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What to expect

Easy to Medium Grade Walks

Enjoy classic walks along the Western Algarve Coast

Local Walking Guide

Experienced & informative guide

Diverse Landscapes

Mix of coastal, mountain & inland scenery

About the trip

Join us on a Christmas week of walking and witness first-hand the stunning natural beauty of the Western Algarve. Along with your fellow ramblers embark on enchanting walks that showcase its harmonious blend of coastal, mountain, and inland vistas. Each step reveals a new facet of this breathtaking region, unveiling its diverse landscapes and inviting us to explore its boundless charm. Let us wander through the hidden gems and welcoming communities, embracing the vast and inviting heart of the Algarve.



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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast & Dinner Daily in hotel or local restaurants
  • Drinks included with evening meals (water, soft drinks, draft beer, house wine, tea and expresso)
  • Christmas Eve dinner including drinks
  • 6 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Arrive in Faro
  • Estômbar and Silves Walk
  • Seven Valleys Walk
  • Alvor and Praia da Rocha
  • Ponte da Piedade and Lagos
  • Barão De São João
  • Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente
  • Depart for Home


  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches

What you’ll be doing


Arrive in Faro

Arrive at Faro Airport and transfer to the AguaHotels Riverside Hotel near Portimao.


Estômbar & Silves Walk

We begin in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. Along the valley of the River Arade, we visit the Ecological Park of Fontes, an attractive local beauty spot. Here, we find the largest limestone springs in the Algarve. At Sitio das Fontes, we see a water mill, learn more about the local flora and fauna while walking along an educational trail. The route itself enables us to explore this river valley, following quiet tracks and paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. The walk ends in Silves – the ancient capital of the Algarve with its iconic castle.


Seven Valleys Walk

Today we enjoy a fantastic coastal walk, taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Towering cliffs, sea caves and grottos, superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands, including the much-photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. We finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk.


Alvor & Praia da Rocha

Today we have a full programme, with a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the stunning beach at Praia da Rocha, one of the best in the Algarve. The rock strata are particularly varied and very colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wild flowers.


Ponte da Piedade & Lagos

We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk starting from the small village and resort of Luz. On this walk, we follow a coastal path to Lagos, visiting Ponta da Piedade along the way, where the famous sea caves are found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. The walk finishes in Lagos, leaving plenty time to sightsee in this attractive town that was an important Roman settlement called ‘Lacobriga’. A variety of ancient Roman & medieval ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th Century walls, offers a modern and well-equipped marina that dominates the seafront, with the town now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world. We have an opt-out at Ponte de Piedade, allowing people to have a little more time to sightsee in Lagos.


Barão De São João

We head back inland for a walk that takes in the villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterised by the typical white houses with a coloured border around the windows and doors. This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area. We have an opt-out at lunchtime, allowing people to relax and explore the fascinating village of Barão S. João.


Sagres & Cabo de São Vicente

Our final day on the Western Algarve fittingly culminates in Sagres – the most westerly town in the Algarve. This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon. We will also visit the nearby Cabo de S. Vincente, whose spectacular cliffs were once believed to be the end of the world.


Depart for the UK

After breakfast, you may have some free time to do any last-minute local shopping and sightseeing before heading to the airport for your flight home.


AguaHotels Riverside Hotel

Our base for our week of fantastic Christmas walking is at the modern Riverside Hotel, located on the banks of the River Arade. Enjoy beautiful views across the river and the delightful town centre of Portimao – within walking distance or a short taxi ride away.

Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa area including indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. beauty treatments and massages (charges apply) and  free Wi-Fi throughout.

Room Includes

Our rooms include en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen television, safety deposit box and balcony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 16 °C 8 °C
March 19 °C 10 °C
April 20 °C 11 °C
May 22 °C 13 °C
June 25 °C 17 °C
July - August 28 °C 19 °C
September 27 °C 18 °C
October 23 °C 15 °C
November 19 °C 12 °C
December 17 °C 10 °C

Our Reviews

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“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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