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Along The Algarve Way

There's the Algarve, and then there's the real Algarve! If you wish to see the latter, come and join us on this two-centre holiday which features the best parts of the Via Algarviana long distance path. Walk to the end of Europe!

  • The Algarve

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Mar

    Apr

    Oct

    Nov

Moderate

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Tour codes: 26160

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk to the end of Europe at Cape St Vincent.
  • Dine at local restaurants with delicious traditional dishes and delightful wines.
  • Follow highlights of the Via Algarviana long distance path.
  • Admire the varied flora and fauna with springtime blossom and autumn fruits.
  • Visit unspoilt Algarvian villages such as Cachopo, Salir and Alte.
  • Make use of the flexibility of carefully planned opt out points on many of the walks.
  • Explore the highest point of the Algarve, Foia (902m).
  • Walk alongside the tranquil Rio Guadiana on the border between Portugal and Spain.

There’s the Algarve, and then there’s the true Algarve! A world away from the coast below, small villages in the hills above earn their living sustainably with the natural resources available to them, such as cork, honey, and fish. Farmers tend to their crops and shepherds take their sheep and goats out to quiet pastures. Join us on this two-centre holiday which features some of the finest walking across the Algarve. We will walk sections of the Via Algarviana, the most westerly extension of the Grand European walking route E4/GR13. 

The Via Algarviana is 300km in length and stretches along the Algarve, from Alcoutim on the Spanish border to Cape St Vincent in the west, following the path of pilgrims heading to Sagres where relics of St Vincent were found. The path winds through green and peaceful landscapes, past traditional farms, with the sweet scent of lavender, rosemary, thyme and heather hanging in the air. Paths will pass alongside the habitats of wildlife and birdlife, a relaxing way to explore the undiscovered areas of the Algarve. 

We stay in two centres, ideally located for our walking programme to experience the best of the Via Algarviana. Monte Gordo is a picturesque beach town located close to the river Guadiana on the Portuguese-Spanish border. Our second centre of Armacao de Pera is situated in the central Algarve. We start in the beautiful village of Alcoutim, perched on the banks of the River Guadiana, we cross southern Portugal and finish at the dramatic cliffs of Cape Saint-Vincent, Europe’s most westerly point. In between we’ve selected the best walks which will take you through unspoilt villages and historic towns such as Messines, Alte and Silves, with their cobbled streets, moorish influence and old world charm. The region teems with varied flora and fauna. Soaring above, you may spot peregrine falcons, kites, storks, hoopoes and if you’re lucky, the rare Bonelli’s eagle.

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers
  • Ensuite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners take in local restaurants and the hotel
  • Wine at evening meals
  • All local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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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 the Via Algarviana

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare 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.

On arrival in Faro airport, we transfer by private coach to Monte Gordo. Depending on flight arrival times, we may have an orientation walk of the town before we dine at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Os encantos de Alcoutim

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4-5 hours

  • Distance

    7.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    238/94m

We take a scenic drive to Alcoutim along a beautiful road running parallel to the edge of the tranquil Rio Guadiana. Alcoutim is a traditional Algarvian town set amongst rolling green hills on the border between Portugal and Spain. We walk around this charming frontier village, which lies facing its Spanish equivalent across the river. Our walk today is called “Os encantos de Alcoutim” which translates as “The delights of Alcoutim”, with the Rio Guadiana forming the centrepiece of the walk, passing through orchards of almond, fig and olive trees.

Opt out point: 8km / 5 miles.

Day 3

Cachopo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    208/196m

Today we visit the mountainside village of Cachopo, with a brief stop at the splendid viewpoint of Alcaria do Cume. We will have time to look around Cachopo which is a traditional working village located in the Caldeirao mountains. This white washed village still continues with traditional practices and produces honey, cheese, wool and cork. Our walk today takes us through the delightful surrounding landscape, with cork oak and strawberry trees, heathers and cistus (rockrose), as we pass small farms set amongst the cork forests. 

There is no opt out option today.

Day 4

Welcome to Armacao de Pera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    187/442m

Today we will travel with our luggage to the village of Barranco do Velho. Our walk will take us to the village of Salir, through rich Mediterranean vegetation, including the strawberry tree from which famous local liquor, widely appreciated by the locals, is produced. We transfer by road to our next centre in Armacao de Pera.

Opt out point: 5km / 3 miles, or at 10km / 6 miles.

Day 5

Alte & Silves

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    138/207m

Today we start in the village of Benafim and walk along the Via Algarviana into Alte, an unspoilt village in the hills of the Serra do Caldeirao. We have time to explore, perhaps visit its craft shops or take a look at the Alte waterfall on the edge of the village, a green and turquoise oasis!

We travel to Silves, perhaps the most historic town en route and once the ancient capital of the Algarve, with its Moorish castle rising above the town which is set on the banks of the river Arade. We’ll enjoy lunch here and free time to appreciate the picturesque narrow cobbled streets and visit the local monuments. 

There is no opt out option today.

Day 6

Monchique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Our walk beings on the hillsides above Monchique, set on the border of the Algarve and Alentejo. Monchique is surrounded by glorious rolling mountains and a sea of forests. Our path takes us down into the village. This is one of the most beautiful sections of the Via Algarviana with spectacular views and lush forests with oaks and chestnuts among the cork trees. An abundance of water makes this the greenest part of the Algarve all year round.

  • Time

    1-2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent

    450m

At the end of the walk there will be time to visit Monchique and we will stop off to admire the views at the mountain of Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. Whilst our coach will take people up to the top of Foia (902m), there is an option to walk to the top from Monchique.

Day 7

Walk to the end of Europe

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4-5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    45/28m

On our final day we follow the route to the final section of the Via Algarviana in the “Parque Natural Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vincentina” to the cliffs of Cabo São Vincente. We’ll enjoy lunch overlooking the dramatic cliffs of the Sagres coast before walking to the end of the world where we’ll celebrate the end of our epic journey crossing the Algarve from east to west.

There is no opt out option today.

Day 8

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

We say goodbye to the Via Algarviana and transfer to Faro airport for the return flight to the UK.

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Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Oct 2022 - 23rd Oct 2022 (7 Nights)

30th Oct 2022 - 6th Nov 2022 (7 Nights)

27th Nov 2022 - 4th Dec 2022 (7 Nights)

5th Mar 2023 - 12th Mar 2023 (7 Nights)

16th Apr 2023 - 23rd Apr 2023 (7 Nights)

1st Oct 2023 - 8th Oct 2023 (7 Nights)

5th Nov 2023 - 12th Nov 2023 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from from London to Faro.
  • Airport transfers by road 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.

The Prime Energize

Scent infused pine forests and gentle rolling hills surround the picturesque beach town of Monte Gordo, located close to the river Guadiana on the Portuguese-Spanish border. Monte Gordo is close to Tavira but has a much slower pace of life than its lively neighbours. Walk along the glorious sandy beaches to the seafront promenade filled with local restaurants, bars and shops. Take a dip in the turquoise sea, the water here is calm and the warmest in Portugal as Monte Gordo’s beaches are sheltered from the cooler Atlantic winds.

We stay in the four-star Prime Energize hotel, located just 400m from Monte Gordo beach. The Prime Engerize is a modern hotel based around healthy living. Daily health activities are provided for guests such as yoga and pilates classes, and walking trips. The fitness room is open for use 24 hours a day. Take a dip in the refreshing rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful Algarve coast or perhaps sit back and relax with a drink in its picturesque gardens surrounded by olive trees and the delightful scent of lavender. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage (additional cost) where soft and silky hand made products are used. Relax in the jacuzzi and sauna or try the temperature contrast bath!

We stay in standard twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually twin bedded for sole use. The natural colours and decor are inspired by the colours of the surrounding Algarve cliffs and rolling sand dunes, making for a peaceful night’s sleep. Room facilities include

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Kettle
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Free WIFI

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 there are 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.

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 (closed from November – April). Relax in the elaborate cocktail lounge to enjoy a drink or two in the evening. There is a small gym but perhaps enjoy the swimming pool with an extraordinary view of the ocean.

We stay in contemporary 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
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Radio

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This grade 4 walking holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain along mostly marked footpaths of the Via Algarviana. Half days will be approximately 3 hours of walking and full days will be approximately 5 hours of walking. Walks are generally between 4 miles and 8 miles a day with ascents and descents between 200m and 400m. The maximum altitude we will reach on this holiday is 902m at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve.

We'll immerse ourselves in the local culture, visit the local sites of interest and absorb the natural beauty of our surroundings.

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 fly from London to Faro airport on Portugal's Algarve coast. Transfers from Faro Airport to our hotel in Monte Gordo will be by road and will take approximately one hour. On departure day we transfer from Armacao de Pera to Faro airport by road, taking approximately 40 minutes. During the week we will travel by private coach. 

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 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.

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.

Passports and Visas

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 travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

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

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price. Delicious buffet breakfasts can include local seasonal fruit, homemade smoothies and juices, and yoghurt with cereal. Breads, pastries, cakes and sometimes cooked food are also provided.

We dine in local restaurants in the evening. Sometimes we may dine in the hotel restaurants too. 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. Portugal is famous for its fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! 

Lunches are not included in the holiday price and can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.

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

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

Portugal Official Tourism Website: www.visitportugal.com

Portugal National Tourist office: www.portugaloffice.org.uk

Via Algarviana Website: www.viaalgarviana.org/en/

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.

Looking for travel insurance cover?

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.

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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