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Algarve's Coast & Hills

Algarve - beaches & flowers
 

This self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with car hire included, offers a wide range of routes through this beautiful region. Explore fishing villages and ancient forts or simply relax in your welcoming accommodation: a delightfully converted farmhouse with a pool and gardens. Receive a free upgrade to an apartment on selected dates (subject to availability).

Algarve's Coast & Hills. 7 nights
Algarve's Coast & Hills. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Algarve

This wild and beautiful side of Algarve reveals itself to be a land of orange tree groves, quiet gold-sand beaches, and a pervading sense of history with ancient forts and tales of famous wayfarers. Located near the historic harbour town of Lagos, your acclaimed accommodation is a delightfully converted farmhouse or quinta, well positioned for exploring both westwards along the unspoiled coastline of the natural park and into the hills of the little-known interior. During autumn, winter and early spring, surprisingly few visitors come to the area and its exquisite coast. Even fewer explore the interior, despite it being such great walking country, so you can see the timeless villages and rugged hillsides in all their glory.
In spring, the fields and headlands are lit up with masses of flowers, creating swathes of coloured meadows, but no matter what the month, there is no shortage of colour: the chestnut woods of the Monchique hills look arguably at their best in autumn, while the orange trees that coat the lower altitudes hang heavy with glistening fruit in December, and February sees the almond groves seemingly covered in a blanket of snow, so dense in the blossom. There is no shortage of walking routes either, and we suggest several walks that can be combined with visits to Algarve's historic towns and villages.
 

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Free upgrade to an apartment

Travel between 2 January - 30 June 2021, 1 October - 21 December 2021, 2 January - 31 March 2022 or 1 November - 21 December 2022 and receive a free upgrade to an apartment (subject to availability).
 

Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There's no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The area enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. February brings almond blossom; late March and April are colourful months with lots of flowers and broom; while December sees ripe oranges hanging from the trees.
    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
  • An introduction
    We provide walking notes for a variety of routes, all of which are less than an hour's drive from the Quinta, giving you easy access in your hire car.

    The walks near Odiáxere could easily be combined with a visit Sagres and its fortress (and wind compass) built by Henry the Navigator, or Cape São Vicente, right on the western edge of Europe. The Romans believed that the sun sank into the sea here each night, and it is certainly a very dramatic spot.

    Similarly, the two walks which start from the ancient, whitewashed village of Monchique in the sierra of the same name can be combined with a visit to Caldas de Monchique, a spa town set in a wooded ravine. What was once a casino that catered for the holidaying Spanish bourgeoisie in the 19th century is now an excellent handicrafts centre.
    Amoreira circuit
  • Choice of routes: 7km to 7.5km
    Besides two walks in the area surrounding Odiáxere, we also suggest a couple of options further afield: one in the Monchique Valley and another around Amoreira.

    There-and-back walk from Benagil to Albandeira (grade 1): 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 240m
    This walk starts in a tiny fishing village and follows a lovely stretch of coastline to remote beaches. There are many wildflowers along the dramatic, buff-coloured cliffs. Keep an eye out for the fishermen perched precariously on the tiny outcrops hanging high above the sea.

    Barão de São João circuit (grade 1): 7km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 145m
    Beginning in the arty, bohemian village of Barão de São João where the pretty, cobbled streets feature unexpected sculptures and trompe l'oeil, this easy forest trail is within the Mata National Park and finishes with a short ridge walk amongst windmills.

    Monchique valley (grade 1): 7km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 210m
    This walk explores the beautiful valley which stretches beneath the whitewashed village of Monchique. 

    Amoreira circuit (grade 1): 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 150m
    Enjoy a leisurely circular walk that first winds inland through pleasant flower-filled meadows and shady eucalyptus woodland before descending to the beach at Carreagem. Relax and enjoy a swim before following the coastal path back to your car. Afterwards, you may like to drive 30km south to visit Bordeira beach – three kilometres of uninterrupted golden sand. Have lunch here perhaps, and enjoy a walk along the cliffs, gazing out over the Atlantic.
    Benagil to Albandeira: 7.5km
    Bordeira beach
    Monchique Valley: 7km
    Amoreira circuit: 7.5km
  • Choice of routes: 7km to 13km

    Luz to Salema (grade 2): 12km, 4.5hrs (or 7km, 2.5hrs); ascent/descent 350m
    Of our suggested coastal walks, this is the most rewarding. It starts at the delightful resort of Luz, which is well worth a visit. From here, you head west along an undulating coastal path over the clifftops and around the limestone headlands which are coated with flowers in spring. You pass through the pretty fishing village of Burgau (there is also the option to start from here, for a shorter day), then cross the beautiful sands of the Praia da Almadena to reach the broad estuary of the Boca do Rio, home to many species of bird, and finally Salema, from where you can take a taxi back to Luz (pay locally).

    Figueira circuit (grade 2): 13km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 290m
    A varied walk taking in clifftops, beaches and countryside in one of the Algarve's wilder corners.

    Barão de São João circuit (grade 2): 11km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 200m
    From the bohemian village of Barão de São João, where the pretty, cobbled streets feature unexpected sculptures and trompe l'oeil, you follow a forest trail within the Mata National Park, enjoying good views across the Cerro da Cabeça. After winding through the woodland for several kilometres, it finishes with a short leg along a ridge dotted with windmills.

    Picota peak (grade 2): 10.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 490m
    Starting from Monchique, a longer drive away, this walk takes in the rounded summit of Picota, winding uphill to reach the rocky ridge which leads to the peak. From the summit you are rewarded with startling views that extend all the way to the coast in clear weather.
    Boca do Rio, between Luz and Salema
    Luz to Salema: 12km
    Figueira circuit: 13km
    Figueira circuit
    Barão de São João circuit: 11km
    Picota peak: 10.5km
 

Accommodation

The Quinta das Achadas is situated in a peaceful location 1.5km from Odiáxere, conveniently close to the coast and the historic town of Lagos, renowned for its seafood restaurants.
Quinta das Achadas
  • country house

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 02 January 2021 - 30 June 2021, 01 September 2021 - 21 December 2021, 02 January 2022 - 30 June 2022 & 01 September 2022 - 21 December 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    2 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 £675 £320
    27 Mar - 23 Jun 2021 £730 £335
    1 - 15 Sep 2021 £785 £345
    16 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £745 £345
    1 - 30 Nov 2021 £695 £340
    1 - 14 Dec 2021 £675 £325
    2 Jan - 26 Mar 2022 £695 £340
    27 Mar - 23 Jun 2022 £770 £355
    1 - 15 Sep 2022 £825 £365
    16 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £785 £365
    1 - 30 Nov 2022 £730 £360
    1 - 14 Dec 2022 £695 £345
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55 to -£100
    Single traveller supplement £55 to £100

    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.

    Price includes: 7 days' category C car hire (eg VW Polo or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time between airport and accommodation: 1h

    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)

    The free upgrade to an apartment is subject to availability.
    Quinta das Achadas, Odiaxere
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2021 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £14
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Oct - 21 Dec 2021 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 02 Jan - 31 Mar 2022 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £15
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £15
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Nov - 21 Dec 2022 £0

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

    Prices are based on a standard room and include an additional day's car hire
    Quinta das Achadas, Odiaxere (B&B) Double room Single room
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2021 £70 £114
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2021 £80 £124
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £75 £119
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £74 £118
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2021 £80 £124
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2022 £75 £120
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2022 £85 £130
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £80 £125
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £80 £125
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2022 £85 £130
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Faro
    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 
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    Belfast Intl. - Faro easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Faro 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 TUI 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Faro TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Faro jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Faro jet2,  Ryanair 
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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,  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 
    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 (£60 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.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • 7 days' category C car hire
 
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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.
  • 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 taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • 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.
  • 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. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. 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 >
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  • 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 our recommended travel insurance policy (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 www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    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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