Guadiana The hidden algarve walking Tour – Self Guided

Beyond the package holidays and packed beaches, tucked away from tourist traps and frenetic resort towns, the baixo guadiana is algarve’s best-kept secret.

This is really where the old portuguese way of life is being retained.
The common denominator here, for locals and tourists, is to slow down and appreciate the good life.

It also helps that we have the best walking weather in portugal, especially in Autumn, spring and winter!

This is the authentic algarve of saltpans and migrating birds, of small towns and villages, of characterful fishing ports, of sunny unspoiled beaches and dunes and fragrant orchards and forests. They all share something very unique: the magnificent and wild guadiana river frontier with spain.

This hidden region has allowed us to design a perfect 8 day route for you to explore the culture, gastronomy and natural unspoiled beauty at a relaxed pace.

Walking along wide hiking trails lined by orange, fig, olive and carob trees and passing through pretty villages and historic towns, with plenty of time to explore, eat, drink and relax.

Water is the common element here – our trails are never far from the sea, a lake, a stream or the river.

Stay at small, comfortable and charming hotels that are owned by local families that will welcome you with open arms. Try the local cafés and restaurants on our recommended list for delicious seafood and meat dishes, don´t forget the unique cakes and desserts that are inspired by the local fruit.

The taste and quality are amazing because everything is cooked fresh and sourced at the local farms that use traditional and organic farming techniques.

Arrive at the first base of our tour, the pretty and historic medieval town of alcoutim which was part of the defensive line on the border with spain.

The route explores the cultural heritage of the beautiful castles in alcoutim and its spanish neighbor sanlucar, just across the river. Explore our secret smugglers trail with amazing views.
13,5 km

Your route will take you on a panoramic walk of the alcoutim area, through beautiful fields and forests full of flowers to an amazing river beach. 15,8 km

We walk to our second base of the tour, the quiet and historic medieval town of castro marim. It´s 12th century castle was the headquarters of the knights templar.
Is this really the algarve you say?

The river reminds me of the douro without the vineyards, but with so many yachts and it´s warm!

18,9 km with transfer

Free day

You can rest today, why not try a local foodie experience?

The route takes you through quiet back roads lined by orange, fig, olive and carob trees to the picturesque lake district of beliche.

20,8 km

The last walk takes you to the charming eighteenth century town of vila real santo antonio, along spectacular tracks hugging the salt pans and forests to amazing beaches in the nature reserve.

16,3 km

After breakfast travel to faro airport for your flight back home.

What´s included

7 nights accommodation with breakfast in charming rural hotels sharing a twin/double room

5 pic nic lunch

Luggage transfers between hotels

Maps and guides of the area

24/7 mobile contact

Arrival and departure transfer from faro airport

Guadiana river cruise and jeep tour

Not Included

Available on request:

  • Gps device with walking routes
  • Meals
  • Airplane tickets
  • Other services not mentioned in the included section above 


  • Prices not valid during easter, new year and other festive dates. 


Nov 2018 to Mar 2019: 889€*

Oct 2018 | April 2019 | May 2019 | Out 2019: 1045€*

June 2019 | 16 – 30 sept 2019: 1135€*

July 2019 | Aug 2019 | 1 – 15 sept 2019: 1320€

* Prices per person sharing twin bedroom* minimum 2 pax

Flights and airport transfers not included.

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About us

The Algarve is widely known for the beauty of its beaches, the excellent sunny days and mild climate. But along with all this there is also an Algarve still hidden, with natural parks where you can admire species of little known birds. Where you can find tracks by the sea and in the interior where few go, where there are still ancient traditions and you can learn to live healthy and joyous rhythm even if it is only during the holidays.

The Algarve Nature Tours were developed by the Nature Department of Domitur – leading travel agency in Portugal that develops packages and welcomes tourists in Portugal since 1988.

We selected the best specialists in different areas to work with us and we offer you a complete product, that has been tested so that customers can have great vacation. In the comfort of your home you can select dates and programs that we have set for your holiday. You can even organize a group of friends and suggest your own dates to do a program together.

When choosing a vacation package from Algarve Nature Tours you can rely on us to have a quality holiday, with full assistance and satisfaction.

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