Discover the warm and authentic East Algarve

Self-guided walking holiday in Portugal

From € 455.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing a double room, self-guided option

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River running through green valley People walking on a path along a lake Huge sandy beach with shallow waters

Beyond the cold and windy coast of the Western Algarve, tucked away from tourist traps and frenetic towns, the Eastern Algarve is Portugal’s best-kept secret. Enjoy the sunniest walking weather in Portugal, especially in Spring, Autumn and Winter!

This is the authentic Algarve of salt pans and migrating birds, of small towns and villages, of sunny unspoiled beaches and dunes, of fragrant orchards and forests that all share something very unique: the magnificent and wild Guadiana river frontier with Spain. This is really where the old Portuguese way of life is being retained.

Accommodation in east Algarve

Stay at small, comfortable and charming hotels that are owned by local families that will welcome you with open arms.

Terrace with couches

They all have beautiful gardens and swimming pools. All rooms have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.

Swimmingpool with umbrellas and sun beds around
Swimmingpool with beautiful flowers around

Try the local cafés and restaurants on our recommended list for delicious seafood and meat dishes, don´t forget the unique cakes and desserts that are inspired by the local fruit.

The taste and quality are amazing because everything is cooked fresh and sourced at the local farms that use traditional and organic farming techniques.

Walking in authentic east Algarve

People walking along orange trees
People walking along a river and yellow flowers

This hidden region has allowed us to design a unique 8 day route for you to explore the culture, gastronomy and natural unspoiled beauty at a relaxed pace. Starting in the beautiful riverside town of Alcoutim and ending in the historic frontier town of Castro Marim with the warmest seawater in Portugal!

Walking along wide hiking trails lined by orange, fig, olive and carob trees and passing through pretty villages and historic towns, with plenty of time to explore, eat, drink and relax.

Water is the common element here – our trails are never far from the sea, a lake, a stream or the river.

East Algarve walking holiday itinerary

Walkers on a path, village in the distance
Bird view of a beach with turquoise waters

Day 1 – Arrive at the first base of our tour, the pretty and historic medieval town of Alcoutim which was part of the defensive line on the border with Spain. You can relax in the village with superb views of the Guadiana river.

Day 2 – The route explores the cultural heritage of the beautiful Castles in Alcoutim and its Spanish neighbour Sanlucar, just across the river. Explore our secret smugglers trail with amazing points of view. 13,5 Km – 4 hours

Day 3 – Your route will take you on a panoramic walk of the Alcoutim area, through beautiful fields and forests full of flowers. You can explore the ruins of an old mine and stop at a magnificent river beach with white sand and beautiful song birds. 15,8 Km – 4 hours

Day 4 – We walk to our second base of the tour, the quiet and historic medieval town of Castro Marim. Is this really the Algarve you say? It reminds me of the Douro without the vineyards, but with so many yachts and it´s warm! With stunning and ever changing views of the boats and river banks after every corner. 18,9 Km – 5 hours

White buildings and a castle behind
A man sliding on a rope above green trees

Day 5 – You can rest today, why not try a local foodie experience?

Day 6 – The route takes you to the picturesque Lake district in the foothills of the Guadiana river. Admire the lush forests of pine trees and the fertile valleys filled with orchards and vegetables. Try to identify all the different flowers that colour the fields and gardens. 16,3 Km – 4 hours

Day 7 – The last walk takes you through historic Castro Marim, the ancient salt pans and a world class bird nature reserve to the charming eighteenth century border town of Vila Real Santo Antonio on the Guadiana river estuary. Walk along spectacular beach and forest tracks hugging the coastline to amazing beaches. 20,8 km – 5 hours

Day 8 – After breakfast travel to Faro Airport for your flight back home.

Dates and Availability

Bird's view of a river estuary
Earth view from above

The starting date of this holiday is completely flexible, you can start on different days of the week. You can add extra days to this holiday in the Alentejo or Algarve if you like.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.

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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From € 455.- / 8 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing a double room, self-guided option


    • GPS tracks available
    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • 7 x Breakfasts
    • A range of prepared walks
    • Luggage transfer between hotels
    • Arrival briefing at first hotel
    • GPS tracks
    • Maps

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking

    Best time to go:

    September – July

    Contact Details:

    Discover the warm and authentic East Algarve, a Self-guided walking holiday in Portugal by Caminhos do Guadiana

    Contact: Reservations team
    Telephone: +351 211 628 147

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    Languages spoken:

    English, Spanish, Portuguese

    Getting there:

    • Faro Airport (96 km)

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