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Walking in the Algarve - 33 walks in the south of Portugal guidebook - Cicerone

Guidebook to 33 day walks in the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region. The selected routes offer both coastal and inland options, including the Serra de Monchique and Costa Vicentina, the south and west coasts, the central region and East Algarve. The Algarve benefits from a mild climate, fine scenery and easy transport access.

EAN13 : 9781852849948

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/International walking
  • Destination : Portugal
  • Activity : Hiking
  • Publication date : oct-2019
  • Pages : 192
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 11.6cm x 17.4cm x 1.2cm


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This guidebook describes 33 walks in the beautiful Algarve in southern Portugal. Boasting good weather, easy access, stunning scenery and some great hiking trails, the region is a perfect destination for a walking holiday. It is best known for its spectacular coastline: the coastal trails presented here afford ample opportunity to admire the plunging sinkholes, striking sea-cliffs and rock-hugged beaches. However, the interior is every bit as beautiful and other walks explore the forested slopes of Monchique and the tranquil countryside between the mountains and coast. The routes range from 3.5 to 17km and cover the sun-kissed south coast, the rugged Vicentina Coast, the Monchique mountains and traditional villages of the eastern Algarve. Many can be accessed by public transport and details, along with tips on refreshment opportunities on route, are provided in the text. The route description is accompanied by clear mapping and notes on local points of interest. Showcasing the region's varied landscapes, highlights include Cabo de São Vicente, Europe's most southwesterly point; the Algarve's highest peak, Fóia (902m); historical sites; dramatic cliffs, arches and sea-stacks; and idyllic beaches. With information on the Algarve's history, plants and wildlife and advice on travel and potential bases, the guide is an ideal companion to exploring this captivating region.


The best times for walking are probably the spring and autumn. The winter months see the most rainfall, but spring arrives early; in most years almond trees bloom from January, and from February there are orchids to look out for. In the spring wildflowers add a splash of colour to the countryside.


Sagres, Luz, Lagos, Salema, Cabo de São Vicente, Monchique, Caldas de Monchique, Fóia, Marmelete, Carrapateira, Mealha, Furnazinhas, Praia da Marinha, Albufeira, Barragem de Bravura, Arrifana, Bordeira


The walks, of 3.5 to 17km, range from a gentle stroll to longer routes. They are graded: Grade 1 - Easy and/or short walk, without any significant ascent/descent Grade 2 - Moderate, medium length or a slightly longer walk but mostly on easy terrain Grade 3 - a longer walk and/or more difficult terrain

Must See

Rocha da Pena, Fóia, Picota, Paderne Castle, Barbelote waterfall, Cabo de São Vicente, Benagil caves, Fonte Benemola, a megalithic burial site, the barrocal (limestone region), rugged coastline, forts, lighthouses, Via Algarviana long-distance trail, round houses in Mealha, orchids, cork oaks, old wells


Geography and geology
Plants and flowers
Brief history
When to go
Getting there
Getting around
What to take
Using this guide
Eastern Algarve
Walk 1 Barrancos
Walk 2 Mina e Albufeira
Walk 3 Masmorra trail
Walk 4 Cerro dos Negros
Walk 5 Fonte Benémola
Walk 6 Rocha da Pena
Walk 7 Paderne castle
Central region
Walk 8 Levada trail
Walk 9 Fonte Santa
Walk10 Monchique–Fóia loop
Walk 11 Caldas de Monchique to Picota and to Monchique
Walk 12 Fóia–Penedo do Buraco circular
Walk 13 Barbelote waterfall circular
Walk 14 Marmelete circular
Walk 15 Barragem da Bravura
Walk 16 Barão de São João art trail
Walk 17 Barão de São João forest circular
South Coast
Walk 18 Albufeira to Galé
Walk 19 Praia do Vale do Olival to Praia da Marinha
Walk 20 Praia da Marinha to Praia Vale de Centeanes
Walk 21 Praia Vale de Centeanes to Ferragudo
Walk 22 Praia do Barranco das Canas short coast walk
Walk 23 Alvor boardwalk
Walk 24 Lagos to Luz
Walk 25 Luz to Salema
Walk 26 Salema to Sagres
Walk 27 Sagres to Cabo de São Vicente
Costa Vicentina
Walk 28 Cabo de São Vicente–Praia do Telheiro circular
Walk 29 Castelejo circular
Walk 30 Carrapateira circular
Walk 31 Bordeira circular
Walk 32 Fortaleza da Arrifana circular
Walk 33 Praia da Amoreira circular

Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Portuguese-English glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts


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