The 5 Best Walking Trails in the Algarve
One of the most interesting and environmentally friendly activities to discover in the region is walking in the Algarve. A variety of stunning walking trails have been developed and make for the perfect day out to explore the beautiful Algarve region. Before embarking on one of the walking trails in the Algarve, make sure you wear good footwear and trousers to protect yourself from insect bites and sharp thorns. Furthermore, make sure you always have lots of drinking water to avoid dehydration which can be fatal under the hot Algarve sun. Below are some recommendations of the best walking trails in the Algarve for you to enjoy alone, or with friends and family.
The Coast of Lagos
Begin this trail in the centre of Lagos and walk along the coast to Ponta da Piedade, a few kilometres south of the town. Here you will discover the spectacular rock formations in Ponta da Piedade whilst enjoying the magnificent views over the bay of Lagos and its coastline. Ponte da Piedade is considered as one of the natural wonders of the world and one of the main attractions of the Algarve.
Rocha da Pena
A trail that is located in the countryside of the Loule region, the Rocha da Pena is known as one of the best walking trails in the Algarve. The walking trail is very well marked and lasts around 2.5 hours making it the perfect family excursion. Along the walk, you will find some cultural heritage such as the Neolithic walls and caves where the Moorish inhabitants of Salir sought refuge in the 13th century. Towards the end of the walk, you will pass the small, beautiful village called Penina.
Don Quixote Trail
This is one of the best walking trails in the Algarve, particularly if you are after panoramic landscapes and breath-taking views. The Don Quixote trail is notable for its changing landscape, from green orchards and vineyards, to oak forests and pine plantations. The most stunning part of the walk is the Odeleite River, also known as the “Blue Dragon River” because of its serpentine curves and deep blue colour. This trail starts at the Discovery Centre in the Casas Baixas village and takes up to 6 hours so it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Castelejo Environmental Trail
This gentle hike lasts just under 2 hours and winds its way through Vicentine Coast Natural Park, crossing pine forest and shrubby vegetation along the way. The trail dips to a gully where you may spot the Western spadefoot toad, depending on the season. Other wildlife includes the spotted woodpecker, Eurasian jay and great tit, as well as wild boar, foxes and rabbits. This is one of the best walking trails in the Algarve, perfect for photography lovers as well as those who love nature. As the trail circles back, you can also catch stunning glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean and Castelejo beach which are one of the many amazing spots along the Algarve coastline.
Venta Moinhos Wetlands Trail
This trail is located in the Castro Marim Nature Reserve and follows the Guadiana River, passing a variety of saltwater lagoons and farmland. Relatively rare species of birds may make an appearance, often in large numbers. This walk is perfect if you have children as it lasts up to 2 hours and you can spot a multitude of rare species and marine life.