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Walking the East Algarve - 8 Days Walking Holiday in Portugal (1300G)

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Guided Tour Walking The East Algarve - 8 Days Walking Holiday In Portugal (1300G) - Ria Fomosa Natural Park
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Description
GUIDED TOUR
One Week Tour, Based in Tavira

A walking break in the Algarve in southern Portugal, with excursions in Natural Reserves and beautiful landscapes in the East Algarve interior and coastal. A spectacular mix of walks in this beautiful land. 

Tavira is an ancient Moorish town that has retained its unique character and heritage.

The town extends along the banks of the Gilão River and is a delightful mix of traditional Portuguese architecture with deep-rooted Moorish influences.

It is arguably the Algarve’s prettiest town and exudes an authentic Portuguese charm. A true joy to explore with its plethora of historic buildings and decorative churches, all of which are set around charming plazas and pretty cobbled streets.

Layers of history can be seen, from Phoenician excavations through Islamic-decorated doorways to Renaissance and Baroque flourishes. However, it is the colours that hit you: blinding-white walls, brilliant azulejo tiles, fiery-red pantiles.

Our walks take us to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to pretty coastal villages such as Santa Luzia, Cabanas and Cacela Velha. Inland we wind our way between hills and valleys to the low peak of Zimbral, with wide rewarding views. 

Ancient trails take us past farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and carob orchards. Sometimes we walk beside rivers; other times amongst the pines and cork oaks. Through most of our season, we are presented with an endless and ever-changing procession of beautiful flowers.

Itinerary
WEEK’S PROGRAM
Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.
Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.

DAY 1
Arrive Faro Airport
We’ll meet you at Faro airport and bring you to the Hotel.
Short introductory walk around Tavira. Free time until evening meeting.

DAY 2
Zimbral Walk
Wonderful walk through open rolling hillsides. Spectacular views allow a tremendous appreciation of the region.
We walk through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley full of orange orchards and small holdings.

DAY 3
Santa Luzia and Tavira Island walk
A remarkably varied walk on the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Our walk takes us through Tavira’s salt pans which date back thousands of years.
We take a relaxing break in the fishing village of Santa Luzia with its glorious waterfront. And we walk along Tavira Island’s beach regarded by many as one of the finest in the world with its vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters.
The walk will feature a fascinating boat ride between Tavira & Tavira Island.

DAY 4
Free Day
This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of Tavira and surroundings. You can walk/tour independently, or visit local places of interest. From Tavira, there is a wide variety of sightseeing available (we can advise and/or recommend options according to your interests). On free time keen bird-watchers may wish to visit Castro Marim in the fens and marshes of the "Reserva Natural do Sapal", famous for their flamingos, or enjoy other local sightseeing tours.

DAY 5
Manta Rota to Cabanas Walk
Classic coastal walk following the inner shoreline and visiting the iconic village of Cacela Velha before arriving in Cabanas for a well-earned rest in one of the many cafés lining this spectacular waterfront. From here we will return to Tavira.

DAY 6
Santa Catarina Cerâmica walk
An inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve.
Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside we walk through reflects this. We will also pass tiny brick and tile works whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.

DAY 7
Fuzeta to Tavira Walk
A lovely walk following the Algarve’s Ecovia. We pass by old estates with orange, figs and almond orchards and through the salt pans of Fuzeta where we are able to appreciate the rich birdlife of the area.

DAY 8
Departure
Free time until transfer from Tavira to Faro Airport.
The Hotel
Maria Nova Lounge Hotel **** (or similar)

Located at the highest point of Tavira, this new unit is set in a historical environment area with a strong cultural heritage only a few minutes walk from the city centre. 
After a complete renovation, this unit offers its customers a modern and contemporary design with fabulous views of the city and the estuary.

Let yourself be seduced by the unique magic of Tavira and the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
What's Included
Accommodation:
  •  7 Nights in a double room
  • Single Supplement applied in single rooms
Guide: 
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
Transport:
  • Transfer from Faro airport at 12 a.m. to the Hotel on the first day
  • Transfer from the Hotel at 12 a.m. to Faro Airport on last day 
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  •  Flights to and from Portugal.
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Faro airport at 12 a.m. on arrival day and returning to Faro Airport at 12 a.m. on last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour, we only accept transfers departing from Faro Airport or Faro.

Departure dates:
  • 18.Nov.2018
  • 23.Feb.2019
  • 20.May.2019
  • 17.Nov.2019
If you wish to stay more nights, just add that option to your booking - Maria Nova Lounge.