Western Algarve Guided Walking Holiday
Explore dramatic sea cliffs and the mountains of the Serra De Monchique
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Discover the wild Atlantic coast with dramatic cliffs, varied landscapes and Cabo se São Vicente. The national parks in this area are filled with colourful wild flowers and are renowned for their bird life, including storks, that build large elevated eye-catching nests on buildings and even telegraph poles!
There are many historical towns in this region including the nearby town of Lagos with its colourful tiled buildings, old town wall and fishing port. Silves’ cobbled streets rise from an ancient market area to an imposing hill fort and an old Roman bridge over the tidal river Arade. Our walks from Luz offer an incredible variety of walks on well marked routes with plenty of opportunities for refreshments and to sample the local cuisine.
- Stunning coastal scenery in this picturesque corner of Europe
- Soak up the Portuguese culture in the traditional cobbled streets of Silves and Lagos
- Uncover the paradise of green hills, wildflowers and eucalyptus trees around Monchique
- Cape St. Vincent with its lighthouse and striking, high sea cliffs
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
- All transport to and from walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board –buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal
Hotel Belavista da Luz
The 4-star Hotel Belavista da Luz enjoys an elevated position overlooking the coastal resort of Luz. The hotel is built in a horseshoe shape which surrounds some colourful gardens and the two outdoor swimming pools.
There are 39 spacious en-suite bedrooms offering:
As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:
Our holidays at Luz are Half Board with breakfast and 3-course evening meal.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. On some evenings there may be some live music and the leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby. You may just like to relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.
Luz Guided Walking Holiday
With a choice of two walks each day, we provide you with flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next. You could even choose to explore independently or relax around the resort - it's your holiday after all!
Our walks from Luz help discover the incredible variety this compact area has to offer from beautifully varied coastline rich in birdlife, striking cliffs, beaches and boardwalks to the green, rolling hills inland around Monchique and Foia (the highest point in the Algarve), offering a great contrast to the more familiar sights of the region.
Easier walks: 4 to 7 miles on good paths. Up to 700 feet of ascent in a day.
Harder walks: 6 to 11 miles on good paths. Up to 1,300 feet of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to see Luz before your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Burgau to Pona Piadade
Our first day of walks starts with a short coach ride to the fishing village of Burgau. This is one of the most unspoilt villages on the Algarve coast and it still retains its original charm and character. The rock strata between Burgau and Ponta Piadade are particularly varied and very colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone, with many minerals giving rise to different colours. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and in Spring there are impressive displays of wild flowers. Orchids are common on the limestone sections, whilst other plants prefer the coarse sandy soils. Ponta Piedade (Point of Piety) is a truly unforgettable sea cliff ensemble. On a calm day you can look all the way down to a perfectly transparent sea washing the dramatic rock bridges and grottoes. Very long stairways have been cut in the cliffside all the way down to sea level. Look for the sea stack which is the nesting home of the egrets. There is a lighthouse with its own shelter of palm trees.
Easier walk: 6 miles (9½km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent,
Harder walk: 7 miles (11km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Day 3: The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
Today we travel to the coast east of Luz and Lagos. The Easier walk starts at the lighthouse of Cabo Carvoeiro, with dramatic views down to the sea. While the Harder walk starts at the pretty Sentianes Beach. Both walks meander along the tops of the amazing cliffs. As the walks continue, you will see stacks rising from the sea, the typical geology of the Western Algarve coast. The path undulates along the cliffs, with some descent to hidden coves, and ascent to the cliff tops. Both walks end at the delightful chapel of Senhora da Rocha.
Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with undulating ascent and descent.
Harder Walk: 6½ miles (10km) with undulating ascent and descent.
Day 4: Figueira to Sagres
These walks explore the coast line in the Cabo de Sau Vicente Natural Park. Figueira, which still retains its old farming atmosphere, remains virtually unspoilt and is well known for its rich variety of wild flowers and birdlife. We walk along cliff tops and then descend to beautiful undeveloped beaches, and return to the cliff tops once more. Our final descent is at Martinhal Beach, where we walk along the sand and into the village of Sagres, which is the most south-westerly community in Europe.
Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent,
Harder Walk: 9 miles (14½km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Day 5: Free Day
Today there are no organised walks, allowing you time to explore the local area or just relax in the hotel or at the beach.
Your free day offers the chance to relax in this resort, visit Lagos by local bus and walk the town trail or take a boat trip from Luz or Lagos.
Lagos: The town is easily accessible by bus directly from outside the hotel. The town has a rich historical past. There is a bold boulevard with marina and many shops and restaurants. Lacobriga was the Roman name for Lagos and the Roman wall can still be seen, many parts of it original. It became the capital of the Algarve with the Governors Palace at the headquarters of Henry’s School of Navigation. Lagos became a key port in the slave trade from the 14th century until it was abolished in the second half of the 19th century. Most of the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake but one survivor is the alter of the Chapel of St. Antony. There are boat trips from Lagos to Ponta Piadade with its many grottos and sea cliffs to wonder at.
Day 6: Monchique
Today we head for the hills of the Serra de Monchique. The town of Monchique is set in a valley between the two highpoints of the Algarve, Foia and Picota at 997 and 773 metres respectively. Both parties start their walks in the town and head to the foothills of Picota before descending to the spa at Caldas de Monchique. The harder walkers have the option of ascending Picota and will be rewarded by the magnificent views.
Easier Walk: 6 miles (9½km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent and 1,700 feet (510m) of descent,
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent and 2,300 feet (690m) of descent (The Harder walk includes an optional extra ascent).
Day 7: Carrapeteira and Pontal
Today’s walks take us through the village of Carrapatiera and to the West Atlantic coast. We walk through spectacular coastal and country scenery. The village is famous for its multi coloured cliffs at the Pontal headland. There is a rich variety of coastal scenery as we head south towards the beautiful Praia do Amado (the Lovers Beach), very popular with surfers. Both groups will meet at a restaurant overlooking the beach to enjoy a memorable lunch. A short walk takes us back to the village and our coach.
Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 400 feet (120m,) of ascent,
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent with 1,000 feet (300m) of descent.
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit Tavira and enjoy the laid back charm of the eastern Algarve.
Tavira and Luz
Combine a week at Luz with a week at Tavira in the eastern Algarve. Uncover the areas rich heritage on walks to pretty fishing harbours and tiny unspoilt villages. Discover the rich birdlife of the salt pans and the Rio Formosa.
To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558
Luz is believed to have been inhabited since Neolithic times, due to several ancient artefacts being discovered in the town. The Romans also settled here; there are ruins of the Roman baths in the town. Following the Romans, the Moors colonised the area, and brought with them fruit trees, which now flourish in the area. The bay of Luz also has an interesting Geology, although most of the western Algarve is limestone, Luz also had sandstone bedrock, and is bounded by the Rocha Negro, a black igneous outcrop, which shelters the bay. Today, Luz is a lively resort, with a beautiful beach and plenty of attractions including the Church of Our Lady of Light and the Roman baths.
Also a town with a rich history, Lagos is larger than Luz, and has been settled by a variety of people, from the Romans to the Visigoths and later the Byzantines. As a result, there are plenty of churches, museums and cafes to explore. The harbour is a site of historical significance and boat trips run from here along the coast. You can reach Lagos by bus from Luz.
Cape St. Vincent
Sacrid ground for centuries, Cape St. Vincent takes its name from Vincent of Saragossa, whose bones, legend says, were laid to rest here. These were later transported to Lisbon in the 12th Century. The headland was the site of a Monastery until it was mostly destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The current lighthouse that stands on the cape was built in the 19th Century on the site of the Monastery and is powerful enough to be seen from 60km away.
Did you Know?
The Algarve is famous for its pottery and ceramics, in particular hand-painted pottery.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Faro airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour to the Hotel Belavista da Luz.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Faro airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £22.50.
Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £80.00 per single taxi journey?
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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|5 Oct 2019||AGLCL - Western Algarve Guided Walking - Without Flight||7||£799.00||£799.00||Book Now|
|12 Oct 2019||
AGLCL - Western Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)
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|12 Oct 2019||
AGLCL - Western Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)
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Flight - Return
|12 Oct 2019||AGLCL - Western Algarve Guided Walking - Without Flight||7||£799.00||£799.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £26 per night
- Seaview upgrade: £13
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person