Arrive Faro Airport
We’ll meet you at the Faro airport / Faro train station / Faro bus station and bring you to the Hotel.
Free time until evening meeting and dinner.
Today we will be walking in the area north of Silves.
This wonderful walk gives a relaxing introduction to the region as it meanders through gentle rolling hills.
Spectacular views, sheltered valleys and lunch at an old windmill with Silves and its castle laid out below us make this a day to remember
A final section through fascinating smallholdings where local farmers tend their gardens brings us back to Silves with time to relax in the local cafés.
Today we head into the hills of the Serra de Monchique. Our walk offers panoramic views of some of the most beautiful parts of the Algarve.
The mountainous area of the Serra de Monchique stands in complete contrast to the rest of the Algarve.
This is a green wooded area, decked in cork, chestnut, pine and eucalyptus trees.
There are rivers, small streams and refreshing springs. The valley floors are rich and fertile, yielding an abundance of fruit and vegetables. It is no wonder this area is often called “the garden of the Algarve”.
The day includes time to visit the town of Monchique. Here you will discover traditional skills and handicrafts still being practiced.
The famous Medronho, distilled from the Strawberry tree, distinctive hand knitted sweaters and the unusual wooden chairs all suggest the character of this area.
Alvor and Praia da Rocha
Today we have a full programme with a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the much photographed beach at Praia da Rocha, one of the best in the Algarve.
The rock strata are particularly varied and very colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wild flowers.
Ponta da Piedade and Lagos
We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk starting from the small village and resort of Luz.
On this walk we follow a coastal path to Lagos, visiting on the way Ponta da Piedade where the famous sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos.
The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have time to sightsee in this attractive town that was an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of ancient Roman & medieval ruins remain, including the old slave market.
The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front and the town is now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world.
We have an opt out at Ponte de Piedade allowing people to have a little more time to sightsee in Lagos.
Barão de São João
We head back inland for a walk that takes in the villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel.
These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterized by the typical white houses with a coloured border around the windows and doors.
This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.
We have an opt out at lunch time allowing people to relax and explore the fascinating village of Barão S. João.
Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente
Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates in Sagres, the most westerly town in the Algarve.
This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon.
We will also visit today the nearby Cabo de S. Vincente whose spectacular cliffs were once believed to be the end of the world.
Free time until transfer from Portimão to Faro airport / Faro train station / Faro bus station.