The West Algarve has spectacular cliffs and maritime scenery, and its varied geology produced a rich range of landscapes, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments. This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourishes in its mild sunny winters and long hot summers. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating.
The programmed walks are designed to offer a good mix of coastal and inland scenery, so that you too can discover the huge welcoming heart of the Algarve.
This tour will be based in Lagos, a city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean. It was from its wide bay, encircled by the fine sands of Meia Praia that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador; it was here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas or spices from the India put into port.
The stretch of wall bordering the marginal (waterfront) is beautiful and in the old town you can find shops, restaurants, tons of history and culture. Last but not least, Lagos comes alive at night with street artists and bars for every taste with live music.
Arrival to Faro and transfer to Lagos
Individual arrival to Faro Airport / Faro Train station / Faro Bus station.
Transfer to your Tivoli Hotel in Lagos. Transfer time +/-45 minutes.
Lagos is a bright and lovely historic town, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It was an important harbor from Roman occupation, to the Discoveries, and a variety of ancient ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front and the town is now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world.
Praia da Luz to Lagos
Taxi to start & walk back.
A wonderful walk along the cliff tops with stunning views all around. The highlights of the area are the spectacular rocks, coves and caves that have been relentlessly carved and shaped by the pounding waves. You can look down on the famous grottos. Looking inland you can see the remnants of old farmhouses and land divisions that marked the territory here when it was once the only source of income. Porto de Mós and Ponta da Piedade cafés provide welcome refreshments.
Barão de S. João to Barão S. Miguel
Taxi to Barão S. Miguel – return from S João by bus or taxi.
This is an inland walk taking in the traditional villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming villages nestle in a rural and peaceful countryside with a mix of fields and forests giving nature lovers a real treat.
Inserted in the Natural Heritage of Lagos, the National Forest of Barão de S. João is located in the heart of the Western Algarve, a transition of the agricultural world, still alive with small farms and shepherds, to the forest.
This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of the Algarve. You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Lagos there is a wide variety of sightseeing available - check here some activities to prebook. Keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Sagres to the West, or the Ria Formosa, in the East Algarve.
Vale da Lama Walk
Taxi pick up to start, return on foot.
Leaving Lagos, we walk east along the coast, past old saltpans, taking us towards the estuary of Alvor before quiet inland paths and lanes bring us back into Lagos.
This a lovely walk with much biodiversity. Each spring and autumn the estuary of the Alvor River becomes a staging post for thousands of migrating birds. The estuarine ecosystem is also rich in many other ways, and supports numerous animals, plants and insects. Its profound importance to wildlife, both resident and migrant, has been recognised by its designation as a Natura 2000 site, giving it special environmental and conservation protection.
Rocha Delicada to Mexilhoeira Grande
Taxi there & train back.
The scenery is gentle, serene and cosy in the Alvor estuary. This protected natural haven contains a wide array of habitats. The walk uses quiet paths and lanes to take us through a variety of landscapes from salt marshes, farmland, pastures and orchards to Mediterranean type forests. It’s great for birdlife observation, particularly.
To the north you’ll clearly discern the lush green Monchique mountains silhouetted in the horizon; a bit to the south, hidden by the large unspoilt dunes, there’s Lagos Bay; meanwhile, contemplate the ever changing shades of blue and green along the secluded inner lagoons, as well as the beautiful Rocha Delicada (‘Delicate’ or ‘Elegant Rock’), an ochre promontory formed during the Miocene period. Embedded in its calcareous rock face, it is possible to detect some marine fossils from this remote period, mainly composed of oyster, scallop and clam specimens.
The attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande offers cafés and restaurants for a welcome cooling drink. If there is time before the train enjoy a stroll through the village.
This is a magnificent walk through hills with fabulous views, peaceful farmland, green forests & pretty water courses.
Travel by taxi to Bensafrim to start walk & return from Bensafrim by bus.
Individual departure or extra days
At convenient time departure to Faro Airport / Faro Train station / Faro Bus station.
TIVOLI LAGOS ****
With its privileged location in the very centre of Lagos, this 4 star hotel in Algarve is a true reflection of local culture, from the decoration by Maria José Salavisa to the white and blue walkways which connect the rooms, patios, restaurants and bar.
To maximise the enjoyment of your stay, Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel in Lagos, Portugal provides a free shuttle bus to Duna Beach Club offering fun and entertainment for both adults and children between March and October. On the long white beach at Meia Praia, Duna Beach Club provides the backdrop for numerous parties, banquets and even beach weddings.
Located a few minutes from entertainment attractions in the centre, the marina and just a few kilometres from some of the best golf courses in the region as well as the Autodrome, this beach resort in Algarve is an excellent option for both meetings and events as well as for great weekend getaways and family holidays.
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 send us an email with your request.