Walking in the Algarve

£10.00

Landscapes of ALGARVE: 5 car tours + 50 long and short walks

by Brian and Eileen Anderson

This new 8th edition of Algarve was revised on the ground just a few months prior to publication. Several new walks have been added, and all the maps have been redrawn using OpenStreetMap source material with GPS tracking. The printed maps show waypoints, and free downloadable GPS tracks are available for all the walks. Colour coding on the Contents page enables you to see at a glance the grading of various walks.

Click below to read walker’s reviews and use the ‘Look Inside’ feature on Amazon.co.uk (RRP £12.99)

amazon-badge

Or, purchase the complete book as a downloadable PDF using the Add to Basket button below (£10).

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

SKU: LANDSCAPES-ALGARV Categories: , , , , , ,
You might also like...

Description

algarve

Few visitors explore beyond the beautiful Algarve coastline, but the Andersons did. They say, ‘We found a countryside full of interest and beauty. From flowers and fountains, hilltops and history, to windmills and watermills, we can set your feet wandering to find them all. But you can explore Algarve by car, too, searching out little-known points of interest — like the huge rose compass on the barren promontory of Sagres, where Prince Henry the Navigator founded his school of navigation. But don’t think that we have ignored the beautiful and rugged coastline. Wherever it is still unspoilt and free from development, we have incorporated it into a walk.’

Key features:

  • 50 long and short walks, colour-coded for grade
  • 1:50,000 topo maps with waypoints
  • free downloadable GPS tracks
  • Algarve Way highlighted on all relevant maps
  • satnav coordinates to walk starting points
  • 5 car tours and fold-out touring map – ideal for planning
  • plan of Faro
  • 20+ picnic suggestions, many suitable as short walks
  • timetables for local transport
  • online update service

Area covered: from the west coast east to the Spanish border and north to the area around Monchique.

When to go: The best months for walking in the Algarve are March to May or September and October, but winter walking is enjoyable too.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Where to stay

With a hire car you can choose any coastal resort or, if you prefer an inland base, Monchique is a good choice. But if you’re relying on public transport, choose one of the main towns — Albufeira, Faro, Lagos or Portimão for convenient access to buses and trains.

Edition/contents etc

5 car tours, 50 long and short walks, 20 picnic suggestions
136 pages + touring map; plan of Faro, large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
8th ed, 2017; ISBN 978-1-85691-491-8
UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents:

Preface 5

Acknowledgements; Background reading 6

Getting about 7

Picnicking 8
Picnic suggestions 9

Touring (see explanation of symbols on pages 8 and 39) 10

THE WEST COAST TOUR (TOUR 1) 14
Bordeira — Circular walk for motorists 16
Rogil Nature Reserve — Short walk for motorists 18

MOUNTAINS AND ‘MOORS’ (TOUR 2) 19
Pera Marsh Nature Reserve — Bird-watching and a walk 21

VILLAGES OF THE BARROCAL (TOUR 3) 22
Fonte de Benémola — Circular walk for motorists 24
Barreiras Brancas — Circular walk for motorists 26

EASTERN HIGHLIGHTS (TOUR 4) 29
Monte São Miguel 33
Rainy day shopping options 34
Barrier Islands 34

MÉRTOLA CIRCUIT (TOUR 5) 35
Mértola 37

Walking (see explanation of symbols on page 39) 38

Grading, waymarking, maps, GPS 39
The Algarve Way (GR13) … and many more walking ideas 39
What to take 40
Where to stay 41
Weather 42
Things that bite or sting 43
Hunting season 44
A country code for walkers and motorists 44
Portuguese for walkers 45
Organisation of the walks 47

THE WALKS

1 Luz • atalaia • Porto de Mós • Ponta da Piedade • Lagos 48 •
Wild flowers 52
2 Luz • Burgau • Luz 53
3 Burgau • Cabanas Velhas • Boca do Rio • Salema • Burgau 55
4 Figueira • Ingrina • Zavial • Figueira 59
5 Mexilhoeira nature walk 64
6 Barão São João circuit 66
7 Fóia road • Madrinha • Pé do Frio • Chilrão • Fóia road 68 •
Strawberry tree 69
8 Monchique • Fóia • Monchique 72
9 Monchique — Picota circuit 75
10 Ilha do Rosário circuit 78
11 Silves circuit 80 •
Silves 81
12 Benagil • Marinha • Albandeira • Senhora da Rocha • Benagil 84
13 Cerro • Conqueiros • Pico Alto circuit 88
14 Alte • Rocha dos Soidos • Alte 92
15 Paderne • Castelo • Azenhal • Paderne 96 •
Paderne Castle 97
16 Cerro de São Vicente double circuit 100
17 Ribeira de Algibre circuit 102
18 Monte Seco circuit 104
19 Penina circuit 107 •
Scrubland 109
20 Salir circuit 110
21 Estói • Guilhim • Fialho • Estói 114
22 São Brás • Tareja • Vale de Estacas • São Brás 119 •
Algarvian flowers 123
23 Tavira National Forest 124
24 Castro Marim Nature Reserve 127

Bus and train timetables 131

Index 135

Fold-out touring map inside back cover
with plan of Faro

 

Guidebook index

Albandeira, Praia da (Pry-ah dah Ahl-bahn-day-rah) 14, 21, 84, 86
Albufeira (Ahl-boo-fay-rah) 8, 13, 21, 28, 34, 41, 80, 96, 98, 100
Alcoutim (Ahl-koo-teeng) 37
Alferce (Ahl-fayr-suh) 20, 21, 76, 77
Algarve Way (Via Algarviana) 16, 37, 39, 67, 68, 71, 72, 74, 76, 77, 102, 110, 111
Aljezur (Ahl-jay-zur) 14, 16, 17, 18
Almodôvar (Ahl-moh-doh-vahr) 35
Alte (Ahlt) 6, 13, 22, 24, 25, 27, 32, 45, 46, 88, 92-3, 94, 94-5, 101
Alvor (Ahl-vohr) 14, 42, 55
Amendoeira (Eh-men-doy-ay-rah) 22, 24
Arneiro (Ahr-nay-roh) 110, 112
Asseiceira (trig point) 124, 125, 126
Azenhal (Ah-zeen-yahl) 96, 98, 99
Barão São João 66, 67, 67
Barragem (Bah-rah-jeng)
da Bravura (dah Brah-vuh-rah) 14, 15, 17, 77
do Arade (doh Ah-rahd) 14, 19, 78, 79, 80
Barranco do Velho (Bah-rahn-koh doh Vehl-yoh) 16, 24, 26, 29, 32, 37
Barreiras Brancas (Bah-reh-rash Brahn-kash) 22, 26
Barrier islands 29, 34, 42, 123
Barrocal (Bahr-roh-kahl) 22, 23, 25, 27, 38, 88, 89, 102, 105, 107, 108, 109, 120
Benafim (Bay-na-feen) 25
Benagil (Bay-nah-jeel) 84, 85, 87
Boca do Rio (Bok-ah doh Ree-oh) 14, 54, 55, 56, 57
Boliqueime (Boh-lee-came) 22, 27, 28, 96, 102, 104
Bordeira (Bohr-day-ra)
near Estói 19, 22, 114, 115, 117
near Sagres 16-7
Budens (Boo-denghs) 15, 54, 59, 61
Burgau (Bour-gaung) 15, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 131, 132
Cabanas Velhas (Kah-bahn-yash Vail-yash)  54, 55, 56
Cabo de São Vicente (Kah-boh day Saoung Vee-cent) 16
Cachopo (Kah-sho-poh) 29, 31, 32, 33, 37
Caldas de Monchique (Kahl-dahs day Moan-shee-kuh) 14, 18, 19, 20, 70
Camilo (Kah-mee-loo) 49, 52
Carrapateira (Kah-rah-pah-tay-rah) 16
Casais (Kah-zaish) 17
Castro Marim (Kas-troh Mah-reem) 29, 30, 35, 37, 127, 128, 129
Cerro (Say-roo) 88, 89, 90, 91, 96, 98, 100
Cerro de São Vicente 100, 101
Chilrão (Cheel-raoung) 17, 68, 70, 71
Conqueiros 90
Daroeira (Dah-roh-aye-ra) 124, 125, 126
Espiche (Esh-pish) 15, 55, 66
Estói (Esh-toy) 13, 22, 23, 29, 34, 114, 115, 116-7, 118
Falésia 4
Faro (Fa-roo) 22, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 42, 81, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 124
Fialho (Fee-ahl-yoo) 114, 115, 117, 118
Figueira (village and beach, Fee-gay-rah)  6, 15, 59, 60, 61, 63
Fóia (mountain, Foy-a) 17, 19, 20, 21, 64, 68, 71, 72, 73, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77
Fonte (Fohn-teh)
de Benémola (deh Ben-nay-moh-lah) 22, 24
do Bico Alto 119, 120
Grande (in Alte) 22, 25, 27, 92, 93, 95
Pequena (in Alte) 92-3, 94
Guilhim (mountain and village, Gee-lim) 114, 115, 116, 117
Hortas do Tabual (Hor-tash day Tah-boo-ahl) 60, 61
Ilha do Rosário (Eel-yah doh Roh-sah-ree-oo) 34, 78, 79
Ingrina, Praia da (Pry-ah dah Een-gree-na) 14, 15, 59, 60, 61, 62
Lagôa (Lah-go-a) 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 84
Lagos (Lah-gosh) 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 42, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 62, 64, 77
Loulé (Low-lay) 30
Luz (Loozh) 14, 15, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55
Luz de Tavira (Loozh day Tah-vee-ra) 29
Madrinha (Meh-dreen-ya) 68, 71
Malhada do Peres (Mal-ya-da doh Peh-resh) 124, 125, 125, 126
Marinha, Praia da (Pry-ah dah Mah-reen-ya) 14, 21, 84, 85, 86
Marmelete (Mahr-may-lay-teh) 14, 17, 20
Mata da Conceição (forest, near Tavira, Ma-ta day Kon-say-soungh) 124, 125, 125
Mértola (Mehr-toh-la) 35, 36, 37
Mexilhoeira Grande 14, 64, 65, 65
Milreu (Meel-roo) 22, 114, 115, 117
Monchique (Mohn-shee-keh) 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 38, 39, 41, 64, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 82, 89
Monte (Mon-teh)
Brito (Bree-too) 27
São Miguel (Saoung Mee-gell) 33
Seco (mountain and hamlet, Say-koo) 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
Nave (Nah-vay) 8, 20
Nossa Senhora (Noh-sah Seen-yoh-ra)
da Rocha 84, 86-7
de Desterro (deh Desh-tay-roh) 72, 73, 74
de Guadalupe (deh Gua-dah-luh-peh) 15
Odiáxere (Oh-dee-a-share-ay) 14
Olhão (Ol-jaoung) 8, 29, 33, 34, 42, 116
Paderne (Pah-dehr-nay) 5, 22, 27, 28, 96, 97, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101
Pé do Frio (Peh doh Free-oo) 68, 69, 70, 71, 100
Pena (Pay-na) 25, 88, 106, 107
Rocha da Pena 12, 22, 25, 88, 106, 107, 108, 109
Penina (Pay-nee-na) 17, 106, 107, 108, 109
Pera Marsh Nature Reserve 21
Pico Alto (mountain and village, Pee-koh Ahl-toh) 88, 89, 90, 91
Picota (mountain, Pee-koh-ta) 21, 31, 65, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77
Ponta (Pohn-tah)
da Gaivota (near Luz, dah Guy-voh-tah) 55, 57
da Piedade (dah Pee-ay-dah-day) 15, 48, 49, 50, 52, 62, 64, cover
Portimão (Pohr-tee-moungh) 1, 8, 13, 14, 18, 21, 34, 42, 48, 64, 72, 75, 77, 80, 82
Porto (Pohr-too)
de Lagos (deh Lah-gosh) 18, 20
de Mós (deh Mozh) 15, 48, 49, 50, 51
de Olhão (deh Ohl-yaungh) 29
Nobre (Noh-bray) 24
Praia (Pry-a)
da Ingrina see Ingrina
da Marinha see Marinha
das Furnas (dash Foor-nash) 60, 61, 62
da Albandeira see Albandeira
de Figueira see Figueira
do Zavial see Zavial
Dona Ana (Don-a A-na) 6, 49, 50
Purgatório (Poor-ga-toh-ree-oo) 28, 96, 97, 100, 101
Raposeira (Rah-poh-zay-ra) 15, 60, 61
Ribeira (Ree-bay-ra)
de Algibre (river and village, day Al-gee-breh) 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
de Oudelouca (deh Oo-deh-loo-kah) 79
Quarteira 13, 96, , 97, 99
Rio Arade (Ree-oh Ah-rahd) 78, 79, 83
Rocha (village, Roh-sha) 106, 107
da Pena see Pena
dos Soidos (village and rock, dosh Soy-dosh) 12, 92, 93, 94, 95
Rogil (Roh-sheel), Reserva Natural 17, 18
Sagres (Sah-gresh) 5, 13, 14, 15, 38, 48, 49, 54, 56, 62, 72
Salema (Sah-lay-ma) 15, 49, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 63
Salir (Sah-leer) 22, 24, 25, 107, 110, 111, 112, 113
Santana da Serra (Sahn-tah-nah da Say-ra) 35
São Bartolomeu de Messines (Saoung Bahr-toh-loh-may-oo day May-see-nesh) 19, 24, 32
São Brás de Alportel (Saoung Brahs deh Ahl-pohr-tell) 29, 32, 41, 119, 120, 123
São Romão (Saoung Roh-maoungh) 23
Senhora da Rocha 84, 85, 86-7
Serra de Monchique (Sehr-ra deh Mohn-shee-keh) 2, 17, 19, 20, 38, 68, 71, 73, 82, 89
Silves (Seel-vesh) 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 41, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 83
Soidos de Baixo (Soy-dosh day Bie-shoo) 94
Taipa (Tah-ee-pa) 25
Tareja (Tah-ray-ja) 29, 119, 120, 121
Tavira (Tah-vee-ra) 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 42, 88, 124, 130
Vale (Vah-leh)
da Lama (da Lah-ma) 79
de Boi (deh Boy) 15
de Estacas (deh Esh-tak-ash) 119, 121, 122, 123
Vau (Vow) 14
Vila do Bispo (Vee-lah doh Bees-poo) 15, 16, 60
Vila Real de Santo António (Vee-lah Ray-ahl deh Sahn-toh Ahn-toh-nee-oh) 127, 128
Zavial, Praia do (Zah-vee-ahl) 14, 15, 59, 60, 61, 62

Current update

Algarve, 8th edition (2016); updated 29/12/2016

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) in Algarve given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price).

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

We have not yet received any update information for this book, which was revised by the authors shortly before publication of this 8th edition.

GPS Tracks

GPS files for use with Landscapes of the Algarve:

Download GPS files for Landscapes of the Algarve