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Algarve's Coast & Hills

Algarve - beaches & flowers
 

This self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with car hire, 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.

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.
 

Free upgrade to an apartment

Travel between 1 October 2019 and 30 April 2020 and receive a free upgrade to an apartment (subject to availability).
 
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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.
    Amoreira circuit
  • Choice of routes: 7km or 10km
    We suggest two routes from the ancient, whitewashed village of Monchique in the sierra of the same name. You can combine either one 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.

    Picota peak: 10km, 3.5hrs
    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.

    Monchique valley: 7km, 2.5hrs
    This is an easier walk that explores the beautiful valley which stretches beneath Monchique. 
  • Choice of routes: 8km to 13km
    You could combine these walks 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.

    Luz to Salema: 11km, 4hrs
    Of our five 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, 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: 13km, 4.5hrs
    A varied walk taking in clifftops, beaches and countryside in one of the Algarve's wilder corners.

    There-and-back walk from Benagil to Albandeira: 7.5km, 3hrs
    This walk begins 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.
    Boca do Rio, on the Luz to Salema walk
    Figueira circuit
  • Choice of routes: 5km or 8km
    To reach the start of these walks, you first need to drive to the Algarve's beautiful Atlantic Coast:

    Amoreira circuit: 8km, 3hrs
    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.

    Bordeira Beach: 5km, 2hrs
    You now have the option of driving 30km south to visit Bordeira beach – three kilometres of uninterrupted golden sand. Have lunch here perhaps, and enjoy a walk along the cliffs.
    Bordeira Beach
 

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: 01 September 2019 - 21 December 2019 & 02 January 2020 - 31 May 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 15 Sep 2019 £795 £345
    16 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £760 £345
    1 - 30 Nov 2019 £695 £340
    1 - 14 Dec 2019 £665 £325
    2 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £675 £320
    1 - 3 Apr 2020 £730 £335
    4 - 12 Apr 2020 £760 £345
    13 Apr - 24 May 2020 £730 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55 to -£110
    Single traveller supplement £55 to £110

    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 between October and April is subject to availability.
    Quinta das Achadas, Odiaxere
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £14
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Oct - 21 Dec 2019 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 02 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 May - 31 May 2020 £14

    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
    01 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £78 £122
    16 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £74 £118
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 £70 £114
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £70 £114
    01 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £80 £124
    13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £75 £119
  • 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 
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    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 
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    Newquay - Faro Ryanair 
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    Norwich - Faro Flybe 
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    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 £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
  • 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.
  • 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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