The Algarve is the southernmost region in mainland Portugal. Bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean but strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, its landscape is hugely diverse. The region's unique environmental wealth and the fact that the climate is pleasant all year round make it an excellent destination for walkers.
Here, you will find typical Mediterranean scrubland, oak forests and riparian forests in the upland areas, karst landscapes and dryland orchards in the barrocal and cliffs, dunes and lagoon systems in the coastal area.
The fauna and flora are extremely varied and are very well-adapted to the environmental conditions. In the Algarve, over 250 species of birds can be found here regularly throughout the year, as well as endemic species of reptiles and rodents, and dragonflies and butterflies in myriad colours.
With two thirds of its territory corresponding to natural or protected areas, the Algarve's diversity and abundant nature hold irresistible appeal to anyone wanting to enjoy outdoor activities in natural surroundings.
Walking and hiking are excellent ways to discover the natural Algarve. To help you explore, we have suggested several itineraries focusing on various themes, which are sure to make your holiday even more enjoyable.
Put your best foot forward and enjoy the real Algarve.