Walking the Costa Vicentina, Algarve

7 day walking holiday

Portugal is not first associated with walking but as it is with most places, when you start exploring, you find some truly beautiful and impressive scenery and walking. The walking is mainly coastal with massive sea cliffs, wild oceans, delicate flowers,long white beaches, birds of prey, little white washed villages and the smell of a country that is still moving on slow time. Inland walking is more gentle, with farmland and small woods making up the scenery.

The walks we offer are dynamic in that they can be tailored to suite different types of walkers, short walks, long walks, hilly hard walks or just short informative walks. We offer a range of walking packages but these are also dynamic and can be tailored to suite the group or individuals needs Many of our walks start at the base but because of our position, all walk transfers are short (5 - 10minutes).

Trails are graded moderate (B - B/C). They are rarely flat, with both lowland and expansive views. Average duration is seven hours. The emphasis is on discovering and enjoying the natural environment, especially places only accessible on foot.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Airport shuttle from Faro to the guesthouse. Light buffet lunch is served at 1:30, followed by a short circular walk of the local erea. Take a swim in the refreshing Atlantic ocean or just have a break in the quaint beach bar. Dinner is served after an afternoon's relaxation and some time to wash off the days travels.

Day 2 - We start from the base. Acclimatise to local conditions on a circular walk to towards the Cabo de San Vicente. Pass through the small fishing town of Sagres. Cross over from the south coast, to the west coast and then head back inland towards Vila do Bispo... A small village 5km form out base. The walk is a very good acclimatization walk.. not very steep, excellent views, with some good distance covered. this walk can be shortened or lengthened. walk time 6-7 hours

Day 3 - West coast walk. This is an impressive scenic walk.. very hilly, spectacular views and small fisherman paths. Walking starts on the west coast on the beaches of Vila do Vispo. The day is spent traversing long white beaches and climbing big slate cliffs,winding our way along narrow fisherman's paths.The walk is long and demanding but the rewards are some of the most spectacular scenery s in the world. Time: 7-8 hours.

Day 4 - Inland walk. The temptation is to keep walking the coast, but to explore the inland, is to understand and visit the way of life in this southern part of Portugal. Farm land, small villages, Cork forests and massive wind turbines are some of the images that come to mind. This is either a circular walk or if a longer walk is wanted, a linear walk back towards home. Time 4 hours or 7 hours

 

 

Day 5 - Walk the south coast, east towards Lagos. This is another spectacular day of coastal walking.. The walking is demanding but again rewarding. Take a towel and bather for a dip in the ocean along the way.. This walk came be shortened or lengthened. The normal walk is 7 hours of up and down terrain on small coastal paths.

Day 6 -West coast: The west coast is very dramatic and wild. The walk is another committing one, but again this is a spectacular day. Misty wild black sea cliffs, big surf, circling sea gulls.

Day 7 - A free day to try something new. Kayak a beautiful river estuary, try some climbing, Take a boat trip to the SW most tip of Europe or visit one of the coastal towns for something more cultural.. or we can organize a visit to Monchique for a circular walk on the highest mountain / hill (998m)

Day 8 - End of the adventure for this time. Breakfast, shuttle to Airport and fly home.


Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions.


Trip Includes

5 days guided walking.

1 free day to explore or try another activitie.
Accommodation -  7 nights guesthouse, twin or double room sharing.

Meals - 7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 6 dinner.
All specialist equipment for the activities.

Airport transfers complementary.
Activity transport.

Price does not include international air flight, spending money.
Closest airport: Faro
Experience Required: none

Price: 550 Euros

 

 

Dates 2017

22nd - 29th April 2017

3rd - 10th June 2017

7th - 14th October 2017

 

CLUB AND GROUP HOLIDAYS


Organize your group, club or friends on a walking holiday with us. Put them on a plane and 2 hours away lies this amazing adventure.
Walk the Costa Vicintina on the SW Coast of Portugal. 

Portugal is not first associated with walking but as it is with most places, when you start exploring, you find some truly beautiful and impressive scenery to explore. The walking is mainly coastal with massive sea cliffs, wild oceans,, delicate flowers,long white beaches, birds of prey, little white washed villages and the smell of a country that is still moving on slow time. Inland walking is more gentle, with farmland and small woods making up the scenery. The walks we offer are dynamic in that they can be tailored to suite different types of walkers, short walks, long walks, hilly hard walks or just short informative walks.

 


Trip duration
This is entirely up to the group or group leader.
Most groups stay 5-7 days, to fit in a full and worthwhile holiday.
Walking holidays can include either half or full days of other activities. No prior experience is needed for these activities.
We give suggestions and ideas for activities to suit individual group needs.

 

Types of groups
Any type of group wanting a real adventure. From Walking groups, to ramblers, to climbing parties, to a group of friends. If your up for the adventure, this is the perfect place for it.

Logistics
The logistics are simple.
Get yourselves to Faro airport and we will take care of the rest. Transport, guides, equipment for

the different activities. Great food and comfortable accommodation.

Local knowledge on what to visit and what not to visit.

Price
You can use all our services or you can just use the ones that you need.
Special offers on trips. 

Cost: 68 Euros per person per day. All inclusive.

Including full board in Twin or double rooms on-suite, All meals, guide, transport and equipment.

Groups of 10 leader stays free.

Min group 6 PAX.

Experience Required: None

 


Walking

The limestone and slate sea cliffs of the algarve are little known and have some of the most impressive, epic walks that you will find any where.
Walks vary in length and time. On a tough day you can do 20-km's of ridge walking,and 1400 meters of ascent, with 360 degree views of the endless seascapes disappearing into the horizon. For easier days there are great valley or contour walks. Stopping off in another village for a snack and a cold coke, you get a feel of how Portugal was,100 years ago. There are literally thousands of different walks to be done, of which I know a small percentage and learning more every day.

 


 
 

 

 

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