8 Days West-Algarve


West Algarve

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival in Faro and transfer to your selected hotel at the West Algarve.

Day 2 - The Medronho Route

This charming walk leads us along the slope of the Picota, the second highest mountain in the Algarve. We are accompanied by colourful plants such as Iberian peonies, daffodils, rockrose and lavender. Starting from the main square of the town of Monchique we initially pass by ancient eucalyptus trees and follow small footpaths through a wooded area where cork, Monchique oak and chestnuts trees grow abundantly alongside strawberry trees, where the fruits are harvested to produce medronho - the Algarve's most characteristic alcoholic drink. The walk takes us through fertile regions where locals grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on stonewalled terraced hillsides. Once in a while we cross small streams and rivulets. If the weather is nice, we'll make a short trip to Foia, to the highest point of the Algarve, with a stunning view to the coast. But before this we will make a quick visit to the Medronho distillery. In addition, you can taste the homemade honey of this region.

altitude: 570m - length: 9km (3h) - ), TREK GRADE: easy

Day 3 – Burgau-Lagos

The starting point of this tour is the fishing village of Burgau. On small footpaths we will walk uphill and then continue along the picturesque coastline. Especially in spring, wild orchids accompany us on our way, together with Affodile and Mastric bushes. There is also a marvellous view across to the Ponta da Piedade, an impressive rock formation in the sea. Finally, we will reach Lagos. The town is closely associated with Henry the Navigator, and was the starting port of many Portuguese voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th Century. Before we go back to the hotel, you will have time to explore the town.

altitude: 150m - length: 13km (3h) - ), TREK GRADE: easy

Day 4 - Red soil and orange field plantations

The route takes us into the clay and limestone hills, the Barrocal. The soil is red and extremely fertile. Here we will find an excellent range of many different types of wild flowers - including many that will make the hearts of every plant lover beat a little faster. Enjoy also the pretty villages, narrow streets, whitewashed houses and traditional customs. On small footpaths the trail leads through a rustic cultural landscape. En route we pass through the whitewashed village of Conqueiros coming across many rockrose species, orchids and Cuban lilies. We can also enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains and especially the view over the orchards which dominate the valley. Eventually we will reach Pico Alte, another lovely hamlet surrounded by wonderful orange perfumed flowers. After the trail we will transfer to Alte, the most idyllic whitewashed village of the Algarve. Here you will have time to visit the village and taste the many different, traditional sweets this region has to offer.

altitude: 320m - length: 11km (4h) - TREK GRADE: moderately easy

Day 5 – Our Lady of the Rock

Our Lady of the Rock is the starting point of our hike. From there it goes along the beautiful yellow-golden cliffs. Via Praia de Benagil we reach Praia do Carvalho and finally the lighthouse Alfanzinha up to the Algar Seco. The peculiarity of this tour are the highly rugged rock formations with so-called sinkholes, cave-like formations, which are also called eons, and which were chiseled by sand and wind into the limestone cliffs over time. You can find them all over the track. Our destination is the village of Carvoeiro.

altitude: 150-200m - length: 13km (3h) - ), TREK GRADE: moderat

Day 6 - The world of Henry the Navigator

The walk leads us to the west coast, to one of the most unspoiled landscapes of the Algarve. We will travel towards Sagres and start our walk by Raposeira in the Cape St. Vincent Natural Park. The hike follows paths which meander along dramatic cliff tops, with many endemic plants flourishing in the wild exposed landscape and which have adapted to the harsh windy conditions. Notable herbs include the rounded mounds of thyme (Thymus camphoratus) used to give flavour to seasoning and soups. After the trail we have a stop at Cabo Sao Vicente, the “end of the world” or the most south-westerly point of Europe. The area is also famous for its links with Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation. The beauty of the nature here will make you very fond of this region - it wasn’t called the “Romantic Coast” of the Algarve for nothing.

altitude: 60m - length: 13km (3,5h) - level of difficulty: easy

 

Day 7 - The Green Wilderness

Our walk starts in the small village of Carrapateira on the west coast. On small footpaths we walk inland along a small river valley named after the village. Enjoy the ever-green hills with their umbrella pine trees and aromatic gum cistus. On our way we will meet the typical Iberian pig, called Porco Preto. During the rest of the hike we will see more domestic animals - let yourself be surprised. Almost at the end of our route, we will experience a fantastic view over the west coast, with its secluded beaches and wild Atlantic surf.

altitude: 100m - length: 8km (3h) – TREK GRADE: eas

Day 8 - departure