The Algarve Way

Crossing the Algarve from east to west though the forgotten interior.

Beginning at Alcoutim (on the border with Spain) and finishing at Cabo Sao Vincente the most south-westerly point in Europe.

Our walking tours avoid the congested tourist areas in favour of more secluded regions, sheltering legendary historic sights, splendid scenery, and natural wonders.

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 4-star 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

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels, 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.

Please note:

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.

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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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