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The Algarve and Andalucia

The gems of the Eastern Algarve and Southern Spain. Explore quaint seaside towns, enjoy a delicious lunch on Tavira island, explore the labyrinth of islands in the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa by boat and take a ferry across the border to Ayamonte in Spain for Tapas!

  • The Algarve

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast & Dinner with wine. 1 tapas lunch in Spain & 1 lunch on Tavira Island
  • Coast & Islands

    Culture

    Food & Wine

    Landscape

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in a centrally located hotel, with a delightful spa area and within walking distance of the main town.
  • Take a boat trip to the spectacular Tavira Island for a delicious lunch on the beach.
  • Explore Alcoutim and the picturesque Castro Marim Nature Reserve.
  • Take a boat trip to the Barrier Islands of the Ria Formosa.
  • Cross the border to Spain to enjoy tapas in Ayamonte in Andalucia.

Experience the tranquil beauty of the Eastern Algarve, a hidden gem enjoying a serene, relaxed and unhurried lifestyle. Nestled close to the Spanish border and surrounded by plantations of fragrant  orange and lemon trees, the Eastern Algarve is home to beautiful long sandy beaches and picturesque traditional Portuguese towns dotting the waterfront. 

Embraced by scent infused pine forests and gentle rolling hills, the picturesque beach town of Monte Gordo is your centre for the week, located close to the river Guadiana on the Portuguese-Spanish border. Monte Gordo is close to Tavira but has a much slower pace of life than its lively neighbours. Stroll along the glorious sandy beaches to the seafront promenade filled with local restaurants, bars and shops. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise sea, the water here is calm and the warmest in Portugal as Monte Gordo’s beaches are sheltered from the cooler Atlantic winds.

The hotel has wonderful spa facilities and is just a stone’s throw away from the beach and a short walk away from the main streets of Monte Gordo, perfect for exploring the Algarve and Andalucia.

Throughout the holiday you'll explore quaint seaside towns such as Altura and Olhao. Spend a day visiting beautiful Tavira and its heavenly island, where you'll indulge a delicious lunch. A boat takes you across the border to Ayamonte in Spain for a traditional tapas lunch. Glide through the labyrinth of islands of the tranquil Parque Natural da Ria Formosa by boat. Immerse yourself in the unique charm of this unhurried region, where relaxation meets cultural exploration. 

  • Return flights from London to Faro
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite four star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half board with dinners taken in local restaurants, including wine or soft drinks
  • One tapas lunch in Spain and one lunch on Tavira island
  • All local transport rquired for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/public train/boat trips
  • Return boat trip to Ayamonte
  • Return boat trip to Tavira Island
  • Boat tour of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • All local tips
  • Services of a Adagio Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

52500

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

Monte Gordo

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Faro and transfer by private coach to Monte Gordo. If there is time, your leader will take you on an orientation walk of the town before dinner.

Transfer Time = 1 hour

Day 2

Manta Rota and Altura

Meals

Breakfast & 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.

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimal m

Your discovery of the Eastern Algarve begins with the charming coastal villages of Manta Rota and Altura. A private transfer will take you from Monte Gordo to Manta Rota, a beautiful beach town on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Wander along the coast to Altura, celebrated for its inviting cafes and restaurants lining its pristine white sandy beach. After some free time, walk along the beach on raised boardwalks, past the miles upon miles of sand dunes to Monte Gordo. Notice how the dune vegetation changes, from an abundance of European beach grass and sea holly to the pine forest near the edge of the border.

Upon returning to Monte Gordo, indulge in some leisure time exploring Monte Gordo. Perhaps enjoy the hotel's spa facilities or find a local bar for a well deserved cold drink.

Day 3

Spanish Tapas in Ayamonte

Meals

Breakfast, Tapas Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimal m

A brief ferry journey will transport you to the Spanish border, crossing the Rio Guadiana to Ayamonte in Andalucia, a modern town with a picturesque marina and an old quarter with narrow winding streets. There is a remarkable 15th century church with an exquisite mudejar ceiling. There is time to explore Ayamonte and enjoy a delicious Tapas lunch.

As the afternoon unfolds, enjoy a leisurely walk back to Monte Gordo. If you wish you can stay in Vila Real de Santo Antonio for some more exploration before making your own way back to the hotel.

Please ensure you bring your passport this day for the crossing into Spain.

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimal m

A scenic morning trail winding through the pine forest leads you to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, a charming town in the estuary of the Rio Guadiana on the Portuguese border. Spend some time here exploring the town and its fascinating history and architecture. What sets Vila Real de Santo Antonio apart is its unique charm—its architecture mirrors the city center of Lisbon, albeit on a more intimate scale. Diverging from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring towns, this hidden gem exudes a tranquil atmosphere, boasting quiet beaches, charming restaurants, and serene cafes. Immerse yourself in the unhurried pace of life that defines Vila Real de Santo Antonio, offering a serene escape from the more renowned Algarvian destinations. 

Day 4

Castro Marim Nature Reserve

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimal m

Transport will take you to Castro Marim Nature Reserve, close to the Spanish border and rich in birdlife including flamingos and storks. The salt pans harbour a diverse marine ecosystem, a haven for shellfish and an abundance of fish species. You'll have the opportunity to explore this captivating area on foot before transferring back to the hotel. 

Day 5

Tavira

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This remarkably varied walk takes you from the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luiza, past its glorious waterfront through Tavira's thousands of year old salt pans to charming Tavira, located on the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural Park. 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. Don't miss the unique door knockers, influenced by Moorish design, once believed to ward off evil spirits. 

A short boat ride across the turquoise sea takes you to tranquil Tavira Island, an idyllic oasis in which to sit back and watch the world go. Stroll along the island's beach, hailed by some as one of the finest in the world, with vast stretches of golden sand and shimmering blue waters awaiting your exploration. Afterwards, indulge in a delicious restaurant lunch with a breath-taking view! 

Catch the boat back to Tavira before transferring to Monte Gordo.

Day 6

Alcoutim

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Minimal m

Take a scenic drive to Alcoutim along a beautiful road running parallel to the edge of the tranquil Rio Guadiana, passing through orchards of almond, fig and olive trees. Alcoutim is a traditional Algarvian whitewashed town set amongst rolling green hills on the border between Portugal and Spain. Stroll around this charming frontier village, which lies facing its Spanish equivalent across the river. Explore Alcoutim at your own pace, perhaps explore the Castle of Alcoutim, built in the 16th century. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with views of San Lucar del Guadiana, the Spanish town across the river. Follow a riverside path that meanders alongside the Rio Guadiana to Guerreiros do Rio, a quaint and picturesque town situated on the riverbank.

Day 7

Olhao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The train takes you to Olhao, a picturesque coastal town adorned with Moroccan architecture, well known for inspiring artists, writers and photographers. This whitewashed gem includes a beautiful harbour area with a waterfront where the local fish market showcases an array of local produce such as fruit, honey and fish. The town's charming restaurants and cafes are predominantly run by local fishermen, ensuring a taste of the freshest catches. 

Olhao is nestled amidst a labyrinth of lagoons and waterways, stretching into the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a 60km protected lagoon stretching along the coastline and home to rare species of birds and shellfish. Explore Olhao independently before embarking on a boat ride to the barrier islands of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa. Cruise past beautiful turquoise water, marshlands, sandy beaches. Stop at an island for a short 2 mile walk before returning to Olhao and taking a train back to Monte Gordo.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Say goodbye to the Eastern Algarve and transfer to Faro airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Oct 2024 - 27th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

10th Nov 2024 - 17th Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

21st Dec 2024 - 28th Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

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

27th Apr 2025 - 4th May 2025 (7 Nights)

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

28th Sep 2025 - 5th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

2nd Nov 2025 - 9th Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

21st Dec 2025 - 28th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from 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.

The Prime Energize

Scent infused pine forests and gentle rolling hills surround the picturesque beach town of Monte Gordo, located close to the river Guadiana on the Portuguese-Spanish border. Monte Gordo is close to Tavira but has a much slower pace of life than its lively neighbours. Walk along the glorious sandy beaches to the seafront promenade filled with local restaurants, bars and shops. Take a dip in the turquoise sea, the water here is calm and the warmest in Portugal as Monte Gordo’s beaches are sheltered from the cooler Atlantic winds.

We stay in the four-star Prime Energize hotel, located just 400m from Monte Gordo beach. The Prime Engerize is a modern hotel based around healthy living. Daily health activities are provided for guests such as yoga and pilates classes, and walking trips. The fitness room is open for use 24 hours a day. Take a dip in the refreshing rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful Algarve coast or perhaps sit back and relax with a drink in its picturesque gardens surrounded by olive trees and the delightful scent of lavender. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage (additional cost) where soft and silky hand made products are used. Relax in the jacuzzi and sauna or try the temperature contrast bath!

We stay in standard twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually twin or double bedded for sole use. The natural colours and decor are inspired by the colours of the surrounding Algarve cliffs and rolling sand dunes, making for a peaceful night’s sleep. Room facilities include

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Kettle
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Free WIFI

Please note that there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

A relaxing way to explore, where we’ve perfected the art of taking our time. You don’t need to be a seasoned walker or fit enough to walk for miles to join these itineraries. All trips at this grade are focused on quality time. We encourage everyone to pause and take in their surroundings, strolling on foot at a leisurely pace. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 50m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Over the duration of a day. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice.  

Local Costs

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.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program 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.

Country Currency

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

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.

Your Group

Your Leader

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 organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, 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.

Leaders 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.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

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

During the week you will travel by private coach and by boat.

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 vv) 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 & Tickets

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.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit 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’)

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. Breakfast may include local seasonal fruit, homemade smoothies and juices, and yoghurt with cereal. Breads, pastries, cakes and cooked food are also provided. Dinner will be taken in local restaurants where wine or soft drinks are included. 

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.

Two lunches are included in the holiday price. A tapas lunch will be included during your visit in Ayamonte in Spain, and a lunch will be included at Tavira Island. Remaining 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 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.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

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
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

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

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 departing after November 1, 2023, 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!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information 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 currency
  • 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/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

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.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

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 Health 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

GHIC / EHIC 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

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.

Our Ethos

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.

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. 

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.

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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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