7 days
Easy to Moderate

  Discover the unspoilt coastal scenery of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park

 Walk the spectacular clifftop trails above the wild Atlantic Ocean

  Explore the charming whitewashed fishing villages of Burgau, Salema and Sagres

  Enjoy fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen

  Daily swimming opportunities on Portugal’s best beaches

Hiking in the Algarve

Self-guided walking holiday with private transfers and luggage transportation

Regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, The Algarve boasts a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate – meaning that the temperatures and natural light are great all year round. The Algarve is a perfect year-round hiking destination, with mild and bright winters and cooling sea breezes in summer. This walking trip takes you through the Costa Vicentina Natural Park in the western Algarve, a protected area of natural beauty which has managed to preserve its wild and rugged coastal landscapes despite the development of tourism.

Explore two contrasting coastlines

This southwestern part of Portugal boasts two markedly different coastlines. The Vincentine coast to the west is home to over 1000 species of vegetation, hundreds of migrating sea birds, multicoloured cliffs and moors, towering sand dunes and wild beaches. The southern coastline is more protected from the strong winds and has a more Mediterranean feel, made up of soaring ochre cliffs, sea caves, golden sands and turquoise waters.

Discover Portugal’s maritime heritage

The underlining theme of Portugal’s great maritime discoveries is inescapable and offers a cultural depth to this hiking trip. From the harbour of Lagos – launchpad for so many epic voyages – to Cabo de São Vicente and the Fortaleza de Sagres, you will be surrounded by the remnants and reminders of the golden age of discovery.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS From €735 per person sharing*

*Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. Please enquire for prices.
*high season supplement will apply during busy booking periods.

*This trip is unfortunately not available to solo walkers.

  • 3 nights in Salema in a 3* hotel.
  • 3 nights in Sagres in a 3* hotel.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis and all rooms are en-suite. The hotels are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 1st and October 31st.

From November to February, prices are available on request.

DIFFICULTY Easy to moderate walks: between 2 to 4 hours walking and an average ascent / descent of 100 to 300 metres per walk.
6 nights’ accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
6 Breakfasts
Luggage transportation from Salema to Sagres
Private transfers according to the itinerary
Road Book with detailed route notes and integrated maps
GPS tracks
24/7 telephone support
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
Taxi transfers from Faro/Lagos/Lisbon to Salema
Taxi transfers from Sagres to Lagos/Faro/Lisbon

Day 1: Arrival in Salema

Arrival in the small fishing village of Salema, situated on the Algarve coast between Lagos and Sagres. The little whitewashed village of Salema has many excellent seafood restaurants, from where you can watch the fishermen unloading their catch or tending to their boats on the beach.

Private transfers can be arranged from Faro or Lisbon airports. Public transport information is also provided.

Overgnight: Salema


Day 2: Lagos & Ponta da Piedade

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 300 m | Descent: 300 m | 3½ hrs approx.

After breakfast, a private transfer is arranged to take you to the famous Ponta da Piedade, a natural monument of ochre cliffs, archways, coves and inlets with sparkling turquoise water. From there you will follow a spectacular coastal path, heading west along pristine beaches and rugged cliffs. The picture-postcard village of Praia da Luz is an ideal resting spot, with its old lighthouse and whitewashed church. The path eventually leads you back to the beach and village of Burgau, from where a pre-arranged taxi will take you back to your hotel in Salema.

Overnight: Salema


Day 3: Walk from Burgau to Salema

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 250 m | Descent: 250 m | 2½ hrs approx.

This morning, you will be transferred back to the seaside village of Burgau, where you finished yesterday’s walk. From Burgau, you head west along the coast via beaches and cliffs that offer stunning panoramic views. Then, heading inland towards the village of Figueiras, you’ll discover traditional farming methods which were initiated by the Romans and perfected by the Moors. Olive trees, carob trees, almond trees, pomegranate and fig trees are the main features of this non-irrigated agriculture known as “sequeiro”. The route finishes back at your hotel in Salema, where you spend one more night.

Overnight: Salema


Day 4: Walk the Algarve coast to Sagres

Distance: 11.5 km | Ascent: 200 m | Descent: 200 m | 3½ hrs approx. (not including visit to fortress)

Your day begins with a 30-minute transfer to the start of your walk, on another picture-postcard beach. The itinerary continues to the west along the wild coastline to the small port of Sagres via the beach in Martinhal, enticing you in for a refreshing swim. You pass through the village to get to the imposing Fortaleza de Sagres, an important maritime monument where a huge stone compass bears witness to the great scientific navigational research of the 15th Century, encouraged and financed by Prince Henry the Navigator –  the father of the Portuguese Age of Exploration who discovered Madeira, Cape Verde, and much of the West African coast.

Overnight: Sagres


Day 5: Carrapateira loop walk

Distance: 10-12 km | Ascent: 150 m | Descent: 150 m | 3-4 hrs approx.

A private transfer will take you to Carrapateira, a fishing and surfing village in the heart of the Costa Vicentina National Park. You cross a flower-covered dune ridge to reach the small river of Bordeira and the long beach of the same name. The hike continues along the dramatic coastline, where you will spot numerous storks nesting on the cliffs, a phenomenon unique to the Costa Vicentina. You return to the village of Carrapateira where you can include a visit of the small Terra e Mar museum dedicated to traditional farming and fishing. Transfer back to Sagres.

Overnight: Sagres


Day 6: Cabo de São Vicente, edge of Europe

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 100 m | Descent: 100 m | 3 hrs approx.

Transfer to the little hamlet of Vale Santo, close to the wild beach of Telheiro, which is the most southerly beach on Portugal’s west cost. Your walk will take you through wild heathlands, home to aromatic herbs, and along the multicoloured cliffs to Cabo de São Vicente; the most southwestern point in Europe. This place has a real edge of the world feel and it’s easy to imagine the great ships setting sail across the Atlantic in search of new continents.  During the migrating season, hundreds of birds swam the skies and each year a bird watching festival takes place in Sagres. Inside the lighthouse, you’ll discover a small maritime museum, well worth a visit to wrap up this hike in style.

Overnight: Sagres


Day 7: Departure

Your hiking trip in the Algarve comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Transfers for onward travel can be arranged.

Getting to Salema

  The nearest airport is Faro airport (FAO), which is about a 1-hour drive from Burgau.  It is also possible to fly to Lisbon airport (LIS), which is about a 3-hour drive.
  Private transfers can be arranged from either Faro, Lisbon or Lagos. Please enquire for prices. Please note that transfers from Lisbon are expensive due to the distance involved.
From Faro airport
Shuttle bus from Faro airport to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviario – EVA bus company). If you are flying with TAP, you can make use of their free shuttle service. Take bus 57 to Lagos (2hrs 10mins approx.) followed by bus 47 from Lagos to Salema (30 mins approx.). For up-to-date timetables, see Vamus Algarve. Private transfers from Lagos can also be arranged.
  From Lisbon airport
Shuttle bus from Lisbon airport to Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon city centre. Then take bus 52 from Lisbon-Sete Rios bus station to Lagos followed by bus 82 from Lagos to Burgau (20 mins approx.). For up-to-date timetables, see http://eva-bus.com/horarios.php. Private transfers from Lagos can also be arranged.


Departure from Sagres

To Faro airport: From Sagres, you can  travel with EVA bus 48 to the bus station in Lagos (1hr approx.) or take a taxi. From Lagos, you take the bus / train to Faro. From Faro bus station / train station to Faro Airport you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.

To Lisbon airport: From Sagres, you can  travel with EVA bus 48 to the bus station in Lagos (1hr approx.) or take a taxi.  Then take bus 52 to Lisbon (3hrs 45mins approx.) and then a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport.

  Optional airport transfers
Private taxi transfers can be booked either to Lagos or to the airport (Faro or Lisbon). Prices on request .
Algarve walking holiday, Lagos beach
The seaside village of Burgau on the Algarve coast
The Church of Santa Maria, Lagos, Portugal
Hiking at the Ponta da Piedade, Lagos
Ponta da Piedade
Ponta da Piedade cliffs, Lagos
The golden cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade
kayaking in Lagos
Salema beach
street in the Algarve village of Salema
Tradtional Algarve house (Regiao de Turismo do Algarve)
Dunes on the Algarve Coast
Hiking on the Algarve Coast
Old windmill in Carrapateira
The wide sandy beaches of Carrapateira
Fortaleza de Sagres
Storks nesting on the Algarve coast
Cabo Sao Vicente (Photo: Regiao de Turismo do Algarve)
Tiles depicting Portugal's rich maritime heritage
Cabo de Sao Vicente at sunset

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review

This trip was a dream. I loved every minute. It was such a pleasure to have all the plans booked in advance by Wild Rover Travel. The accommodation was first rate. The hotel in Burgau was such a great location and the staff so welcoming. The hotel in Sagres was very new with an infinity pool overlooking the beach.
Our driver felt like an old friend at the end of the week.
I would do the whole trip again in a heartbeat.

I will definitely book with Wild Rover again.

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