The West Algarve has spectacular cliffs, caves, grottoes and maritime scenery. Its varied geology produced a rich range of landscapes, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments, great for walking and sightseeing.
This diversity is complemented by the local flora and fauna that flourishes in its mild sunny winters and long hot summers. All this, combined, makes walking here fascinating.
The programmed nature walks of this Self-Guided walking tour are designed to offer a good mix of coastal and inland scenery and to show you a less known part of the Algarve, through specially picked trails.
The hiking tour is based in Lagos, a cosmopolitan city that, from early on, was a gateway to the Mediterranean. It was from its wide bay, encircled by the fine sands of Meia Praia that Gil Eanes set off, the first to round Cape Bojador; it was here that privateers like Sir Francis Drake hid, and galleons full of gold and precious stones from the Americas or spices from India put into port.
The wall bordering the marginal (waterfront) of Lagos is beautiful and in the old town, you can find shops, restaurants, tons of history and culture. Last but not least, Lagos comes alive at night with street artists and bars for every taste with live music.
The light and weather on the West Algarve are fantastic, even during the winter months, making of it a lovely region for walking and nature activities.
There are so many interesting layers in the West Algarve. Inland, up in the lush green hills, you will see a way of life that has disappeared from much of European countries, where days revolve around the seasons.
Fragrant orchards of citrus, cultures of olives, carobs, and almonds that are basic ingredients of the gastronomy and of the sweet delicacies, and sold at lively local markets. In the small cobbled streets of picturesque villages, you’ll find whitewashed houses, cafes and a tranquil way of life.
The sea and the water channels are another different layer of the culture in the West Algarve, but also closely bound to nature. Along the coast, fishermen go out to the sea for sardines and octopus, and in the Alvor estuary at low tide, you can see people walking to find seafood.
This backdrop of real life is one of the best layers of your self-guided walking holiday in the West Algarve.
The West Algarve coast surrenders itself to the power of the Atlantic Ocean – it is all about nature walks, the sea, bird-watching or walking cliff-top paths from one deserted sandy beach cove to another.
Whichever part of the West Algarve your walking trails lead you, you will find welcoming, friendly people, excellent local wines and delicious food, from the freshest of fish to regional dishes packed with flavour.
To get under the skin of the West Algarve and to see it at its best, enjoy our cherry-picked walks, for they combine all the ingredients for a perfect walking holiday while giving a real sense of place.
Surely is for it that we offer this walking tour: Walking Towards the Sunset in the West Algarve.
Our self-guided walking tours are thoroughly designed and include all the information you need, from detailed maps and route notes to a 24h hotline. The accommodation, airport transfers, and transports are included in the walking program.