• 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 your fellow Wayfarers in the hotel overlooking Faro Marina and the Rio Formosa National Park for a Welcome Drink followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Monday Overnight: Villa Termal Monchique Spa Resort

We leave our hotel and stroll through the 17th and 18th-century Old Quarters that lie behind the defensive walls of Algarves regional capital to the quayside of what was once a thriving port. A boat ride takes us to Culatra, one of the tiny sandbar islands just off the coast. There are no vehicles and no roads - and once on the Atlantic side we walk to the lighthouse over great, empty beaches. We take the boat back to the flourishing fishing port of Olhao for lunch and transfer to Silves in the afternoon to hike alongside the local levada, a watercourse meandering between the Ribeira de Odelouca and low cliffs passing orange groves and fruiting trees. We transfer to our next hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Tuesday Overnight: Villa Termal Monchique Spa Resort

Today we set out on a day-long expedition to Foia. At 902m, this is the highest point in the mountain range of the Algarve. The panoramic views are dazzling and Foia is especially rich in native flora with ample chance to see many different species. We take our lunch at the summit.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Mira Sagres

We leave Villa Termal and transfer to the village of Carrapateira, visiting a colorful fish and vegetable market en route. After a circular walk to the coast, taking in the sand dunes and cliffs, where we may see surfers riding the Atlantic waves, we enjoy our lunch at a village restaurant. In the afternoon another walk takes in the Carrapateira Land and Sea Museum, before transferring to our next hotel in Vila do Bispo. We have dinner in a traditional Portuguese restaurant opposite our hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Pousada Infante de Sagres

We leave our hotel for our all-day walk to Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point in Europe, or as early travelers called it "The End of the World", offering spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs here rise vertically some 75m above the sea. Packed with seafaring history, Prince Henry the Navigator sent forth his caravels from here during Portugal's Golden Age of Discoveries and it is the scene of numerous decisive naval sea battles. Now largely protected as a National Park, the Cape provides scenic coastal trails through flowering rock rose and the South African ice plant above massive folded and eroded cliffs, lashed by the mighty Atlantic below, where migrant birds, gannets, dolphin and whales plunder the rich sea life offshore. We take a short transfer to our hotel in Sagres and have dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Friday Overnight: Pousada Infante de Sagres

We leave our hotel for a day walking along Algarves southern coast, an area where ancient seafarers waited offshore for favorable conditions before heading out into the Atlantic. We enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the fishing port of Sagres before taking a short transfer to Fortaleza de Sagres and a hike around this ancient clifftop fort built to protect the town from North African raiders. This is the place where Henry the Navigator planned his 15th-century expeditions to the uncharted seas along Africas western coast, heralding Portugals golden age of exploration. We return to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.


After breakfast, The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Faro Airport for our farewells.
"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.


6 nights from
US $4,495.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement US $635.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,270.00


From Oct 1 to Oct 7 (more dates)
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Arrival: Faro
Departure: Faro
The Algarve October 2017 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 Monchique Spa Resort

Villa Termal Monchique Spa Resort

Resembling a white village nestled among the Natural Park of Serra de Monchique, Villa Termal is an elegant and charming spa hotel, ranged across five unique lodgings, furnished with 18th and 19th century pieces. The rooms are tastefully decorated and each offers en suite facilities, air-conditioning, television and telephone. With a courtyard surrounded by trees, the Villas Restaurant 1692 offers local, fresh produce, presenting creative modern Portuguese cuisine. The thermal and hydrotherapy spas offer a range of treatments using the natural alkaline waters from the Monchique hills.

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