The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk

Start: Faro Finish: Faro

Visiting: Faro, Sagres, Bordeira, Bordeira's beach, Aljezur, Odeceixe, Rota Vicentina, Tavira, Alentejo, Algarve


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 1 - 9

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Starting the first half of your week in the coastal town of Sagres and finishing in the city of churches, Tavira, highlights include visits to some of the Algarve's most varied and interesting beaches (including Odeceixe, which is the one of the most photographed and most popular beaches in the Algarve), exploring the maritime history of Portugal and Europe in Lagos and Sagres, and walking along the banks of the Guadiana River.

Highlights

  • iconExplore the cliff-strewn western coastline and its eastern border with Spain
  • iconLagos and Sagres' rich maritime history
  • iconFollow coastal paths, Alpine-esque mountains and the Guadiana River
  • iconCar provided so you can fully explore the entirety of the Algarve on a variety of walks
  • iconMany stunning unspoilt beaches to visit

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The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk
The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk
The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk
The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk
The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk
The Algarve From West to East, Self-Guided Walk

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : ARRIVE IN FARO

Location: Faro, Sagres

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Memmo Baleeira

Meals: Dinner

Drive to Sagres, the beautiful coastal town where you will spend the first four nights. 

icon Day 2 : BORDEIRA AND THE BEACH

Location: Bordeira, Bordeira's beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Memmo Baleeira

Meals: Breakfast

From picturesque Bordeira, a valley trail takes you through eucalyptus and giant reeds to the cliff tops above the vast expanse of Bordeira Beach with its impressive sand dunes. The views are breathtaking! Descend to the beach, where you'll walk along the crashing surf to explore the dunes and meandering river estuary. Your return is along a sandy trail through the scented pine forest of Bordalete and the floodplain of the Bordeira River where bell-toting cattle graze lazily. 

icon Day 3 : ALJEZUR AND THE AMOREIRA CLIFF-TOP LOOP

Location: Aljezur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Memmo Baleeira

Meals: Breakfast

A short but spectacular walk to two of the Algarve's most varied beaches and their unique rock formations sculpted by the Atlantic. Stroll through Peaceful valleys and pine forest to reach the flower-strewn coast. Descend to Carruagem Beach with its swirling rock ridges and rock pools. Then take the sandy cliff trail to Amoreira Beach, one of the finest sweeps of shoreline in the region. After your walk, head to Aljezur to wander the cobbled streets and visit the ruins of the Moorish hilltop castle for superb views. 

icon Day 4 : ODECEIXE AND THE FISHERMEN'S COASTAL TRAIL 

Location: Odeceixe, Rota Vicentina, Odeceixe

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Memmo Baleeira

Meals: Breakfast

Just over the border in the Alentejo is the attractive village of Odeceixe. You set off on the Rota Vicentina Pilgrims' Trail alongside the irrigation canal. Reaching the Atlantic, head along the wild and rugged coastline on the stunning Fishermen's Trail to the beautiful beach of Odeceixe - one of the most photographed in Portugal. Head back to Odeceixe alongside the river and through meadows to explore its narrow cobbled streets and tempting cafes. 

icon Day 5 : HEADING EAST

Location: Tavira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada de Tavira

Meals: Breakfast

Today you make your way to Tavira, your base for the next three nights. Choose to do a walk en route or visit one of the interesting villages or towns. Monchique or Lagos are both worth a visit, the small village of Saint Luzia near Tavira is famous for octopus restaurants or head to Tavira for lunch and explore the town in the afternoon. 

icon Day 6 : A WALK ALONG THE GUADIANA

Location: Tavira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada de Tavira

Meals: Breakfast

You head east, maybe stopping at the town of Alcoutim with its 14th century castle and small international ferry! Then to Laranjeiras, where the walk begins along the banks of the Guadiana River, passing pretty white villages and almond and olive groves. You'll climb between holm oaks and stone pines to a wonderful picnic spot. It's then on through the Laranjeiras ravine full of tamarisks, lavender and carob trees, spotting golden orioles as we go.

icon Day 7 : DON QUIXOTE TRAIL

Location: Tavira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada de Tavira

Meals: Breakfast

A longer walk today, which is packed with interest and contrasting scenery and sights - first following the river through orchards and vineyards, then passing through cork oaks, cistus and pine plantations, to reach a wonderful view point over the Odeleite River. Heading down to the river there is a lovely picnic site to enjoy a break. Following on passing holm oaks and two windmills is evidence to the life in the area known as the Serra. 

icon Day 8 : LEAVE TAVIRA

Location: Tavira, Faro Airport

Meals: Breakfast

It is a 35-minute drive back to Faro airport. *Note: This is an idea of your itinerary; we have more walks for you to follow in our notes. Our Algarve representatives will explain everything at your welcome briefing. You can easily add extra nights in either hotel or shorten the holiday if you like.*

What's Included

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    All accommodation

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    Car hire (if booking a flight inclusive package)

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    All breakfasts and 1 evening meal

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    A good chioice of walks on each day

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    Route notes and maps 

What's Not Included

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    Single supplements

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    Visas and vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Car hire (if booking a land only package, available for a supplement)

Food

All breakfasts and 1 evening meal. The local speciality from the sea is the Barnacle Perceve, this is not taken from the bottom of boats but the bottom of submerged local cliffs, it is harvested by hand using a dangerous and traditional method, which involves one of the two collectors dangling by a rope from the top of the cliffs! They are a bit of a delicacy not too dissimilar to mussels. Away from the sea the dried hams, salamis and chourico are as good as anything that Spain or Italy can produce. The strange sounding bread sausage Alheira is very good, invented by the Portuguese Jews during the Inquisition to avoid persecution, bread and non-pork products are used. Good quality meat is also on the menu, beef and pork are of a high quality and lamb in season is superb. Vegetables are plentiful and with big harvests of almonds and oranges, fruits are in good supply alongside another local vegetable, the sweet potato. The Algarve’s other surprise is the quality of cheese; from mild to strong using cow, goat or sheep milk there is a great range of cheeses for all tastes, Queijo de Cabra do Algarve, is a particular favourite.

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Saturday Apr 17, 2021

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Saturday Apr 24, 2021

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Saturday May 01, 2021

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Saturday May 08, 2021

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Saturday, May 08, 2021

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

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