Rugged cliffs rising above Portugal’s Atlantic coastline which boasts soaring, golden rock formations that are a feast for the eyes. Charming shing villages and feasts of seafood and Port all make Portugal too easy to fall in love with.
SELF GUIDED: The Via Algarviana stretches from the Spanish border to Cape St Vincent and is a nature lovers paradise. Starting in Alcoutim on the bank of the Guadiana River, the route crosses the serene countryside of the East Algarve. This section is all about local food, local people and local culture.
SELF GUIDED: Walk through a local protected area where you will encounter friendly people and have the opportunity to try traditional Portuguese food. Starting off the official Via Algarviana track in Loulé, you will then rejoin the official track in Salir. Each panoramic view is as outstanding as the last.
SELF GUIDED: This section of the walk will see you reach the highest point of the Algarve, Monchique before descending down to the coast through the arable landscape typical of the south-west of Portugal and arriving at Cape St Vincent, the most southwesterly point of Europe.
SELF GUIDED: For this centre based itinerary you will be based in the village of Carrapateira where you can take advantage of walks both out to the coastline as well as inland to the quiet hills and hidden lakes of the Natural Park. This short itinerary will give you a real taste for what the Rota Vicentina as a whole has to offer.
SELF GUIDED: The Rota Vicentina is a series of walking trails in the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Parks in Southwest Portugal. Combining the Fishermen’s Trail and Historical Way this trail combines both the rural charm of Portugal with the rugged coastline that has been shaped by the Atlantic Ocean.
Our Portugal trips have got it all! Charming small villages, coastal views, enchanted castles, and beautiful plant life- there is so much to see! The trips are along the Portugal- Spanish border, so there is no doubt that along with your walks there will be stunning scenery. To take in the local sights and rich history, have a taste of the local and traditionally made spirit and hear the legends of the Moors at the castles along your journey. We offer the Via Algarviana trip into three sections where hikers can find a path that fits their preference.
Section one of the Via Algarviana trip includes days with tranquil walks, deserted villages, lush green rolling hills and rugged coastlines. There will be more trying walks in the middle of the journey, but the reward will be worth it as you encounter the sight of deserted villages and the view at Monte das Preguicas. There is a stroll in Cork Oak Forest, Portugal’s national tree, and a chance to drink the local spirit aptly translated in English as “firewater”. The trip ends in the coastal village of Salir, where hikers will be able to explore a medieval castle that has stood for centuries.
Section two of the Via Algarviana trip has castles, churches, and cosy villages (oh my!). An easy stroll, hikers will walk amongst agricultural landscapes, national parks, and alongside the pretty Arade River- this section is fit for nature lovers. In the middle of the journey, two natural springs will be in view, where you may want to take a dip to cool off. The last day will include a circular hike with some archaeology highlights and a climb up one of the highest hills in the area, Cerro da Vilarinha, where you will be rewarded with a marvellous view over the valley.
Section three and the last of the Via Algarviana trip is a nature lovers delight. This journey is filled with forests, fluvial valleys, and farms (oh my!). Along the way there be lavender and false peppers trees and frog croaks and birds chirps can be heard. At the end of this journey, hikers will walk the beautiful and unforgettable coastal walk to Cape St. Vincent, a photographer’s dream, where the Cape St. Vincent lighthouse stands. The last stop on the journey is the small town of Sagres, where there is fine wining and dining before bidding adieu.
The Rota Vicentina is a series of walking trails located in the South West of Portugal that navigates through the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. Our Rota Vicentina journey will have hikers go through fishing villages, beautiful beaches, and ultimately end up at the lovely Cape St. Vincent. En route to Cape St. Vincent, hikers will see Brejo Largo Beach, have the chance to eat local specialities of shellfish or fresh cod, and grace their eyes upon a Moorish Castle from the 10th Century. Towards the end of the trip, hikers will walk by the park of cork trees that produce almost fifty-percent of the world’s corks. Soon after, walkers will get to the coast where a beautiful lighthouse in Cape St Vincent will be in sight and the end of the journey will be at the quaint town of Sagres, where hikers can have a feast of the delicious local food.