Discover a whole new world step-by-step
Walking the footpaths and trails of the Algarve allows you to share precious moments with nature and get as close as possible to the local people.
There are many designated routes throughout the region, both on the coast, passing over high ground and cliffs, and inland, travelling through the fragrance of rock rose, gorse or French lavender.
The opportunity to observe the local wildlife and flowers is another appealing aspect for ramblers, whichever route they choose.
Birds, and in particular, migratory birds, lend their colour to the mountain routes, but are an equal presence in the wetland areas such the Alvor Estuary, next to Portimão, and the Formosa Estuary, which extends from Loulé to Tavira, passing via Faro and Olhão.
The Vicentine Coast Nature Park and Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Nature Reserve should not be overlooked as they have attractive trails, which usually cross tranquil areas, prized for the wild beauty of their dense vegetation.
The Monchique, Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão mountains are perfect for invigorating walks and have routes with different levels of difficulty to suit the capabilities and wishes of any hiker.
The footpaths on the coast are just as exotic, passing through small, deserted beaches, even in summer, and rising abruptly to higher ground which, in the sunlight, gains a copper hue in distinct contrast to the blue of the ocean.