Come for a walk along the Algarve’s many trails and footpaths. Go on unforgettable walks. Discover the authentic natural world of the Algarve and its geological riches, which go far beyond the magnificent cliffs alongside the sea. As you head inland, you will discover a whole new world that the Algarve has kept hidden just for you. At every step, the natural surroundings hold new surprises in store for you, and there will be a warm welcome from the locals. This will be an unrepeatable experience because every one of the marked trails has unique characteristics that will give visitors to the Algarve a very special thrill.
To help you decide on the route to take, read the Guide to Walking Trails in the Algarve, which contains all sorts of useful information about the various routes available across the Algarve. Explore walking trails with different themes along the coast, in the barrocal and in the uplands of the Algarve.
Whichever route you decide on, you can rely on being surrounded by nature in all of its diversity. For bird enthusiasts, especially migratory birds, the mountain routes are not to be missed. But the wetland zones, such as the Ria de Alvor near Portimão and the Ria Formosa between Loulé and Tavira, are also worth considering.
For those who prefer more demanding challenges, we suggest the upland trails in the Serra de Monchique, Espinhaço de Cão and Serra do Caldeirão, which offer various difficulty levels. The coastal trails are equally exotic, however, since they take you across deserted beaches and cliffs.
The Cork Route is another option for you to consider. It will give you the chance to discover stunning scenery and learn about one of the Algarve’s most typical products, which is skilfully worked by the region’s people.
The nature parks also afford superb walking conditions. You could visit the Costa Vicentina Nature Park, which is crossed by the Rota Vicentina, or do one or more sections of the Via Algarviana, which runs from one end of the inland Algarve to the other.
Another option would be the Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Marshland Nature Reserve, where you will find fabulous trails through peaceful areas of thick vegetation.
Get walking and get a feel for the Algarve.