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Tavira, Pearl Of The Algarve

Blending the best of coastal and countryside walking in the eastern Algarve, explore trails passing rolling hillsides, whitewashed towns and valleys full of orange, lemon, fig and olive trees.

  • The Algarve

  • 7, 10 nights
  • Half Board. Dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This Grade 4 walking holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain and may include an element of sightseeing as well. Walks are generally between 6 miles and 10 miles a day with ascents and descents between 200m and 300m. The Algarve doesn’t have any high mountains so ascents are gradual and the maximum altitude you will reach is 350m. Walks will be along dirt tracks, on board walks parallel to the coast and along well marked paths. You'll have time to absorb the natural surroundings, and experience local culture and of course the local cuisine.

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information. 

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Dinners taken at local restaurants with wine included.
  • Make use of the flexibility of carefully planned shorter routes on many of the walks.
  • Stay in a centrally located hotel, within walking distance of the main town and local restaurants.
  • Enjoy a variety of coast and countryside walks.
  • Visit the spectacular Tavira Island beach with wide golden sands and calm sea waters.
  • Explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Algarve Odyssey.

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.

Tavira straddles the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. Tavira itself is, to say the least, is a very charming town. The ancient Ponta Romana spans the Rio Gilao, separating the two sides of the town. 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. Keep an eye out at the individual door knockers on every building, influenced by Moorish design and were once believed to protect the house from evil spirits. At the centre lies the lovely Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. A short boat ride across the turquoise sea takes you to tranquil Tavira Island, a beautiful oasis in which to sit back and watch the world go by. Enjoy walking to Tavira's local restaurants for dinner, giving you the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine and wines. 

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. 

  • Return flights from London to Faro.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half board with dinners taken in local restaurants, with wine or soft drinks included.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/boat.
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

26150

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tavira

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

Fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's beautiful Algarve. A private coach transfer takes you along the coast to the hotel in Tavira. Depending on flight arrival times, there may have an orientation walk of the town before dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2

Zimbral and Fonte Salgada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/400m

Today's delightful walk traverses expansive rolling hills that unveil spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. Wander through captivating villages, each with its own unique charm, and descend to conclude your day in a serene valley adorned with flourishing orange and lemon trees. Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes, allowing the unfolding scenery to captivate your senses.

Day 3

Santa Luzia and Tavira Island

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Tavira Island

Tavira island is a beautiful 11km sandy island just off the coast of Tavira.
  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Today's remarkably varied walk leads you through Tavira's ancient salt pans, steeped in history dating back thousands of years. Continue to the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia, renowned for its glorious waterfront. 

After a well deserved coffee break, take a short boat ride across  to the beautiful Tavira Island, where you have the chance to stroll along the island's beach, an expanse of golden sand and sparkling blue waters that many consider among the world's finest. Revel in the beauty of the coastal landscape before catching the ferry back to Tavira.

Day 4

S. Bras do Alportel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

Travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the heart of the Algarve's cork production. You'll notice cork trees with sections cut and removed for cork production. The walk unfolds amidst wooded hillsides and lush rolling valleys. Take time to explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show!

Day 5

Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

Follow a picturesque trail, much of it marked by the titled route "Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain." This intricately woven mix of paths and tracks leads you through wild open hillsides, revealing the untouched beauty of nature. Traverse intimate small holdings and experience the charm of quintessential Algarve hamlets along the way.

Day 6

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

There will be a free day during your week in Tavira. Your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. 

On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach. Maybe take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain. 

Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. 

The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa, so maybe just sit back and relax at the hotel!

Day 7

Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    7.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Your last day is spend enjoying an inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. Notice the tiny brick and tile works that line the path, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.

Day 8

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Say goodbye to beautiful Tavira and transfer to Faro Airport for the return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Oct 2024 - 13th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

3rd Nov 2024 - 10th Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

24th Nov 2024 - 1st Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

29th Dec 2024 - 5th Jan 2025 (7 Nights)

9th Feb 2025 - 16th Feb 2025 (7 Nights)

9th Mar 2025 - 16th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

18th May 2025 - 25th May 2025 (7 Nights)

8th Jun 2025 - 15th Jun 2025 (7 Nights)

12th Oct 2025 - 19th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

16th Nov 2025 - 23rd Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

23rd Dec 2025 - 30th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Tavira

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

Fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's beautiful Algarve. A private coach transfer takes you along the coast to the hotel in Tavira. Depending on flight arrival times, there may have an orientation walk of the town before dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2 to 10

Tavira

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time in Tavira, you will enjoy many picturesque and exciting walks. There will be a free day and your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach, take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain. Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa, so maybe just sit back and relax at the hotel!

An example of some of the walks that may be included in the me (dependant on weather conditions and the ability of the group) are as follows:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/400m

Zimbral - Fonte Salgada - N125 Today's delightful walk traverses expansive rolling hills that unveil spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. Wander through captivating villages, each with its own unique charm, and descend to conclude your day in a serene valley adorned with flourishing orange and lemon trees. Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes, allowing the unfolding scenery to captivate your senses.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

Sao Bras do Alportel Travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the heart of the Algarve's cork production. You'll notice cork trees with sections cut and removed for cork production. The walk unfolds amidst wooded hillsides and lush rolling valleys. Take time to explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show!

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/300m

Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado Follow a picturesque trail, much of it marked by the titled route "Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain." This intricately woven mix of paths and tracks leads us through wild open hillsides, revealing the untouched beauty of nature. Traverse intimate small holdings and experience the charm of quintessential Algarve hamlets along the way.

  • Time

    7.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno Today is spend enjoying an inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. Notice the tiny brick and tile works that line the path, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times.

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimalm

Manta Rota to Tavira with opt out in Cabanas A classic coastal walk following the inner shore and visiting the iconic village of Cacela Velha, with its picturesque sea views, before arriving in Cabanas. Here you'll take a well deserved rest at one of the many cafes lining the spectacular waterfront and you can then chose to explore Cabanas further or continue with a walk to Tavira.

Day 11

Final day

Say goodbye to Tavira and transfer back to Faro airport for the return flight back to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

23rd Dec 2024 - 2nd Jan 2025 (10 Nights)

23rd Dec 2025 - 2nd Jan 2026 (10 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Maria Nova Lounge Hotel

Tavira is one of the most picturesque towns of the Algarve. This charming town is decorated with tropical palm trees and lies along the tranquil Gilao River, separating two sides of the town. You will find an maze of winding streets and shaded squares lined with whitewashed houses, decorated with colourful Arab style tiles, flower filled balconies and painted strips of blue and yellow decorating door and window frames. Keep an eye out at the individual door knockers on every building, influenced by Moorish design and were once believed to protect the house from evil spirits. At the centre lies the lovely Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. A short boat ride across the turquoise sea takes you to tranquil Tavira Island, a beautiful oasis in which to sit back and watch the world go by. Just a short walk from the hotel are a variety of shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants. You will also find banks, ATMs and chemists close by. During the winter season, the town can be a little quieter as there may be less tourists and you may find some shops have shorter opening hours.

A short stroll from Tavira's lively centre is the four star Maria Nova Lounge located on a quiet hillside within the town. The hotel offers wonderful panoramic views over the town and the surrounding hillsides. Perhaps take a relaxing swim in the outdoor swimming pool or have a drink at the pool bar, both set in delightful gardens filled with palm trees and colourful flowers. Maybe relax in the indoor swimming pool or try the gym and wellness centre. The use of the facilities are free of charge but for massages you will need to book and pay a fee at reception. The hotel includes a highly rated restaurant and after a days exploration enjoy a drink in the incredible rooftop bar and its breath-taking panoramic views over Tavira town. 

You'll stay in contemporary standard twin and double bedded en suite rooms. Single rooms are usually twin bedded for sole use. Our groups have the run of the house but if you would like to guarantee a pool view then please contact our Sales & Reservations department who can provide you with upgrade details. 

Rooms are bright with modern stone décor and furnishings. Facilities include:

  • Ensuites with shower (no bath)
  • Free WIFI
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Balcony

Towels for use at the hotel's pool are available on site. If you wish to go to the beach, you should bring your own beach towel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 walking holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain and may include an element of sightseeing as well. Walks are generally between 6 miles and 10 miles a day with ascents and descents between 200m and 300m. The Algarve doesn’t have any high mountains so ascents are gradual and the maximum altitude you will reach is 350m. Walks will be along dirt tracks, on board walks parallel to the coast and along well marked paths. You'll have time to absorb the natural surroundings, and experience local culture and of course the local cuisine.

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information. 

Walks & Excursions

On a 4/Lifestyle holiday expect to walk on average for less than 5 hours each day. Walking will be at a steady pace with ample time to rest or see the many interesting things hidden away in this little-visited countryside. Some days will have shorter routes, giving time for a little sightseeing or free time. We’ll also immerse ourselves in the local culture and wherever possible sample the local cuisine and wines.

Due to the tides and other local conditions, no two weeks walking programme can be the same, however, walks noted in the itinerary are likely to be in the week's programme.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. We recommend you take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM as credit cards may not be accepted in some towns and rural areas so please ensure you always have cash with you.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Fly from London to Faro airport on Portugal's Algarve coast. Transfers from Faro Airport to your hotel will be by road and will take approximately one hour.

On some occasions there may be a slight delay at the airport, as you may have to wait for other regional flights to arrive before continuing on our transfer, and similarly on departure.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Portugal, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price. You will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel with a variety of cold and hot dishes to choose from. 

Dinners are mostly taken in local restaurants, but sometimes you enjoy dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Wine and soft drinks are included at all evening dinners. Your local guide has extensive knowledge of the area you are staying in, so the local restaurants chosen by your local guide are usually smaller and family run, serving traditional homemade Portuguese food and used by locals. They may not be typical tourist restaurants, but they will usually be traditional and simple restaurants run by a local family found in a quieter road away from the tourist route! Eating in local restaurants allows you to enjoy an authentic experience in a casual traditional Portuguese restaurant, with a lively atmosphere along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. 

The Portuguese cuisine is very different to the Mediterranean diet you may expect to find in Spain, Greece and Italy. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and from homemade traditional recipes shared between family generations. You may hear your local guide mention “like my Grandma used to make”. When travelling with a group, local restaurants will most likely ask you to pre-order from a set menu, which will usually consist of Portuguese soup for starters, and an option between a meat, a fish, and a vegetarian main meal option. The Portuguese cuisine includes a lot of carbohydrates, so you may find your dish includes rice and chips, ideal if you have enjoyed a long day of walking. Portugal is also famous for its seafood and fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! During the first night of your holiday, it is usual that you may not have an option for your meal, so you may expect a typical traditional dinner of Portuguese Chicken and chips. Dietary requirements will be taken care of, and an alternative will be provided. 

Vegetarian options are available if we are advised in advance so please contact our Sales & Reservations department. However please be aware that Portuguese food mostly consists of meat and fish. We do make suggestions on what ingredients to consider to produce a well-balanced and tasty meat and fish free meal, however vegetarian and vegan options can sometimes lack protein. You can, however, guarantee that ingredients will be fresh and locally sourced.

Your hotel is selected for its close location to the main town centre and local restaurants so on some evenings we will be able to walk to local restaurants, on others transport may be provided. During the quieter winter months, many local restaurants close for the season. Therefore, you may eat in the hotel more and you may eat in the same restaurant more than once as availability of open restaurants could be limited.

Lunches are not included in the holiday price and can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.

During the festive holiday dates, Christmas Eve is spent in the hotel's restaurant or a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a festive atmosphere with delicious local delicacies. Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day in Portugal. Christmas Day is usually quieter and families eat and gather around the Christmas tree at home. You'll celebrate Christmas Day with a quieter but delicious festive dinner in the hotel restaurant or a local restaurant. You'll spend New Years Eve and New Years Day in either the hotel's restaurant or a local restaurant where you'll enjoy an evening of celebrations with delicious local delicacies.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

‘The Rough Guide to Portugal’ - Mark Ellingham, John Fisher, Graham Kenyon, Mathew Hancock and Jules Brown.

‘Portugal - A Travellers Guide’ - Susan Loundes (Thornton Cox)

‘Blue Guide: Portugal’ - Ian Robertson

Portugal Official Tourism Website: www.visitportugal.com

Portugal National Tourist office: www.portugaloffice.org.uk

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

RIAS Rehabilitation and Research Centre

RIAS is a wildlife rehabilitation and research centre located in Olhao in Portugal's Algarve region. It has been operating for more than 25 years and aids the recovery and release of wild animals and birds after treatment, in the Algarve and southern Alentejo region. The centre's main priorities include the reception of injured wildlife, their treatment and eventual release back into the wild, but they also offer educational programmes to the local community.

RIAS relies on volunteers and donations. Heart & Sole is proud to help the organisation with a financial donation and to also highlight the work they do to our customers who visit this area. Some of our groups have the opportunity to visit the centre as part of a walk or you may wish to visit on your free day as you can reach the centre by train. You can find out more about their work at http://rias-aldeia.blogspot.com/

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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