Algarve
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until November 2019

To discover the real beauty of the Algarve our escorted walks, through glorious countryside decked with flowers, may be the answer. In recent year the Algarve has become increasingly popular with walkers who realise that much of the countryside and coastline remain unspoilt. Your walking guide will show you the very best of the region while allowing you time to appreciate all that you see. Your resort, Armacao de Pera, boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, pretty coves, a panorama of brightly coloured fishing boats and a range of high quality fish restaurants. So why not pack your walking boots and enjoy the best that the Algarve has to offer?

Price Includes

  • 7 nights half board accommodation in the 4* Holiday Inn on the beach at Armação de Pêra
  • 3 guided walks
  • Services of a tour representative
  • Return flights including coach transfers

-Option to extend your holiday by a week

Itinerary

Day One:

Flight to Faro and transfer to your hotel in Armação de Pêra, just 45 minutes away from the airport. Seven nights half board
accommodation is reserved for you.

Days Two to Seven:

In resort with three included walking excursions

Walk 1: Alfanzina lighthouse to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rock, on the edge of your resort, along one of the most characteristic stretches of Algarve coastline. After a short bus ride, you start your walk near Alfanzina lighthouse. You follow narrow paths in an area where the cliffs are made up of different colours of rock – excellent photo opportunities, and there are impressive blowholes too. You cross the bays of Praia de Marinha and Praia de Benagil to finish near the Chapel. The finishing point is just over a mile through Armacao to your hotel, which you can reach in your own time – just follow along the beach! The walk is 5.5 miles, with climbs totalling 150m approx.

Walk 2: Estombar to Silves. Your walk starts near the natural springs of Estombar (15 minutes away by coach), which also provides the water for the nearby rice fields. You will follow the Arade River – the Moors had their regional capital here. The area is rich in birdlife, and you will pass plantations of orange and lemon trees, as well as lavender. You complete your walk in the centre of the pleasant village of Silves, where there is time to explore before you return to the hotel. 5 miles, climbs of 50m.

Walk 3: Luz to Praia Dona Ana. The starting point of this walk is the fishing village of Luz (45 minutes away by coach). You will walk uphill on small footpaths and then continue along the picturesque coastline. In the springtime especially, wild orchids accompany you on your way, together with Affodile and Mastric bushes. There is also a marvellous view across to the Ponta da Piedade, an impressive rock formation in the sea. Finally, you will reach Praia Dona Ana, very close to Lagos and your finishing point. The town is closely associated with Henry the Navigator, and was the starting port of many Portuguese voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th century. Before you return to the hotel, you will have time to explore Lagos. 6 miles, climbs 80m. On one of your free days, we will offer a half day excursion to Monchique, with a 5 mile walk.

Day Eight:

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Your Hotel

The Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly the Hotel Garbe) ****, Armação de Pêra

This well-appointed 4-star hotel commands a prime position with a stunning panoramic view of the bay of Armação de Pêra, within strolling distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Its facilities include a restaurant serving buffet-style meals, lounge, bar, free wifi in reception and swimming pool. Rooms are equipped with bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite television. Sea view rooms are available at a supplement. Entertainment is provided on certain evenings. (www.hialgarve.com)

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