This holiday is a combination of our two one weeks holidays, Delights of the Western Algarve and Tavira, Pearl of the Algarve.
The scent of orange groves and pine trees accompanies you as you stroll along ancient paths fringed with abundant wild flowers, to a viewpoint where you can rest and drink in beautiful scenery and the silence.
The western Algarve offers a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. The varied geology produces a rich diversity of scenery from granite mountains to dramatic limestone escarpments and sea cliffs, all greatly complemented by the local flora and fauna. Experience stunning coastal views, charming Algarvian villages. Walk past lemon and olive groves in the valley of the Rio Arade to historic Silves. Explore the dramatic "Seven Valleys" coastal walk, concluding in Carvoeiro. Witness local villages preserving centuries-old traditions. Enjoy scenic coastal walks from Alvor to Portimao, taking in the dramatic Alvor estuary, and from Lagos to Burgau. Head to the end of Europe in Parque Natural de Costa Vicentina, the continent's south-westerly point.
You'll stay in different centres on different holiday dates during your first week due to accommodation availability, please see individual dates for more information. During November to March holidays, stay in Praia da Rocha, a typical coastal resort within Portimao, the largest city in the Western Algarve. During April to October holidays, stay in Portimao, a picturesque town on the estuary of the Rio Arade with a scenic promenade. The festive holiday date is based in either the outskirts of Portimao, or in the beach town of Armacao de Pera, situated in the central Algarve set along an incredible long sandy beach. You'll enjoy walking to local restaurants for dinner, giving you the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine and wines.
During your second week, the scenery changes dramatically from dramatic sheer red cliffs and magical sea caves and grotto to long sandy beaches. Charming Tavira straddles the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. Narrow streets lead between whitewashed buildings, decorated with colourful Arab style tiles, flower filled balconies and painted strips of blue and yellow decorating door and window frames.
Trails take you to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to pretty coastal villages such as Santa Luiza, Cabanas and Cacela Velha. Inland wind your way between hills and valleys to the low peak of Zimbral, with some rewarding views. Ancient trails take you past farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and carob orchards. Sometimes you'll walk beside rivers; other times amongst the pines and cork oaks. Throughout the season, immerse yourself in the ever-changing spectacle of beautiful flowers, creating a truly enchanting experience.