Arrival in The Algarve
Today you will arrive in Faro, an old fishing village and, from there, you will have a transfer included that will take you to the town of Praia da Luz, where you will spend your first night before starting the hiking trail in The Algarve. This city is currently protected by the Roca Negra cliffs.
In the case that you arrive in Lisbon, please let us know, and we can add a transfer from Lisbon Airport to Praia da Luz to your itinerary for a small additional cost.
Overnight: Praia da Luz
Hiking to Praia da Luz
You have an included transfer to Lagos, where you will begin your route. Today your trek starts through ancient paths that border the sea. You will continue along the coast towards Ponta da Piedade, from where you can see the cliffs and the ocean’s turquoise colour.
As you walk, the seabirds and the region's native flora will delight you with their beauty. We remind you that you are in an old fishing village where, in addition, you can visit an impressive fortress from where the views of the Atlantic are breathtaking.
Length: 13 km
Overnight: Praia da Luz
From Praia da Luz to Salema
While walking, throughout today’s route, you will find multiple ancient fortresses and charming villages, many of them that will invite you to make a stop, contemplate them and try some of their gastronomy. Especially, of course, at your final destination. In Salema, don't miss your chance to dine in a good restaurant and feel as if you were at home.
Length: 13 km
From Barao de Sao Joao to Salema
Today you will be taken from Salema to Barao de Sao Joao, in the interior of the region, from where you can start enjoying your journey thanks to the beauty of its architecture. Your route will go through pine forests first, and then you'll head back to the coast through other small towns.
If, on your fourth day you want to rest, we suggest you also take a walk through Salema and along its beaches and spectacular coves. It will be an excellent way to bring to life to another day of hiking, which will also be accompanied by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.
Length: 16,5 km
From Salema to Sagres
Today you will travel along one of the unspoilt coasts in the area, with beaches and lagoons that you will discover on your way. You will get to know the Ingrina and Zavial beaches which are considered by other walkers as the ideal places to stop and enjoy the panorama.
Once in Sagres, you can enjoy the perfect combination of land and sea. In the city that is the most south-westerly in the Algarve region, you will experience the beauty of walking through a picturesque village accompanied very closely by the sea.
Length: 16,5 km
From Sagres to the Cabo Sao Vicente lighthouse
Today you will walk along spectacular cliffs towards the Cabo Sao Vicente lighthouse, your destination on this hiking trail in The Algarve. You will become acquainted with beaches and fortresses that will give an incomparable charm to your hike today.
As a curious fact, we tell you that the lighthouse that you will reach was built on what was an old convent from the mid-16th century.
When you finish your tour of the lighthouse and have enjoyed it, you will take a transfer back to Sagres.
Length: 14 km
Return from Sagres
Today you will have a transfer included from Sagres to Faro Airport, from where you will take your flight back to your home city*. You can also take the transfer to Lisbon Airport, if you have previously requested it.
* Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on your walking holiday in The Algarve.
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Services in your hiking trail in The Algarve
Accommodation in hotels.
Rooms with private bathroom.
Meal plan of your choice.
Complete itinerary of your trekking route in The Algarve.
24 hours Telephone assistance on route.
Baggage transfers according to your itinerary.
Transfer from Faro Airport to your first hotel.
Transfer from your last hotel to Faro Airport.
Three transfers required during the route to begin your walks (days 2, 4 and 6).
Additional single room: to consult.
Extra night (breakfast included): to consult.
Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.
Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.
This route can be completed during the months of March to June and from September to November.
This route allows solo travellers.
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route is available from March to June inclusive; and then from September to November, also inclusive.
How do I get to the starting point?
To get to the starting point of your walking holiday in The Algarve, we suggest you take a flight to Faro Airport, from where you have a transfer included to Praia da Luz. It will take around 1 hour to reach your accommodation.
Also, if you decide to fly to Lisbon Airport, please let us know, and we can organize an additional private transfer to Praia da Luz. In this case, it will take about 3 hours.
When you finish your route in Sagres, you will also have a transfer included that will take you to Faro Airport in just over 1 hour. In case your flight is from Lisbon Airport, let us know in advance and we can arrange this additional transfer for you, which will take about 3 hours.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.