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What to expect

Coastal Charm

Discover delightful coastal towns like Olhão

Guided Walking

Enjoy a range of escorted walks

Portugal & Spain

Experience two countries in one week

About the trip

Discover the allure and beauty of the Eastern Algarve and Southern Spain on this week of excellent Solos fully guided walking. We venture through the pine forests, charming towns and nature reserves to soak up every inch of Portuguese and Spanish charm.

Grade: Easy to Medium.

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What's Included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Half Board – breakfast and dinner daily
  • Drinks included with evening meals
  • 1 x tapas lunch with drinks in Ayamonte
  • 1 x grilled fish lunch with drinks Tavira Island with drinks (meat option available)
  • 5 fully guided walking days
  • 1 x ferry boat trip to Ayamonte
  • 1 x boat tour Ria Formosa in Tavira
  • 1 x ferry boat trip to Olhão
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected


  • Arrive in Portugal
  • Altura to Monte Gordo Walk
  • Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte
  • Day at leisure
  • Tavira
  • Alcoutim & Castro Marim Nature Reserve
  • Olhão
  • Departure Day


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  • Lunches where not included

What you'll be doing


Arrive In Portugal

Arrive at Faro airport and transfer to the three-star 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

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 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 as far as the eye can see down to the calm sea. At lunch time, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch (not included) at the Monte Gordo seafront, before returning to the hotel for a well earned rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Walking Distance 7.5km/4.6 miles
Ascent +10m
Descent -10m
Highest Point 10m
Terrain: Board walks, good dirt roads, some short tracks with soft sand.


Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte

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 the city and enjoy a meal of traditional tapas.

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Day at Leisure

Take a well earned rest and relax in the hotel, or take a stroll around Monte Gordo.


Exploring Tavira

This morning, we’ll travel by 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 charismatic old town, the castle and 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
Ascent +34m
Descent -32m
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

We enjoy a free morning to take a leisurely breakfast before heading 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 Eastern Algarve. A true realm of serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of the beach resorts, this is 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, Fort, and walls of Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve, and an important centre of Arab power until 1242.

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Discovering the beauty of Olhão

After breakfast, we catch the train from Monte Gordo to Olhão – a picturesque coastal town inspired by Moroccan architecture that 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 glorious 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.

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Departure Day

Today we check out of our hotel and say goodbye before transferring to Faro Airport.


Hotel Baia de Monte Gordo Three-star

Our cosy, friendly, hotel is located near the beach and within reach of the resorts bars and restaurants, an ideal base for our week of Solos walking.

Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurant, bar, small rooftop swimming pool, lounge area, Wi-Fi

Room Includes

Our rooms have ensuite bathroom, desk, flat screen satellite  TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and balcony


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Our Reviews

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