Via Algarviana Nature Trail
The Via Algarviana is one of the Algarve’s many secrets. It’s a pedestrian long distance path (300km long), perfect for hiking and biking, that runs from Alcoutim, in the Eastern Algarve all the way across the region to the western tip at Cape St. Vincent, near Sagres and crossing the Costa Vicentina Natural Park It follows a meandering, rural route through the Serra do Caldeirão and Serra de Monchique - perfect for a walking holiday in the Algarve.
Many people only associate the Algarve with golfing and beaches. However this region is also a nature lovers paradise offering excellent conditions for bird-watching, for hiking and mountain biking along the numerous trails and paths. Following the Via Algarviana you can walk from one side of the Algarve to the other, which can take around 14 days, or you can opt for shorter day or weekend treks. As with any such outing, advance planning is vital and the Via Algarviana guides should be consulted to check for accommodation and restaurants along the route.
The route crosses all nine municipalities in the Algarve (Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Tavira, S. Brás de Alportel, Loulé, Silves, Monchique, Lagos and Vila do Bispo). Most of the route is fairly off the beaten track, although there are some smaller sections that are closer to busier roads. Starting near to the Spanish border and the Guadianna river the path crosses the tranquil countryside of the East Algarve. The central section of the Via Algarviana meanders around more fertile countryside near Alte, Salir and Silves. Heading towards Monchique the path rises, rises, rises towards Picota and Foía – the highest point in the Algarve at 902m. then its down towards Sagres and the Atlantic with its crashing waves and vast horizon.
There is a Via Algarviana guide book, with information on each sector ( Technical Information, Route Description, Maps, Cultural and Natural Heritage, and useful contacts) in english and portuguese which you can download here: Via Algarviana Walking Track Information Guide - option 2 and 3