There is more than sun, sea & sand on offer in the Western Algarve. Take in the nature & embark on an adventure!
Trail 1: Luz to Porto de Mos, 4.5km, 1.5 hours.
The clifftop walk is stunning with panoramic views of Luz bay below. The trail to the monument is a lot easier than it looks, once you pass the monument the cliffs reach about 100m above sea level, you continue along clifftop trail and descend in to Ponta da Mos. There is a great little beach bar at the end of the trail in Porto de Mos to refresh yourself before the walk back or there are regular bus services back to Luz.
Trail 2: Luz to Burgau, 4.5km, 1.5 hours
This hike you have the trail mostly to yourself which creates a very calm and relaxing walk to Burgau. You will find a trail marked as you begin your hike once you start this uphill walk you will be treated with spectacular views of the ocean. The toughest part of the trail is a very steep hill halfway between Luz and Burgau but once you are safely on the otherside you once again have stunning views of the ocean and the pictureques village of Burgau.
Trail 3: Lagos to Ponta da Piedade & back to Lagos, 5.5km takes about 2 hours.
3km south of Lagos lies Ponta da Piedade you can walk from the city centre to a dramatic promontory that features spectaclar scenary of caves, grottoes and sea arches sculpted from the sandstone cliffs over thousands of years. When you have reached Ponte da Piedade, you get a great view over the Atlantic Ocean and the bay of Lagos, with the hills of Monchique in the background. When you look west, you can see all the way to Sagres & if you look to the east, you can see Albufeira.
Trail 4: Ponta da Piedade to Praia do Carnavial, 2.5km, 45 minutes.
Walk from Ponta da Piedade lighthouse along the cliffs to Praia do Carnavial. Wandering along this trail you will find beautiful views, stunning rock formations and inaccessible beaches everywhere you look. It’s quiet and peaceful hike. At the end of the trail you can either descend to Praia do Carnavial or continue to Praia do Porto de Mos. This trail is the best for dramatic coastlines.
Trail 5: Foia to Monchique & back to Foia, 9.3km, 3 Hours.
Hike in the hilly area of Monchique. From the highest Algarve Mountain, Foia, to Monchique and back. Please note there are no markings along the route. To get to Foia from the A22 exit Monchique and drive to the village, from there follow the signs to Foia. Hike starts at the parking area on top of the mountain. Foia is 902 metres high above sea level which creates fantastic panoramic views, you can see from Cape St. Vincent in the west, to Faro in the east.