The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Self-Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that there are still places with more flamingos than tourists, and where centuries’ old traditions are part of daily life. Tavira, Portimão, and Lagos are the centres of our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.
Spectacular hikes in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, marshes and along the East Algarve coast
Charming historical towns of Tavira, Portimão and Lagos.
Typical fishermen villages and ways of life
The protected area of Alvor Estuary is rich in wildlife and especially interesting for birdwatching
Amazing hikes in the cliffs, hidden caves and grottoes following scenic Ocean trails in the West Algarve
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders
The hospitality and warmth from the local population
The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
Includes all the information and services you need, from detailed route notes to a 24h hotline
The Ultimate Coastal Algarve Walk: From East to West Crossing Stunning Landscapes is a Self-Guided Walking Tour in some of the Algarve’s most spectacular coastal scenarios. You’ll see that there are still places with more flamingos than tourists, and where centuries’ old traditions are part of daily life. Tavira, Portimão, and Lagos are the centers of our fantastic walking and sightseeing tour.
In the tranquil coastal East Algarve, secluded beaches can stretch for many kilometres with no one in sight and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve teems with birds and sea life; tourist activity is secondary to the wildlife and the work of fishermen and shellfish farmers.
The first base of the tour is Tavira, in the East Algarve. The town mixes charming cobbled streets lined by flowered balconies, with the fishing activity at the riverfront. Its castle, the numerous whitewashed churches, and the elegant manor houses provide cultural interest, while the eight-mile beach, across the salt marshes of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, creates a relaxing and rich scenario, dotted with colourful traditional fishing boats.
The West Algarve coast surrenders itself to the power of the Atlantic Ocean. More populated than the other end, here the landscape is formed by cliff-top paths, volcanic hills, and dramatic limestone escarpments. This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourishes in its mild sunny winters and long hot summers.
Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade, is the first base in the West Algarve. Traditionally a centre for sardine fishing and processing, today the city’s old and once bustling fishing docks have been remarkably transformed into a scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Pleasant pedestrian shopping streets border the area with a series of historic buildings and a tantalising selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants.
You then head to Lagos, a city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean. It was from its wide bay encircled by the fine sands of Meia Praia that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador; it was here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and where galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas, or spices from India, put into port.
The stretch of the wall bordering the marginal (waterfront) is beautiful and in the old town, you can find shops, restaurants, tons of history and culture. Last but not least, Lagos comes alive at night with street artists and bars for every taste with live music.
Whichever part of the Coastal Algarve your walking trails lead you, you will find welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines and delicious food, from the fresh caught of the day to regional dishes packed with flavour.
To see the Coastal Algarve at its best, enjoy our cherry-picked walks, for they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking holiday.
Our self-guided walking tours are thoroughly designed and include all the information you need, from detailed maps and route notes to a 24h hotline. The accommodation, airport transfers, and transports are included in the walking program.
Day 1 – Arrival to Tavira
Individual arrival to Faro Airport or Faro train station.
Day 2 – Cacela Velha and Cabanas Walk
Transport to the beginning of the walk & walk back.
An easy walk, close to the coast, starting in the beautiful old village of Cacela Velha, 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 you can rest, enjoy good food and drink whilst enjoying the sunshine by the colourful waterfront. Continue back to Tavira, through the saltpans where you may see an abundance of wild life along with the traditional craft of salt extraction.
Circular walk; service ferry out to the island of Tavira; walk back to the hotel.
A real treat as you 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. Not just a day’s walking but a real day’s holiday as well!
Transport to the start of the walk & walk back. The driver will drop you at the beginning of the walk and drive to Portimão to deposit the bags in the Hotel.
From Ferragudo´s Light House follow a stunning coastline westwards to Portimão. Visit, en route, the charming and very traditional village of Ferragudo before continuing into Portimão itself to finish at the hotel.
Transport to the start of the walk & walk back.
Today we offer 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.
Transport to the start of the walk & walk back to Hotel.
The driver will drop you at the beginning of the walk and drive to Lagos to deposit the bags in the Hotel.
The walk will bring you through gentle countryside to the salt pans on the Alvor Estuary with its abundant bird life. From there you’ll parallel the extensive Lagos beach where, at any time, you can drop down to the sea for a rest and a swim. To crown the day you’ll be arriving in Lagos with its beautiful waterfront and old historic centre.
Transport to the beginning of the walk start & walk back
A wonderful walk along the cliff tops with stunning views all around. The highlights of the area are the spectacular rocks, coves and caves that have been relentlessly carved and shaped by the pounding waves. You can look down on the famous grottos. Looking inland you can see the remnants of old farmhouses and land divisions that marked the territory here when it was once the only source of income. Porto de Mós and Ponta da Piedade cafés provide welcome refreshments.
Day 8 – Individual departure or extra days
At a convenient time, departure to Faro Airport or Faro Train station.
Maria Nova Hotel, Tavira
Hotel Aqualuz Lagos
Maria Nova Lounge Hotel (4****) or similar
Located a 5-minute walk from Tavira’s bustling town centre, Maria Nova Lounge Hotel – Adults Only enjoys a quiet hillside location. Its modern rooms feature a private balcony with panoramic views. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom.
The Bar Panorâmico offers an extensive list of cocktails and stunning views over Tavira.
Hotel Globo (3***)or similar
This modern design hotel on the Algarve Coast offers panoramic views of the city of Portimão and the River Arade. It features a stylish rooftop restaurant and a gym.
The bright rooms at Hotel Globo are decorated with modern furniture. They include a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a work desk. Some rooms have a spacious seating area with sofas and armchairs.
Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartments (4****)or similar
With its privileged location, 1km away from the closest beach, the Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartments**** is a modern hotel, embellish with light coloured furniture and open door areas. The hotel features spa facilities, a courtyard with four swimming pools and a rooftop terrace. The Club Restaurant serves authentic Algarve cuisine and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool.
All rooms offer satellite TV, an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer and air-conditioning.
7 nights in a twin room for two pax:
3 nights in Tavira (4 stars hotel)
2 nights in Portimão (3 stars hotel)
2 nights in Lagos (4 stars hotel)
Single supplement available with a surcharge
Extra nights available on request
7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
Half-board available with surcharge (buffet dinner at the hotel without drinks)
Meet & Greet Airport Transfer from airport / train station / bus station to the hotel on the first day
Transfers from the hotel to airport / train station / bus station on last day
Transports to walking/activities sites, if applicable
Your information pack includes
Emergency contact numbers
General information about your holiday and destination
List of hotel(s)
Directions for arriving at your first hotel, if applicable
Detailed maps and route notes in your own mobile with App Routes & Maps (or detailed travel documents 1x per room)
Complimentary luggage transfer if there is more than one hotel
Option of language
Trip documents can be provided in English or German.
Any services not listed as included
Flights to and from Portugal
Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
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