A walking tour designed to explore the Algarve's open countryside with pretty villages, historic monuments and recognized natural reserve areas like Ria Formosa.
The Algarve is famous for its fine beaches, golf courses and beautiful coastline but, it is generally not thought of in terms of open countryside. It is however a truly wonderful walking country.
We will explore the surrounding villages, located on fertile limestone and characterized by an abundance of olive, carob, fig and almond trees and a profusion of wildflowers. Peaceful inland scenery of lemon, orange and almond trees, olive groves and sleepy villages... Each walk is full of colour, plants, wildlife and history and all are different with unique sights. Each day’s walk highlights the contrasting landscape and wildlife of the region. This tour was put together for the enjoyment of those who have a special interest in walking and nature. You’ll see a Portugal you’ve never imagined existed and that you’ll never forget!
Arrival to Faro and transfer to Tavira
Individual arrival to Faro Airport / Faro Train station / Faro Bus Station.
Transfer to your Maria Nova Lounge Hotel. Transfer time +/-45 minutes.
Walk Cacela Velha and Cabanas
An easy walk, close to the coast, starting in the beautiful old village of Cacela Velha, following tracks and quiet lanes to the picturesque old fishing village of Cabanas.
Here fishermen still continue their craft, mixing harmoniously with the visitors crossing to the island and the golden beaches. Here too we can rest, enjoy good food and drink whilst enjoying the sunshine by the colourful waterfront. We continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where we may see an abundance of wild life along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.
Walking time: 4h
Distance: 14.09km; 8.76 miles
Ascent/Descent: 50m up/50m down
A beautiful walk going down a fertile valley, dotted with the occasional small family operated traditional tile factories. We pass through small holdings where vegetable plots share space with olive, carob, almond and fig trees. This rich valley also has an abundance of orange and lemon orchards whose flowers perfume the air while the profusion of wild flowers delights the eyes. The walk takes us past the local beauty spot of Pêgo do Inferno and then brings us right back into Tavira and the hotel.
Walking time: 4.30h
Distance: 15.29km; 9.5 miles
Ascent/Descent: 100m up/225m down
This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of Tavira and surroundings. You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Tavira there is a wide variety of sightseeing available - check here some activities to prebook. On free time keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Castro Marim in the fens and marshes of the "Reserva Natural do Sapal", famous for their flamingos, or enjoy other local sightseeing tours.
Altura to Vila Real de Santo António
A very enjoyable walk along the coast to the frontier with Spain. We start in the resort village of Altura and meander along small paths through the pine woodlands and along pristine beaches until we reach the estuary of the Rio Guadiana that separates Portugal from Spain.
The walk finishes in the charming town of Vila Real de Santo António with a fascinating history and architecture.
The adventurous may wish to take the ferry across the river to the town of Ayamonte in Spain to enjoy some tapas in the many cafés of this attractive town.
Walking time: 3h
Ascent/Descent: 10m up / 20m down
Fuzeta to Tavira
A fascinating walk to the west of Tavira. We start in Tavira and end in the fishing village of Fuzeta with its bustling waterfront, crossing saltpans full of bird life, small hamlets with colourful houses and gardens, grand villas and tiny small holdings. We can stop en route at little cafés fronting the tranquil waters of the Ria or even lunch on wonderful fish and shell fish fresh in that day.
Walking time: 4h
Ascent/Descent: 20m up / 20m down
Santa Luzia & Tavira Island
A real treat as we walk along one of finest beaches in the world and visit the small fishing village of Santa Luzia with its abundance of fishing boats bobbing in the gentle waters of the channel.
The cafés and restaurants here vary from simple to gourmet level and can offer all the local specialities.
This circular walk from and returning to Tavira crosses to Tavira Island via local ferry/water taxi and returns to the mainland on a floating pontoon bridge.
Not just a day’s walking but a real day’s holiday as well!
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hrs.
Ascent/Descent: 10m up/10m down
Individual departure or extra days
At convenient time transfer to Faro Airport / Faro Train station / Faro Bus station.
Located at the highest point of Tavira, this new unit is set in a historical environment area with a strong cultural heritage only a few minutes walk from the city center.
After a complete renovation, this unit offers its customers a modern and contemporary design with fabulous views of the city and the estuary.
Let yourself be seduced by the unique magic of Tavira and the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Your information pack includes:
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. This package already includes a transfer departing from Faro airport, Faro train station and Faro bus station.
If you wish to stay more nights, just add that option to your booking - Maria Nova Lounge.