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8 Reviews

  • A fabulous week!

    This trip was the ultimate de-stressor. Fantastic walks along deserted beaches and cliff top paths with breathtaking views of hidden bays and waves crashing against the rocks, expertly led by Luis and Alex who could not have done more to make this such a fabulous and fun holiday. The accommodation was well chosen and of a good standard and with the help of our guides, we ate in style every evening. We would highly recommend this trip and are pleased to have had yet another excellent Exodus experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beauty and remoteness of this coastline. The sense of wellbeing at the end of each after a great walk.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Luis and Alex were exceptional and knowledgable leaders, creating many memorable experiences while injecting lots of fun into our days. They went were out of their way to cater to all dietary requirements which was much appreciated.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Temperature was above seasonal average so prepare for the heat with hats, sunscreen and water.
  • Beautiful coastline

    This is a great trip if you enjoy the sea air with great views over the clifftops.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sight of the storks in their nests so close to us as we walked along the cliffs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Luis and Alex were very efficient in their organization of our tour. They were always there ready to help and advise using their knowledge of local geology and botany to good effect to develop our appreciation of the Portuguese coastline.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you wear a good pair of boots with ankle support as the route in parts is quite rocky.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The itinerary offers a well balanced trip of interesting walking routes,swimming, relaxation and great food. Go for it.
  • A breathtaking way to clear the cobwebs for a complete break

    Expectations were high after a two-year delay from our original booking. It was worth the wait! The scenery was spectacular, the weather was perfect and our conditioning didn't let us down. This is a relatively unknown gem for many people - and one not to be missed. Popular with hikers and cyclists alike, hiking definitely gives you the best cliff views. The sea views and fresh breezes, coupled with the dune walks, made the trip. You'll walk across beaches and dunes, through small bush and forest areas, and across trickling brooks and boardwalks, with plenty of local flora and fauna. If you are a photographer or bird watcher, this is the trip for you. This was my first trip to Portugal - I'm already planning the next Exodus Portugal trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the surf crash onto the rocks and beaches below nesting storks high up on the cliffs. Pristine beaches and dunes with storks and hawks flying above us. Dabbling my feet in the sea with the surf crashing onto the beach.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leaders Luis and Alex were fabulous. They shared their passion for the history, culture, flora and geography of Portugal, giving us great insights into the many Moorish and Spanish influences. No request was too much for them, and they gave us options along the way to ensure that everyone's requirements were catered to. They organized visits to local wineries and restaurants, and their excellent relationships with local business owners give Exodus a leg up on options for hotels, dining, and local attractions. We got special service as Exodus guests, which was very much appreciated. They gave us great ideas about other Exodus trips in Portugal, including local terrain and which areas were better for cycling versus hiking.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a lovely leisurely to moderate level trip, but the trails follow sand dunes, often with heavy sand. Light walking shoes are fine - but be prepared to empty out the sand occasionally.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't miss this trip. The guides can adjust the walks to make them more leisurely or more challenging, and the scenery is spectacular.
  • An excellent week in Portugal

    A very well organised trip, superb scenery, stunning views on all of the walks. The two guides were very knowledgeable and lead the group in a pleasant and professional manner. They found great venues for meals in each location.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Brilliant scenery every day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There were two. Well organised, attention to detail, really made the whole trip work well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy the walks!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have been to Portugal many times but never seen this area before. A real gem!
  • A Fabulous Week!

    A few days since our wonderful week walking Portugal’s coast and beaches and missing it already. Luis and Alex were the perfect guides, with exceptional local knowledge and a phenomenal work ethic! Breath taking scenery and unspoilt beaches, and great way to get fit! Nesting storks and peregrine falcons were such a bonus! Fine hotels throughout, topped off with a touch of luxury in Sagres, restaurants and food excellent all shared with a great group of like-minded travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The freshness of the Atlantic and its wonderful blue colour. The unspoilt, near deserted, beaches.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Top guys! Nothing was too much trouble for Luis and Alex.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There’s considerable walking over sand dunes which might be challenging so good hiking shoes essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thoroughly recommend this trip!
  • Reviewed November 2021

    Project de-stress!

    Relaxing walking in a relatively undiscovered part of Portugal - beautiful coastal scenery, great food (lots of fish!), great company. Our little group was SO happy to get away post-pandemic! The walking was highly enjoyable, and relatively undemanding for an Exodus trip - though some of the sand dunes can be good for the thighs! The first two hotels were fine, but the Sagres place is a REAL treat - a fabulous place to end the trip. I really did not want to come home.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was such a joy to get away somewhere so beautiful that I rarely stopped beaming all week - the first sunset at VN de Milfontes was a great moment, as was getting so close to nesting storks. I loved all the walking - such a stunning coastline.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I walked through security at Faro airport and a familiar face was smiling at me - such a pleasure to see Luis, our leader from a previous walking trip to the Douro. I've done many walking & discovery trips with Exodus, and Luis is amongst the best - attentive without being school-teacher-ish, informative, passionate about his country and annoyingly fit......an excellent guy to share a giggle and a glass or two of vino, great company

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The packed lunches are huge! If you can get an earlier flight see if there are other travellers with whom you could share a transfer.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only reason I haven't given this trip a 5 is the flights - there are SO many options to Faro, Exodus really shouldn't be choosing one which means arrival at the hotel 10.30 at night - especially when VN de Milfontes is a great little town to explore. My advice from the office about getting an independent flight & transfer wasn't very helpful.
  • Just what the doctor ordered!

    It is incredible how much difference to my wellbeing a week away made. We had incredible guides in Luis and Irella, jaw dropping rugged scenery and an exceptional group. Each day was different as we walked on the rugged cliffs or on the beaches to the Atlantic Ocean. I was mesmerised by its beauty and I felt as though my mind had been cleansed by the sea, light breeze and sunshine. Looking back, i can now tell you the stress of lockdown and london life and not going anywhere for 18 months had really took its toll and this trip bought me back to me and made me have faith that the world will be ok again. Absolutely loved it and just what the doctor ordered. Im home and feel renewed and rejuvenated. Thank you Luis, my wonderful group, beautiful Portugal and Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking out daily as we walked to the never ending expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and the power of the waves as they broke against the cliffs. Those moments i will remember forever!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There aren't enough positive words to describe them. A person who loves life, nature and people - he was exceptional and nothing was too much - thank you Luis and Irella!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You MUST go - it will exceed your expectations!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Can i go and relive it again!?? The food and hotels were also AMAZING. I work hard and it was important to stay in lovely places with great food too. This trip was one of the best and i have been on loads (more 15x)
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Niamh K

    Great week - stunning scenery!

    Another great Exodus trip. Breathtaking scenery, pleasant walks & good company made it a very enjoyable week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The rugged coastline with fantastic beaches - I particularly liked Sagres.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Luis & Sofia were great - attentive, well organised, knowledgeable & catered for all needs of the group. They did a fantastic job in showcasing their beautiful country & went out of their way to ensure we all had a good holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Highly recommend this trip - book it!