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HIDDEN DELIGHTS OF THE WESTERN ALGARVE

from £1175
The western Algarve's varied geology helps produce a rich diversity of scenery from mountains to limestone escarpments and sea cliffs.
Added Value Offer Wine included with all dinners
FLEXIwalking FLEXIwalking: most walks offer an opt out point, join the entire day’s route or walk a shorter distance and join the group later.

Guided Walking Holidays - Walking in Portugal's Western Algarve

The western Algarve offers a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. The varied geology produces a rich diversity of scenery from granite mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs, all greatly complemented by the local flora and fauna. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

We stay in two contrasting centres on Portugal’s south coast. From historic Silves we enjoy a levada walk beside the Rio Arade, which passes through orange and lemon groves, and exploring the old town. Another day will be spent in the hills of the Serra de Monchique, offering outstanding views. 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.

As we head to our second centre of Lagos, we’ll enjoy a fantastic coastal walk between Alvor and Portimão en route. Lagos is a bustling village with a selection of restaurants and bars to while away the evenings. From here we will continue our search for the hidden gems of the Western Algarve. A coastal walk will take us from Luz to Lagos, encountering some typical Algarvian villages as we go, and head to the edge 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.



You might like to take a look at our Algarve Odyssey holiday combining a week in Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve with our Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve holiday.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the spectacular sea cliffs and maritime scenery.
  • Explore the inland Serra de Monchique mountain range.
  • Visit the Costa Vicentina Natural Park and Cape St Vincent.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of opt out points on many walks.
  • Admire the abundance of springtime flowers and autumn fruits.
  • Dine in restaurants with Portuguese dishes and local wines.
  • Explore the cobbled streets of historic Silves, topped by its Arab castle.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

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

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

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

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Fly to Faro and transfer by road to Portimao, taking approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on arrival time, we may have an orientation of the town. A relaxed dinner is taken at the hotel this evening.

  2. Day 2

    Today's walk starts in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. We follow the valley of the river Arade visiting the Ecological Park of Fontes, an attractive local beauty spot on the way. The route itself enables us to explore this river valley following quiet tracks and paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. We finish in Silves, ancient capital of the Algarve.  10km/6 miles; Ascent/descent: minimal

  3. Day 3

    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. Towering cliffs, sea caves and grottos, 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 stunning walk to finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk. Distance: 6 miles/10km  Ascent/descent: minimal 4 hours This walk has the accolade as one of the best trails in Europe. 

     

  4. Day 4

    Today we will transfer to our next centre of Lagos. However we do have a full programme 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. After a lunch stop, we continue by foot, along the coast. Our luggage will be taken separately by coach, and those that prefer not to walk can also take the coach transport. Approximately 13.5km (8miles); 3-4 hours; Minimal Ascent / Descent.

  5. Day 5

    We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk starting from the small village and resort of Luz. On this walk we follow a coastal path to Lagos, visiting on the way Ponta da Piedade where the famous sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have the afternoon to sightsee in this attractive town that was an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of ancient 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 and the town is now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world. Approximately 12.5km (7.5miles); 3-4 hours; Ascent 100m; Descent 100m.

  6. Day 6

    We head back inland for a walk that takes in the villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterized 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. Approximately 14km (8.5miles); 4-4 ½ hours; Ascent 150m; Descent 150m.

  7. Day 7

    Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates at Sagres, the most 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. We can also visit Ponta de Sagres, a giant finger of rock pointing to the ocean, and Cap St Vincent. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator established his fortress and began the “age of discoveries” sending ships to explore the world. Approximately 13km (8miles); 4-4 ½ hours; Minimal Ascent / Descent.

  8. Day 8

    Depending on the flight time, there will be free time before taking the transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
  • 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.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Aqualuz Suite Hotel

The four-star Aqualuz Suite Hotel is located within walking distance of Lagos, with all its amenities and a stroll from the nearest beach. The property boasts four swimming pools, a spa, restaurant, gym and bar. We stay in the one bedroom apartments that have en suite bathrooms, a kitchenette with microwave, hairdryer, air conditioning, wi-fi, in room safe, separate living room and balcony.

Breakfasts will be taken at our two hotels. Dinners will be at local restaurants, giving us the opportunity to sample the excellent Portuguese cuisine and local wines. On some evenings we will be able to walk to the restaurants, on others transport will be provided to reach the restaurant.


Hotel Globo

The Hotel Globo is situated in  the historic centre of Portimao, close to the River Arade with an easy stroll to the town's shops, cafes and restaurants. The picturesque beaches of Praia da Rocha are a short bus ride away. The hotel offers a small health club with a gym, sauna and Turkish bath plus a breakfast room with a wonderful view over the town and to the river. Rooms are compact and are decorated in a contemporary style with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer. The room also has air conditioning, a safe and TV.  Due to the small streets in the old part of Portimao, our bus must drop us off on the main road and we need to walk approx. 50m with our luggage.

Breakfasts will be taken at our two hotels. Dinners will be at local restaurants, giving us the opportunity to sample the excellent Portuguese cuisine and local wines. On some evenings we will be able to walk to the restaurants, on others transport will be provided to reach the restaurant.


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