The Hidden Algarve: a walker’s paradise


Where to Stay

All who have joined us on our guided walking holidays in the Algarve have enthused about the wonderful walks. They were also full of praise for the Estoi Pousada. It’s rare to find a hotel where all the staff, from the management to the chambermaids, are so committed to ensuring their guests have a good time: nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are large and comfortable, all with a terrace, the public rooms situated in the former palace, splendidly opulent. Now we know what it’s like to live in a palace! The cuisine is outstanding.

Sample Walks

We always design our walks to include as much scenic variety as possible. 

Our first day is spent in and around Tavira, undoubtedly the most handsome town in the entire Algarve, pictorially placed in a beautiful riverside setting. Having explored twisting streets and visited the ancient castle we like to pause for coffee and a ‘pastel de nata’ before boarding the ferry to Tavira Island.

After lunch at a beach bar a memorable walk follows, swinging along on firm sand, at one with the ocean, the wind the wild seabirds. Eventually, after several miles, it’s ‘goodbye’ to your own desert island and time to head for Santa Luzia, the Algarve’s ‘octopus capital’. It’s then just a short drive back to Estoi.

In complete contrast, another day’s walk takes you inland to an area known as the ‘Barrocal’ at the foot of the Serra do Caldeirao, a deeply rural, peaceful region with a vast range of wild flowers. Here you can wander through orchards, olive groves, meadows, on paths used for centuries leading to the fountain,the vegetable patch, the mill or the village.

From a number of viewpoints admire extensive views over the Bengado river valley before on a 6-mile circuit from Fonte de Mesquita. Following a rather splendid lunch at a local restaurant, we recommend visiting Sao Bras de Alportel, where you can walk some of the Roman road, visit the Roman museum and watch a film on the all-important cork industry.

Find out More

On our self-guided walking holidays we provide detailed route notes, maps and comentaries. For details please click here.