Walking in the Algarve

walking holidays in the Algarve


Walking in the Algarve

The Algarve is one of Portugal’s most famous destinations but it has lots of hidden delights to offer walkers. Our walks give you the chance to explore the real Algarve, a world away from any large-scale developments or golf courses.

Famous for its sun, sea and sardines, this is also a region of tranquil countryside and whitewashed villages, of ancient orchards and wild flowers. We have a variety of walks on offer that are designed to show you the best of the Algarve including its many historical sites, peaceful mountains and woodlands, spectacular coastline, traditional villages and crafts and the rare plants, animals and birds that live here.

We have researched dozens of walks in the Algarve so our guides know all the best places to take you and can match the length and level of difficulty of the walk to your fitness levels and preferences. So whether you want a leisurely 5 or 6 km stroll or a fun but challenging hike of 20km or more we can plan the ideal route for you.

We currently offer guided day walks, guided and self guided walking holidays in the Algarve.

Day Walks in the Algarve

We have day walks to suit all ages, interests and fitness levels. An experienced and friendly guide will accompany you highlighting points of interest along the way, telling stories of the local area and answering any questions you may have.

Among our favourite coastal walks are through the beautiful Ria Formosa wetland nature reserve which is a haven for wildlife, through the pine woods towards Quinta do Lago and an undulating cliff top walk to Falesia all with fantastic views.

Heading inland popular hill walks include Rocha Da Penna and Vale Telheiro on both walks you can enjoy fantastic 360º views from the hill tops, Querenca and Fonte Benemola a 12km walk to a traditional Algarvian village with beautiful scenic views and varied flora and fauna, walks exploring the historic town of Paderne with its ruined castle and pretty riverside and hill walks, a 16km walk around the scenic lakes and dams of Vale Fuzeiros and Barragem do Funcho. Day walks cost €30 euros per person or €15 for children including transport from hotels in the central Algarve region. Please use the form below to book your trip or request more information on walking in the Algarve

Guided Walking Holidays in the Algarve

The Algarve – Spring Flowers
In the Spring the Algarve is a blaze of colour from the cliff tops to the meadows. This guided tour is comprised of easy, scenic walks that have been designed to discover and enjoy the beauty of the spring flowers. This is a week for plant lovers not serious botanists. It includes 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners, transfers to and from each walk and a walking guide who has extensively studied the flora of the Algarve. The next tour begins on April 2nd 2016 and the cost per person is € and single room suppliment is €.

Cape St Vincent Natural Park
Stretching all the way from Sines to Sagres and on to Burgau the coastline of the Cape St Vincent Natural Park is protected and spectacular. This coast offers a unique walking opportunity, with a varying geology reflected in diverse coastal scenery, seascapes and wild life. This tour includes 7 nights accommodation, all meals – lunches will be picnics to carry with us, transfers to and from the airport, transport during the week by minibus and a walking leader. Our 2016 tour begins on 16th March and the price per person is € and single room suppliment is €.

Please for brochures with full details of the walks. Please note the guided walking holidays get booked up very quickly!

Self Guided Walking Tours in the Algarve

The Complete Rota Vincentina
This very special walking tour offers you fifteen days along both the historical way and the fishermans way of the Rota Vicentina – a wonderful mixture of stunning coastal scenery and the history of the Alentejo.

St Vincent’s Way: Western Algarve and the Alentejo
A 7 or 11 night multi-centre walking tour that gives you the chance to follow a select part of the Rota Vicentina – you will walk a short section of the historical way and four and half days on fishermans’ way, with the option of 4 more nights to continue all the way to Cape St. Vincent

The Very Best of the Algarve
A 7 night 5 hotel holiday that will show you the very best scenery, the wonderful diverse flora and fauna and you can experience for yourselves the warm welcome of the local people.

Algarve: Cork Oaks to Orange Groves
A 7 night, 3 centre holiday that leads you across the very heart of the traditional Algarve, a landscape where time has stood still and locals still practice time honoured farming methods (not a tourist in sight!)

Via Algarviana- The Algarve Way
A 7 night holiday giving you the opportunity to experience the last 130km of this 240km dedicated walking trail -only for very experienced walkers.

Algarve- Mountain Top to Cliff Top
A 7 night, 3 centre holiday that takes you from the highest point down in the Algarve down to the end of the world at Sagres!

Self guided holidays may be taken at any date subject to availability. Please contact us for brochures with full information on the walking tours.

Tailor Made Walking Holidays in the Algarve

The most personalised and flexible walking holiday in the Algarve! Let us know how many days you’d like to walk and the type of terrain or distances you’d like to cover and we will plan a walking holiday specially for you.

Practicalities of Walking in the Algarve

Getting here:
If you want to come walking in the Algarve the nearest airport is Faro. Our guided walking holidays include transfers to and from the airport.
The weather:
The best time for walking in the Algarve is between mid September and June. The mild, often sunny, autumn and spring are particularly lovely seasons for walking when the trees and flowers are in blossom and the countryside comes to life as the sleep, hot summer days. July and August are really too hot for long walks in the Algarve so if you do want to walk in the summer we’d recommend you stick to shorter walks in the morning or evening.
What to bring:
As every walker knows the key to a successful and happy walking holiday is a good and comfortable pair of walking boots! Ideally these should be bought well in advance of your holiday and be given a chance to get well worn in, so that you minimise the chances of experiencing any discomfort whilst walking on holiday. We recommend you also bring a small rucksack so that you can carry water and other small items such as cameras or binoculars during the walk. In the winter months, although the temperature rarely drops below 10C, it is advisable to bring along some warm clothing and rain gear just in case! If you’d like more information on walking in the Algarve please use the form below, mentioning which trips you are most interested in.