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WALKING THE ALGARVE WAY

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300 KM to discover the unspoilt interior of the Algarve

 

Via Algarviana MAP

Via Algarviana MAP

The Via Algarviana, a walking and cycling track of about 300 km, crosses from East to the West the Algarve region, and is the longest walking route of the region. Split in 14 sectors of about 15-30 Km each, allows you to discover a very rustic and authentic portugal, crossing little villages called “aldeias” in portuguese and showing an unexpected variety of beautiful plants and animals.

Marked with signs and interpretive panels, this footpath is known as the “Algarve Way” and runs across the region from east to west. The path has its origins in an old religious trail followed by pilgrims heading for the Sagres promontory, where the relics of St. Vincent were found. Running from Alcoutim, on the bank of the River Guadiana, to Cape St. Vincent, the 300-kilometre-long path is divided into 14 sections, each beginning and ending in places where its users can stop for lodging and refreshment. Our B&B Gato Preto de Silves is ideally located in the middle of the Algarve Way so that our guests have a wide coiche of day tours: inland, coastal and mountain walks are just few minutes away. About halfway along the length of the Algarve Way, the path goes through São Bartolomeu de Messines and continues along the banks of the Ribeira do Arade, offering some truly beautiful views. It then flows through Silves, before you head on to the Serra de Monchique, best known as “The Garden of Algarve”, whose breathtaking panoramas are best admired from Picota or Fóia, the highest points in the Algarve. All along the path, you can admire the beauty and aroma of the vegetation, which includes rosemary, lavender, fennel, thyme, rock rose, heather, and even orchids, although these are rarer. The trees and shrubs include arbutus, fig, carob and cork trees, as well as the almond trees that provide the raw material for the region’s delicious sweets and liqueurs.

Maps and Guide to download:

A complete guide of the Algarve Way

MAPS

 

The last guided tour of the Algarve Way (it started in 2007) took place in march 2013 as you can see in the picture below; you can choose the path more suitable to your level and availability and join the guided tour every day following the planned route that covers about 15 days.

You can go through the Route walking, on Mountain Bikes or on donkeys (burros in portuguese).

Each way has a different price, depending also on the length and days you want to spend on this track.

Travessia da Via Algarviana

 

Signposting

A Via Algarviana encontra-se sinalizada no terreno com um conjunto de equipamentos que incluem postes e setas de direcção, setas informativas e painéis de interpretação. Além destes materiais, foram colocadas inúmeras pinturas em superficeies naturais, nomeadamente rochas, de forma a indicar o sentido do percurso, recorrendo sempre aos códigos de identificação de “Grande Rota”, tal como se ilustra na seguinte figura.

No que respeita aos equipamentos instalados, as Setas de Direcção, indicam sempre o sentido da Via Algarviana e informam acerca da distância que o caminhante está em relação a determinada povoação ou local. As Setas Informativas, não indicam o sentido da Via Algarviana, mas meramente pontos de interesse nas imediações ou locais de apoio ao viajante existentes nas proximidades ( ex. alojamento).

Os painéis interpretativos estão instalados no início e/ou final de cada sector e destinam-se a informar o viajante acerca do local onde se encontra, incluindo o património natural e cultural e sobre os locais de dormida, e alimentação que ali estão disponíveis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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