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A guidebook to 34 day walks in the Algarve. There are 24 coastal routes, including the Coastal Path between Porto do Mos (Lagos) to Sagres and a further 10 routes in The Serra do Caldeiraom mountains. The easy, graded routes vary from 2 to 17km. Stunning scenery is seen throughout, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments.
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For many years the Algarve has been overlooked as a walking destination, but away from the tourist areas, there are miles of spectacular coastline and a huge interior that has seen very few visitors. Here walkers will find a rich variety of scenery from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments, together with diverse local flora and fauna. All this, combined with an equable climate of mild sunny winters and long hot summers, makes the Algarve an ideal walking location.
This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 34 full and half-day walks, with some routes detailing both a full walk as well as a shorter option. They are, for the most part, well away from the main tourist developments, and due to poor public transport you will need car to get to the start of most routes. A lot of the walks are located to the north and west of Faro, and there are very few close to the Spanish border. This is because the coast is a series of sand flats that do not lend themselves to good walking, while inland the rolling hills have very poor access. The best walking is found a good 30 miles or so from the coast around Cachopo, and these are included in the guidebook.
Many of the walks in this guidebook make use of old mule or cart tracks, which until recently were the only means of communication between villages. Underfoot the going varies; some tracks have been covered in bitumen or asphalt, others are rough and stony. The majority of the routes aren’t particularly strenuous, ascents of 500m being about the maximum, and none could be considered difficult. Each walk varies in length between 2.5km and 17km.
The distribution of walks in this guidebook offers a good mix of coastal, mountain and inland scenery. The majority can be tackled by anyone of average fitness, and the grading used is based on the amount of climbing involved: an easy walk is a flat walk suitable for all the family, whereas a difficult walk (there are very few) would involve a number of fairly steep ascents and descents.
Walk 18, page 95:
Where the walk description says 'turn left, and walk down the road...' it should read 'turn right, and walk down the road...'.
In the final paragraph, it also says that 'the castle is above you on left' as you walk around it, by the river, but it is above you on the right. On the map the direction arrows for this bottom loop, around the castle, should be clockwise rather than anticlockwise.
|Preface to the Second Edition|
|When to Go|
|Where to Stay|
|Geology and Scenery|
|Birds, Wildlife and Protected Areas|
|Forestry, Agriculture and the Landscape|
|Notes for Walkers|
|Walk 1 Esteveira|
|Walk 2 Pontal, Carrapateira and Vilharinha|
|Walk 3 The West Coast|
|Walk 4 Bensafrim|
|Walk 5 The Barragem da Bravura|
|Walk 6 The National Forest of Barão|
|Walk 7 The Coastal Path – Porto do Mos (Lagos) to Salema|
|Walk 8 The Coastal Path – Salema to Sagres|
|Walk 9 The Slopes of Foia|
|Walk 10 The Monchique River|
|Walk 11 Picota|
|Walk 12 Ilha do Rosario|
|Walk 13 North of Silves|
|Walk 14 Parra|
|Walk 15 The Coastal Path – Benagil to Vale de Engenho|
|Walk 16 Amorosa–Torre Hill Walk|
|Walk 17 Amorosa and Zimbreira|
|Walk 18 Paderne Castle, Leitão and the Serra Grande|
|Walk 19 Esteval dos Mouros|
|Walk 20 Rocha de Pena|
|Walk 21 Pé do Coelho|
|Walk 22 The Hamlets around Salir|
|Walk 23 Querença and the Fonte de Benemola|
|Walk 24 Estoi|
|The Serra do Caldeirao|
|Walk 25 Casas Baixas: D. Quixote Walk|
|Walk 26 Casas Baixas: Fonte da Zorra Walk|
|Walk 27 Casas Baixas: Montes Serranos Walk|
|Walk 28 Feiteira: Cerros de Sobro Walk|
|Walk 29 Feiteira: The Reserve|
|Walk 30 Feiteira: Malhanito|
|Walk 31 Mealha: Vale das Hortas|
|Walk 32 Mealha: Masmorra|
|Walk 33 Mealha: The Burial Chamber of Pedras Altas|
|Walk 34 The Mata Nacional da Conceição and the Ribeira da Zambujosa|
|Appendix 1: Language|
|Appendix 2: Route Table|
|Appendix 3: Contact Details|