Rating in Portugal
$ 458

West Algarve based in Portimão (1601S)

Self-guided trekking+walking
Self-guided trekking+walking
min $ 458
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Lagos
Guide language: German, English
Price: min $ 458 — max $ 741
Group size: min 2
Duration: 8 days
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Description

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 is based in Portimão known for its old quarter, busy marina and proximity to many beautiful beaches and is also a favourite spot for sailing. Sailors of all levels come to the area for its calm waters and great weather; in fact, many sailing competitions take place here.

Portimão on the banks of the river Arade was traditionally a centre for sardine fishing and processing. Today the city’s old and once bustling fishing docks have been remarkably transformed into a scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Bordering this are pleasant pedestrian shopping streets, a series of historic buildings, and a tantalising selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants. Portimão has a low-key and relaxed ambience with a wonderful working atmosphere. Portimão itself is not a seaside town, however the adjoining Praia da Rocha, Portimão’s resort area is one of the most scenic and famous in the Algarve.

The glorious beaches, cliffs and coves were a magnet for the early visitors who began coming in the early sixties, building their charming villas which can still be seen today, though now more modernised it still attracts people from all over Portugal and beyond.

Portimão and Praia da Rocha are ideally placed to enable us to explore this fascinating part of the Algarve.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Faro

Fly to Faro and transfer by road to Portimão, taking approximately 1h 

 

DAY 2

Rocha Delicada Walk 

This walk in centred on 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. It’s great for birdlife observation, so pack your binoculars.

We can contemplate the ever changing shades of blue and green along the secluded inner lagoon, 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 walk finishes at the attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande with cafés and restaurants for a welcome cooling drink. If there is time before the train back to Portimão enjoy stroll through the village.

Distance: 8 km     

Ascent/descent: minimal

 

DAY 3

Ferragudo Walk 

From Ferragudo´s Light House we follow a stunning coastline westwards to Portimão & Praia da Rocha. We visit en route the charming and very traditional village of Ferragudo before continuing into Portimão itself to finish at the stunning Praia da Rocha.

Distance: 9.5 k     

Ascent/descent: minimal

 

DAY 4

Figueira Walk

This imaginatively designed walk in the rolling hillsides just inland from Portimão enables us to visit and appreciate an area hidden from normal tourism, giving us an insight into the traditional Algarvian way of life as we walk through ancient farmland, smallholdings and the “dry” orchards so typical of this area, to finish in the attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande.

Distance: 12 km   

Ascent/descent: +/- 60m

 

DAY 5

Free day

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. 

 

DAY 6

Alvor – Rocha Walk

Today we offer a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the much photographed beach at Praia da Rocha, one of the best in the Algarve.

The rock strata are particularly varied and very colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wild flowers.

Distance: 9.4 k      

Ascent/descent: minimal

 

DAY 7

Vale de Lama 

Starting from the village of Odiáxere we walk through gentle countryside to the salt pans on the Alvor Estuary with its abundant bird life. We then parallel the extensive Lagos beach where, at any time, we can drop down to the sea for a rest and a swim. We crown the day with a visit to Lagos with its beautiful waterfront and old historic centre.

Distance: 10 km     

Ascent/descent: minimal

 

DAY 8

Individual departure or extra days

At convenient time, departure to Faro Airport / Faro Train station / Faro Bus station.

 

The Hotel

Hotel Globo ***

This modern design hotel on the Algarve Coast offers panoramic views of the city of Portimão and the River Arade. It features a stylish rooftop restaurant and a gym.

The bright rooms at Hotel Globo are decorated with modern furniture. They include a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a work desk. Some rooms have a spacious seating area with sofas and armchairs.

Guests can enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine complemented by regional wines in the rooftop restaurant, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The bar serves light snacks and refreshing drinks in an elegant setting.

Lively Praia da Rocha is 1.3 km from Globo.

 

What's Included

Accommodation:

  • 7 nights in a twin room (3 stars hotel)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
  • Extra nights can be added 

Meals:

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.

Transport:

  • Transfers from Faro airport / Faro train station / Faro bus station to the Hotel on the first day
  • Transfers from the Hotel to Faro airport / Faro train station / Faro bus station on last day

Your information pack includes:

  • Accommodation vouchers
  • Taxi vouchers
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • General information on your holiday
  • List of hotels
  • Directions for arriving at your first hotel
  • Walking / cycling maps
  • Foreign Office Travel Advice
  • Assistance 24/7

Optional:

  • Trip documents can be provided in English or German
  • Extra nights can be added

 

Not Included

  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements.

 

Other

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 none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

If you wish to stay more nights, just send us an email with your request.

 

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Be Cool Travel
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