Walking Holidays on the Algarve
The Algarve is a great choice for a walking holiday for those that like to combine walking with getting to know a new place. Walking on the Algarve is interesting and varied. Despite its small geographical area, the Algarve has a variety of walking possibilities, including coastal walks, walks in the hills and mountains, old trails that run from village to village and some small nature reserves. Recently some of these walks have been signposted and a useful publication is the small Guide to Walking Trails in the Algarve, published by Turismo de Portugal.
Here at Duas Quintas we have a small library of walking books and maps, as well as a couple of circular and other walks that we have developed for our guests to use. We are always happy to share our local walking information with our guests so that you too can discover the delights of an Algarve walking holiday.
Everybody has heard of the wonderful Algarve coast and a walking holiday here must include at least one coastal walk. Unfortunately, coastal development has limited walking possibilities, but there are still some not-to-be-missed walks, especially the recently signed Seven Hanging Valleys Walk. In complete contrast, the Serra de Monchique offers more challenging walks, with opportunities to walk among cork trees, explore wonderful valleys, and experience amazing views. All over the Algarve there are old trails linking villages and hamlets. These provide excellent walking routes and give an opportunity to visit some of the small rural communities still living in the countryside. You will discover an Algarve seldom experienced by tourists.
Thinking of a walking holiday on the Algarve? There are two options to consider...
Option 1: Let Duas Quintas be your base for your own independent walking holiday.
You have the benefit of staying in a guesthouse that is centrally-located so that you can easily walk in many different parts of the Algarve. With a good breakfast each morning, you will be perfectly set up for your day’s activities. We will help you discover good areas for walking and give you advice about signed walks, levels of difficulty, places to eat, and opportunities to do circular walks. You will need to hire a car if you decide that this is the option for you.
Option 2: A walking holiday, designed for you.
Our walking package is a personal service, designed for you, from pick-up at Faro Airport to return at the end of your holiday. Every day we bring you to the walk start points and collect you at the end of the walk. The package includes seven nights (number of nights can be varied) accommodation at Duas Quintas.
Walks average 11-16 km, easy – medium level of difficulty, and take about 4 hours.
The day begins with a substantial, healthy, home-baked breakfast. A packed lunch is also provided for you each day. Before setting out, we will give you the self-guide walking notes and go through them with you to make sure everything is clear. We are always available at the end of the phone if you have any difficulties en route. We then take you to your walk starting point, if you are not setting out from Duas Quintas, and we will be there at the finish point when you are ready to return home to Duas Quintas. You can choose to have a rest day in the middle of your holiday
There is a small local restaurant that you can walk to (about 20 minutes walk away) and you can enjoy a good evening meal there 4 nights of the week. On the remaining 3 nights, we can take you to Silves, where there are many excellent restaurants. (You will be responsible for your own taxi home). Alternatively, if you decide to stay in and enjoy an evening meal in the gardens, there is a BBQ and small summer kitchen. We can pick up your order from a local butcher or fishmonger; just let us know the day before.
This is the perfect stress-free holiday! Walking in beautiful rural Algarve, no need to plan routes or accommodation, no driving. We even encourage you to have a rest day in the middle of the week, to visit the beach, take a boat trip to the caves or go shopping in Portimão or Lagos. You can start your Algarve walking holiday on any day of the week.
What is not included:
- Evening meals – You should allow about €15- €20 per person for a three-course meal with wine at a recommended local restaurant.
- Transport to and from restaurants in the evenings.
- Holiday and walking insurance
- Flights to and from Faro Airport
Price & Availability:
The cost for this full personal service is € 550 pps.
Available from March to May and from mid-September to the end of October.
Walking holidays are for a minimum of 4 nights.
If you prefer to hire your own car and travel independently to and from the airport contact us for a reduced price.
Don’t forget that you can also extend your holiday by staying a few extra nights, just relaxing at Duas Quintas.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Talk to us using the contact form or telephone us on 00351 282449311 (landline) or 00351 919729799 (mobile). If you prefer we can telephone you, just send us your contact details and a convenient time to ring.