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The Algarve from West to East

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On this 7-night twin-centre 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 a rental car (not included) you 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.

  • Reviews 4 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
    4/8
All about the The Algarve from West to East.

On this 7-night twin-centre 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 a rental car (not included) you  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 colours 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 USA’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!).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights accommodation, twin center
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Route notes and maps
  • A good choice of walks on each day
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Car rental required (not included, inquire for details and prices)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Explore the cliff-strewn western coastline and its eastern border with Spain
  • Follow coastal paths, Alpine-esque mountains and the Guadiana River
  • Many stunning unspoilt beaches to visit
  • Lagos and Sagres’ rich maritime history
  • Car provided so you can fully explore the entirety of the Algarve on a variety of walks
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Faro

    Pick up your rental car (not included, inquire for rates and details) at the airport and drive to Sagres, the beautiful coastal town where you will spend the first four nights. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Bordeira and the Beach 13km/8mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5hr

    From picturesque Bordeira, a valley trail takes you through eucalyptus and giant reeds to the cliff tops above the vast expanse of Bordeira Beach with its impressive sand dunes. The views are breathtaking! Descend to the beach, where you’ll walk along the crashing surf to explore the dunes and meandering river estuary. Your return is along a sandy trail through the scented pine forest of Bordalete and the floodplain of the Bordeira River where bell-toting cattle graze lazily. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira, Breakfast only)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Aljezur and the Amoreira Cliff-top Loop 7km/4mi/2hr

    A short but spectacular walk to two of the Algarve’s most varied beaches and their unique rock formations sculpted by the Atlantic. Stroll through peaceful valleys and pine forest to reach the flower-strewn coast. Descend to Carruagem Beach with its swirling rock ridges and rock pools. Then take the sandy cliff trail to Amoreira Beach, one of the finest sweeps of shoreline in the region. After your walk, head to Aljezur to wander the cobbled streets and visit the ruins of the Moorish hilltop castle for superb views. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira, Breakfast only)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Odeceixe and the Fishermen's Coastal Trail 13km/8mi/4hr

    Just over the border in the Alentejo is the attractive village of Odeceixe. You set off on the Rota Vicentina Pilgrims’ Trail alongside the irrigation canal. Reaching the Atlantic, head along the wild and rugged coastline on the stunning Fishermen’s Trail to the beautiful beach of Odeceixe – one of the most photographed in Portugal. Head back to Odeceixe alongside the river and through meadows to explore its narrow cobbled streets and tempting cafes. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Heading East

    Today you make your way to Tavira, your base for the next three nights. Choose to do a walk en route or visit one of the interesting villages or towns. Monchique or Lagos are both worth a visit, the small village of Saint Luzia near Tavira is famous for octopus restaurants or head to Tavira for lunch and explore the town in the afternoon. (Staying at Pousada de Tavira, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 A Walk along the Guadiana 9km/6mi/3hr

    You head east, maybe stopping at the town of Alcoutim with its C14 castle and small international ferry! Then to Laranjeiras, where the walk begins along the banks of the Guadiana River, passing pretty white villages and almond and olive groves. You’ll climb between holm oaks and stone pines to a wonderful picnic spot. It’s then on through the Laranjeiras ravine full of tamarisks, lavender and carob trees, spotting golden orioles as we go. (Staying at Pousada de Tavira, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Don Quixote Trail 17km/10.5mi/5.5hr

    A longer walk today, which is packed with interest and contrasting scenery and sights – first following the river through orchards and vineyards, then passing through cork oaks, cistus and pine plantations, to reach a wonderful view point over the Odeleite River. Heading down to the river there is a lovely picnic site to enjoy a break. Following on passing holm oaks and two windmills is evidence to the life in the area known as the Serra. (Staying at Pousada de Tavira, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Tavira

    It is a 35-minute drive back to Faro airport. Note: This is an idea of your itinerary; we have more walks for you to follow in our notes. Our Algarve representatives will explain everything at your welcome briefing. You can easily add extra nights in either hotel or shorten the holiday if you like.

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Where you stay
Hotel Memmo Baleeira
This designer 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.
Pousada de Tavira, Convento da Graca
The Pousada de Tavira, Convento da Graca, is located in the Santo Agostinho Convent, founded by Dom Sebastiao in the C16. The hotel is centrally located in Tavira, and perfectly combines its historic past with modern touches. The guests at the Pousada de Tavira can enjoy the outdoor pool on the sun loungers under the parasols or read a book in the drawing room. It has a lovely restaurant and pleasant bar, whilst the inner courtyard is a lovely place to sit and relax. All rooms have a mini-bar, satellite TV and balconies or terraces. WiFi is available in public spaces and some rooms.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 evening meal.

The local speciality from the sea is the Barnacle Perceve, this is not taken from the bottom of boats but the bottom of submerged local cliffs, it is harvested by hand using a dangerous and traditional method, which involves one of the two collectors dangling by a rope from the top of the cliffs! They are a bit of a delicacy not too dissimilar to mussels. Away from the sea the dried hams, salamis and chouriço are as good as anything that Spain or Italy can produce. The strange sounding bread sausage Alheira is very good, invented by the Portuguese Jews during the Inquisition to avoid persecution, bread and non-pork products are used. Good quality meat is also on the menu, beef and pork are of a high quality and lamb in season is superb. Vegetables are plentiful and with big harvests of almonds and oranges, fruits are in good supply alongside another local vegetable, the sweet potato.

The Algarve’s other surprise is the quality of cheese; from mild to strong using cow, goat or sheep milk there is a great range of cheeses for all tastes, Queijo de Cabra do Algarve, is a particular favorite.

Using the rental car pre-booked for you (not included, inquire for rates and details) 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.

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 while 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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 02/11/2018
3/5

Mrs Preece

I think the timings/distances on the walks are a bit misleading. I have noticed this on other Headwater holidays.

Reviewed On 21/08/2018
5/5

Mrs Smith

We really enjoyed our holiday, contrasting hotels and walks in the 2 centres made it feel like longer than a week. It was a shame that the swimming pool and spa weren't open at the first hotel as we were looking forward to using those facilities.

Reviewed On 03/05/2018
5/5

Mr Christy

Well-designed and highly enjoyable introduction to the delights of an Algarve Spring, with plenty of opportunities to sample the excellent food of the region

Reviewed On 23/11/2017
4/5

Mr Devey

A very enjoyable holiday

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