The Best of the West Algarve

The West Algarve has nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, and is home to Europe’s most southwestern point, Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St Vincent), in Sagres.
We’ll take you to explore also the countryside and the stunning mountain of Foia crowning the beautiful region of Monchique. This small town is known as the 'garden of the Algarve', because of its lush vegetation, where you can grow just about anything!
The West Algarve is the perfect wild retreat for those looking to escape from it all.

This is a tour to unveil the real beauty of the Algarve, while walking through glorious countryside and coastline.

The Western Algarve has spectacular cliffs and maritime scenery, and the varied geology helps to produce a rich range of scenery from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments. This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourish in the equable climate of mild, sunny winters and long, hot summers. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating.

The distribution of walks in this tour is designed to offer a good mix of coastal, mountain and inland scenery, and will take you to the right places so that you too can discover the huge welcoming heart of the Algarve.

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park

Classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the park is distinguished for its landscape, geology and flora and fauna. It’s also renowned for its architectural, historical and cultural heritage.
Impressive natural features include the gigantic cliffs overlooking Arrifana Bay and the landmark Pedra da Agulha, or Needle Rock.
More than 100 scarce and endemic plant species thrive in the park. Similarly, the variety of birdlife here is outstanding.
The park is endowed with a rich archaeological legacy, most obvious of which are the ruins of the 10th-century Moorish castle at Aljezur.
Elsewhere, a number of cliff-top sea defences built by the Portuguese during the 17th century remain in surprisingly good condition.

Sagres

One of Portugal’s most historic towns, set on a headland overlooking a picturesque harbour, the port lies at the south-westernmost point of continental Europe within the boundaries of a protected natural park.
The park lends the area a wild, untamed character that helps personify Sagres as a destination steeped in myth and legend. Inexorably linked with the sea, Prince Henry the Navigator, who started Portugal’s Voyages of Discovery during the 15th century, established a school of navigation near the town.
This is one of the Algarve’s least developed regions, and in Sagres a friendly and informal atmosphere prevails, unhurried and quite charming.

Ponta da Piedade

Possibly one of the most beautiful natural features of the Algarve coastline. The shoreline is formed of heavily weathered cliffs that have been carved into rock pillars, natural tunnels and hidden grottos. The sandstone cliffs of misshaped angles stand at stark contrast to the deep turquoises and greens of the calm seas and the entire region is simply stunning.

Monchique

Monchique is a volcanic mountain range eroded into rounded-off forms over many millions of years. In clear weather when at the top of the Foia (902 m) and Picota (774 m), one can see the entire coastline along the south and west, as well as the forested hills of Alentejo. There the summer is freshened up by a sea of flowers and ancient trees. The village is a colourful, picturesque little mountain settlement. There are many traditional workshops in the centre of the town, which are joined onto little shops and markets where they sell the wood and ceramic handicrafts as well as embroidery.

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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