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Authentic Algarve: Hidden treasures of Portugal’s most revered region

Wed, 08 Jun 2022

Algarve’s top attractions

Stretching from the golden coast of Laos to the Moorish side streets of Faro, Portugal’s Algarve region is warm, charming and inviting. Offering an abundance of wildlife, breathtaking natural features and year-round sunshine, it’s easy to see why the Algarve’s top attractions entice visitors from all over the world.

Ramblers Walking Holidays take the path less trodden, following centuries-old trails to secluded natural coves, quiet white-sand beaches and traditional fishing harbours. Read on to uncover the secrets of Portugal’s Algarve, taking you to the hidden treasures of this beautiful region. 

Tavira and Ria Formosa Natural Park

A short drive from the region’s capital, Faro, is the lesser-known medieval town of Tavira. A delightful mix of old Portuguese history with deep-rooted Moorish influences, here you’ll find dynastic castles of powerful caliphates, Renaissance churches and colourfully tiled serpentine streets. 

Trek rural paths through lemon groves and twisting olive trees to incredible mudflats that are home to long-legged pink flamingos and a spectacular flurry of birdlife. From the Ria Formosa Natural Park you can see incredible salt pans cultivated by the Roman Empire. Plenty of quiet farms and peaceful stretches on Tavira make it the ideal place to unwind.

Find shade from the afternoon sun in the ancient, cork producing town of Sao Bras do Alportel; refresh yourself with a sweet pick-me-up, the local delicacy of carob and almond cake is not to be missed. 

Rota Vicentina

In the wild beauty of southwest Portugal, the Rota Vicentina’s long-distance coastal path makes for excellent walking. It starts in Santiago do Cacem and finishes at Cape St. Vincent – once thought to be the edge of the world.

Another Algarve top attraction, this coastal ramble leads to breathtaking vistas of the western shorefront. Rolling hills and dramatic rock formations provide spectacular hiking backdrops. 

The western coast of Portugal is wild, and the small villages are secluded, a stark contrast to the bustling Algarve. Long, warm evenings are perfect for dining al fresco in quaint village tavernas along the way – sample regional tapas dishes passed down from generation to generation. 

Amble through the agricultural heartland of Portugal via thick forests of cork and oak, past flower-filled meadows of wild orchids, bright daisies and rock roses. 

Seven Haning Valleys Trail

This stunning trail showcases the very best of Portugal’s coastline taking in some of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve. 

One of our most rewarding and memorable trails, trek rocky clifftop paths to see incredible sunset-coloured rocks, natural domed caves, magical sea grottos and spectacular headlands. 

Capture the towering red cliffs surrounded by superb sandy coves and quintessential Algarvian seascapes, including the much-photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. It can all be seen during this picturesque walk finishing along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk. 

Tempted to discover Portugal’s Algarve for yourself? Take a look at our carefully curated holiday packages to this breathtaking region, and book your getaway today. 

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