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Based in the small town of Sagres, this walking holiday explores an unspoilt corner of Portugal. Follow beautiful coastal paths to discover impressive cliff tops and quiet sandy beaches, sampling the delicious local seafood and crisp wines in the evening.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable hotel
Leisurely and Moderate
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our trip begins in the coastal town of Sagres, a small tranquil town with a picturesque harbour and several nearby beaches. This historically important port, linked to the early Portuguese explorers. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator built his navigation school during the 'Age of the Discoveries'. Our base for the week is Casa Azul, a short walk from Mareta Beach and the centre of Sagres town.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Sagres at any time. If you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) which is around one hour 30 minutes' drive to the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up. If your flight arrives early in the day there is s a choice of local restaurants and bars, and a town beach within a short walking distance of our hotel.
Casa Azul (or similar)
For our first walk we travel by taxi or minibus to the village Bordeira, approximately thirty minutes away. Start the walk through hilly terrain before descending to the Atlantic coast along some stretches of rugged cliffs. Later, head inland again and end the walk at the lovely village of Carrapateira where we can relax in a local café before heading back to Sagres by taxi.
Today's leisurely 13 kilometre/8.07 miles walk is expected to take around 4 hours with 150 metres/492 feet of combined ascent and descent.
We arrive to the coastal town of Burgau by taxi for the start of our walk along this dramatic coastline. En route, we see the fascinating rock formations, including the photogenic rock arch, at Ponta da Piedade just south of Lagos before ending our walk at the lighthouse. The view of the cliffs, lighthouse, and coast are absolutely magical. After spending some time absorbing the view, we return to Sagres by public bus.
Today's moderate 13 kilometre/8.07 miles walk is expected to take around 4 hours with 180 metres/590.5 feet of ascent and descent, along a coastal path.
After breakfast we travel the short distance to the cliffs near Vila do Bispo village by taxi. From here we follow the long distance marked coastal trail 'Rota Vicentina' along dramatic cliffs to the lighthouse at Europe's most south-westerly point Cabo Sao Vicente - the subject of many local photographs. From here we return to Sagres in taxis. Sunset in this area is a stunning spectacle and worth making the effort to see.
Today's moderate 15 kilometre/9.32 miles walk is expected to take around four hour and a-half with 150 metres/492 feet of ascent and 260 metres/853 feet of descent along a marked trail.
Today is a free day to relax by the hotel pool or go and discover the lovely, historic town of Lagos where you have the opportunity to do a boat tour along the rugged coastline and see the famous caves.
Today is a more challenging walk along the Seven Hanging Valleys trail with spectacular coastal scenery. After a bit more than 1 hour's drive to Albandeira Beach, we join the trail walking along the coastal cliffs looking out to natural arches, secluded beaches, limestone stacks and caves at Benagil beach. The trail rises to pass Alfanzina lighthouse before arriving at Carvoeiro beach via Benagil beach. At the end of the walk, you can relax at Carvoeiro beach.
Today's moderate 11 kilometre/6.83 miles walk is expected to take around four hours with 400 metres/1312 feet of ascent and descent, with some steep sections.
This morning we take taxis to Ingrina, a sheltered sandy beach. From here we walk back to Sagres along the unspoilt coastline with the opportunity to stop for a swim in the sea along the way.
Today's leisurely 10 kilometre/6.21 miles walk is expected to take around 3 hours, along a flat coastal path.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Sagres.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Sagres at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like an airport transfer today, you need to depart from Faro Airport (FAO) which is around 1 hour 30 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Total distance : 62 kilometres
Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a trip to Portugal - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The northern high plains has both extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. The islands have very different weather patterns due to their positioning and can have sudden rain falls throughout the year so waterproofs are recommended even in the summer.
2 Pin Round
Sagres - Dolphin Watching €35 per person Sagres - Sagres Fort €3 per person Sagres - Wellness Spa at Pousada Sagres - treatments must to be prebooked, prices available from Pousada Sagre hotel. Sagres - Bike hire: €10 per day for a city bike, €14 per day for a mountain bike Sagres - Public Beaches: Mareta Beach, Beleeira Beach, Martinhal Beach (transport not included) Boat trip to Benagil caves 60min: €25 or 90min: €30
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. It can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier, a warmer fleece is recommended as a mid layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof trousers) -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Long trousers (will be walking through shrubland on day 7) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair) -Insulated jacket
We recommend you bring walking/hiking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them and recommended for the Seven Hanging Valleys walk ) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Lunch bag/Tupperware (for packed lunches)
Bus, Minibus, Public Bus, Taxi
Casa Azul is perfectly located in Sagres town. This smaller guesthouse has bright rooms each with a private bathroom, balcony and refrigerator. Although no on site swimming pool, Mareta Beach is only a 5 minute walk away. One thing to be aware of in Portugal is that breakfast tends to be a smaller affair, often just fruit juice or coffee and a pastry. Please refer to your final booking documents for confirmation of where you are staying. For 2023 departures the hotel will be as follows: 17-Sep-23 - Navigator 08-Oct-23 - Navigator 15-Oct-23 - Navigator 22-Oct-23 - Navigator 29-Oct-23 - Navigator 12-Nov-23 - Casa Azul For 2024, all dates will be at the Casa Azul except our 3 Premium departures. If you would like to upgrade your hotel for the week with swimming pool and a room overlooking the Altlantic Ocean, please look for the Premium Hotel tag on the departure date. For those departures, you will be staying at the Memmo Baleeira Hotel located 200 metres away from Sagres town centre and a 5-minute walk to reach both Tonel and Martinhal Beach.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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