Coastal East Algarve

A self-guided walking tour designed to explore the Algarve's open countryside with pretty villages, historic monuments and recognized natural reserve areas like Ria Formosa.
The Algarve is famous for its fine beaches, golf courses and beautiful coastline but, it is generally not thought of in terms of open countryside. It is however a truly wonderful walking country.

You will explore the coastal east Algarve, characterized by an abundance of olive, carob, fig and almond trees, a profusion of wildflowers, and the beauty of the marshes and salt-pans. Most of it is protected within the Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa, a series of barrier islands fronted by extensive sandy beaches, and quaint fishing villages.
Inland, the scenery is peaceful, with lemon, orange and almond trees, olive groves and sleepy villages... Each walk is full of colour, plants, wildlife and history and all are different with unique sights.
Each day’s walk highlights the contrasting landscape and wildlife of the region. This tour was put together for the enjoyment of those who have a special interest in walking and nature.
You’ll see a Portugal you’ve never imagined existed and that you’ll never forget!

In the Eastern Algarve the small villages have kept much of their original character providing a quiet and relaxing holiday destination.
The coastline here has a tranquil beauty as it gently stretches towards the Spanish border. The barrier islands protect the characteristic tidal marshlands of the Ria Formosa National Park - an area of natural beauty.
Inland, the countryside is unspoiled – and the border area (north and inland from the Guadiana River, stretching up into the Serra do Caldeirao) remains untouched by tourism.
The tour will be based in Tavira, arguably the Algarve’s most charming town. Fishing boats crowd the river Gilão and layers of history can be seen, from Phoenician excavations through Islamic-decorated doorways to Renaissance and Baroque flourishes. From the ramparts of the ruined Castle, look down over waves of triangular “hipped” roofs, spikes of lacework-white chimney pots, and the graceful domes and towers of the town’s 33 churches.

Stay in a quality hotel located on the highest point above the town and that boasts commanding views of the rich and historically diverse architecture that is typical of the coastal town of Tavira.
The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the town with plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants etc nearby.
Walk close to the coast, and followtracks and quiet lanes from and to picturesque old fishing villages.
Cross saltpans full of bird life, and small hamlets with colourful houses and gardens.
Walk on the countryside, along fertile valleys dotted with the occasional traditional tile factories, and passing through small holdings where small vegetable plots share space with olive, carob, almond and fig trees.
Also find an abundance of orange and lemon orchards whose flowers perfume the air while the profusion of wild flowers delight the eyes.
Walk along the coast to the frontier with Spain and meander along small paths through the pine woodlands and along pristine beaches until we reach the estuary of the Rio Guadiana that separates Portugal from Spain. The walk finishes in the charming town of Vila Real de Santo António with a fascinating history and architecture.
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

Day 1 - Arrival

Individual arrival to Faro Airport or Faro Train station, and transfer to your Hotel in Tavira.

Day 2 - Walk Cacela Velha and Cabanas

An easy walk, close to the coast, starting in the beautiful old village of Cacela Velha and following tracks and quiet lanes to the picturesque old fishing village of Cabanas.

Here fishermen still continue their craft, mixing harmoniously with the visitors crossing to the island and the golden beaches. Here too we can rest, enjoy good food and drink whilst enjoying the sunshine by the colourful waterfront. We continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where we may see an abundance of wild life along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.

Day 3 - Cerâmica walk

A beautiful walk going down a fertile valley dotted with the occasional small, family operated, traditional, tile factories. We pass through small holdings where small vegetable plots share space with olive, carob, almond and fig trees. This rich valley also has an abundance of orange and lemon orchards whose flowers perfume the air while the profusion of wild flowers delight the eyes. The walk takes us past the local beauty spot of Pego do Inferno and then brings us right back into Tavira and the hotel.

Day 4 - Free day

This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of Tavira and surroundings. You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Tavira there is a wide variety of sightseeing available (we can advise and/or recommend options according to your interests). On free time keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Castro Marim in the fens and marshes of the “Reserva Natural do Sapal “, famous for their flamingos, or enjoy other local sightseeing tours. Contact Legendary Adventure if you wish to book a sightseeing or bird-watching tour: 00 351 96017089.

Day 5 - Walk Altura to Vila Real de Santo António

A very enjoyable walk along the coast to the frontier with Spain. We start in the resort village of Altura and meander along small paths through the pine woodlands and along pristine beaches until we reach the estuary of the Rio Guadiana that separates Portugal from Spain.

Day 6 - Walk Fuzeta to Tavira

A fascinating walk to the west of Tavira. We start in Tavira and end in the fishing village of Fuzeta with its bustling waterfront, crossing saltpans full of bird life, small hamlets with colourful houses and gardens, grand villas and tiny small holdings. We can stop en route at little cafés fronting the tranquil waters of the Ria or even lunch on wonderful fish and shell fish fresh in that day.

Day 7 - Walk Santa Luzia & Tavira Island

A real treat as we walk along one of finest beaches in the world and visit the small fishing village of Santa Luzia with its abundance of fishing boats bobbing in the gentle waters of the channel.

The cafés and restaurants here vary from simple to gourmet level and can offer all the local specialities.

Day 8 - Individual departure or extra days

At convenient time transfer to Faro Airport or Faro Train station

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

Welcome meeting

En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.

Half-board option

Carefully elaborated route description.

Detailed travel and tour documents.

Photo Gallery


A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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