Highlights:

  • Walk the coastal paths of Cape St Vincent - the most south-western point of Europe
  • Local cuisine featuring fresh seafood
  • Day-long expedition to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve range
  • Explore colorful Carrapateira and the fishing village of Olhao
  • Stunning scenery with views of the wild Atlantic Ocean

This stunning coastline is a world away from the busy resorts in the east. The wind-brushed coastal paths run beside miles of glorious beaches, which curve into perfect, peaceful swimming coves. Inland, old Portugal still exists, with white villages and carob, fig and almond trees. This is a landscape of nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, and is home to Europes most south-western point, Cabo de Sao Vicente (Cape St Vincent).

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Eva

Meet at our waterside hotel in Faro, overlooking the marina and a national park. Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Monday Overnight: Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort

From our hotel, stroll through the old quarter to the quayside. A boat takes us to Culatra, one of the tiny sandbar islands off the coast with no vehicles and no roads. We follow a sandy beach to the lighthouse, then return by boat to the fishing port of Olhao. After lunch, we transfer to Rocha de Pena for a hike featuring stunning panoramic views of the coast and an amazing variety of wildflowers.

Tuesday Overnight: Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort

Spend the day on Mount Foia. At 3,000 feet, this is the highest point in the Algarve mountain range. The panoramic views of whitewashed villages reaching out to the sea are dazzling, and Fia is especially rich in native flora with ample chance to see many different species. We take lunch at the summit and enjoy the rest of the day on the mountain.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Mira Sagres

Transfer to the beach town of Carrapateira, then walk to the coast, along sand dunes and cliffs beside the Atlantic. In the afternoon, we visit the impressive Carrapateira Land and Sea Museum, the transfer to our next hotel in Vila do Bispo. Dinner will be in a traditional Portuguese restaurant near the hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Pousada Infante de Sagres

Set out on an all-day walk to Cape St Vincent. Count on spectacular ocean views from cliffs that rise 250 feet above the sea. Packed with seafaring history, this part of the Algarve is as interesting as it is beautiful. Most of the area is now a National Park, with scenic coastal trails winding through flowering rock rose and South African ice plant; where massive folded and eroded cliffs continue to be lashed by the mighty Atlantic, and migrant birds, gannets, dolphins and whales plunder the rich sea life offshore. In a word: amazing.

Friday Overnight: Pousada Infante de Sagres

Spend today walking further along the southern coast, exploring the sheltered coves, beaches and grottos unique to this area. Its the ideal spot for a picnic lunch. Later, well visit the sheltered beach at Praia das Furnas, with numerous caves, galleries, rock protrusions and grottoes carved by the sea. Farewell Dinner at our hotel.

Saturday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Faro Airport.
Moderate-Energetic
"What a beautiful place. I loved it all. The Fado singer took us over the top with her voice." KB
Terrain: Level coastal paths, well-trodden forest tracks, a boat journey, some steep inclines & descents, highest altitude 3,000ft, one morning 1,500ft elevation (vehicle transfer optional for this section). 7-12 miles of walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,495.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $695.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From May 6 to May 12 (more dates)
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Arrival: Faro
Departure: Faro

Activities

Walk Adventure
The Algarve Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Eva

Hotel Eva

Located in the heart of Faro, light and airy Hotel Eva offers a superb view of the picturesque marina and the sea. The bedrooms are decorated in cool, contemporary tones and offer en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, LCD TV, phone, minibar, desk, WiFi and cable internet access. To relax, there is a terrace swimming pool and a health club.

Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort

Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort

Hotel Mira Sagres

Hotel Mira Sagres

Inspired by traditional Portuguese architecture, the hotel, next to the villages 16th century mother church, has preserved its antique facades. All 20 rooms have en suite facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe and terrace/balcony. The rooms facing south are decorated in tones of blue, similar to the sky and the sea, while the rooms facing north are decorated in brown shades, reflecting the surrounding countryside. The hotel spa features a sauna, a massage room and comfortable loungers along the heated indoor pool area which has a retractable roof.

Pousada Infante de Sagres

Pousada Infante de Sagres

The Sagres Pousada is located on the cliff tops overlooking the Atlantic, yet within walking distance of the fishing town of Sagres. This modern Pousada has a maritime feel and no wonder with spectacular views towards Forteleza Sagres, the Sagres Fortress, built atop Sagres Peninsulas southern tip to protect the town from North African raiders and where Prince Henry the Navigator devised his 15th century expeditions to the uncharted seas around the western side of Africa heralding in the golden era of Portugal exploration. Sitting by the magnificent swimming pool, above a beautiful sandy beach, guests are completely removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The Hotel Sagres has 51 rooms many with superb sea views. All rooms have air conditioning/heating, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, safe, telephone, cable TV and some have internet access. The restaurant of the Pousada Sagres has earned an excellent reputation for its cuisine featuring local produce and seafood.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of staff - Walk Leaders and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants