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Walking in the Algarve's Wild West

WALKING IN THE ALGARVE'S WILD WEST - DAY BY DAY

Memmo Baleeira ****

Sagres, Days 1+6

This design hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the stunning bay on the edge of Sagres. The rooms are minimalistic in design and feature all amenities. The restaurant here prides itself on serving the best of the local seafood, while the hotel offers free use of the Turkish bath, Sauna and indoor pool, the perfect tonic after a day exploring this stunning area.

Further details on the
hotel website.

Day 1      Arrive at Sagres

We meet you at Faro airport and take you (75 mins) to the charming coastal town of Sagres in time for your dinner. (Staying in Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Half Board)

Day 2     Sagres to Pedralva 15km/9.5mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/5hr

After a 30 minute transfer you'll follow the Fishermen's Trail, passing pine and gorse as you head to the coast with stunning views of Amado beach, an internationally renowned surfing beach. Make you way down to the village of Carrapateira, with its bars and restaurants offering a great lunch stop. Do take time to visit the interesting Land and Sea Museum for an insight into the history of the village and its fishing economy.  You'll then pick up the Rota Vicentina passing one of Algarve's finest view points following a lovely trail through the Sinceira Valley and the course of the River Sinceira as you make your way to charming Aldeia de Pedralva, your own village house for the next two nights. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva, Half Board)

Aldeia da Pedralva AAA

Pedralva  Days 2+3

This is a magical place, a real find. Just 10 years ago the village of Pedralva was a ruin with houses just left to rot by owners who no longer wanted to live in the countryside. However, Antonio Ferreira, your host at the Aldeia da Pedralva, initially decided to buy a couple of houses, but eventually renovated 24 which have been beautifully restored to create 24 rooms. The village itself is surrounded by verdant nature parks and offers great walking and cycling possibilities. Food here is rustic Portuguese, simple in terms of ingredients but mouth watering in terms of quality, flavour and freshness.

Further details on the
hotel website.

Day 3     At Pedralva

You can be as active or as relaxed as you like, spend time unwinding in the pretty village or enjoy one of the two optional walks. Follow a lovely cliff top trail back along to Amado beach or take a smaller loop along pretty plateaus with great views of the Algarve's highest point. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva, Half Board)

Day 4      Pedralva to Vila do Bispo  13km/8mi/3.5hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr

There are two options for today, both setting out through a forest of pine and eucalyptus as you follow the Rota Vicentina, then a meandering trail through flower meadows leading you along the path and down to the pretty village of Vila do Bispo. The longer trail adds a wonderful horseshoe loop heading into the Costa Vicentina National Park, to Praia da Barriga (Barriga beach) with its impressive cliffs and crashing waves, the perfect picnic spot. (Staying at Hotel Mira Sagres, Breakfast only)

Hotel Mira Sagres ***

Vila do Bispo  Days 4+5

The Mira Sagres is an historical pension in the fishing village of Villa do Bispo and a regular haven for journeying pilgrims making their way to Cape St Vincent. The fascia of the pension has now been lovingly gentrified and in keeping with the local tradition, has now been stylishly whitewashed, it also boasts an impressive indoor pool. On a good day from the high terrace at the hotel you can see Sagres in the distance.

Further details on the
hotel website.

Day 5     At Vila do Bispo

The cosmopolitan coastal town of Lagos is a short bus ride away, encircled by C14 walls, the stonework and architecture within is a delight. Ornate churches date from the C13, and tangled cobbled lanes lead to discoveries around every corner. Alternatively, you may wish to follow one of two walks, one taking in the cliffs and view points above Vila do Bispo, the other a real gem of a walk through a landscape of rolling hills and gentle valleys through the village of Raposeira to Guadalupe chapel, thought to be one of the only Knights Templar buildings left in Portugal. (Staying at Hotel Mira Sagres, Breakfast only)

Day 6     Vila do Bispo to Cabo Sao Vicente/Sagres  15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

Surrounded by foaming Atlantic breakers, Cabo Sao Vicente marks the most south-westerly point of Europe. The walk out to the edge of the continent should prove to be one of the highlights of your week! You are spoiled for amazing coastal scenery on this wild and unpopulated route that follows sandy paths and gorse strewn meadows to the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula. At the Cape there is a lighthouse, museum and small bar, offering wonderful photo opportunities. It is a short transfer (5 mins) back to Sagres where you can relax with a cold drink on the waterfront, watching fishermen mending their nets.(Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Breakfast only)

Day 7     Leave Sagres

We take you back to Faro airport for your onward journey home.

DAY BY DAY WALKING GUIDE

The walking is on a mix of coastal paths, in woodlands and on easy to follow trails. It is mainly easy under foot and follows, for the most part, well marked paths and tracks.



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