The Algarve Way
An epic week on this long distance footpath across the Algarve (GR13), from east to west though the forgotten interior.
Our selected walks take us through wooded areas and villages where working life continues as it has for centuries.
We will stand on the top off hill sides with 360º views and the entire coast of the Algarve stretched miles below us.
Beginning at Alcoutim (on the border with Spain) and finishing at Cabo Sao Vincente, the most south-westerly point in Europe, our tour avoids congested tourist areas in favour of more secluded regions.
The Algarve Way is quite simply one of Europe's finest long distance walks. It stretches for 300km from the Spanish border at the River Guadiana and pushes west towards a dramatic denouement in Sagres, the very tip of western Europe, which for many centuries to the Portuguese marked the very edge of the known world.
An epic tour, it stands comparison with the best of the long-distance walks in Europe, with the advantage that the weather is usually more pleasant. It is a rewarding way of seeing the real Algarve on unforgettable routes full of tradition.
The walk forms part of the European footpath network, specifically route GR13. The entire route is 300 kilometres and we have cherry picked the best sections for you to enjoy, featuring six of the finest walking routes across the Algarve
We use two centres on this holiday as our journey continues westwards, and all transfers to and from walks and hotels are included. In addition, all dinners will be taken at selected popular local restaurants. Relaxed, sociable evenings that will round off the day perfectly!
We have built considerable flexibility within this tour to cater for the needs and requirements of individual groups. Our walks can be as challenging or as relaxing and easy as you want them to be.
The highlights are multiple, from the constantly changing countryside as you work your way through sweet smelling eucalyptus, cork woods and exotic strawberry tree forests to the picturesque countryside villages and the warmth of the locals. Leaving the beaches of the Algarve firmly behind, you'll discover how the hilly parts of the Algarve are, especially Foia, at 902m the highest peak in the region. Here the whole Algarve unfurls below and you can trace the route you had just followed and were you're about to continue on, with a splendorous view reaching the ocean.
The towns and villages are also star attractions, as Silves, the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, Alcoutim, bordering the Guadiana River and facing Spain on the other margin, or the magnificence of Sagres, Europe's most southwest place. This is where Prince Henry the Navigator dreamed up the epic of putting to sea and finding New Worlds, an adventure that was without parallel until five centuries later when astronauts went to the moon!
|Six cherry-picked walks offering beautiful, varied scenery, far from the crowded touristic Algarve.|
|Comfortable en-suite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels or charming units, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at Faro Airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.