Eastern Algarve Guided Walking Holiday

Enjoy the laid-back charm and year-round sunshine of the Eastern Algarve


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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills


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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.

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From £949.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

2019 Eastern Algarve Guest Booklet

Uncover the area's rich heritage on walks to pretty fishing harbours and tiny unspoilt villages. Discover the rich birdlife of the salt pans and the Rio Formosa. Not to mention year round sunshine, which makes this beautiful area of Portugal perfect for gentle guided walks in spring and autumn. Spain is only 40km away.

We also have Guided Walking Holidays for Christmas and New Year to help you get extra warmth this coming festive season! 

Holiday highlights

  • Explore the charming and historic town of Tavira
  • Discover the graveyard of anchors at Paia do Barril, a tribute to the former fishing fleet of the area
  • Ride the water taxi to Sant Luzia, and discover its dedication to fishing and family run restaurants
  • Experience the Tuna Village museum
  • Enjoy easier walking between tiny villages and along salt pans

Price includes

  • 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 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal

In pictures...


Hotel Vila Gale Tavira in Tavira, Portugal

This friendly 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Tavira is situated on the banks of the Ria Formosa, close to the centre of the charming town of Tavira, which straddles the Rio Galão.

There is an easy walk to the centre of Tavira's shops and sidewalk cafés.

Once sampled the hotel's freshly squeezed orange juice will spoil you for all other fruit juices.

This accommodation is considered 'Best Value' as this hotel is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.

Your room

The hotel has 268 en-suite bedrooms, which are simply decorated with a distinctive Arabian theme to reflect Tavira’s rich and fascinating history.

All rooms have either a balcony or terrace, with either views of the central area and the swimming pool (extra surcharge) or overlooking the attractive rooftops of Tavira or over the salt pans.

There is air conditioning which can be adjusted, flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, shaving point, complimentary toiletries, and a safe deposit box (extra charge).

There is 24 hour room service and a laundry service available (extra charge)
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira bedroom


Hotel Vila Gale Tavira swimming-pool-(indoor) Hotel Vila Gale has an attractive outdoor pool (unheated) in an area landscaped with attractive shrubs and potted palms. There are loungers and seating where you can have a snack or drink ordered from the nearby bar. In the large bar area there are more comfortable seats.

The hotel has a shop that stocks English newspapers, basic toiletries, some Tavira souvenirs and beach accessories. WiFi is free to our guests in all public areas and available in all bedrooms for a small charge.

The Health Club, open from 10am until 8pm, is free to our guests and includes a tepidarium with indoor pool (naturally lit), Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, gym and some treatment rooms (extra charge for any treatments booked).


Our holidays at Tavira are Half Board with continental breakfast and a 3-course evening meal.

There is an extensive selection for breakfast from a self-select buffet, including breads, pastries and cakes, cold meat and cheese, fruit, English cooked breakfast, teas and coffee.

Lunch (payable locally)
This can be bought locally from the variety of local shops/supermarkets or try visiting the daily covered market across the road from the hotel which offers a wide range of fresh and local produce from the region.
Evening meal
The three course buffet includes soup, tapas, salads, four or five hot main dishes including vegetarian options as well as a separate salad bar and side dishes served with a selection of vegetables. Every night there is a chef grilling meat. The hotel holds some themed evenings which extends to their menus. Vila Galé has its own wine estate and you can order these wines with your evening meal. They can also be purchased to take home.
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira dining-room

Your evenings

In Europe, our walking holidays continue into the evening. Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. One evening there’s the option to visit a Fado Museum to see an explanatory film which introduces the 12-string Portuguese guitar, before experiencing the emotion of the
“Fado”. On the last evening, we have dinner at the sister Hotel Vila Galé Albacora. This hotel is converted from an old tuna fishing village and we can visit their museum to watch a very interesting video about its history.


Tavira Guided Walking Holiday

  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

Please note:  The Festive itinerary for this destination will be the same but in a different order according to local transport and holiday variances.

Relax and enjoy the laidback charm of the Eastern Algarve coast and unspoilt interior on our carefully selected Guided Walks. Each day you’ll have a choice of two different walks.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) generally through gently undulating scenery. Up to 700ft (210m) of ascent in a day.

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Harder Walks: 8 to 10 miles (13- 16km) with some short but steep ascents. Up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Transfer to the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira and settle into your room. There’ll be time to explore the facilities of the hotel and surrounding area and meet your fellow guests.

Day 2: Along the coast to Tavira

Option 1: Pedras El-Rei to Tavira

Walk on Barril Beach, Tavira, with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: Minimal

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk starts from the resort village of Pedras El-Rei, crosses the lagoon and heads along the vast expanse of Barril Beach. We then take a water taxi back to Santa Luzia, before turning inland to return to the hotel.

Don't miss: The display of anchors on Barril Beach is a spectacular reminder of the tuna fishing industry that once dominated the area. 

Option 2: Livramento to Tavira

Visit Santa Luzia, Eastern Algarve, with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: Minimal

The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts a little further along the coast at a village called Livramento. The early parts of the walk explore the lagoons and saltpans of the Ria Formosa before reaching Pedras El-Rei and tracing the route of the other party.

Don't miss: The Ria Formosa is a nature park that forms an important habitat for aquatic birds - this walk provides great opportunities for birdwatchers.

Day 3: Mata Nacional de Conceição (Tavira National Forest)

Option 1: Around the National Forest

Spot local birdlife in the Eastern Algarve with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk today threads in and out of the Mata Nacional de Conceição - the Tavira National Forest. We'll walk on good tracks, watching out for the plentiful wildlife as we walk. 

Don't miss: The walk finishes at the Quinta da Colina estate where we'll be greeted by some welcome local refreshments.

Option 2: The Forest and Beyond

Walk through stands of cork trees in Tavira with HF Holidays

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our second option explores the area surrounding the forest, visiting tiny hamlets and walking through farmland before heading into the forest, and joining the other party at Quinta da Colina for refreshments.

Don't miss: Watch out for the stands of cork trees; cork from the Algarve is considered the finest in the world!

Day 4: Palace and ruins

Option 1: Estói and Milreu

Visit the Roman ruins at Milreu in the Eastern Algarve with HF Holidays

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 700 feet (210m)

The walk in a nutshell: Both walks start their day with a visit to the ruins at Milreu; once a luxurious Roman villa. We have plenty of time to explore the ruins and museum, before walk through the countryside on good tracks to reach the town of Estói, home to the rococo Palácio de Estói. 

Don't miss: The ruins at Milreu are considered the most important Roman presence in the Algarve.

Option 2: Milreu and Cerro do Malhão

Visit the Palacio at Estoi in the Eastern Algarve with HF Holidays

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

The walk in a nutshell: After spending time exploring the ruins at Milreu we head for the summit of Guilhim, which affords us spectacular panoramic views. We descend on quiet tracks and minor roads to Estói, where we'll have time to explore the town, the Palácio and its gardens.

Don't miss: The Palácio de Estói is a rococo masterpiece, with gardens to match. 

Day 5: Free day

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. On your free day you may want to take an excursion to historic Faro, enjoy a leisurely day in Tavira or relax around the hotel pool.

Day 6: Vila Real de Santo Antonio and the coast

Option 1: Sertão

Visit Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Eastern Algarve, with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: Minimal

The walk in a nutshell: Today both groups will be accompanied by a local guide who will help to bring this fascinating stretch of coast to life. We walk along the coast from Altura to the small fishing village of Sertão, before entering the Mata Nacional das Dunas Litorais before ending the day in Vila Real de Santo António.

Don't miss: The village of Cacela Velha, with its traditional whitewashed cottages has the feeling of a bygone age.

Option 2: Vila Nova de Cacelato

Visit the Cacela Velha in the Eastern Algarve with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: Minimal

The walk in a nutshell: After a tour of Cacela Velha we walk a stretch of the Eco Via long distance cycle route through quiet hamlets and farmland. We're joined in the afternoon by the local guide as we follow the footsteps of the other party to Vila Real de Santo António.

Don't miss: The fascinating history of Vila Real de Santo António is brought to life by our local guide. 

Day 7: The Guadiana River

Option 1: Towards the Guadiana River

Watching the wildlife in the Eastern Algarve with HF Holidays

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from the hamlet of Balurco Baixo we walk on well-defined tracks towards the Guadiana River and the border with Spain. We follow the river from above, returning to our start point through vineyards and orchards.

Don't miss: This stretch of the river is a protected habitat, and there should be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.

Option 2: Ladeiras do Pontal

Walk alongside the Guadiana River with HF Holidays

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts from Balurco Baixo too, descending to the banks of the Guadiana river. After following the course for a short distance, we then ascend to Miradouro do Pontal for stunning views of the river, before linking with the route of the other party to return to the starting point.

Don't miss: Finish the day with a well-earned drink in the border town of Alcoutim.

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 following day’s walks.


Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit Luz on the wild Atlantic Coast?

Tavira & Luz - 14nts

Pool viewCombine a week at Tavira with a week at Luz on the Atlantic Coast. The national parks in this area are filled with colourful wild flowers and are renowned for their bird life, including Storks. Visit the historical town of Lagos and discover Silves' cobbled streets that rise from an ancient market area to an imposing hill fort.

A transfer between Hotel Vila Gale Tavira and Hotel Vila Gale Ericeira via Faro airport is included in the price.


To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558

Local area


Tavira is a pretty unspoilt fishing village, with Moorish heritage and rich birdlife in the nearby salt pans. The beach in Tavira is a 'sandspit' beach, separated from the mainland by the sea, this allows for an exciting journey by ferry or water taxi to relax on the beach. The coast path has gorgeous views, which you can enjoy by foot or by bike, with the local cycle hire available.


Discover the city of Faro, the district capital of the Algarve and the Ria Formosa Nature Park, one of the 3 protected areas in the Algarve - recently elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. There are many unique and interesting attractions in Faro, these include: Museu Municipal is housed in the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, built in the old Jewish quarter, is principally an archaeological museum and displays of religious art; Igereja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco is described as a "total work of art", with its architecture, carvings, tiles and paintings creating a dazzling visual image; and Museu Regional do Algarve has a collection relating to the culture, agriculture and fishing history of the Algarve. Faro is accessable from Tavira by bus, and you can discover Faro on ‘the tourist train’ or on foot.

The Ria Formosa Nature Park

The Ria Formosa Nature Park is a site, where you can go on an ecotourism experience on board a “saveiro” a traditional boat with a nature guide to identify the local birdlife and nature. The wetlands are some of the most important in Portugal, and a habitat for aquatic birds. The park also has oyster and clam farms, which are economically significant to the Algarve. Organised tours run in the Ria Formosa Nature Park.

Did you know?

Tavira comes from the Arabic ‘Tabira’, which means ‘the hidden’.


We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.


Travel by plane


‘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 45 minutes to the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira.




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‘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 £15.50.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £70 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

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
21 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 21 Dec 2019, 2:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Dec 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 28 Dec 2019, 6:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Dec 2019, 9:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,489.00 Book Now
21 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 21 Dec 2019, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Dec 2019, 10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 28 Dec 2019, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Dec 2019, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,399.00 Book Now
21 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 28 Dec 2019, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Dec 2019, 10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 4 Jan 2020, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jan 2020, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,399.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 28 Dec 2019, 2:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Dec 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 4 Jan 2020, 6:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jan 2020, 9:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,489.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2019 EALCL - Eastern Algarve Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Double room for sole occupancy: £8 per night
  • Pool view on request : £12 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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