So in the last post we talked about how we try not to leave a CO2 footprint on heart by making some limitations in our hostel. Today we’re going to talk of one of the most environmentally friendly activities to discover the Algarve, which is hiking. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking. Walking trails have been developed by most municipalities and are available in the whole region. They are perfect for relatively short walks. In addition, there are some long-distance walking trails that will let you discover the Algarve in a very unique way. I’m gonna tell you about some most famous hiking trails in the Algarve region.
- West Coast Walking Tour
It is precisely because Costa Vicentina is one of the richest nature places in Portugal that there are several organized tours that aim to make known the wonders of its trails. One of the most beautiful walks is the “West Coast Walking Tour “. This 4-5 hour tour will take you to the most amazing natural and historical sights.
- Rota Vicentina
One of the most beautiful one you can do is to walk the Rota Vicentina. Unlike the other rails here indicated, Rota Vicentina travels along the west coast of Portugal, stretching from Cabo de São Vicente to Santiago do Cacém, in Alentejo, along 340 kilometres. You can choose to walk the whole trail for several days and camping along the way, but if you are not interested in spending a whole week walking you can always walk certain sections of the course during a morning or late afternoon. Rota Vicentina crosses paradisiacal beaches that are practically untouched by man, presenting a virgin clear sand and shinning waters.
Ludo is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve and is made of dirt roads and lagoons. The path faces the dunes of Praia de Faro and Praia da Quinta do Lago. This fantastic route crosses salt flats and golf courses, offering a beautiful trail filled with the vegetation that flourishes among the dunes of the beaches. The shortest trail is about 4 kilometres long, however there are several alternative routes that can make the total trail be 8 kilometres long. This is also a perfect place to do birdwatching because of the various bird species that flock here every year.
- Salgados Boardwalk
In the county of Silves lies the magnificent Salgados lagoon, a place of perfect symbiosis between nature, biodiversity and Man. The Salgados boardwalk crosses was built along this magical place, giving you the opportunity to see flamingos (along with another hundred and fifty species of birds) and to enjoy the refreshing peacefulness of its paradisiacal blue waters, always having as scenery the dunes of Praia dos Salgados. The course has 5.5 kilometres in total (round trip) and takes about two hours to complete.
- Route of the seven suspended valleys
The route of the seven suspended valleys in Lagoa is one of the most breath-taking in the country. With about 6 kilometres, the trail takes you across the cliffs that connects Praia da Marinha to Praia de de Vale de Centeanes. Along the way you will pass through seven suspended valleys, which is where this route’s name comes from, and by several cliffs, caves and rock formations. In addition to these natural wonders, the main attraction of the tour lies in the open blue sea that stretches to the horizon. The spectacular views you can find after every turn will make you fall in love with the Algarve and you will have a hard time resisting the temptation to photograph every inch of the trail. The 12 kilometres round trip normally take three hours to be done.
- Alvor Boardwalk
This course inaugurated in the summer of 2016 connects the beach of Três Irmãos to Ria de Alvor, in the municipality of Portimão, through 6 kilometres. The pathway sits at one meter above the ground and crosses the sand dunes of the beaches in the area. This route allows easy accesses to those beaches, also offering spectacular views of the coast of the Algarve.
So you can see there are nice hiking trails on the west and the south coast. Living and staying in Sagres is the perfect place because it’s in between. Nor Portimao or Aljezur is more than one hour from Sagres. We’re happy to inform you even more about the hiking travels in our hostel. See you soon!