Via Algarviana – Section 3/3 Walking Holiday

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Via Algarviana – Section 3/3 Walking Holiday

Distance: 101 km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Breakfast and dinners

Accomodation: Hotels and country cottages

Price: From 891€ per person

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Do you want to travel the last part of the Via Algarviana to reach the highest point of the Algarve and then to the most southwesterly point of Portugal? This is the opportunity to tour the charming villages of this area while enjoying its gastronomy and landscapes.

You will start your journey in the Sierra de Monchique and then start descending to the coast. Then you will cross enormous cliffs and reach Sagres, your destination for this trip, from where you can visit the Cape of San Vicente. 

In Santiago Ways, we want to be part of this adventure and help you enjoy your experience as you travel the last part of the Algarve route until you reach the limit with the Atlantic Ocean and from there you can delight in seeing how the waves break.

We also encourage you to tour the first section and the second section of this Algarve route, in the south of  Portugal, so you can live the full experience.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.

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    Arrival in Monchique

    Today you will arrive at Faro Airport from where you will be taken to your accommodation in Monchique, the highest town in the Algarve, located in the middle of a lush forest.

    If you arrive with enough time, we suggest you get to know its main square, walk through the town's streets and have a drink in one of its traditional restaurants.

    Overnight: Monchique


    From Monchique to Marmelete

    For your route today you will be expected to visit a former convent, from the 17th century, named Nossa Senhora do Desterro (Our Lady of Exile). You'll start with a steep climb that will ultimately be worth it for the views waiting for you at the top. You will continue your route through a forest of eucalyptus and in the middle of large rock outcrops.

    You will continue through the Penedo do Buraco ravine, then pass by a small dam and reach a valley full of agricultural terraces. After this, you will find yourself in Madrinha where you will get to know its wind farm.

    Then you will have another ascent to the Mirador de Picos, from where you will finally descend to Marmelete, your destination for today. Once there, we suggest you try the 'medronho', a famous drink from the region known as 'firewater'.

    Length: 15 km.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Overnight: Marmelete


    Circular route in Marmelete

    This day begins in the centre of Marmelete and then heads north up to the Chapel of Santo Antonio and, later, through a forest of cork oak trees. You will arrive at Monte de Santo Antonio and Covao, where the trees around you will now be chestnut.

    Then you will climb through a eucalyptus forest to find again with the Mirador de Picos where the views towards the coast will delight you. Once you have enjoyed this landscape, you will return to Marmelete.

    Length: 9 km.

    Overnight: Marmelete


    From Marmelete to Vale de Lobos

    Today you will leave Marmelete to go south until you reach the village of Malhao. Along your way, you will find all kinds of vegetation and forests, as well as farms and small villages, some of them without inhabitants.

    An example of them is Romeiras, where we suggest you stop for a drink or a bite to eat. You will then continue your route to Corsino, on a flat road, from where you will see the Bravura Dam. As you progress around it, you'll see signs that tell you how to get to your destination today: Vale de Lobos.

    From there, they will take you to Bensafrim for your overnight stay and early tomorrow they will take you back to Vale de Lobos for your fifth day of walking.

    Length: 15 km.

    Overnight: Bensafrim


    From Vale de Lobos to Bensafrim

    For this day you will have a walk through cork oak forests that will take you to a river valley before reaching Bensafrim. You'll walk through this valley across vineyards and streams as you continue south, until the scenery changes again and you encounter limestone rocks just before you reach your destination for today.

    When you arrive in this picturesque town, we suggest you visit one of its local restaurants to make up for the day of hiking. We assure you it's worth it.

    Length: 15 km.

    Overnight: Bensafrim


    From Bensafrim to Vila Do Bispo

    Today you will walk along long scrub trails of until you reach a cork oak forest that will allow you to enjoy all the beauty of Barao de Sao Joao, your first stop on this route. There, we suggest you buy some food and drink for the rest of the route.

    Then you will cross the Perimetro Forestal do Barao de Sao Joao, the largest stone pine forest in the region, and then pass into a more open forest until you reach Sesmarias.

    Once here, the trail will take you through a wetland in the Budens Marshes, which wildlife lovers will love, as you will see all kinds of birds and reptiles that will surprise you. When you start the descent towards Vila Do Bispo, you will enter the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, until you find the first panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Length: 30 km.

    Duration: 7,5 hours

    Overnight: Vila do Bispo


    From Vila Do Bispo to Cabo de San Vicente

    Your whole route will take place along the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, heavily influenced by its proximity along the coast. You'll be able to walk along its hills and famous grazing areas and you'll probably join the Rota Vicentina.

    You will also cross abandoned fields that will lead you to the Cape of San Vicente, where you will find its famous lighthouse, which monitors one of the busiest sailing routes in the world.

    Once there, you will find yourself at the most south-westerly point of Portugal and Europe, where it was once believed to be the edge of the world. From there you will be transferred to Sagres, where we suggest you look for a place overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from where you can enjoy the sunset as a reward for your last day of walking.

    Length: 17 km.

    Duration: 4,5 hours

    Overnight: Sagres


    Return from Sagres

    Today you will have to return on your own from Sagres to Faro Airport, from where you will take your flight back to your home city.*

    *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 lengthen your stay in one of the municipalities on the Hiking route on the Via Algarviana - Section 3/ 3.

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    General information 

    All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort. 

    Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.


    When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

    All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

    Individual rooms

    Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

    Where am I going to stay?

    All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail.

    Included services

    Accommodation in hotels and country cottages.

    Rooms with private bathroom.

    Meal plan of your choice.

    Complete itinerary of your trekking route in the Via Algarviana - Section 3/3.

    24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

    Baggage transfers.

    Transfer from Faro airport.


    Additional services

    Additional single room: to consult.

    Extra night (breakfast included): to consult.

    Private transfer on the last day from Sagres to Faro Airport: to consult.

    Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    This route can only be done from September to June inclusive.

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