Arrive In Portugal
Arrive at Faro airport and transfer to the 3* Hotel Baia de Monte Gordo in Monte Gordo
If time allows an introductory walk will be offered.
Meals Included: Dinner
Altura to Monte Gordo Walk
After breakfast , for our first walk of the week we take the public bus to the lovely coastal town of Altura known for its cafes, restaurants and white sandy beach. Our walk takes us along raised walkways across the sand dunes back towards Monte Gordo. Along the way we can see how the dune vegetation changes and the abundance of European beach grass and sea holly growing along the way. The beach is vast, stretching for as far as the eye can see down to the calm sea. and the sea. At lunch time, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch (not included) at the Monte Gordo seafront. We then return to the hotel for a well earned rest.
Meals Included : Breakfast & Dinner
Walking Distance 7.5km/4.6 miles
Highest Point 10m
Terrain: Board walks, good dirt roads, some short tracks with soft sand.
Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte
Today we start the day with a walk through the Monte Gordo pine forest. The walk finishes in Vila Real de Santo António, a charming town with a fascinating history and architecture, in the estuary of the Rio Guadiana, which separates Portugal from Spain. From here, we’ll take the ferry across the river to the town of Ayamonte in Spain. We’ll tour around the city and enjoy a meal of traditional tapas.
Day at Leisure
Take a well earned rest and relax in the hotel or take a stroll around Monte Gordo.
This morning we’ll take the train to discover Tavira, a lovely and quaint old-Portuguese charm, with over 30 churches, cobbled streets, and bougainvillea lined balconies. In the historic and charasmatic old town, the castle and the typical houses provide much cultural interest. The River Gilão, with its working fisherman’s riverfront, runs to the azure lagoons of the Ria Formosa. We’ll take a boat tour along the Ria Formosa and stop at Tavira’s Island, for a grilled fish lunch, with a sea view (optional grilled meat dish, lunch with drinks included). We then take the boat back and head to the train to return to Monte Gordo.
Meals Included: Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner
Walking Distance 5.8km/3.6miles
Highest Point 25m
Terrain: Good dirt and tarmac roads. very uneven cobbled pavement in and out of tavira historical centre.
Alcoutim & Castro Marim Nature Reserve
Today there’s a free morning to take a leisurely breakfast before we head to the Castro Marim Nature Reserve. After lunch (not included) we’ll take a transfer to the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, a unique landscape in the East Algarve. A true realm of serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of the beach resorts. A haven for countless bird species such as the flamingos who regularly visit this charming patchwork of green-blue marshes and crisp white saltpans. From the salt pans, you’ll have a privileged view to the Castle, the Fort, and the walls of Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve, and an important centre of Arab power until 1242.
After breakfast we catch the train from Monte Gordo to Olhão, a picturesque coastal town inspired by Moroccan architecture where Its beauty attracts artists, writers, and photographers. We have free time to discover the town and take lunch (not included). The city centre has a collection of white houses with roof terraces and minarets that form a patchwork of layering cubes. The waterfront avenue near the Ria Formosa is lined with gloriously tile-fronted, 19th-century townhouses, with verandas and wrought-iron work. The highlight is the colourful atmosphere at the Municipal Market, which fulfils its traditional function by day and is the setting for lively nightlife bars.
Today we check out of our hotel and say goodbye before transfering to Faro Airport.