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Algarve Odyssey

The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and the treasures of the most westerly corner of Europe.

  • The Algarve

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board. Dinners taken in local restaurants and wine is included.
  • Feb

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This holiday is a combination of our Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve holiday and Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve. This Grade 4 walking holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain and may include an element of sightseeing as well. Walks are generally between 6 miles and 10 miles a day with ascents and descents ranging from minimal to 400m. The Algarve doesn’t have any high mountains so ascents are gradual. In addition to the walking, this Lifestyle holiday allows us to absorb the natural surroundings, and experience local culture and of course the local cuisine.  

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Most dinners taken in local restaurants with Portuguese dishes and local wines.
  • Flexi Walking: make use of our carefully planned shorter routes on many of the walks.
  • New hotels for 2022 in central locations with everything you need on your doorstep.
  • Explore the length of the Algarve, from sandy beaches in the East to dramatic cliffs in the West!

This holiday is a combination of our two one weeks holidays, Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve and Delights of the Western Algarve.

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 two weeks in the Algarve, where the scenery changes so dramatically from the long sandy beaches in the Eastern Algarve to the impressive orange cliffs of the Western Algarve. 

Tavira straddles the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. Tavira itself is, to say the least, is a very charming town. Narrow streets lead between whitewashed buildings, decorated with colourful Arab style tiles, flower filled balconies and painted strips of blue and yellow decorating door and window frames. At the centre lies the lovely Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants.  

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.

During our second week, the scenery changes dramatically from long sandy beaches to dramatic sheer red cliffs and magical sea caves and grottos. 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 different centres on different holiday dates due to accommodation availability, please see individual dates for more information. During our November to March holidays, we stay in Praia da Rocha, a typical coastal resort within Portimao, the largest city in the Western Algarve. Praia da Rocha is surrounded by long scenic golden beaches and warm turquoise waters. During our April to October holidays, we stay in Portimao, a picturesque town on the estuary of the Rio Arade with a scenic promenade, historical buildings and beautiful sandy beaches with red cliffs. Our festive holiday date is based in the beach town of Armacao de Pera, situated in the central Algarve and filled with local shops, restaurants and set along an incredible long sandy beach.

We'll enjoy spectacular coastal views and beautiful Algarvian villages. We walk up the valley of the Rio Arade to historic Silves, passing through rice paddies and ancient estates with their fine houses and their orange and lemon groves. There will be time to explore the delightful old city. Another day will be spent on the most dramatic coastal walk in the country, the renowned "Seven Valleys", finishing in the beautiful coastal town of Carvoeiro. Carob and olives are cultivated on farms and small holdings, along with oranges and other citrus fruit, pomegranates, almonds and an abundance of other produce. We visit local villages where working life continues as it has for centuries and life slows to a relaxing pace. We head to the end of Europe, walking in the Parque Natural de Costa Vicentina, the most south-westerly point of Europe, and the last sight of land for explorers setting forth on their historic voyages.

We’ll enjoy walking to most local restaurants for dinner, giving us the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine and wines. Discover this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
  • Most dinners taken in local restaurants
  • Wine or soft drinks at evening dinners
  • All local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tavira

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

We fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's beautiful Algarve. A private coach transfer takes us to the hotel in Tavira. Depending on flight arrival times, we may have an orientation walk of the town before we dine at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2

Zimbral and Fonte Salgada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/400m

Our wonderful walk today takes us through open rolling hillsides with spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. We pass through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley of orange groves and small holdings.

Day 3

Santa Luzia and Tavira Island

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Tavira Island

Tavira island is a beautiful 11km sandy island just off the coast of Tavira.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent

    300m

Our remarkably varied walk takes us through Tavira's salt pans, which date back thousands of years to the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia, with its glorious waterfront. 

After a well deserved coffee break, we cross over to Tavira Island and walk along the island's beach which is regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. Vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters await you before we catch the ferry back to Tavira.

Day 4

Sao Bras do Alportel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the centre of the Algarve's cork production. Our walk allows us to explore the rolling wooded hillsides and verdant valleys of the area, with time to also explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show!

Day 5

Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We follow a delightful picturesque trail, much of it on a waymarked route, titled Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain. This intricate mix of paths and tracks meander through wild open hillsides, intimate small holdings and quintessential Algarve hamlets.

Day 6

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

There will be a free day during your week in Tavira. Your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. 

On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach. Maybe take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain. 

Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. 

The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa, so maybe just sit back and relax at the hotel!

Day 7

Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Our last day in Tavira is spend enjoying an inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. Notice the tiny brick and tile works that we pass, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.Departure day

Day 8

Welcome to Portimao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Tavira today, we travel to our next centre of Portimao.  Located very close to a beautifully sandy beach, the hotels is in easy walking distance of the beach, cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Day 9

The River Arade

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Silves

Silves is the ancient capital of the Algarve, influenced by Arabic architecture, its a wonderful place to explore.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    126/130m

Today's walk starts in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. We follow the lush valley of the river Arade, visiting the Ecological Park of Fontes on the way, an attractive local beauty spot. The route itself enables us to explore this lush river valley following quiet tracks and winding paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. We finish in peaceful Silves, perhaps one of the most historic towns in the Algarve and once its ancient capital, with its Moorish castle rising above the town which is set on the banks of the river Arade. We’ll enjoy free time to appreciate the picturesque narrow cobbled streets and visit the local monuments. Notice the large knitted colourful oranges dotted around the town!

Day 10

Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    227m

We head back inland for a walk that takes in the pretty Portuguese villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterised by the typical white houses with a coloured band around the windows and doors. This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.

Opt out point is at 5 miles in Barão S. João.

Day 11

Alvor and Portimão

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    158/172m

Today we will transfer to our next centre of Lagos. We have a full program with 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. Capture the unique colours of the rock strata formed by white limestone and red sandstone, supporting a wide variety of flora.

After a lunch stop, we continue by foot along the picturesque coast. Our luggage will be taken separately by coach, and those that prefer not to walk can also take the coach transport.

Day 12

Cape S. Vincent

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Cape St Vincent

Cape St Vincent is the most south westerly point of Europe, a must see when visiting Portugal.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    82/131m

Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates at Sagres and Cape S. Vincent, the most south-westerly point on the Algarve. This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator established his fortress and began the “age of discoveries” sending ships to explore the world.

Day 13

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Seven Hanging Valley

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is located along the impressive Algarve coast with spectacular cliff views and dramatic scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    489/486m

Today we offer a fantastic coastal walk, known as the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Capture the towering red cliffs and magical sea caves and grottos surrounded by superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands, including the much photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. All this can be seen during this picturesque walk to finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk. This walk has the accolade as one of the best trails in Europe.

Opt out point is at 3.7 miles.

Day 14

Burgau and Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    407/420m

We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk leaving our hotel and walking to Ponte de Piedade where the famous craggy sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. On this walk we follow a coastal path from Burgau to Lagos. 

We pause on the golden beach of Porto de Mós for our mid-morning break then follow a dramatic clifftop path to Praia da Luz, a well-known and attractive coastal resort. Burgau a remarkably unspoilt little village with its few narrow streets dropping down to its small beach.

The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have a couple of hours to sightsee in this attractive town. Lagos is a historical and characterful city, an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of Roman ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front, decorated with authentic restaurants, cobbled streets and dramatic natural scenery. It is a popular day trip destination with its picturesque sandy beaches and beautiful harbour area. There are many restaurants, cafes, small tourist shops, small supermarkets and other facilities throughout Lagos. 

Opt out point are in Porto de Mós mid morning and at lunch time in Praia da Luz. If you make your walk shorter, you will have more time to visit Lagos.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We say goodbye to the Algarve today as we head to Faro airport for our flight back to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Oct 2022 - 16th Oct 2022 (14 Nights)

26th Mar 2023 - 9th Apr 2023 (14 Nights)

16th Apr 2023 - 30th Apr 2023 (14 Nights)

7th May 2023 - 21st May 2023 (14 Nights)

1st Oct 2023 - 15th Oct 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • 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
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tavira

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

We fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's beautiful Algarve. A private coach transfer takes us to the hotel in Tavira. Depending on flight arrival times, we may have an orientation walk of the town before we dine at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2

Zimbral and Fonte Salgada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/400m

Our wonderful walk today takes us through open rolling hillsides with spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. We pass through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley of orange groves and small holdings.

Day 3

Santa Luzia and Tavira Island

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Tavira

Tavira island is a beautiful 11km sandy island just off the coast of Tavira.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent

    300m

Our remarkably varied walk takes us through Tavira's salt pans, which date back thousands of years to the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia, with its glorious waterfront. 

After a well deserved coffee break, we cross over to Tavira Island and walk along the island's beach which is regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. Vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters await you before we catch the ferry back to Tavira.

Day 4

Sao Bras do Alportel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the centre of the Algarve's cork production. Our walk allows us to explore the rolling wooded hillsides and verdant valleys of the area, with time to also explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show!

Day 5

Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We follow a delightful picturesque trail, much of it on a waymarked route, titled Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain. This intricate mix of paths and tracks meander through wild open hillsides, intimate small holdings and quintessential Algarve hamlets.

Day 6

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

There will be a free day during your week in Tavira. Your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. 

On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach. Maybe take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain. 

Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. 

The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa, so maybe just sit back and relax at the hotel!

Day 7

Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Our last day in Tavira is spend enjoying an inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. Notice the tiny brick and tile works that we pass, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.Departure day

Day 8

Welcome to Armacao de Pera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Tavira today, we travel to our next centre of Armacao de Pera .  Located very close to a beautifully sandy beach, the hotels is in easy walking distance of the beach, cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Day 9

The River Arade

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Silves

Silves is the ancient capital of the Algarve, influenced by Arabic architecture, its a wonderful place to explore.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    126/130m

Today's walk starts in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. We follow the lush valley of the river Arade, visiting the Ecological Park of Fontes on the way, an attractive local beauty spot. The route itself enables us to explore this lush river valley following quiet tracks and winding paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. We finish in peaceful Silves, perhaps one of the most historic towns in the Algarve and once its ancient capital, with its Moorish castle rising above the town which is set on the banks of the river Arade. We’ll enjoy free time to appreciate the picturesque narrow cobbled streets and visit the local monuments. Notice the large knitted colourful oranges dotted around the town!

Day 10

Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    227m

We head back inland for a walk that takes in the pretty Portuguese villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterised by the typical white houses with a coloured band around the windows and doors. This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.

Opt out point is at 5 miles in Barão S. João.

Day 11

Alvor and Portimão

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    158/172m

Today we will transfer to our next centre of Lagos. We have a full program with 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. Capture the unique colours of the rock strata formed by white limestone and red sandstone, supporting a wide variety of flora.

After a lunch stop, we continue by foot along the picturesque coast. Our luggage will be taken separately by coach, and those that prefer not to walk can also take the coach transport.

Day 12

Cape S. Vincent

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Cape St Vincent

Cape St Vincent is the most south westerly point of Europe, a must see when visiting Portugal.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    82/131m

Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates at Sagres and Cape S. Vincent, the most south-westerly point on the Algarve. This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator established his fortress and began the “age of discoveries” sending ships to explore the world.

Day 13

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Seven Hanging Valleys

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is located along the impressive Algarve coast with spectacular cliff views and dramatic scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    489/486m

Today we offer a fantastic coastal walk, known as the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Capture the towering red cliffs and magical sea caves and grottos surrounded by superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands, including the much photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. All this can be seen during this picturesque walk to finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk. This walk has the accolade as one of the best trails in Europe.

Opt out point is at 3.7 miles.

Day 14

Burgau and Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    407/420m

We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk leaving our hotel and walking to Ponte de Piedade where the famous craggy sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. On this walk we follow a coastal path from Burgau to Lagos. 

We pause on the golden beach of Porto de Mós for our mid-morning break then follow a dramatic clifftop path to Praia da Luz, a well-known and attractive coastal resort. Burgau a remarkably unspoilt little village with its few narrow streets dropping down to its small beach.

The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have a couple of hours to sightsee in this attractive town. Lagos is a historical and characterful city, an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of Roman ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front, decorated with authentic restaurants, cobbled streets and dramatic natural scenery. It is a popular day trip destination with its picturesque sandy beaches and beautiful harbour area. There are many restaurants, cafes, small tourist shops, small supermarkets and other facilities throughout Lagos. 

Opt out point are in Porto de Mós mid morning and at lunch time in Praia da Luz. If you make your walk shorter, you will have more time to visit Lagos.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We say goodbye to the Algarve today as we head to Faro airport for our flight back to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Dec 2022 - 5th Jan 2023 (14 Nights)

22nd Dec 2023 - 5th Jan 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • 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
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tavira

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

We fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's beautiful Algarve. A private coach transfer takes us to the hotel in Tavira. Depending on flight arrival times, we may have an orientation walk of the town before we dine at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2

Zimbral and Fonte Salgada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/400m

Our wonderful walk today takes us through open rolling hillsides with spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. We pass through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley of orange groves and small holdings.

Day 3

Santa Luzia and Tavira Island

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Tavira

Tavira island is a beautiful 11km sandy island just off the coast of Tavira.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent

    300m

Our remarkably varied walk takes us through Tavira's salt pans, which date back thousands of years to the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia, with its glorious waterfront. 

After a well deserved coffee break, we cross over to Tavira Island and walk along the island's beach which is regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. Vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters await you before we catch the ferry back to Tavira.

Day 4

Sao Bras do Alportel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the centre of the Algarve's cork production. Our walk allows us to explore the rolling wooded hillsides and verdant valleys of the area, with time to also explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show!

Day 5

Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

We follow a delightful picturesque trail, much of it on a waymarked route, titled Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain. This intricate mix of paths and tracks meander through wild open hillsides, intimate small holdings and quintessential Algarve hamlets.

Day 6

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

There will be a free day during your week in Tavira. Your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. 

On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach. Maybe take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain. 

Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. 

The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa, so maybe just sit back and relax at the hotel!

Day 7

Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Our last day in Tavira is spend enjoying an inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. Notice the tiny brick and tile works that we pass, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.Departure day

Day 8

Welcome to Praia da Rocha

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Tavira today, we travel to our next centre of Praida da Rocha.  Located very close to a beautifully sandy beach, the hotels is in easy walking distance of the beach, cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Day 9

The River Arade

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Silves

Silves is the ancient capital of the Algarve, influenced by Arabic architecture, its a wonderful place to explore.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    126/130m

Today's walk starts in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. We follow the lush valley of the river Arade, visiting the Ecological Park of Fontes on the way, an attractive local beauty spot. The route itself enables us to explore this lush river valley following quiet tracks and winding paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. We finish in peaceful Silves, perhaps one of the most historic towns in the Algarve and once its ancient capital, with its Moorish castle rising above the town which is set on the banks of the river Arade. We’ll enjoy free time to appreciate the picturesque narrow cobbled streets and visit the local monuments. Notice the large knitted colourful oranges dotted around the town!

Day 10

Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    227m

We head back inland for a walk that takes in the pretty Portuguese villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterised by the typical white houses with a coloured band around the windows and doors. This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.

Opt out point is at 5 miles in Barão S. João.

Day 11

Alvor and Portimão

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    158/172m

Today we will transfer to our next centre of Lagos. We have a full program with 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. Capture the unique colours of the rock strata formed by white limestone and red sandstone, supporting a wide variety of flora.

After a lunch stop, we continue by foot along the picturesque coast. Our luggage will be taken separately by coach, and those that prefer not to walk can also take the coach transport.

Day 12

Cape S. Vincent

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Cape St Vincent

Cape St Vincent is the most south westerly point of Europe, a must see when visiting Portugal.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    82/131m

Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates at Sagres and Cape S. Vincent, the most south-westerly point on the Algarve. This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator established his fortress and began the “age of discoveries” sending ships to explore the world.

Day 13

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Seven Hanging Valleys

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is located along the impressive Algarve coast with spectacular cliff views and dramatic scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    489/486m

Today we offer a fantastic coastal walk, known as the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Capture the towering red cliffs and magical sea caves and grottos surrounded by superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands, including the much photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. All this can be seen during this picturesque walk to finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk. This walk has the accolade as one of the best trails in Europe.

Opt out point is at 3.7 miles.

Day 14

Burgau and Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    407/420m

We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk leaving our hotel and walking to Ponte de Piedade where the famous craggy sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. On this walk we follow a coastal path from Burgau to Lagos. 

We pause on the golden beach of Porto de Mós for our mid-morning break then follow a dramatic clifftop path to Praia da Luz, a well-known and attractive coastal resort. Burgau a remarkably unspoilt little village with its few narrow streets dropping down to its small beach.

The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have a couple of hours to sightsee in this attractive town. Lagos is a historical and characterful city, an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of Roman ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front, decorated with authentic restaurants, cobbled streets and dramatic natural scenery. It is a popular day trip destination with its picturesque sandy beaches and beautiful harbour area. There are many restaurants, cafes, small tourist shops, small supermarkets and other facilities throughout Lagos. 

Opt out point are in Porto de Mós mid morning and at lunch time in Praia da Luz. If you make your walk shorter, you will have more time to visit Lagos.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We say goodbye to the Algarve today as we head to Faro airport for our flight back to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Nov 2022 - 27th Nov 2022 (14 Nights)

26th Feb 2023 - 12th Mar 2023 (14 Nights)

12th Mar 2023 - 26th Mar 2023 (14 Nights)

12th Nov 2023 - 26th Nov 2023 (14 Nights)

26th Nov 2023 - 10th Dec 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • 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
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Maria Nova Lounge Hotel

Tavira is one of the most picturesque towns of the Algarve. This charming town is decorated with tropical palm trees and lies along the tranquil Gilao River, seperating two sides of the town. You will find an maze of winding streets and shaded squares lined with whitewashed houses, decorated with colourful Arab style tiles, flower filled balconies and painted strips of blue and yellow decorating door and window frames. Keep an eye out at the individual door knockers on every building, influenced by Moorish design and were once believed to protect the house from evil spirits. At the centre lies the lovely Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. A short boat ride across the turquoise sea takes you to tranquil Tavira Island, a beautiful oasis in which to sit back and watch the world go by. Just a short walk from the hotel are a variety of shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants. You will also find banks, ATMs and chemists close by.

A short stroll from Tavira's lively centre is the four star Maria Nova Lounge located on a quiet hillside within the town. The hotel offers wonderful panoramic views over the town and the surrounding hillsides. Perhaps take a relaxing swim in the outdoor swimming pool or have a drink at the pool bar, both set in delightful gardens filled with palm trees and colourful flowers. Maybe relax in the indoor swimming pool or try the gym and wellness centre. The use of the facilities are free of charge but for massages you will need to book and pay a fee at reception. The hotel includes a highly rated restaurant and after a days exploration enjoy a drink in the incredible rooftop bar and its breath-taking panoramic views over Tavira town. 

We stay in contemporary standard twin and double bedded en suite rooms. All single rooms have two separate beds. Our groups have the run of the house but if you would like to guarantee a pool view then please contact our Sales & Reservations department who can provide you with upgrade details. 

Rooms are bright with modern stone décor and furnishings. Facilities include:

  • Ensuites with shower (no bath)
  • Free WIFI
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Balcony

Towels for use at the hotel's pool are available on site. If you wish to go to the beach, you should bring your own beach towel.

Hotel Jupiter Marina Portimão

Portimao is the largest city in the Western Algarve and was traditionally a centre for ship building, sardine fishing and fish processing. Now, its scenic promenade, historical buildings, beautiful sandy beaches with its warm waters and red cliff backdrop make Portimao an attractive tourist destination. There are many services including banks, shops, museums, cafes, bars and restaurants, just a short walk from our hotel! The picturesque beaches of Praia da Rocha are a short bus ride away.

During our April to October holidays, we stay in the 4 star contemporary Hotel Jupiter Marina hotel located on the riverside of Portimao, only half a mile from the scenic marina and Praia da Rocha beach. This modern hotel has been selected for its superb location close to the beach and within walking distance to local restaurants and Portimao's many amenities. This modern hotel includes a restaurant and rooftop bar, ideal for enjoying an evening beverage with a panoramic view of the Arade River. Perhaps take a swim break in the rooftop infinity pool, or sit back with a book in the quiet inner courtyard. Or treat yourself to a relax in the spa area's indoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna or gym! 

We stay in classic twin and double rooms decorated in relaxing natural pastel colours with modern furnishings. Rooms include:

  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Free WIFI
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Balcony

Holiday Inn Algarve

The beach town of Armacao de Pera is situated in the central Algarve. Previously a fishing village, it is now a haven for beach lovers. Although this typical coastal resort has high rise hotels along the promenade, the sandy beach stretches for 3km with secretive coves carved into the dramatic sandstone cliffs. Armacao de Pera’s history is still relevant with its traditional fishing boats dotted along the coast, pretty beach front church and impressive 16th century fort. There are an abundance of local restaurants, bars, cafes, and traditional shops that can be discovered within the town and just a short walk from our hotel.

Selected for its ideal beachfront location is the modern four-star Holiday Inn Algarve. There are three highly rated restaurants serving international, Portuguese and Indian cuisine. Relax with a drink or two in the elaborate bar which boasts incredible beach views from its large windows. Enjoy the live music in the bar twice a week, perhaps have a dance! There is a small gym to enjoy and perhaps relax in the swimming pool with an extraordinary view of the ocean.

We stay in standard twin-bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually twin bedded for sole use. Room facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Free WIFI
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini fridge
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Radio
  • Phone

Hotel Jupiter Algarve Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha is a typical coastal resort on the edge of Portimao, the largest city in the Western Algarve. Praia da Rocha is surrounded by long scenic golden beaches and warm turquoise waters. Praia da Rocha's lively streets include a variety of services such as banks, shops, museums, cafes, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Portimao is only a short bus ride away, so maybe spend some time visiting its scenic promenade, historical buildings, beautiful sandy beaches with its warm waters and red cliff backdrop. 

During our November to March holidays, we stay in the recently renovated Hotel Jupiter Algarve in Praia da Rocha. This modern hotel has been selected for its superb location close to the beach and within walking distance to local restaurants and Praia da Rocha's many amenities. The hotel offers scenic panoramic views of golden beaches and Praia da Rocha. Perhaps take a refreshing swim in the outdoor or indoor swimming pools. Or relax in the spa area, maybe treat yourself to a steam bath, sauna or a workout in the fitness centre. The hotel includes a highly rated restaurants with large panoramic windows, Enjoy a beverage at the modern bar listening to its evening live music, perhaps even join in with the dancing! 

We stay in standard twin and double bedded rooms decorated with modern furnishings and contemporary decor. Single rooms are usually twin bedded for sole use. Rooms include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Free WIFI
  • Mini bar
  • Phone
  • Tea/coffee making facilities 
  • Safe (extra fee)
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday is a combination of our Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve holiday and Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve. This Grade 4 walking holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain and may include an element of sightseeing as well. Walks are generally between 6 miles and 10 miles a day with ascents and descents ranging from minimal to 400m. The Algarve doesn’t have any high mountains so ascents are gradual. In addition to the walking, this Lifestyle holiday allows us to absorb the natural surroundings, and experience local culture and of course the local cuisine.  

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We travel from London to Faro. Regional flights may also be available on some dates. The transfer time from Faro Airport to Tavira, our first centre, is approximately 1 hour.

On some occasions there may be a slight delay at the airport, as we may have to wait for other regional flights to arrive before continuing on our transfer, and similarly on departure.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Portugal, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at first hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

The guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price. We will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel with a variety of cold and hot dishes to choose from. 

We mostly dine in local restaurants in the evening, but sometimes we enjoy dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Wine and soft drinks are included at all evening dinners. Eating in local restaurants allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Vegetarian options are available if we are advised in advance so please contact our Sales & Reservations department. Portugal is famous for its fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! Our hotels are selected for their close location to the main town centre and local restaurants so on some evenings we will be able to walk to local restaurants, on others transport may be provided.

Lunches are not included and can be taken as picnics or in cafes.

During our festive dates, we spend Christmas Eve in the hotel's restaurant or a local restaurant where we enjoy a festive atmosphere with delicious local delicacies. Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day in Portugal. Christmas Day is usually quieter and families eat and gather around the Christmas tree at home. We'll celebrate Christmas Day with a quieter but delicious festive dinner in the hotel restaurant or a local restaurant. We spend New Years Eve and New Years Day in either the hotel's restaurant or a local restaurant where we enjoy an evening of celebrations with delicious local delicacies.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

‘The Rough Guide to Portugal’ - Mark Ellingham, John Fisher, Graham Kenyon, Mathew Hancock and Jules Brown.

‘Portugal - A Travellers Guide’ - Susan Loundes (Thornton Cox)

‘Blue Guide: Portugal’ - Ian Robertson

Visit Portugal  

Portugal National Tourist office

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

RIAS Rehabilitation and Research Centre

RIAS is a wildlife rehabilitation and research centre located in Olhao in Portugal's Algarve region. It has been operating for more than 25 years and aids the recovery and release of wild animals and birds after treatment, in the Algarve and southern Alentejo region. The centre's main priorities include the reception of injured wildlife, their treatment and eventual release back into the wild, but they also offer educational programmes to the local community.

RIAS relies on volunteers and donations. Heart & Sole is proud to help the organisation with a financial donation and to also highlight the work they do to our customers who visit this area. Some of our groups have the opportunity to visit the centre as part of a walk or you may wish to visit on your free day as you can reach the centre by train. You can find out more about their work at http://rias-aldeia.blogspot.com/

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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