The western Algarve's varied geology helps produce a rich diversity of scenery from mountains to limestone escarpments and sea cliffs.
All about Hidden Delights Of The Western Algarve
Explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe
Guided Walking Holidays - Walking in Portugal's Western Algarve
The western Algarve offers a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. The varied geology produces a rich diversity of scenery from granite mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs, all greatly complemented by the local flora and fauna. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.
We stay in two contrasting centres on Portugal’s south coast. From historic Silves we enjoy a levada walk beside the Rio Arade, which passes through orange and lemon groves, and exploring the old town. Another day will be spent in the hills of the Serra de Monchique, offering outstanding views. Carob and olives are cultivated on farms and small holdings, along with oranges and other citrus fruit, pomegranates, almonds and an abundance of other produce. We visit local villages where working life continues as it has for centuries.
As we head to our second centre of Burgau, we’ll enjoy a fantastic coastal walk between Alvor and Portimão en route. Burgau is a quiet village with a selection of restaurants and bars to while away the evenings. From here we will continue our search for the hidden gems of the Western Algarve. A coastal walk will take us from Luz to Lagos, encountering some typical Algarvian villages as we go, and head to the edge of Europe, walking in the Parque Natural de Costa Vicentina, the most south-westerly point of Europe, and the last sight of land for explorers setting forth on their historic voyages.
You might like to take a look at our Algarve Odyssey holiday combining a week in Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve with our Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve holiday.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday
- Spectacular sea cliffs and maritime scenery.
- Inland Serra de Monchique mountain range.
- Costa Vicentina Natural Park and Cape St Vincent.
- Flexibility of opt out points on many walks.
- Abundance of springtime flowers and autumn fruits.
- Dining in restaurants with Portuguese dishes and local wines.
- Exploring the cobbled streets of historic Silves, topped by its Arab castle.
Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.
Whats not included in this holiday
Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
B&B en suite accommodation
Dinners taken in local restaurants
All local transport costs.
Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.
- Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
Itinerary & Travel
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 4
Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.
- Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
- Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
- We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
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Our Accommodation on this holiday
Hotel Santa Catarina
The Hotel Santa Catarina, a 3 star hotel close to Praia da Rocha beach in Portimão, offers a bar and restaurant, and is only a 10 minute walk from Portimão marina. All rooms are en suite with TV, minibar, safety deposit box, A/C and free wifi. With the beach being so close at hand, it is perfect for an after walk dip in the sea!
Quinta do mar da Luz
Located only 1km from Burgau beach the Quinta do mar da Luz offers a stunning cliff top location and wonderful views of the sea. Set in verdant lush gardens it offers a tranquil retreat after a day’s walking, where you can cool off in the outdoor pool (unheated) or relax with a drink at the bar. The bedrooms all include TVs, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, safes and complimentary Wi-Fi. We take breakfast in the restaurant which is a great continental as well as English buffet breakfast.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Ramblers Walking Holidays