Algarve Odyssey

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Run by: Ramblers Walking Holidays

Reference number: 26180

From: £1795.00

Guided Walking Holidays - Algarve Odyssey The scent of orange groves and pine trees€companies you as you ramble along ancient paths fringed with abundant wild flowers, to a viewpoint where you can rest and drink in the scenery and the silence.Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Tavira straddles the Rio Gilo as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. With its ruined castle and€tive fishing harbour, Tavira is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, shady plazas and the most attractive of the Algarves coastal towns. Our walks take us to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to pretty coastal villages such as Santa Luiza, Cabanas and Cacela Velha. Inland we wind our way between hills and valleys to the low peak of Zimbral, with some rewarding views. Ancient trails take us past farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and carob orchards. Sometimes we walk beside rivers; other times amongst the pines and cork oaks. Through most of our season we are presented with an endless and ever-changing procession of beautiful flowers. Tavira itself is, to say the least, a very charming town. The ancient Ponta Romana spans the Rio Sequa, separating the two sides of the town. Narrow streets lead between whitewashed buildings, many with traditional balconies. At the centre lies the lovely Praa da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. We’ll enjoy dinners at local restaurants in Tavira giving the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine. During our second week, the western Algarve offers a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. The varied geology gives a rich diversity of scenery from granite mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs. We stay in two contrasting centres on Portugals south coast. From Portimao, where our hotel sits in the historical centre, we follow a levada alongside the Rio Arade, passing through orange and lemon groves. We walk the picturesque coast from Alvor to Portimo and up into the hills of the Serra de Monchique, which offers outstanding views. Of course there will be time to explore charming Silves too. From Burgau a coastal path takes us to the pretty seaside town of Lagos, visiting the Ponta da Piedade (with its famous sea caves) en route, and inland tracks lead us through the villages of Baro de Sao Joo and Baro de So Miguel, which are characterised by their typical whitewashed houses. This is the Algarve at its most tranquil. Our walk at Sagres, the most westerly point on the Algarve,was the last sight of Europe for explorers setting forth on their voyages. Here you’ll find Henry the Navigator’s fortress and Cape St Vincent, with its lighthouse and breath taking views.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
21/10/2018 04/11/2018 See our website ££1925.00
11/11/2018 25/11/2018 See our website ££1795.00
20/12/2018 03/01/2019 See our website ££1875.00
09/03/2019 23/03/2019 See our website ££1855.00
30/03/2019 13/04/2019 See our website ££1875.00
28/04/2019 12/05/2019 See our website ££1925.00
06/10/2019 20/10/2019 See our website £Call
10/11/2019 24/11/2019 See our website £Call
20/12/2019 03/01/2020 See our website £Call

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