Algarve's Coast & Hills

Algarve - beaches & flowers
 

Holiday Highlights

The coastal scenery | From the sheltered south to the fragile drama of the western seaboard.
The flexibility | Combine walks with visits to historic towns and villages.
The leisurely lunches | A sea view, fresh fish, and a glass of sparkling vinho verde.
The hospitality | Relaxed sharing of extensive local knowledge and communal evening meals.

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

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Algarve

This self-guided, single-centre walking holiday in the Algarve, 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).
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 paths either, and the joy of this walking holiday in the Algarve is that you can often combine walks with visits to historic towns and villages.
 

Free upgrade to an apartment

Travel between 2 - 31 January 2024 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
    So that you can enjoy your walking holiday in the Algarve to the full, we provide route notes for a variety of options, 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, our 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. And either of our two walks on the west-facing coast can be combined with a visit to the beautiful Bordeira beach.
    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, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 220m
    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): 7.5km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 225m
    Beginning in the arty, bohemian village of Barão de São João where the pretty, cobbled streets feature unexpected sculptures, this easy forest trail is within the Mata National Park and finishes with a short ridge walk.

    Monchique valley (grade 1): 7km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 210m
    This walk explores the beautiful valley which stretches beneath the whitewashed village of Monchique. After your walk, you can drive up to the rounded summit of nearby Picota for startling views that extend all the way to the coast in clear weather.

    Amoreira circuit (grade 1): 7.5km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 135m
    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
    Marinha beach
    Heading back towards Barão de São João
    Barão de São João circuit: 7.5km
    Monchique valley: 7km
    Monchique Valley walk
    Steps to descend to the beach at Carreagem
    Amoreira circuit: 7.5km
  • Choice of routes: 10km to 11.5km

    These walks are within a 20-30 minute drive, apart from Carrapateira headland on the Atlantic coast.

    Luz to Salema (grade 1-2): 11.5km, 4.5hrs (or 6.5km, 2.5hrs); ascent/descent 385m
    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 & the wild coast (grade 1-2): 11.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 320m
    A varied circular walk from the village of Figueira taking in clifftops, beaches and countryside in one of the Algarve's wilder corners.

    Barão de São João circuit (grade 1-2): 11.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 225m
    From the bohemian village of Barão de São João, where the pretty, cobbled streets feature unexpected sculptures, 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.

    Carrapateira headland (grade 1-2): 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 130m
    This circular walk leads around the Carrapateira promontory on the west-facing coast, with spectacular views over this rugged but fragile coastline, mainly following a broad vehicle track while hugging the coastal edge, and peppered with sections boardwalk.


     
    Looking back towards Luz
    Luz to Salema: 11.5km
    Figueira circuit: 11.5km
    Figueira circuit
    Wind turbines along the Barão de São João circuit
    Barão de São João circuit: 11.5km
    Carrapateira headland: 10km
    Bordeiro 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

 

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  • 7 nights: 02 January 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 21 December 2024, 02 January 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 21 December 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    2 Jan - 26 Mar 2024 £845 £250
    27 Mar - 30 Apr 2024 £950 £250
    1 May - 23 Jun 2024 £1015 £245
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £995 £250
    1 Nov - 14 Dec 2024 £895 £250
    2 Jan - 26 Mar 2025 £880 £260
    27 Mar - 30 Apr 2025 £990 £260
    1 May - 23 Jun 2025 £1060 £255
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £1035 £260
    1 Nov - 14 Dec 2025 £935 £260
    3rd & 4th person discount -£80 to -£83
    Single traveller supplement £80 to £83

    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 - 23 Mar 2024 £0
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 24 Mar - 30 Jun 2024 £21
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Sep - 21 Dec 2024 £21
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2025 £22
    Apartment with lounge & kitchen: 01 Sep - 21 Dec 2025 £22

    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 2024 £96 £153
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2024 £107 £164
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £100 £157
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £100 £157
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2024 £107 £164
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2025 £100 £159
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2025 £111 £170
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £104 £163
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £104 £163
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2025 £111 £170
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
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    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.

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    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,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - 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 
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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 
    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. 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.

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.
  • 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. 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 >
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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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), 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.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • 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 (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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.
  • 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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