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22.06.2023

The Algarve on foot

THE ALGARVE ON FOOT


For most visitors, the Algarve means sun and beaches, cocktails on the sand or by the poolside, delicious food and fun at all hours. But there’s more to the Algarve than you may think. ..

 

More and more people are making an effort to show that Portugal's biggest tourist destination is not just sun and beach, especially in the area of environmental tourism, or ecotourism.

 

For some enthusiasts, walking tours are an excellent way of discovering an alternative Algarve, closer to Nature.

 

There are official footpaths all over the region, with specific information and route maps: Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Monchique, Portimão, Ria Formosa, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo or Vila Real de Santo António, as well as Albufeira, provide trails that vary in difficulty and scenery type.

 

The trails cover several kilometres, between small villages, riversides and streams, natural parks and forest areas.

 

As well as the landscapes, the routes enable you to see the flora and fauna that define the Algarve's landscape. This landscape varies depending on where you are.

 

There are no special requirements to walk the trails, you just need to be reasonably fit! It is important to follow the information on the leaflets that are provided for each trail. Following these instructions the trails provide a unique opportunity to be in touch with nature.

 

In the Albufeira area where the PortoBay Falésia hotel is located, there is a trail with three different options.

 

Leaving from three different points, they all lead to Paderne Castle, a historical monument built by Muslims in the 12th century. The walk is between 2.6 and 4 km, along the Ribeira de Quarteira and there is the chance to see several species of plants and animals, such as olive trees, the snowy egret or the hedgehog.

Beyond Albufeira, the parishes of Alcoutim, Castro Marim and Tavira offer more trails.

 

More information on these trails is available from the reception at the PortoBay Falésia.

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