On this 7-night twin-center walking trip you'll discover the entirety of Portugal's Algarve, from the rugged cliff-strewn western Atlantic coastline to its eastern border with Spain. Using the hire car provided for you to arrive at each day's different walks you'll embark on a journey through the undiscovered parts of the region where pretty whitewashed villages and lively towns intermingle with a mix of stunning scenery.
Starting the first half of your week in the coastal town of Sagres and finishing in the city of churches, Tavira, highlights include visits to some of the Algarve's most varied and interesting beaches (including Odeceixe, which is the one of the most photographed and most popular beaches in the Algarve), exploring the maritime history of Portugal and Europe in Lagos and Sagres, and walking along the banks of the Guadiana River.
You'll meander along diverse landscapes, from river paths and untouched coastlines to the Monchique mountain range. Admire the colors and scents of the Spanish and green lavender that grows in abundance, along with more than 25 types of orchids, mystic thyme and flowering yellow broom. Overhead you can see Bonelli's eagles, sparrow hawks, black kites, azure magpies and golden orioles whilst flamingos make their home in the salt marshes. As autumn arrives, the Algarve is one of the best places in Europe to see the annual migration, and with the region's autumn and winter being similar to the North America's springtime, you can expect year-round warm temperatures.
You'll stay in two hotels of contrasting styles: in Sagres, sitting on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean, is the modern boutique ****Memmo Baleeria, and heading east in Tavira is the **** Pousada de Tavira, a former C16 convent, which has now been tastefully converted into a lovely hotel. The local cuisine is delicious - expect fresh fish, cured hams, tasty cheese and chourico (which are as good as those from Spain or Italy!).
This tour is rated "1 boot+" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than an overall grading of "1 boot".
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 1 evening meal|
|Tour Starts||Faro airport (Pick up) car rental, drive to hotel|
|Tour Ends||Faro airport (Drop off) car rental|
|Singles||Add $78 per night|
|Other details||Air-conditioned rental car included in tour package.|