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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.
 
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Itinerary

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
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 15 16 17 18 20 23 25 25 25 22 18 16
    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: 14km, 4.5hrs
    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 14km
    Walk from Salema
  • Salema to Vila do Bispo: 19.5km, 6.5hrs
    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.
    Salema to Vila do Bispo: 19.5km
  • Vila do Bispo to Pedralva: 15km, 5hrs
    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 Casas da Pedralva.
    Vila do Bispo to Pedralva: 15km
  • Pedralva to Carrapateira: 12.5km, 3.5hrs
    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: 12.5km
  • Circular walk from Carrapateira via Bordeira: 15km, 5hrs
    This circuit first 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, 3.5hrs
    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
 

Accommodation

You stay in an eclectic mix of comfortable accommodation.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 09 December 2019, 01 February 2020 - 15 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 30 November 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Sep 2019 £925 £495
    25 - 30 Sep 2019 £885 £450
    1 - 25 Oct 2019 £840 £415
    26 - 31 Oct 2019 £825 £395
    1 Nov - 2 Dec 2019 £735 £345
    1 - 29 Feb 2020 £715 £325
    1 - 19 Mar 2020 £765 £365
    20 - 31 Mar 2020 £790 £380
    1 Apr - 31 May 2020 £815 £395
    1 - 8 Jun 2020 £890 £440
    1 - 24 Sep 2020 £985 £525
    25 - 30 Sep 2020 £945 £475
    1 - 25 Oct 2020 £890 £440
    26 - 31 Oct 2020 £845 £410
    1 - 23 Nov 2020 £795 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    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 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £14
    Luxury: 01 Oct - 09 Dec 2019 £10
    Luxury: 01 Feb - 15 Jun 2020 £10
    Luxury: 01 Sep - 30 Nov 2020 £10

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

    Casa Praia Mar, Salema (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £80 £136
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £66 £116
    01 Nov - 09 Dec 2019 £50 £85
    01 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £50 £85
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £60 £102
    01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £65 £111
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2020 £70 £122
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £82 £140
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £70 £122
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2020 £54 £90
    Casas da Pedralva, Aldeia da Pedralva (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £94 £147
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £78 £116
    01 Nov - 09 Dec 2019 £70 £102
    01 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £70 £102
    01 Mar - 31 May 2020 £78 £116
    01 Jun - 15 Jun 2020 £98 £152
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £98 £152
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £84 £126
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2020 £74 £106
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Faro

    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 
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    Belfast Intl. - Faro easyJet,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Faro Flybe,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Bournemouth - Faro Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Faro easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - Faro Flybe,  TUI 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Faro Flybe,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Exeter - Faro Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Faro Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Liverpool - Faro easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    London City - Faro British Airways 
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    Gatwick - Faro British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
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    Heathrow - Faro British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Heathrow - Faro (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Faro easyJet,  TUI 
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    London Southend - Faro easyJet 
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    Stansted - Faro British Airways,  jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Newcastle - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Faro Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Faro Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Faro Flybe 
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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
    taxi Faro airport to hotel (1h15) £52 flexible
    rail Faro to Lagos (1h45, pay locally), taxi Lagos station to hotel (0h30) £14 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Faro airport (1h30) £68 flexible
    taxi hotel to Lagos station (1h), rail Lagos to Faro station (1h45, pay locally) £25 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

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.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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