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Walking in the Algarve

33 walks in the south of Portugal including Serra de Monchique and Costa Vicentina

Guidebook to 33 day walks in the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region. The selected routes offer both coastal and inland options, including the Serra de Monchique and Costa Vicentina, the south and west coasts, the central region and East Algarve. The Algarve benefits from a mild climate, fine scenery and easy transport access.

Seasons

The best times for walking are probably the spring and autumn. The winter months see the most rainfall, but spring arrives early; in most years almond trees bloom from January, and from February there are orchids to look out for. In the spring wildflowers add a splash of colour to the countryside.

Centres

Sagres, Luz, Lagos, Salema, Cabo de São Vicente, Monchique, Caldas de Monchique, Fóia, Marmelete, Carrapateira, Mealha, Furnazinhas, Praia da Marinha, Albufeira, Barragem de Bravura, Arrifana, Bordeira

Difficulty

The walks, of 3.5 to 17km, range from a gentle stroll to longer routes. They are graded: Grade 1 - Easy and/or short walk, without any significant ascent/descent Grade 2 - Moderate, medium length or a slightly longer walk but mostly on easy terrain Grade 3 - a longer walk and/or more difficult terrain

Must See

Rocha da Pena, Fóia, Picota, Paderne Castle, Barbelote waterfall, Cabo de São Vicente, Benagil caves, Fonte Benemola, a megalithic burial site, the barrocal (limestone region), rugged coastline, forts, lighthouses, Via Algarviana long-distance trail, round houses in Mealha, orchids, cork oaks, old wells
ISBN
9781852849948
Availability
Published
Published
11 Oct 2019
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm
Weight
220g
Overview

A guidebook to 33 walks in Portugal’s Algarve region. Exploring the stunning scenery of both the coast and interior, the routes are graded by difficulty, with options suitable for beginner and experienced walker alike.

Walks range from 4 to 17km (2–11 miles) and can be enjoyed in 1–6 hours. They are presented in four sections covering the eastern Algarve, central region, south coast and Costa Vicentina.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 mapping
  • GPX files available to download
  • Information on refreshments, access, parking and public transport
  • Highlights include Cabo de São Vicente and Fóia (the highest peak in the region’s Serra de Monchique mountains)
  • Notes on local geology, history, plants and wildlife

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Nike Werstroh Cicerone author WERSTROH

By Nike Werstroh

Nike and Jacint met many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. It wasn't long before they became inseparable. Travelling quickly emerged as their favourite activity and now wherever they go they try to find the best trails. They would love to share their passion for walking with others.Nike went to journalism school and Jacint is a keen photographer. They moved from London to Surrey where they can enjoy the countryside and hills. 

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Jacint Mig Cicerone author MIG

By Jacint Mig

Nike and Jacint met many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. It wasn't long before they became inseparable. Travelling quickly emerged as their favourite activity and now wherever they go they try to find the best trails. They would love to share their passion for walking with others. Nike went to journalism school and Jacint is a keen photographer. Nike and Jacint live in Guildford and when they are not walking in one of their favourite mountain ranges somewhere in Europe, they enjoy exploring the diverse trails in the Surrey Hills close to their home. And when they are not out walking they offer a personalised travel planning service, details of which can be seen on Nike and Jacint's website: www.trailnotes.co.uk.

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