Walking in the Algarve
Walking - Guesthouse Algarve, Tavira
W alking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Portuguese Algarve. The area is famous for its sunny beaches. However in the hinterland you find a hikers paradise for any category of walker. Many hundreds of miles of unpaved roads and trails stretch through an astonishing landscape. Old mills, rivers and small villages in hidden valleys appear unexpectedly behind the next hilltop. The good thing about it is: many of the routes have been (often more or less) described.
There is no better way to discover the authentic Algarvian life then on foot. "The campo”, as our area is called, offers ideal hiking circumstances during ten months of the year and the Algarve caters for all kinds of walkers. So whether you like long flat walks along the coastal plains, or a stiff climb up the hills; everything is possible. After a good hike, there is always one of the small rural bar-restaurants that offer a refreshing drink and / or a good Portuguese meal.
Every season offers a different atmosphere. January is the month of ‘the Portuguese snow’. The Almond trees blossom and when they drop their leaves, the soil is covered with a thick tapestry of white blossom. In February all fruit trees are in full bloom and March and April offer the wild flowers in the fields while the birds show their exuberant flying arts in the air. In September and October, when the temperatures start cooling down again, the land slowly changes into its autumn colors. Every season offers its own charme, color and smells.
We are well prepared for walking guests. We have a range of maps, routes, birds, plants and flowers and tips available. In the immediate vicinity of Cas al Cubo, several hiking tours are described, lengths varying from 4 to 13 kilometers. Every walk offers its own degree of difficulty. For those who like a real challenge, we offer the military maps that will allow you to create your own private tour route.
Hikers and nature lovers find a true paradise in 'our' eastern Algarve!