- Accommodations: Selected (4 star inns, farms and manor houses)
- Walking Activity Level: Sporty (Daily average: distance 15-20km/9-12mi)
- Biking Activity Level: Easy (Daily average: distance 10-30km).
Spend 5 days and 4 nights in our selected lodgings in unique places. At a very accessible price we offer you carefully chosen accommodations and the necessary support to decide the best way to use your time. Walking or cycling, alone or guided, with friends or in family, doing sports or cultural and gastronomic activities, plan your holidays in total freedom, taking advantage of the full range of options at your disposal. We will be always with you with our 24 hr support line.
The South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km (62mi), from Porto Covo in Alentejo, to Burgau in Algarve. The Park includes various unique species of animal and plant life, and is visited by many zoologists and botanists from all parts of the world.
The landscape is marked by steep cliffs, represented in the Park's logo, that have been shape with various forms and colouring by centuries of erosion. Many bird species can be seen such as the rare fishing eagles. The rarest specie is the white stork, given that this is the only place in the world where they build their nests in the seashore cliffs. Another rarity is the otter, since this is the only place in Portugal and one of the last places in Europe where it is possible to find otters in a marine habitat.
The beaches are highly popular among surfers, and are the finest in the country. There is a tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks. The long list includes beaches such as Porto Covo, Malhão, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana and Praia do Amado. Their beauty will amaze you.
Day 1: Arrive to Faro. Transfer to Aldeia da Pedralva (optional). Lodging: Aldeia da Pedralva.
Day 2: Walking or Biking - Ocean trail in Carrapateira (19km/ 11,8mi | 6h (wlk)/ 2h (bk)). Transfer to Carrapateira beach. Today we have a unique offer for you, a mix of hills and beaches, with a variety of fauna and flora. The trail starts in the dunes of Carrapateira beach, then goes along the coastal plateau all the way to Amado beach, where you can see a large number of Seabirds that nest, or that pass through here during migration, and a large number of white stork nests in the rocky cliffs, something unique in the world. From Praia do Amado, the trail continues towards the interior, and the landscape begins to change. Gradually species such as mastic trees, the white-leaved rockrose, the sage-leaf rockrose and cork-oaks begin to appear. Lodging: Aldeia da Pedralva.
Day 3: Walking - Trail of Aromas (14 km/8,7 mi, 4h30). The trail starts at Ribeira da Bordeira, near the village of Bordeira. You walk through a wooded area, with eucalyptus, stone pines and some cork-oaks. The fauna is varied: here can be found the typical species of Mediterranean scrubland – wild boar, Iberian hare, European rabbit, great tit, common quail, red-legged partridge, common buzzard or the mongoose among others. After the Ribeira do Tacual you enter a valley, the landscape changes and you come across areas of olive trees and wild junipers.
On the way back to the starting point of the trail and as you pass through Bordalete, you will see a wide variety of plants which, as throughout the walk, do full justice to the name of this trail (Aromas trail). Mountain biking - Around Aldeia da Pedralva there are many great trails for mountain biking. You can choose the level you want and with a GPS you can do it at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery's that these trails offer us. Lodging: Aldeia da Pedralva.
Day 4: Walking - Cabo de São Vicente Trail (17,5 km; 6 h). Transfer to the starting point. The trail that will lead you to the coast starts in an area of pine trees (maritime and stone pine) and scrubby vegetations mainly consisting of mastic trees, citus, strawberry trees. Then you will go uphill until you reach Torre D´Aspa (109 m) where you’ll have a great view of the beach cliffs. Then you will roam south to Saint Vicente cape, the most southwestern point of the European continent, a sacred place for Romans that named it Promontorium Sacrum. This is a privileged spot for bird watching during the autumn.
Mountain biking - Aldeia da Pedralva - Sagres (22 km; 2 h). Today you can take a different mountain bike trail in the area or you can take your bike to Sagres. At Ponta de Sagres, over a giant finger of rock pointing to the ocean, you can visit the fortress founded by Henry the Navigator on the XV century. Nearby is Saint Vincent cape with its emblematic lighthouse. After the bike ride you can have an optional van transfer back to Aldeia da Pedralva. Lodging: Aldeia da Pedralva.
Day 5: Faro. Transfer to the airport in Faro (optional).
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