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.
SeasonsThe 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.
CentresSagres, 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
DifficultyThe 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 SeeRocha 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
This guidebook describes 33 walks in the beautiful Algarve in southern Portugal. Boasting good weather, easy access, stunning scenery and some great hiking trails, the region is a perfect destination for a walking holiday. It is best known for its spectacular coastline: the coastal trails presented here afford ample opportunity to admire the plunging sinkholes, striking sea-cliffs and rock-hugged beaches. However, the interior is every bit as beautiful and other walks explore the forested slopes of Monchique and the tranquil countryside between the mountains and coast.
The routes range from 3.5 to 17km and cover the sun-kissed south coast, the rugged Vicentina Coast, the Monchique mountains and traditional villages of the eastern Algarve. Many can be accessed by public transport and details, along with tips on refreshment opportunities on route, are provided in the text. The route description is accompanied by clear mapping and notes on local points of interest.
Showcasing the region's varied landscapes, highlights include Cabo de São Vicente, Europe's most southwesterly point; the Algarve's highest peak, Fóia (902m); historical sites; dramatic cliffs, arches and sea-stacks; and idyllic beaches. With information on the Algarve's history, plants and wildlife and advice on travel and potential bases, the guide is an ideal companion to exploring this captivating region.
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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.View author profile
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.View author profile
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