7 days
Duration
Moderate to Challenging
Difficulty
Portugal
Location
year-round
Availability

Hiking in the Algarve: Higlights

  Discover the unspoilt coastal scenery of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park

 Walk clifftop trails above the turquoise Mediterranean Sea and the wild Atlantic Ocean

  Explore the charming whitewashed fishing villages of Burgau, Salema and Sagres

  Enjoy fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen

  Daily swimming opportunities on Portugal’s best beaches


Regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, The Algarve boasts a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate – meaning that the temperatures and natural light are great all year round. It is a perfect year-round hiking destination, with mild and bright winters and cooling sea breezes in summer. This walking trip takes you through the Costa Vicentina Natural Park in the western Algarve, a protected area of natural beauty which has managed to preserve its wild and rugged coastal landscapes despite the development of tourism.

This southwestern part of Portugal boasts two markedly different coastlines. The Vincentine coast to the west is home to over 1000 species of vegetation, hundreds of migrating sea birds, multicoloured cliffs and moors, towering sand dunes and wild beaches. The southern coastline is more protected from the strong winds and has a more Mediterranean feel, made up of soaring ochre cliffs, sea caves, golden sands and turquoise waters.

The underlining theme of Portugal’s great maritime discoveries is inescapable and offers a cultural depth to this trip. From the harbour of Lagos – launchpad for so many epic voyages – to Cabo de São Vicente and the Fortaleza de Sagres, you will be surrounded by the remnants and reminders of the golden age of discovery.

7 DAY TOUR From €420 per person sharing*

*high season supplement will apply during busy booking periods
*A single supplement will apply for solo walkers

ACCOMMODATION 3 nights in Burgau in a 3* hotel with swimming pool
3 nights in Sagres in a 3* hotelAccommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis and all rooms are en-suite. The hotels are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.
AVAILABILITY This trip is available all year round and you can start on any day of the week, subject to availability.
DIFFICULTY moderate to challenging walks: between 4 to 6 hours walking and an average ascent / descent of 100 to 500 metres per walk.
INCLUDED
6 nights’ accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
6 Breakfasts
Luggage transportation from Burgau to Sagres
Private transfers according to the itinerary
Road Book with detailed route notes, vouchers and integrated maps
General map of the Algarve 1:76:000
24/7 telephone support
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
Taxi transfers from Faro/Lagos/Lisbon to Burgau
Taxi transfers from Sagres to Lagos/Faro/Lisbon
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Day 1: Arrival in Burgau

Arrival in the small fishing village of Burgau, situated on the Algarve coast between Lagos and Sagres. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy the beach in Burgau or the pool at your hotel.

Private transfers can be arranged from Faro or Lisbon airports. Public transport information is also provided.

Overgnight: Burgau

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Day 2: Lagos & Ponta da Piedade

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m | 4½ hrs approx.

After breakfast, a private transfer is arranged to take you to Lagos, from where you will follow a coastal trail back to Burgau. It is well worth taking some time to explore the cobbled pedestrian streets and lively squares of this historic city. You then take a coastal path to the famous Ponta da Piedade, a natural monument of ochre cliffs, archways, coves and inlets with sparkling turquoise water. You then continue this spectacular coastal hike to the beach and village of Burgau.

Overnight: Burgau

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Day 3: Walk to Figueiras via Salema

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 450 m | Descent: 450 m | 4½ hrs approx.

From Burgau, you head west along the coast via beaches and cliffs that offer stunning panoramic views. The little whitewashed village of Salema is an ideal place for a rest with many excellent seafood restaurants, from where you can watch the fishermen unloading their catch or tending to their boats on the beach. Then, heading inland towards the village of Figueiras, you’ll discover traditional farming methods which were initiated by the Romans and perfected by the Moors. Olive trees, carob trees, almond trees, pomegranate and fig trees are the main features of this non-irrigated agriculture known as “sequeiro”.

Your walk ends on a beautiful little beach, from where you will be transferred by taxi to Burgau.

Overnight: Burgau

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Day 4: Walk the Algarve coast to Sagres

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m | 4½ hrs approx.

Your day begins with a 20-minute transfer to the start of your walk, on another picture-postcard beach. The itinerary continues to the west along the wild coastline to the small port of Sagres via many secret beaches and inlets, enticing you in for a refreshing swim. You pass through the village to get to the imposing Fortaleza de Sagres, an important maritime monument where a huge stone compass bears witness to the great scientific navigational research of the 15th Century, encouraged and financed by Prince Henry the Navigator –  the father of the Portuguese Age of Exploration who discovered Madeira, Cape Verde, and much of the West African coast.

Overnight: Sagres

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Day 5: Carrapateira loop walk

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 150 m | Descent: 150 m | 3½ hrs approx.

A private transfer will take you to Carrapateira, a fishing and surfing village in the heart of the Costa Vicentina National Park. You cross a flower-covered dune ridge to reach the small river of Bordeira and the long beach of the same name. The hike continues along the dramatic coastline, where you will spot numerous storks nesting on the cliffs, a phenomenon unique to the Costa Vicentina. You return to the village of Carrapateira where you can include a visit of the small Terra e Mar museum dedicated to traditional farming and fishing. Transfer back to Sagres.

Overnight: Sagres

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Day 6: Cabo de São Vicente, edge of Europe

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 100 m | Descent: 200 m | 4 hrs approx.

Transfer to the small whitewashed village of Vila do Bispo to begin your final walk through wild heathlands, home to aromatic herbs, and along the multicoloured cliffs to Cabo de São Vicente; the most southwestern point in Europe. This place has a real edge of the world feel and it’s easy to imagine the great ships setting sail across the Atlantic in search of new continents.  During the migrating season, hundreds of birds swam the skies and each year a bird watching festival takes place in Sagres. Inside the lighthouse, you’ll discover a small maritime museum, well worth a visit to wrap up this hike in style.

Overnight: Sagres

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Day 7: Departure

Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Transfers for onward travel can be arranged.

Getting to Burgau

  The nearest airport is Faro airport (FAO), which is about a 1-hour drive from Burgau.  It is also possible to fly to Lisbon airport (LIS), which is about a 3-hour drive.
  Private transfers can be arranged from either Faro, Lisbon or Lagos. Please enquire for prices. Please note that transfers from Lisbon are expensive due to the distance involved.
From Faro airport
Shuttle bus from Faro airport to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviario – EVA bus company). If you are flying with TAP, you can make use of their free shuttle service. Take bus 57 to Lagos (2hrs 10mins approx.) followed by bus 82 from Lagos to Burgau (20 mins approx.). For up-to-date timetables, see http://eva-bus.com/horarios.php. Private transfers from Lagos can also be arranged.
  From Lisbon airport
Shuttle bus from Lisbon airport to Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon city centre. Then take bus 52 from Lisbon-Sete Rios bus station to Lagos followed by bus 82 from Lagos to Burgau (20 mins approx.). For up-to-date timetables, see http://eva-bus.com/horarios.php. Private transfers from Lagos can also be arranged.

 

Departure from Sagres

To Faro airport: From Sagres, you can  travel with EVA bus 48 to the bus station in Lagos (1hr approx.) or take a taxi. From Lagos, you take the bus / train to Faro. From Faro bus station / train station to Faro Airport you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.

To Lisbon airport: From Sagres, you can  travel with EVA bus 48 to the bus station in Lagos (1hr approx.) or take a taxi.  Then take bus 52 to Lisbon (3hrs 45mins approx.) and then a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport.

  Optional airport transfers
Private taxi transfers can be booked either to Lagos or to the airport (Faro or Lisbon). Prices on request .
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Burgau
Lagos
Lagos beach
Lagos cliffs
kayaking in Lagos
Salema
Algarve sand dunes
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Salema strand
Sagres
Carrapateira
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Cabo Sao Vicente

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