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Short Break in the Algarve's Wild West

Short Break in the Algarve's Wild West

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1375per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 25 Mar '19 to 22 May '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Full GPS files available for all walks
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Lisbon
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, coastal routes
      from 4 reviews

Mrs White says...
A relaxing break, with all the administrative hassle taken away.
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Portugal: The Algarve

Short Break in the Algarve's Wild West

  • Walk beside the crashing Atlantic; follow the Rota Vicentina and Fishermen's Trail
  • Relax in an eclectic mix of hotels, from a rustic village conversion to a chic **** hotel
  • Delicious, typical Algarvian cuisine
  • Excellent for bird-spotting (over 190 species); carpets of wildflowers
  • Look out from Cabo de Sao Vicente lighthouse, Europe's most southwesterly point

Far beyond the 'developed' Algarve in Portugal's most southerly Atlantic corner, lies the Sagres Peninsula, a startlingly pristine region of golden beaches, imposing cliffs, swaying flower meadows, dramatic coastlines and tree-lined paths. Locals here offer a warm welcome and hold on to the traditions of rural life. The easy-to-follow trails take in rich verdant valleys, pine forests and rugged coastlines, making exploring on foot amazingly rewarding. Birdlife also abounds here with endemic and migratory species passing through from Africa and Northern Europe. With winter very similar to spring in the UK, you can enjoy the warm temperatures of the Algarve from October right through to May.

Your route takes you to the fishermen's village of Carrapateira, along a mix of coastal and inland paths amid bird and orchid-rich forests to remote Pedralva. From this white village you follow the Rota Vicentina, a national trail interlinking with the Fishermen's Trail that starts in the Alentejo. It hugs beaches and cliffs all the way to Cabo de Sao Vicente, the farthest flung corner of Europe.

All your hotels have pools, and range from designer chic above the bay in Sagres, to country village style in Pedralva, where every house in the village has been restored to provide rustic accommodation. In Vila do Bispo you stay in a traditional pensao (coaching inn), now beautifully modernised, that was once a stopping-off point for pilgrims on their way to the Cape. Two dinners are included and the local cuisine is a sumptuous mix of fresh fish, local meats and fresh vegetables, accompanied by tangy cheeses and quality chouricos; all complemented by a superb choice of Portuguese wines.

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Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Full GPS files are available for all walks on this holiday.




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Day 1: Arrive at Sagres

Arrive in the characterful coastal town of Sagres in time for your dinner.
You stay at the Hotel Memmo Baleeira (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 2: Sagres to Pedralva 15km/9.5mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/5hr

After a 30-minute transfer you'll follow the Fishermen's Trail, passing pines and gorse as you head to the cliff tops and the impressive Amado beach, an internationally renowned surf beach. Make your way down to the village of Carrapateira, with its bars and restaurants offering a great lunch stop. Do take time to visit the interesting Land and Sea Museum for an insight into the history of the village and its fishing economy. You'll then pick up the Rota Vicentina passing one of the Algarve's finest viewpoints, following a lovely trail through the Sinceira Valley and the course of the River Sinceira, as you make your way to charming Aldeia da Pedralva and your own village house.
You stay at the Aldeia da Pedralva (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 3: Pedralva to Vila do Bispo 13km/8mi/3.5hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr

There are two options for today, both setting off through a forest of pine and eucalyptus as you follow the Rota Vicentina, then a meandering trail through flower meadows leading you along a path and down to the pretty village of Vila do Bispo. The longer trail adds a wonderful horseshoe loop heading into the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, to Praia da Barriga (Barriga beach) with its impressive cliffs and crashing waves - the perfect picnic spot.
You stay at the Hotel Mira Sagres (breakfast included)

Day 4: Vila do Bispo to Cabo de Sao Vicente/Sagres 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

Surrounded by foaming Atlantic breakers, Cabo de Sao Vicente marks the most south-westerly point of Europe. The walk out to the edge of the continent should prove to be one of the highlights of your week! You are spoilt with amazing coastal scenery on this wild and unpopulated route that follows sandy paths and gorse-strewn meadows to the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula. At the Cape there is a lighthouse, museum and small bar, offering wonderful photo opportunities. It's a short transfer (5 mins) back to Sagres where you can relax with a cold drink on the waterfront, watching fishermen mending their nets.
You stay at the Hotel Memmo Baleeira (breakfast included)

Day 5: Leave Sagres


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Sagres

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This designer hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the stunning bay on the edge of Sagres. The rooms are minimalistic in design and feature all amenities. The restaurant here prides itself on serving the best of the local seafood, whilst the hotel offers free use of the Turkish bath, sauna and indoor pool, the perfect tonic after a day exploring this stunning area.


Room upgrades: Double Frontal Sea View, 1 Bed Suite Land View, 1 Bed Suite Garden View or 1 Bed Suite Frontal Sea View.
The Superior room is a larger room. All suites have separate living areas and come with dvd players and bathrobes.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Aldeia da Pedralva , Pedralva

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This is a magical place, a real find. Just 10 years ago the village of Pedralva was a ruin with houses just left to rot by owners who no longer wanted to live in the countryside. However, Antonio Ferreira, your host at the Aldeia da Pedralva, initially decided to buy a couple of houses, but eventually renovated 24 which have been beautifully restored to create 24 rooms. The village itself is surrounded by verdant nature parks and offers great walking and cycling possibilities. Food here is rustic Portuguese, simple in terms of ingredients but mouth watering in terms of quality, flavour and freshness.


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Hotel Mira Sagres , Vila do Bispo

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The Mira Sagres is an historical pension in the fishing village of Villa do Bispo and a regular haven for journeying pilgrims making their way to Cape St Vincent. The fascia of the pension has now been lovingly gentrified and in keeping with the local tradition, has now been stylishly whitewashed, it also boasts an impressive indoor pool. On a good day from the high terrace at the hotel you can see Sagres in the distance.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Pousada de Sagres Infante, Sagres

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The Pousada de Sagres, Infante, is a lovely hotel with 270 degree views of the Atlantic sea below. On the west side there are great views of Sagres Fortress and Cabo de Sao Vicente in the distance.

The hotel has a lovely outdoor pool with views of the fortress, there are also massage rooms and a large lounge. The rooms all have balcony or terrace and sea views.


Room upgrades: Superior Room, Superior Sea View or Special Suite.
Superior rooms are larger and have balcony with partial sea view and garden view; Superior sea views are larger and have balcony with frontal sea view; Special suites have living room, front sea view and balcony.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Pousada Palacio de Estoi, Faro

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The Pousada de Faro is situated in the small village of Estoi, just a 25-minute bus journey or 15-minute taxi ride from Faro. Set in the hills overlooking Faro and the coast, this wonderful hotel was born from the ruins of the Palacio de Estoi. A C18 Rococo palace once owned by the viscount of Estoi, it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and provides a relaxing haven complete with beautiful pool just above bustling Faro and just a 20-minute walk to the Roman excavated village of Milreu.

Whilst keeping an eye to the past, the rooms have a modern fresh feel, they are all a good size, with views down to the coast. The hotel boasts a large spa complete with sauna and Turkish bath. There is a nice restaurant offering set menus and a la carte.


Room upgrades: Suite.
Suites are slightly bigger and offer a south facing balcony.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Faro, Faro

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A modern **** hotel which boasts a superb location overlooking the fishing harbour and marina, just a short stroll from Faro's historic centre encircled by it's ancient Moorish city walls. There are fantastic views of the Ria Formosa National Park from the hotel's panoramic rooftop restaurant and bar. Other facilities include a small rooftop swimming pool and a fitness centre with sauna.


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Hotel Lisboa Plaza, Lisbon

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Owned by the same family since 1953, the **** Hotel Lisboa Plaza is an imaginatively designed hotel, just off the famous Avenida da Liberdade. All rooms have en-suite marble floored bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite television, direct dial telephones, hairdryers and mini-bar. The public rooms are elegantly furnished and there is a pleasant bar and dining room.

Travel

Transfers included from Faro airport at 11:50 Oct & Apr-May, 16:05 Nov-Mar, and back to Faro airport at 09:30 Oct & Apr-May, 13:30 Nov-Mar.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs White, 21/01/2019

A relaxing break, with all the administrative hassle taken away.


Hickey, 03/11/2018

Short but very enjoyable. Good walking through varied country with some outstanding coastal sections. The instructions were very clear and accurate. And the hotels were fine. A very good short break.


Mrs Holmes, 30/03/2018

A really pleasant short break from winter! The three hotels were so different, yet each one was a pleasure to stay in. The walks were a good length, without being exhausting, and varied from exhilarating cliff top paths to delightful country tracks meandering through flower-filled meadows surrounded by gentle wooded hills - we had great fun taking off our boots and wading across the stream several times! We returned home wonderfully refreshed, only wishing we could have stayed longer.


Goodinson, 23/10/2017

This was an excellent holiday, such a stunning coastline. Really relaxing and enjoyable, good walking with great views. Great hotels and wonderful food, the trip was organised so well. This short break was the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation and I would love to come back to this part of Portugal again.



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This 4 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals

Services of your local Headwater Representative

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip

Luggage transfers between hotels

Full GPS files available for all walks


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 25th Mar 2019 to 22nd May 2020, for 4 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Faro airport at 11:50 Oct & Apr-May, 16:05 Nov-Mar, and back to Faro airport at 09:30 Oct & Apr-May, 13:30 Nov-Mar.

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