Walking in the Algarve

Walking in the Algarve: 33 walks in the south of Portugal including Serra de Monchique and Costa Vicentina Book Review

Nike Werstroh, Jacint Mig
ISBN-13: 978-1852849948
Cicerone; 2nd Revised (2020/1/31)
189 pages

Walking in the Algarve


This pocket-sized guidebook introduces thirty-three walks in the Algarve, a beautiful region of southern Portugal. The Algarve is a short distance from Lisbon and, across the border, Seville. Blessed with year-round good weather, fabulous scenery, and awesome hiking trails, it is a perfect spot for a walking holiday. The Algarve is, of course, best known for its draw-droppingly gorgeous coastline. This guide, therefore, features multiple trails for taking in beaches, cliffs, and views of the ocean. In addition, there are trails inland, the forested slopes of Monchique, and the peaceful countryside that lie between the mountains and coast.

Walking in the Algarve


The hiking trails range from 3.5 to 17 km (2 - 10 miles) and include the southern coast, the more rugged Vicentina Coast, the Monchique mountains, and the villages of the eastern Algarve. Some of these routes are accessible by Portugal's public transportation others are on the long-distance Via Algarviana. For those trails that are not accessible by train or bus, rental car or taxi is an option.

Each route comes with the following at the beginning of its description: start/finish (usually a village or building), distance, total ascent/descent, grade (1 = easy/short, 2 a bit harder, 3 the most demanding), time, refreshments, and access.

For those with more time and energy, the recently completed Via Algarviana (300 km; 186 miles) takes in much of the Algarve. There are of course hills, but the highest mountain in the region is just 900 meters (2900 feet). That means that most of the walking is fairly easy going.

Walking in the Algarve


Last, the introduction to the guide includes a primer on geology, flora and fauna, regional history, and basics for what to prepare for your hike. In addition, there are many beautiful color photos. The hikes are generally quite easy. Visitors of all ages and fitness levels will be able to find more than one to suit their interests and ability.

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