Carvoeiro: Walking Close to Nature in the West Algarve – 1602S

Self-Guided Walking

From 550.00 pp

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Availability: January - December

Grade: Moderate (4/8)

Walking Close to Nature in the West Algarve is a Self-Guided walking tour for those who love to explore and be surprised. Walk among the lush greenery of woodlands, or on top of magnificent cliffs against a backdrop of ocean blue, always in amazing locations full of wildlife. Our base is in Carvoeiro, a picturesque coastal resort town.

Highlights

  • Spectacular hikes in the cliffs, hidden caves and grottoes following scenic Ocean trails.
  • Tranquil and surprising walks in the lush green hills.
  • 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.

Walking Close to Nature in the West Algarve is a Self-Guided walking tour for those who love to explore and be surprised. Walk among the lush greenery of woodlands, or on top of magnificent cliffs against a backdrop of ocean blue, always in amazing locations full of wildlife. Our base is in Carvoeiro, a picturesque coastal resort town.

The walks in this exciting self-guided tour offer an interesting mix of coastal and countryside scenery so that you can experience this special part of the Algarve.

The tour is based in Carvoeiro, a coastal resort with much to offer, including pristine beaches, a traditional Portuguese ambiance and an extensive selection of restaurants and bars. Carvoeiro is a walker’s paradise with numerous hiking routes and trails that follow the rolling inland hills and spectacular coastline.

The West Algarve landscape is known for its rugged cliffs, caves and grottoes, beautiful beaches, and seaside fishing villages. This is still an important way of life in this area, naturally devoted to tourism, yet with many secrets to unveil. Along the coast, fishermen go out to the sea for sardines and octopus, and at low tide, you can see people scavenging for seafood.

This backdrop of real life is one of the best layers of your self-guided walking holiday in the West Algarve!

Inland, up in the lush green hills, you will see a way of life that has disappeared from much of European countries, where days revolve around the seasons. Our walks visit areas apart from normal touristic routes, giving us an insight into the traditional Algarvian way of life as we walk through ancient farmland, smallholdings, and fragrant orchards.

The light and weather on the West Algarve are fantastic, even during the winter months, making it a lovely region for walking and nature activities. In the small cobbled streets of picturesque villages, you’ll find whitewashed houses, cafes and a tranquil way of life.

Another star highlight is the Seven Hanging Valleys walk, which has been recently elected the ‘best hiking destination in Europe’ by online portal European Best Destinations. Boasting magic sea caves, secluded and almost deserted beaches, a colourful flora, and impressive rock formations, this trail will spoil you with impressive coastal views.

Whichever part of the West Algarve your walking trails lead you, you will find welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines and delicious food, from the freshest of fish to regional dishes packed with flavour.

To get under the skin of the West Algarve and to see it at its best, enjoy our cherry-picked walks, for they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking holiday while giving a real sense of place.

Surely is for it that we offer this walking tour: Walking Close to Nature in the West Algarve, based in Carvoeiro.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Faro

Fly to Faro and transfer by road to Carvoeiro, taking approximately 1h.

 

Day 2 – Armação Carvoeiro Walk

A fascinating walk between two popular resorts giving us insights into the rural villa culture of this region.
Our gentle tracks and quiet lanes take us through the sleepy rural countryside dotted with fields and trees and pass villas large and small where people from all over the world have made their home.

Distance: 11.5km / Ascent/descent: +/-100m

 

Day 3 – Ferragudo

From Ferragudo we follow a stunning coastline westwards to Portimão and the stunning Praia da Rocha.
This area is famous for its exclusive and elaborate villas. Our walk along this spectacular coastline lets us see why.
Take time during the walk to visit Ferragudo one of the most attractive and popular villages of the area.

Distance: 9.3km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 4 – Armação de Pêra – Lagoa

This imaginatively designed walk in the rolling hillsides just inland from Carvoeiro enables us to visit and appreciate an area hidden from normal tourism, giving us an insight into the traditional Algarvian way of life as we walk through ancient farmland, smallholdings, orange orchards and the “dry” orchards so typical of this area, to finish in the attractive town of Lagoa.

Distance: 11.2km / Ascent/descent: +/-100m

 

Day 5 – Free day

This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of the Algarve. You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Lagos there is a wide variety of sightseeing available (we can advise and/or recommend options according to your interests). Keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Sagres to the West, or the Ria Formosa, in the East Algarve.

 

Day 6 – Lagoa – Carvoeiro

We begin our walk in Lagoa, the centre of the viticulture of the region.
We walk south through the quiet, fertile, Barrocal landscape dotted with fields and smallholdings and watch our surroundings evolve as we near the coast and Carvoeiro into a landscape of beautiful villas set in gardens bedecked with flowers.

Distance: 11km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 7 – Seven Valleys

Today we offer a fantastic coastal walk taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Towering cliffs, sea caves and grottos, superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands including the much photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata.
All this can be seen during this stunning walk to finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk.

Distance: 10km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 8 – Individual departure or extra days
At convenient time, departure to Faro Airport or Faro Train station.

Info

 

Hotel Cavoeiro Plaza

Hotel Cavoeiro Plaza

Hotel

Hotel Carvoeiro Plaza (3***) or similar

The informal Hotel Carvoeiro Plaza is located overlooking the local square of Carvoeiro, a typical Algarvean village. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment and yet only 50 metres from the beach. The outdoor pool features a sun terrace with sun loungers and a bar.
All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, satellite TV, air conditioning, central heating and tea/coffee making facilities.
A rich buffet breakfast is served in the morning with a variety of hot and cold dishes. Guests can enjoy light snacks on the poolside terrace.

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin room for two pax (3 stars hotel)
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • Half-board available with surcharge (buffet dinner at the hotel without drinks)

Transport

  • 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

  • Accommodation vouchers
  • Taxi vouchers
  • 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)
  • Travel Advice
  • Complimentary luggage transfer if there is more than one hotel
  • Assistance 24/7

Exclusions

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)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements

Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our Guided and Self-Guided holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday.

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Please consult our Travel Insurance page, where you’ll be able to get more detailed info about insurance requirements and an immediate quote for your trip.