Algarve Coastal Trails

Algarve Coastal Trails

Follow the cliffs, beaches and turquoise ocean of Portugal’s Algarve Coast from Lagos to Cabo Sao Vincente. Secluded sandy beaches, white-washed fishing villages, excellent hotels and freshl caught seafood combine to delight you at every turn of the trail. The walk explores the beauty of the Algarve coast, where you can marvel at the weathered ochre-coloured cliffs, stroll barefoot along white sand beaches, birdwatch over blue lagoons, enjoy a freshly caught seafood feast overlooking picturesque harbours and wander the cobbled streets of Lagos, Sagres, and Salema. Abandoned fortresses along the way remind you of a time when this coast was ravaged by pirates. For one day your route takes you inland through rural villages and forests, where you can experience the true colours of Portugal.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Lagos to Luz
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 4:35 h
Ascent 168 m
Descent 183 m

Follow the cliffs lining the coast to Luz, where a golden sand beach awaits you.  

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Hiking route · Portugal
Luz to Salema
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 4:35 h
Ascent 208 m
Descent 222 m

Absorb the sights and sounds as you walk from Luz to Salema via Burgau, a quiet typical seaside village with a golden beach enclosed by cliffs.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Barão de São João to Salema
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.3 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 165 m
Descent 233 m

Walk from the small village of Barão de São João, through forests and inland villages back to coast.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Salema to Sagres - Long Option
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.5 km
Duration 5:55 h
Ascent 305 m
Descent 285 m

Your walk today takes you along the unspoilt coastline with secret beaches and lagoons. 

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Hiking route · Portugal
Salema to Sagres - Short Option
Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.4 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 139 m
Descent 125 m

This walks start from Zavial instead of Salema, via a short transfer.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Sagres to Cabo San Vicente
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14 km
Duration 5:10 h
Ascent 161 m
Descent 168 m

Starting from Sagres, walk along the high cliffs towards the lighthouse at Cabo San Vicente, which is the final destination for today’s walk.

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