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Portugal's Algarve Way & Wild Atlantic

A two week holiday exploring two unique long distance walking paths

  • The Algarve

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board. Dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.
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    Nov

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Most dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.
  • Flexi Walking: make use of our carefully planned shorter routes on many of the walks.
  • Stay in centrally located hotels, within walking distance of the main town and close to our walks.
  • Follow highlights of the Via Algarviana long distance path.
  • Walk sections of the wild Rota Vicentina long distance path.
  • Discover remote and unspoilt areas of Portugal's Algarve and wild southwest coast.

Come with Ramblers Walking Holidays on this two week holiday which features the highlights of the Via Algarviana and Rota Vincentina, two of Portugal's long distance walking paths. This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday Along the Algarve Way and our one week holiday Portugal's Wild Atlantic Coast.

During our first week, we'll explore the Via Algarviana, a 300km long distance path stretching along the Algarve, from Alcoutim on the Spanish border to Cape St Vincent in the west. We stay in two centres during our first week, 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. 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 path winds through green and peaceful landscapes, past traditional farms, alongside the habitats of wildlife and birdlife...a relaxing way to explore the undiscovered areas of the Algarve.

Our second week follows the best parts of the Rota Vicentina, a 100km long distance path starting in Santiago do Cacem and finishing at Cape of St. Vincent, once known as the edge of the world. The Rota Vicentina is split into two routes, the Fisherman’s Trail and the Historical Way. The Historical Way is the longer of the two paths and takes us between villages, through Portugal’s agricultural heartland, past forests of cork and oak, through flower filled meadows and between green valleys. By comparison, the coastal Fisherman’s Trail, which forms most of the walking trails on our holiday, winds its way along the dramatic coastline, above the rolling Atlantic waves offering cooling breezes, superb seascape views and majestic cliffs. 

We stay in two centres during our second week. The small villages dotting the coastline are remote and accommodation can be challenging to find as options are small, sparse and simplistic, therefore we are extremely lucky to be able to walk this remote route of Portugal as a group. We stay in hotels located in two centres selected for their easy access to the Rota Vicentina and our walking routes. Our first centre is Porto Covo, a small fishing village, located along the Alentejo coast and the first stop for many hiking the Rota Vicentina. Our second centre is Sagres, a remote town located on the western tip of Algarve, surrounded by vast wilderness and extraordinary rugged scenery.  

Spend two weeks exploring Portugal's best long distance walking paths!

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers
  • Ensuite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in local restaurants and the hotel
  • 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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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 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.

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 dinner.

Day 2

Os encantos de Alcoutim

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Alcoutim

Alcoutim is a traditional Algarvian town set amongst rolling green hills on the border between Portugal and Spain.

  • 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, 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

Silves

Silves, the ancient capital of the Algarve, is a charming town filled with history and Arabic architecture.  

  • 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. Notice the large knitted colourful oranges dotted around the town! 

There is no opt out option today.

Day 6

Monchique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent

    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 amongst 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

    350m

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

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

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent

    80m

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 Cape S. Vincent. 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. 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

Welcome to the Rota Vicentina

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we transfer to Porto Covo to start our exploration of the Historical Way and Fisherman's Trail of the  Rota Vicentina.

Day 9

Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    91/104m

The Fisherman’s Trail takes us from Porto Covo along vast sand dunes, past the small island of Ilha do Pessegueiro located a couple of hundred metres off the beach. In the distance we’ll catch a glimpse of the Fort of Pessegueiro, built on the island. This 16th century fort was built to protect the Portuguese coastline. We’ll pass the wide and wild beaches of Aivados and Malhao. In spring, the plant life in this region of Portugal blooms, illuminating the coastline with a kaleidoscope of colours. Some of the plant species are indigenous to this coastline. Our walk will take us past sheltered sandy beaches, alongside transparent blue waters and along dramatic cliffs towards Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Opt out point is at 6.8 miles / 11km.

Day 10

Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4-5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

Vila Nova de Milfontes is a peaceful fishing village, located along the Alentejo coast on the mouth of the River Mira. The village is decorated with whitewashed houses, pastel coloured window and door boarders, and cobbled narrow streets. The surrounding hills attract a variety of bird species and the marshes alongside the rivers are home to different aquatic species and mammals. We’ll explore the area before following the trail to Almograve, a traditional Portuguese village surrounded by rugged cliffs, incredible sand dunes and wild Atlantic waves. 

There is no opt out point today.

Day 11

Porto Covo to Cercal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

The Historical Way takes us through quiet and peaceful landscapes surrounded by small farms as far as the eye can see. Orchards full of olive, orange and lemon trees decorate the landscape and we cross fields of fruit and vegetables. The scent of wild aromatic herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary fill the air. Streams criss-cross through the fields full of cattle, a mosaic of natural beauty. We’ll arrive in Cercal do Alentejo, a tranquil village almost untouched by tourism.

There is no opt out point today.

Day 12

Odemira

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    170/275m

We follow gently undulating tracks with the tranquil Mira River for company as we walk between the azure sea and rolling green hills. We’ll be surrounded by vibrant colours and walk amongst impressive forests of diverse species, including ash and willow. The riverbanks and forests are decorated with a sea of scented plants, some medicinal such as Genista tridentata, Oregano and Wild Asparagus. We cross crystal clear streams and hope to see otters, birds and dragonflies.

Opt out point is at 6 miles / 10km.

Day 13

Odeceixe

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Odeceixe

Odeceixe is a beautiful seaside town within the nature park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vincentine Coast.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    273/299m

This wonderful coastal walk starts in a colourful sea-side village and passes many quiet secluded golden beaches on the way to the natural fishing harbour of Azenha do Mar. Outstanding panoramic views are our companions today, particularly over Odeceixe beach, before we follow the southern bank of the River Seixe. Wetlands filled with wildlife decorate the landscape as the Fisherman’s Trail and Historic Way collide.  

Today we move to our final centre of Sagres.

Day 14

Vila do Bispo to Cape St 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

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    78/126m

Today we explore the final section of the Rota Vicentina. Vila de Bispo is a quintessential village in the Algarve, with narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses with colourful exterior decor and a peaceful atmosphere. It is the last town before reaching Cape St Vincent, the most south westerly point of Europe. Dramatic coastal scenery stretches before us on our trail. 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. This land is associated with an abundance of explorer’s history and pirate stories. We may even be lucky enough to spot migratory birds nesting in the rugged cliffs.

Opt out point is at 6 miles / 10km. 

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Portugal's Via Algarviana and Rota Vicentina. We transfer back to Faro airport for our return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Mar 2023 - 19th Mar 2023 (14 Nights)

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

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

5th Nov 2023 - 19th Nov 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from from London to Faro.
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1-2 hours on arrival and departure.
  • 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

We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information. 

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

Porto Covo Hotel

Porto Covo is a small fishing village, located along the Alentejo coast and is the first stop for many hiking the Rota Vicentina. This sheltered little village is surrounded by rocky cliffs, white sandy beaches and rolling dunes, providing shelter from the Atlantic waves and winds. The charming old centre is decorated with whitewashed houses, pastel coloured window and door borders, and cobbled narrow streets. Porto Covo has a relaxed atmosphere and is home to a selection of local restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and other services.

We stay in the Porto Covo Hotel located just a short walk from the main village and the beach. Our hotel is small and simplistic but is selected for its ideal location close to the Rota Vicentina and easy access of many wild coastal and inland hiking trails. There is a delightful outdoor pool, a small bar and a games room. The small breakfast room is quirky with an outdoor seating area during the warm summer months.

The Porto Covo Hotel offers a mix of rooms from studios, apartments and rooms, all very similar and the same standards so you will be allocated one of these. All rooms usually include double and twin beds, and single rooms are usually single bedded.  Rooms are very simplistic with wooden furnishings and terracotta coloured décor. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Free WIFI
  • TV
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge
  • Air conditioning
  • A traditional fire stove for use during winter months (wood is provided by the hotel)
  • Most rooms either have French doors or a terrace.

Pousada de Sagres

Sagres is a remote village located on the western tip of Algarve, surrounded by wilderness and extraordinary rugged scenery with sheer cliffs and Atlantic waves. Sagres has a relaxed atmosphere and which attracts those with a love of the outdoors or surfing. There are large beaches, all facing different directions, so the surfing opportunities are plentiful. The village is remote but is home to a small selection of local restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. Due to its location, Sagres is well known for serving a variety of delicious fish, so be sure to try some seafood!

We stay in the traditional Pousada de Sagres Hotel, just a short five minute stroll from the beach. Its clifftop location provides incredible panoramic views across the Atlantic. Perhaps enjoy a game of tennis on the hotel’s courts (equipment can be rented at a charge), relax in the spa area or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. There is also a bar area, a variety of smaller rooms relaxing areas and a highly rated restaurant. 

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

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge
  • Phone


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 and Rota Vincentina. 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 12 miles a day with ascents and descents between 200m and 400m. We follow inland tracks as well as coastal paths. Time will be spent on quiet beaches or villages exploring a quieter side to a well-known country. The maximum altitude we will reach on this holiday is 902m at Foia, the highest point of the Algarve.

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed 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 fly from London to Faro airport on Portugal's Algarve coast. Private transfers from Faro Airport to our hotel in Monte Gordo will be by road and will take approximately one hour.

On day 8, our transfer from Armacao de Pera to Porto Covo will be by private transport and take approximately 2 hours. 

On departure, your private transfer from Sagres to Faro airport will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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.

During the week we will travel by private coach. 

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.

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 locations 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 these can be taken as picnics or in a local cafe. 

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. 

Lonely Planet Portugal - by Lonely Planet

‘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

Bradt Travel Guide to Alentejo - by Alex Robinson

Portugal Official Tourism Website

Portugal National Tourist office

Via Algarviana Website

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.

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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