on site.


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