Lagos: Walking Towards the Sunset in the West Algarve – 1601S

Self-Guided Walking

From 665.00 pp

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Availability: January - December

Grade: Leisurely (3/8)

Towards the Sunset: Walking in the West Algarve, is a Self-Guided walking tour designed to offer an interesting mix of coastal and inland nature walks, allowing you to discover the less known wonders of the West Algarve. Our base is the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, a short distance away from all these different walking experiences.

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 amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines.
  • Includes all the information and services you need, from detailed route notes to a 24h hotline.
  • Trip documents in EN or DE.

A Self-Guided walking tour designed to offer an interesting mix of coastal and inland nature walks, allowing you to discover the less known wonders of the West Algarve. Our base is the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, a short distance away from all these different walking experiences.

The West Algarve has spectacular maritime scenery, with cliffs, caves, and grottoes. Its rich range of landscapes, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments, is great for walking and sightseeing.

The mild sunny winters and long hot summers are ideal for a display of colourful flora and thriving local fauna. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating and unexpected.

The programmed nature walks of this Self-Guided walking tour run through trails specially picked by our local leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.

The hiking tour is based in Lagos, a historical and cosmopolitan city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean. It was from its wide bay, encircled by the fine sands of the Meia Praia Beach that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador. It was also here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid. Galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas, and spices from India, came to port in Lagos.

The wall bordering the city 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.

There is a special light on the West Algarve, and the weather is fantastic, even during the winter months, making it a lovely region for walking and nature activities.

There are so many interesting layers in this part of the Algarve. Inland, up in the lush green hills, you will see a way of life that has disappeared from many European countries.

Here, the days revolve around the seasons, among fragrant citrus orchards. The sweet delicacies typical of the region are made with carobs, honey, and almonds, abundant here, and easily found with other fresh produce at the lively local markets.

In the narrow cobbled streets of picturesque villages, with whitewashed houses, you’ll find sleepy cafes and a tranquil way of life.

The sea and the waterfront represent a different layer of the West Algarve culture, still very closely bound to nature. Along the coast, fishermen go out to the rough sea to catch sardines and octopus. In the Alvor estuary, at low tide, you can see people seafaring, accompanied by herons, spoonbills, and other bird species.

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

The West Algarve coast surrenders itself to the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Nature walks facing the sea on cliff-top paths, interrupted by deserted sandy beach coves with clear crystal waters.

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 Towards the Sunset in the West Algarve.

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.

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 to Faro and transfer to Lagos

Once you get to Faro (airport or train station) you will be met by our driver holding a sign with your name.
Transfer to your Hotel in Lagos. Transfer time +/-60 minutes

 

Day 2 – Praia da Luz to Lagos

Taxi to 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.

Distance: 11.km / Ascent/descent: +100m/-60m

 

Day 3 – Barão de S. João to Barão S. Miguel

Taxi to Barão S. Miguel – return from S João by bus or taxi.
This is an inland walk taking in the traditional villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming villages nestle in a rural and peaceful countryside with a mix of fields and forests giving nature lovers a real treat.
Inserted in the Natural Heritage of Lagos, the National Forest of Barão de S. João is located in the heart of the Western Algarve, a transition of the agricultural world, still alive with small farms and shepherds, to the forest.

Distance: 9km / Ascent/descent: +/-175m

 

Day 4 – 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 5 – Vale da Lama Walk

Taxi pick up to start, return on foot.
Leaving Lagos, we walk east along the coast, past old saltpans, taking us towards the estuary of Alvor before quiet inland paths and lanes bring us back into Lagos.
This a lovely walk with much biodiversity. Each spring and autumn the estuary of the Alvor River becomes a staging post for thousands of migrating birds. The estuarine ecosystem is also rich in many other ways, and supports numerous animals, plants and insects. Its profound importance to wildlife, both resident and migrant, has been recognised by its designation as a Natura 2000 site, giving it special environmental and conservation protection.

Distance: 13.5km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 6 – Rocha Delicada to Mexilhoeira Grande

Taxi there & train back.
The scenery is gentle, serene and cosy in the Alvor estuary. This protected natural haven contains a wide array of habitats. The walk uses quiet paths and lanes to take us through a variety of landscapes from salt marshes, farmland, pastures and orchards to Mediterranean type forests. It’s great for birdlife observation, particularly.
To the north, you’ll clearly discern the lush green Monchique mountains silhouetted in the horizon; a bit to the south, hidden by the large unspoilt dunes, there’s Lagos Bay; meanwhile, contemplate the ever changing shades of blue and green along the secluded inner lagoons, as well as the beautiful Rocha Delicada (‘Delicate’ or ‘Elegant Rock’), an ochre promontory formed during the Miocene period. Embedded in its calcareous rock face, it is possible to detect some marine fossils from this remote period, mainly composed of oyster, scallop and clam specimens.
The attractive village of Mexilhoeira Grande offers cafés and restaurants for a welcome cooling drink. If there is time before the train enjoys a stroll through the village.

Distance: 8km / Ascent/descent: minimal

 

Day 7 – Bensafrim walk

This is a magnificent walk through hills with fabulous views, peaceful farmland, green forests & pretty water courses.
Travel by taxi to Bensafrim to start walk & return from Bensafrim by bus.

Distance: 14km / Ascent/descent: +/-140m

 

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

Info

Hotel Aqualuz Lagos

Hotel Aqualuz Lagos

Hotel

Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartaments (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.

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin room for two pax (4 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

Option of language

  • Trip documents can be provided in English or German.

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.