8 Days Walking Tour
The Algarve Way is quite simply one of Europe's finest long distance walks. It stretches from the Spanish border at the River Guadiana and pushes west towards a dramatic denouement in Sagres, the very tip of Western Europe, which for many centuries to the Portuguese marked the very edge of the known world.
An epic tour, it stands comparison with the best of the long-distance walks in Europe, with the advantage that the weather is usually more pleasant! It is a rewarding way of seeing the real Algarve on unforgettable routes full of tradition, culture and nature.
The walk forms part of the European footpath network, the GR13. The entire route is 300 kilometres and we have cherry picked the best sections for you to enjoy.
We use two centres as our journey continues westwards, and all transfers to and from walks and hotels are included. In addition, all dinners will be taken at selected popular local restaurants. Relaxed, sociable evenings that will round off the day perfectly!
We have built considerable flexibility within this tour to cater for the needs and requirements of individual groups. Our walks can be as challenging or as relaxing and easy as you want them to be.
The tour begins in Alcoutim (on the border with Spain) and finishes at Cabo São Vincente, avoiding congested tourist areas in favour of more secluded regions, sheltering legendary historic sights, splendid scenery, and natural wonders.
Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner wich is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day's program.
Day's programs is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.
We'll meet you at Faro Airport and bring you to the Hotel
Transfer to Tavira +- 45 minutes.
Free time to explore Tavira and relax until evening meeting and dinner, if time allows.
We take a scenic drive to Alcoutim along a beautiful local road running alongside the edge of the Rio Guadiana. We will have a walk around this charming frontier village, facing its Spanish equivalent across the river. Our walk today uses part of the GR13 and is called “Os encantos de Alcoutim” “The delights of Alcoutim”, with the Rio Guadiana forming the centrepiece of the walk and passing through orchards of almond, fig and olive trees.
Today we visit the village of Cachopo, with a brief stop at the splendid viewpoint of Alcaria do Cume. We will have time to look around Cachopo which is still a traditional working village.
Our walk today on the GR13 will take us through the delightful surrounding landscape, with cork oak and strawberry trees, heathers and cistus (rockrose), as we pass small farms set amongst the cork forests.
Barranco do Velho
Today we will travel to the hill village of Barranco do Velho. On the way we will stop in S. Bras de Alportel, one of the main cork production centres in the region, and appreciate some of the local traditional products. Today’s walk on the GR13 will take us to the village of Salir, through rich Mediterranean vegetation, including the strawberry tree from which a famous local liqueur, “medronho”, widely appreciated by the locals is brewed.
Morning walk along the GR13 into the village of Alte, one of the most traditional villages in the Algarve. Time to visit the village and take a refreshment break. Travel to Silves, perhaps the most historic town on the GR13, with its Moorish castle rising above the town which is set on the banks of the river Arade. We will have lunch in one of the many cafés/restaurants and there will be free time to appreciate the narrow cobbled streets and visit the local monuments.
Today we start our walk on the hillsides above Monchique, walking down into the village in time for lunch.
This is one of the most beautiful sections of the Algarve Way with spectacular views and lush forests, with oaks and chestnuts among the cork trees. An abundance of water makes this the greenest part of the Algarve all year round. There will be time to visit Monchique and the mountain of Foia, the highest point in the Algarve.
Today we walk the final section of the GR13 in the “Parque Natural Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vincentina” to the cliffs of Cabo São Vincente.
Lunch in Forte de Beliche overlooking the dramatic cliffs of the Sagres coast before walking on to the “end of the world”, Cabo de S. Vincente.
To celebrate the end of our epic journey crossing the Algarve from east to west we will visit the port of Sagres where we will enjoy the magnificent scenery and some well-deserved refreshments.
Free time until transfer from Tavira to Faro Airport.
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
Surrounded by pine forest and sea, the Victoria Sport & Beach is 800 meters from the pleasant beach Falésia.
Stylish and modern, it offers an excellent level of equipments, so that nothing is lacking in your well-deserved rest. Perfect as a leisure destination, it makes your well-being translates into the most pure relaxation, the genuine contact with nature.
Between Albufeira and Vilamoura (Golf Capital), the area of Falésia gives you the tranquility of the pine forest, the invigorating breeze of the sea and the fun of the Algarve night.
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.
This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Faro airport at 12 a.m. on arrival day and returning to Faro Airport at 12 a.m. on last day.
To this tour we only accept transfers departing from Faro Airport or Faro.