Headwater - Walking Portugal's Land's End

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Trip code: 
W08AV
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Adventures
Activity:
Coastal Walks
Min age:
8

Explore Portugal's Lands End on our 8 night walking holiday of the Algarve region with a contrast of inland walks and dramatic coastal paths.

This 8-night holiday takes you away from the tourist crowds of the Algarve to the unspoilt Sagres Peninsula, a stunning region of golden beaches, dramatic, rugged coastlines and idyllic countryside. You'll follow a mix of forest, valley and coastal trails as well as some wonderful cliff-top routes on the south coast, enjoying superb scenery as you go. This is a great area for spotting birdlife too, with endemic and migratory species passing through from Africa and Northern Europe.

Highlights

  • Walk the Algarve's unspoilt South-West coastline
  • Relax in a wonderful mix of hotels, from an historical pension to a rustic village conversion
  • Excellent bird-spotting opportunities throughout the year; carpets of wildflowers
  • Explore Europe's most southwesterly point at Cabo de Sao Vicente

Key information

  • 8 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 4 Days walking
  • Departs every two days from 29 Nov '17 to 11 May '19
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and three evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Terrain:

You'll follow a mix of forest, valley and coastal trails as well as some wonderful cliff-top routes on the south coast.

Day by day breakdown
Day 217.0km/11.0miles
Day 418.0km/12.0miles
Day 615.0km/10.0miles
Day 815.0km/10.0miles

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Itinerary

London
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London
  • Day 1

    Arrive at Sagres

    Arrive at your hotel in Sagres. (Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Sagres to Pedralva

    We'll transfer you (30 mins) to your walk, where you'll follow the Fishermen's Trail via the renowned Amado beach. You'll make your way down to the village of Carrapateira, with its bars and restaurants - this is a great place to have some lunch. Pick up the Rota Vicentina - a tranquil trail which takes you through the Carrapateira and Sinceira valleys and along the course of the River Sinceira - and arrive at the delightful Aldeia da Pedralva, your home for the next two nights. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Pedralva

    Spend time relaxing in this charming village or opt for one of our suggested walks. You could follow a cliff-top route (14km/9mi) back to the beautiful Amado beach, enjoying superb views over rolling coastal hills and valleys - perhaps stop for a lazy picnic lunch on the beach. Alternatively, a shorter walk (8.5km/5mi) takes you along the Marreiros plateau where you'll experience a fabulous panorama over the region's lush, green rolling hills. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Pedralva to Vila Do Bispo

    Today you'll make your way to Vila do Bispo. You start by walking through forests of pine and eucalyptus and then have two options. You can take the longer route which makes a horseshoe loop to the rocky Praia da Barriga (Barriga beach) with its impressive cliffs - a good spot for a picnic; the shorter option follows the Rota Vicentina all the way to Vila do Bispo, taking in pretty flower meadows along the way. (Staying at Hotel Mira Sagres)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    At Vila Do Bispo

    You might choose to follow one of our optional walks today. Head through verdant valleys (12km/7.5mi) to the village of Raposeira and the Guadalupe Chapel - thought to be one of Portugal's only remaining Knights Templar buildings - or walk to a wonderful cliff-top viewpoint above Vila do Bispo (13km/8mi) which enjoys spectacular views over Castelejo and Cordoama beaches. Alternatively, take a short bus ride to the coastal town of Lagos and wander its charming cobbled streets. (Staying at Hotel Mira Sagres)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Vila Do Bispo to Cabo De Sao Vicente

    This walk is sure to be a memorable one as you make your way to Cabo de Sao Vicente - Europe's most south-westerly point. You'll walk along a mix of country lanes and coastal trails, enjoying golden beaches, imposing cliffs and the sound of the occasional crashing Atlantic wave! You'll feel a real sense of achievement when you reach the Cape. Take a tour of the lighthouse, visit the small museum or relax in the bar before a short transfer (5 mins) takes you back to Sagres. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    At Sagres

    Today you could relax by the hotel pool or stroll along the sands at nearby Martinhal Beach, enjoying a drink at one of the beachside bars. Alternatively, walk to the Ponta da Atalaia and Ponta da Baleeira headland for wonderful views over Sagres' impressive fortress, the port and the beaches of Mareta and Martinhal. (Staying at Memmo Baleeira)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Figueira to Sagres

    A lovely walk to finish your holiday! We'll transfer you (20 mins) to Figueira, from where you'll walk through scenic countryside to reach the cliff-top headland above Praia do Zavial. Continue via the golden beaches of Ingrina and Barranco and head up onto the expansive Sagres plateau. A final stretch takes you along the sands of Martinhal Beach - take your boots off and feel the sand between your toes - back to Hotel Memmo Baleeira.(Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Leave Sagres

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Portugal

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Portugal

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included.

The local speciality from the sea is the Barnacle Perceve, this is not taken from the bottom of boats but the bottom of submerged local cliffs, it is harvested by hand using a dangerous and traditional method, which involves one of the two collectors dangling by a rope from the top of the cliffs! They are a bit of a delicacy not too dissimilar to mussels. Away from the sea the dried hams, salamis and chouriço are as good as anything that Spain or Italy can produce. The strange sounding bread sausage Alheira is very good, invented by the Portuguese Jews during the Inquisition to avoid persecution, bread and non-pork products are used. Good quality meat is also on the menu, beef and pork are of a high quality and lamb in season is superb. Vegetables are plentiful and with big harvests of almonds and oranges, fruits are in good supply alongside another local vegetable, the sweet potato.

The Algarve’s other surprise is the quality of cheese; from mild to strong using cow, goat or sheep milk there is a great range of cheeses for all tastes, Queijo de Cabra do Algarve, is a particular favourite.

 

Weather

Coastal areas of Portugal can be known to be quite windy.However, the climate here is long, warm summers and mild winters, with most rain falling in the winter months, but possible in all other months. Seasons are marked, with pleasant temperatures in the spring, in the summer and in the autumn. Heat waves can push up temperatures between mid June and September.

 

Is this trip for you?

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. Please bear in mind that although this is a self-guided holiday, the atmosphere in the hotels tends to be quite social and they will sometimes place walkers together at breakfast and dinner. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

Your route starts on the west coast and follows the Rota Vicentina and Fishermen's Trail, taking you to charming villages and glorious beaches along a mix of coastal and inland paths. From Carrapateira you'll follow the course of the Sinceira River to remote Pedralva, before a fragrant forest route through pine and eucalyptus brings you to Vila do Bispo. You're in for a real experience - and some amazing views - as you make your way to Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe's most south-westerly point, before taking in some of the area's finest beaches to round off your holiday. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

We've hand-picked a great mix of hotels for you, all with pools. Your stays range from designer chic above the bay in Sagres, to a rustic house in Pedralva, where every house in the village has been restored to provide accommodation; and a tastefully modernised pensao (coaching inn) in Vila do Bispo with a spa. We've included 3 evening meals for you so you're also free to sample the region's superb local restaurants.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936