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Unique 7 Day Walking Holiday in Algarve

From £842 pp

Algarve, Portugal

7 Nights / 8 Days

A private group of 4 - 12 People

Unique 7 Day Walking Holiday in Algarve

What You'll Do

Enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful riverside location with walking paths, clear night skies, birdlife, beautiful sunsets and gorgeous country landscape.

This idyllic location is in the beautiful contryside of Portugal’s Algarve region, with direct views over Barragem do Funcho and the river. Whilst here, you will be exploring Algarve like never before!

Admire its gorgeous landscape with panoramic views of the scenery. The vibrant rolling hills along beautiful rivers are sure to mesmerise all visitors, proving to be a true highlight of Algarve.

Some walks will be led by expert guides and some by Cheryl, your host, and adjusted to suit all the needs of the group. Whether you are keen to hike or just want to explore this region and its hidden beauty, your guide will ensure this trip is perfect for you.

Explore the history of Algarve and its many local towns by visiting the site of the famous 1834 Sant’Ana battle, as well as many other historic sights such as the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages.

Immerse yourself in Algarve’s culture by visiting the idyllic towns, beautiful architecture and enjoying its delicious local cuisine. This is a truly sensational trip to Algarve.

Please note: the days on which the walks take place may vary, depending on the availability of the guides

Experience
Highlights

Relax in a riverside location with beautiful uninterrupted views

Enjoy picturesque landscapes on off the beaten track walking trails

Immerse yourself in Algarve's glorious local culture

Your Local Host:

Cheryl

Having always returned to the Algarve region in Portugal for many years, Cheryl and her husband decided that this was where they wanted to set up home. With over 300 sunny days per year, fabulous beaches, good food and award-winning wine, combined with the friendly approach and relaxed style of the Portuguese, it’s not hard to imagine why.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive and settle in at your accommodation for the next few days. This stunning yet tranquil riverside location is surrounded with panoramic views.

Welcome drinks will be hosted on the waterfront deck at sunset. Dinner will be at your leisure, exploring the local cuisine in Algarve.

You can then retreat into your beautiful rooms for the evening.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

This idyllic location is in the beautiful countryside of Portugal’s Algarve region, with direct views over Barragem do Funcho and the river. Nestled here is the River House, set back in the hills and surrounded by fig and carob trees, wildflowers, and pathways winding down to the water’s edge. Offering complete privacy, uninterrupted views and panoramic views, this location is not to be underestimated.

Enjoy The Church Walk

After breakfast you will set off on the guided 14km Church Walk and follow the panoramic river Funcho to the beautiful ‘secret pond’, and thereafter to the iconic ‘church hill’.

On the hill, a large picture-tiled plaque depicts the historic 1834 Sant’Ana battle. This shows the army positions and the site where they erected a field hospital. This important historic artefact is sure to teach you about the noteworthy Portuguese history, immersing you into Portuguese culture.

You’ll then continue to the village and visit the local market. The church was built in the 16th Century, and is elegantly decorated with a beautiful altar and the house of the famous Portuguese poet Joao de Deus (1830-1896). This idyllic town is sure to fascinate all those who visit with its charm and unique character.

Lunch will be at a local Portuguese café in the village, allowing you to reward your hike with an authentic taste of Portuguese cuisine.

You’ll then return to your accommodation where you can spend the day admiring the landscape, laze around the pool, kayak or unwind following your hike.

Dinner will be at your leisure.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Visit the Archaeological Circuit of Vilarinha

Today you will be setting off on a 15km guided walk to the famous Archaeological Circuit of Vilarinha.

The walking route is rich in archaeological remains, proving to be a journey in time from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. The route is also near the reproduction centre for the endangered Iberian lynx that is on the verge of extinction in Algarve.

On this route you’ll be visiting the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages. This beautiful piece of Portugal’s history is composed of two adult and one children’s sepulchres, found dispersed by rocky emergencies that emerge in isolation at the top of the elevation.

The Alignment of Vilarinha, carved in roughly 6000 BC, will also be observed. The four menhirs that remain in the sites were carved in red sandstone from the region “gres de Silves” and formed an alignment with socio-religious functions, which was built by the first communities that inhabited the area. This deeply meaningful sight holds great importance across Portugal, and is certainly a must visit whilst you are in Algarve.

Your route will also let you observe the Necropolis of Carrasqueira, Forneca Necropolis, and the stunning rural scenery which includes orchards, citrus groves, and other beautiful Mediterranean vegetation.

Lunch will be spent at a typical Portuguese café in the countryside, serving plates of the day. This offers you the chance to try typical Portuguese country cuisine.

The afternoon and evening will be spent at your leisure, allowing you to explore Algarve as you desire.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Embark on a Moorish City Cultural Walk

Today you’ll have a Moorish City Cultural Walk through Silves. Silves is a historical Moorish city with one of the best preserved examples of Moorish castles in Portugal.

This walking tour will be passing the 15th century bridge that once was the site of the Roman bridge, the gothic cathedral, and the castle. You’ll also have the chance to stop at the main city souvenir shops, pottery shops, cork shops and an indoor market.

You will be lunching under the cool canopy at the foot of the castle wall. Eating below the castle walls under mature jacaranda trees, whilst marvelling at the beautiful historical buildings is sure to make it a lunch to remember. This off the beaten track experience is like no other, creating an extremely unique experience for you whilst you lunch on delicious food.

You’ll then continue to explore the historical town, walking past the castle, gothic Ponte Romana bridge, cathedral, roman bridge and the river. Your guide will be pointing out all of the key sights in Silves, allowing you to learn about Silves from a local expert.

The rest of the day and evening will be spent at your leisure. We will have lunch and dinner in Silves.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Enjoy the Ruin Walk

A 6km walking tour through Algarve’s charming ruins. This light walk takes you past a few Algarve country ruins, each with their own unique characteristics. You’ll enjoy the stunning country views across the valley and river, passing through a small clump of evergreen eucalyptus trees, creating a strong, aromatic smell.

Lunch and dinner will be at the River House.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Funcho View Walk

This 12km walk can be shortened to suit your fitness ability.

Admire the natural beauty and nature as you walk through the Funcho reservoir, with its low lying hills, bee hives, beautiful heather, charming ruins, and the Algarve water wheels. Along with uninterrupted views and unimaginable scenic backgrounds, this hike is sure to amaze you.

Lunch and dinner at the River House.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Walk the beautiful Via Algarviana

Today you’ll walk the Via Algarviana. The entire walk to this beautiful historic town of Silves is 27.6km, however this will be shortened to suit the rest of the programme. If you thoroughly enjoy walking, you can choose to take the full route.

On this walk, you will be passing many key locations in Algarve such as the house of João de Deus, a beloved local poet.

Enjoy the mesmerising landscape of rolling hills along the Arade river, making this path truly outstanding. You’ll have the chance to admire the beautiful landscape of this fluvial valley, its tributaries and the surrounding hillside.

You will then lunch at a typical Portuguese café in the countryside, where they will serve you the plate of the day, offering a typical Portuguese country cuisine.

The rest of the afternoon and dinner is then spent at your leisure, allowing you to enjoy your last evening in the stunning Algarve.

Accommodation

River House, Algarve.

Departure Day

After your last breakfast here in Algarve, it’s time to head home. A transfer back to the airport is included.

Location Information

Algarve is a beautiful southern coastline in Portugal. It’s a region blessed with glorious sandy beaches, picturesque landscapes and perfect weather.

Stay in an exceptional villa tucked into the bend of a river in Portugal’s Algarve countryside, just 15 minutes from the town of Silves. Lovingly known as ‘the river house’, it will leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and very much at home. With terraces overlooking surrounding countryside, limitless walking trails and a starry night sky, there isn’t a more idyllic place to explore on foot.

Getting there

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airport: Faro – 35 minutes away by car.

Transfers are included in the price from Faro airport, and your hosts will arrange for a pickup on arrival day, and one transfer on departure day.

  • 7 nights of accommodation at the River House
  • 7 breakfasts at your accommodation
  • 6 dinners at your accommodation
  • 4 lunches at your accommodation
  • Pre-booked transfers from Faro Airport - your hosts will arrange one for a pickup on arrival day and a transfer on departure day after your breakfast

FAQs

Most of the walking tours begin at your accommodation, Figs on the Funcho. Your guide (sometimes Cheryl) will meet you here before you embark on your hike through Algarve's beautiful landscape.

This trip is available all year apart from July and August. It is recommended to visit Algarve in Spring, to see the landscape blossoming.

You can choose which room you want! You can either have a double sized bedroom with an en-suite bathroom for 2 people, or a group suite including 3 double bedrooms with a shared bathroom. All rooms in Figs on the Funcho are beautiful, so you won't be disappointed either way!