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
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Nike met Jacint many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. She always loved travelling and with Jacint she visited many countries. Her love of outdoors emerged after visiting Madeira in 2008. She was mesmerized by the trails and views and since then wherever she and Jacint go they try to seek out the best trails. Nike really enjoys walking in the mountains and would happily spend every day on the trails.View author profile
Jacint met Nike many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. His love of outdoors emerged after a holiday in Madeira 2008, where he was mesmerised by the views and trails and since then wherever he and Nike go they try to seek out the best trails.View author profile
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