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Walking and Cycling in the Algarve

Think Algarve; think sunshine, villas and beaches. But there is so much more to enjoy in this beautiful region than can be appreciated on a traditional fly-and-flop break. Here at Explore, we’re big believers that travelling on foot is one of the best ways to discover a destination, and Portugal’s southernmost region is no exception.From the expansive sandy beaches of the south to the wilder western coast, and from bustling coastal resorts and historic towns to pretty fishing villages, the Algarve is a region with great variety.

Its walks too offer something for everyone. Inland, trails wind through rolling hills and pretty villages while the flatter eastern coastline is in stark contrast to the more dramatic, wilder west coast. Little known by tourists, the Via Algarviana stretches some 300km in the easternmost part and is characterised by traditional agricultural villages and farmland – a different Algarve altogether from the beautifully-preserved coastal Rota Vicentina path.

Our self-guided trips offer complete flexibility – start when you like, walk at your own pace and take the coffee (or custard tart) breaks that suit you – and you’ll still have the support of Explore’s local crew to transport your luggage. On a walking holiday, you’ll see a side to the Algarve that’s missed by so many visitors. 

Cycling through the Algarve gives you the opportunity to see parts of the region that are more untouched by tourism. You can also start your cycling trip in Portugal and head through the 2 regions, trying delicious foods and being warmly welcomed by the local people along your route. 

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