Self-guided Walking Tour in Algarve: exploring the Portuguese Southwest Coast

Self-guided Walking Tour in Algarve: exploring the Portuguese Southwest Coast

A self-guided tour by the best beaches of the Algarve, exploring the natural beauties of the Vicentina Coast park.
This is a 7-day self-guided hiking holiday in the Algarve region, exploring the beaches of the Portuguese southwest Coast. You’ll be walking the best trails of the Rota Vicentina alongside the Atlantic Ocean. A tour designed entirely inside the Natural Park of the Vicentina Coast, where you’ll experience the laidback and relaxed atmosphere of this region, characterized by quaint fisherman villages, oceanic views, abundance of birds and natural beauty.

- Hike by trails alongside the Atlantic Ocean and discover the secluded beaches of the Algarve like Amoreira, Amado, Arrifana, Castelejo and more.

- Experience one of the last stretches of nearly untouched landscapes in Europe, and hike entirely in the Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast Natural park.

- Relax at charming hotels in the whitewashed villages of the region, and taste the fresh fish and seafood this region is renowned for.

- Hike until you reach Europe’s southwestern most point, in Sagres, where the Portuguese Navigators set sail to discover a new world in the 15th century.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Faro
Departure Airport:
Faro
Start Location:
Aljezur
Finish Location:
Sagres
Altimetry
200 › 500 m
Daily average
Dates
Sep-Oct
Sunday to Sunday
Distance
6 › 13 km
Daily average
Duration
7 days
6 nights
Level
Level
Walking / Hiking
Tour type
Walk or Hike
It's your choice!

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Type of Terrain: Mixed, with climbs around Aljezur, Carrapateira and Vila do Bispo. Mostly macadam trails and backroads.

Landscape: A mix of beach and ocean views with the rural Algarve lifestyle and its small villages scattered across the route. 

Day to Day

A daily description of this walking tour

Highlights

 

Day 1: Meeting at your hotel/airport in Faro, transfer to Aljezur and private briefing

Today, our guide will meet you at Faro airport or at the hotel you’re staying, to transfer you to Aljezur. There, we’ll provide you with a detailed briefing and route book for your walking tour. Check in at your hotel in central Alejzur, “Vicentina hotel”, and enjoy the rest of your day exploring the village.

Hotels: Vicentina hotel (upgrade to superior room in “premium” option)

Day 2: 1st Hike – Aljezur – Arrifana - 23km, 500m accumulated height

Start your hike towards the top of Aljezur, exploring its castle with a privileged view over the village. Head to the coast, by the trails of the Rota Vicentina to Arrifana and Monte Clérigo beaches. Head on by the coast towards Arrifana beach, with privileged views over the Atlantic coastline. Check in at your quaint hotel “Herdade do Monte do Sol” for the day.

Hotels: Herdade Monte do Sol (upgrade to superior room in “premium” option)

Day 3: 2nd Hike – Arrifana – Carrapateira - 22km, 330m accumulated height

Today you’ll be hiking by the coastline, exploring the trails of the Rota Vicentina. Leaving Arrifana, you’ll hike towards the secluded beach of Canal Beach, by the cliffs of Arrifana. After Praia do Canal, start hiking inland by the macadam trails of the Vicentina Coast, by a forested area until you reach ribeira da Bordeira. Here the path take you across a paved road that’ll lead you to Carrapateira, where you’ll check in at your hotel, Casa Fajara.

Hotels: Casa Fajara (upgrade to superior room in “premium” option)

Day 4: 3rd Hike – Carrapateira – Amado - Pedralva 17km, 250m accumulated height

Today, you’ll start your day by hiking one of the most beautiful beach loops in the Portuguese coastline, that’ll lead you to Bordeira and Amado, with a wide perspective over the Atlantic Ocean – make sure to carry your swimsuit along for the hike. After Amado beach, you’ll hike inland towards Carrapateira and follow Bordeira stream until you reach Pedralva, a secluded little village, with white washed houses where you’ll stay for the night, checking in at “Aldeia de Pedralva”.

Hotels: Aldeia de Pedralva (upgrade to superior room in “premium” option)

Day 5: 4th Hike – Pedralva – Vila do Bispo 17km, 213m accumulated height

Continue your journey down south, climbing to the top of the wind turbine park, in this coastal forested area, descending then into Vila do Bispo and following the route towards Praia do Castelejo, to check out this viewpoint over Praia da Cordoama. Hike back to Vila do Bispo and check-in at Pura Esteva, your hotel for the night – make sure to enjoy Vila do Bispo’s restaurants.

Hotels: Pura Esteva (upgrade to superior room in “premium” option)

Day 6: 5th hike – Vila do Bispo – Sagres 24km, 331m accumulated height

From Vila do Bispo, you’ll follow macadam trails towards Ponta Ruiva beach – the last beach you’ll experience in your hike by the Portuguese Southwest Coast – as you head towards São Vicente Cape and its iconic lighthouse. Hike towards Sagres fortress and visit its lighthouse and the southwestern most point of Portugal, before checking in at your hotel on top of Baleeira beach.

Hotels: Memmo Baleeira (upgrade to superior rooms in “premium” option)

Day 7: Check-out from your hotel and transfer from Sagres to Faro airport/hotel

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Self-guided

Premium Self-Guided

Transfer in from Faro to Aljezur and transfer out from Sagres to Faro
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Luggage transfer between hotels
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff, water bottle and other gear
Detailed briefing and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Liability and personal accidents Insurance
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide

Prices

Self-Guided

Premium Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests - Private tour, starts any date
1390€ per person
1890€ per person
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
100€
100€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo hikers)
500€
500€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€

Add-ons

Self-Guided

Premium Self-Guided

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (6 meals)
210€, drinks not included
340€, drinks not included
Extra night in Lisbon before or after this tour
on demand
on demand

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Hike.

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER
GROUP DISCOUNTS
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!
WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.
/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;

Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1390€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Premium
Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1890€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER

WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

European Offices

Live Love Hike
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 311
1950-421
Lisbon - Portugal

Monday to Friday
09AM to 06PM
Telephone: 00351 217 590 365
Email: hikewithus @ livelovehike.pt 

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