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A Coast of Many Colours

The quiet side of the Algarve

Explore varied, unspoiled scenery as you journey from the Algarve’s honeyed, southern coast through its agricultural heartland to the wilder, western shores. This self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported, includes a unique blend of traditional and modern accommodation.

A Coast of Many Colours. 7 nights
A Coast of Many Colours. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in the Algarve

This holiday takes you from the Algarve's honeyed, southern coast through its agricultural heartland and onwards to the wilder, western shores. A world away from the region's busy resorts, the unspoiled landscapes within the Costa Vicentina Natural Park are characterised by dramatic cliffs, pristine coves and quiet, rolling pastures. The colours are many and varied: long stretches of golden sand give way to grey-and-red jagged rocks before softening to a paler orange and rose as the coastal edge turns northwards.
Inland, the green hills are home to drifts of winter blossom, plantations of quince and oranges, and flower meadows carpeted with citrus-yellow Bermuda buttercups. As the most south-westerly corner of Europe (once considered the edge of the known world), the area feels delightfully remote: fishermen still work the cliffs with rod and line, or spear octopus from tidal pools; and the scenery is sprinkled with almond groves, bee hives, herds of cattle and grazing goats.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. It's up to you whether you follow our suggested routes for non-itinerant days or simply relax at your hotel.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    March to June is the best time for flowers.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    mm 100 77 57 45 30 16 2 2 16 58 90 102
  • Arrival in Salema
    Night 1: at Casa Praia Mar (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Salema: 13.5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 390m
    Your first day's walk is a pleasant introduction to the area, as you head east along the dramatic coastline, with the option of stopping for a swim at the beach of Cabanas Velhas, one of several you pass along the way. After pausing perhaps to explore the ruined 17th-century coastal fort of Almádena, you reach the small town of Burgau. Here, you turn inland on a tranquil route through pretty farming country before rejoining the coast at the Boca do Rio (literally 'mouth of the river') and returning to your base.

    It's worth finding time to explore Salema itself, enjoying a stroll past the rows of traditional fishermen's cottages that make up this quiet fishing village edged by low limestone cliffs that glow red and gold in the early morning light.
    Circular walk from Salema 13.5km
    Walk from Salema
  • Salema to Vila do Bispo: 16km, 6hrs; ascent 390m/descent 320m
    Leaving Salema, you pass a succession of glorious beaches and bays - Santa, Figueira, Furnas, Zaival and Ingrina - before reaching a superb viewpoint overlooking the dramatic Praia da Barranco. Behind the beach, a long valley (or barranco) stretches far inland. You enter it, walking along its eastern flank to join the long-distance footpath, the Via Algarviana, which you follow through rolling hills to reach the small town of Vila do Bispo, where you stay one night in the Hotel Mira Sagres.

    We also provide notes for a slightly longer route (16.5km) which bypasses a section that may cause problems for anyone who suffers with heights and exposure.

    For both options, there is the option to begin the walk at Figueira (deduct 3km).
    Salema to Vila do Bispo: 16km
    Varied flora
  • Vila do Bispo to Pedralva: 13.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 130m/descent 165m
    Your journey continues into the pastoral heartland of the Algarve, where farmsteads are scattered among fertile valleys cut by sparkling streams descending from higher pastures of cistus scrub and heathland. Your destination is Pedralva, a once-thriving farming community that was abandoned in the 1970s. You spend the night in a charming cottage within what is now the lovingly restored hamlet of Aldeia da Pedralva.
    Vila do Bispo to Pedralva: 13.5km
    Enjoy the contrast of coast and countryside
  • Pedralva to Carrapateira: 11.5km, 4hrs; ascent 185m/descent 230m
    Today, you follow the fertile valley, passing occasional small farms before ascending over wooded hills, festooned with acacia blossom during winter and wildflowers in spring. From the hills, you see the sea and soon hear the pounding of the waves as you slowly descend to the spectacular surfing beach of Praia do Amado. After a drink at one of the beach cafes, perhaps, you follow a section of the Rota Vicentina past a number of fine viewpoints and the small fisherman's quay at Praia do Amado. Crossing the dunes, you reach Carrapateira and Casa Fajara, where you spend your last three nights.
    Pedralva to Carrapateira: 11.5km
    Good local food is a key feature of Inntravel holidays
  • Circular walk from Carrapateira via Bordeira: 15km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 280m
    This circuit heads north, exploring the lagoon and tranquil wetlands around Bordeira, where the crowning glory is an often-deserted stretch of golden sand, backed by dunes and framed by distant headlands.
    Circular walk from Carrapateira via Bordeira: 15km
    Bordeira beach
  • Circular walk via Carrapateira promontory: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 205m
    Paths lead around the Carrapateira promontory, again offering scintillating views of this rugged, fragile and colourful coastline. In spring, the dunes are a botanist's delight, carpeted in colourful and often unusual flowers and plants; while the rugged shore is home to a hardy breed of fishermen, particularly in the early morning, who defy the crashing waves by perching on rocks with rod and line, waiting for sea bream. On your return to Casa Fajara, enjoy a last evening meal, reflecting on a side to the Algarve that few others get to see.
    Circular walk via Carrapateira promontory: 11.5km
    Spring colours


You stay in an eclectic mix of comfortable accommodation.

Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 February 2022 - 15 June 2022, 01 September 2022 - 30 November 2022, 01 February 2023 - 15 June 2023 & 01 September 2023 - 30 November 2023

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 28 Feb 2022 £745 £345
    1 - 19 Mar 2022 £795 £385
    20 - 31 Mar 2022 £830 £400
    1 - 9 Apr 2022 £860 £415
    10 - 26 Apr 2022 not available not available
    27 Apr - 31 May 2022 £860 £415
    1 - 8 Jun 2022 £935 £465
    1 - 24 Sep 2022 £1035 £545
    25 Sep - 1 Oct 2022 £995 £500
    2 - 25 Oct 2022 not available not available
    26 - 31 Oct 2022 £890 £435
    1 - 23 Nov 2022 £835 £385
    1 - 28 Feb 2023 £820 £380
    1 - 19 Mar 2023 £875 £425
    20 - 31 Mar 2023 £915 £440
    1 - 1 Apr 2023 £945 £460
    2 - 18 Apr 2023 not available not available
    19 Apr - 31 May 2023 £945 £460
    1 - 8 Jun 2023 £1030 £515
    1 - 24 Sep 2023 £1140 £595
    25 Sep - 1 Oct 2023 £1095 £545
    2 - 25 Oct 2023 not available not available
    26 - 31 Oct 2023 £980 £480
    1 - 23 Nov 2023 £920 £425
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25 to -£30
    Single traveller supplement £25 to £30

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Casa Fajara, Carrapateira
    Luxury: 01 Feb - 15 Jun 2022 £12
    Luxury: 01 Sep - 30 Nov 2022 £12
    Luxury: 01 Feb - 15 Jun 2023 £14
    Luxury: 01 Sep - 30 Nov 2023 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Casa Praia Mar, Salema (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Feb - 28 Feb 2022 £52 £90
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2022 £62 £108
    01 Apr - 31 May 2022 £70 £118
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2022 £75 £130
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £88 £148
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £75 £130
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2022 £58 £95
    01 Feb - 28 Feb 2023 £58 £100
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2023 £70 £122
    01 Apr - 31 May 2023 £78 £132
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2023 £84 £146
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2023 £98 £164
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2023 £84 £146
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2023 £64 £106
    Aldeia da Pedralva, Pedralva (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Feb - 28 Feb 2022 £74 £108
    01 Mar - 31 May 2022 £82 £122
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2022 £100 £160
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £100 £160
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £90 £135
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2022 £78 £112
    01 Feb - 28 Feb 2023 £82 £120
    01 Mar - 31 May 2023 £92 £136
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2023 £110 £176
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2023 £110 £176
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2023 £100 £150
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2023 £86 £124
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Faro Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Faro TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Faro TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Faro easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Faro British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Faro British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Faro British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Heathrow - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Faro easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Faro easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Faro British Airways,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Faro Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Faro

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Faro to Lagos (1h45, pay locally), taxi Lagos station to hotel (0h30) £15-£18 1730
    taxi Faro airport to hotel (1h15) £55-£62 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Lagos station (1h), rail Lagos to Faro station (1h45, pay locally) £28-£32 1300
    taxi hotel to Faro airport (1h30) £68-£76 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Portugal, Madeira and the Azores, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is Portuguese. The currency is the Euro. Portuguese time is the same as GMT/UTC. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on the same time as BST.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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