70 comments

  1. Ingrid
    12 December 2019

    Hello Frank. Thank you so much for your great website. We are planning our vacation and wanted to ask you whether it is pleasant in early or mid-October or is it too hot ?? This year we were on your trail along the Costa Brava. Thanks again for the many great tips regarding train, bus, download hiking map etc. Simply great. Other hiking suggestions: the Cami da Cavalls, circumnavigation of the island in Menorca and, as already often recommended here, the Ruta Vincentina, the fishing path in Portugal. Many greetings Ingrid and Dietmar

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    1. Frank
      13 December 2019

      Hello Ingrid and Dietmar,
      thank you, thank you :-) Menorca and Ruta Vicentina are already in the works, I will publish them soon as further tips.
      About the Algarve: I have been to the Algarve in September and April so far. Hiking was also quite possible in September, even if we did half-day hikes without luggage at the time. October is therefore, in my opinion, an ideal month for the coastal hike: the main season and the heat are already over, the accommodation prices are lower, but the temperatures can also be used for swimming. Under https://www.wetteronline.de/reiseplaner/algarve you can also call up the average weather for the past few years - very useful for this purpose!
      Have fun in Portugal next October!
      Frank

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  2. Almuth
    15. February 2020

    Dear Frank,
    now (in April) we will walk on your trail for the third time, this time in the Algarve. (We even want to continue to Sagres / vila do Bispo).
    A question about planning: How attractive is the piece from Alvor to Mexiloheira Grande station? (We want to take the train to Lagos and continue walking from there.) Alternatively, we could get on the train in Ferragudo and omit Alvor entirely. What do you advise Is the dangle worthwhile over Alvor?

    About the further route from Lagos: I know some of it already, it is certainly much less touristy and has recently been marked as the first part of the fishing path (Rota Vicentina).
    Another hiking recommendation: Last year we walked the Rota Vicentina from Carrapateira to Porto Covo, so completely on the west coast. Lonely, a sea of ​​flowers (April), brooding storks in the rocks, wild waves and surfers and the places not very touristy, many motorhomes in exposed places, a few dropouts ... Scenic a hit and for your side, you and other hikers certainly also good tip.
    Best regards,
    Almuth

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  3. Francesca
    24. February 2020

    Good morning
    Mi piacerebbe fare questo trekking, adoro il Portogallo, ho gia percorso la Rota Vicdntina, ma soffro di vertigini. Ci sono tratti esposti lungo le scogliere?
    Many thanks in advance

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  4. Francesca
    24. February 2020

    Good evening
    Cercando un trekking in Portogallo ho avuto occasione di leggere questo bellissimo articolo. In advance chiedere se le parti lungo la scogliera sono molto esposte, in quanto soffro di vertigini. Mi complimento e ringrazio in anticipo.
    Francesca

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    1. Frank
      24. February 2020

      Hello Francesca,
      thank you for your question! Since I am not afraid of heights, I always find it difficult to judge when a job could be a problem for someone else. On stages 1 and 5, the hike should not be a problem for you, for the other stages the following tips from me:
      1) A spot on stage 3 that could be a problem: Stage 3 picture
      2) Usually there is always the possibility to avoid problematic places (if necessary along the coastal road)
      3) Check out the 3D preview: https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/hoehenprofil-kuestenwanderweg-algarve/.
      I hope this helps you with the planning!
      Regards
      Frank

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      1. Romaine Neuen
        16 January 2024

        Hello, I came across this page by chance and find this hike fascinating. I'm now planning to spend a week hiking in the Algarve at the end of February; this route would appeal to me. Question: I am hiking alone, am female and in my mid-60s. Can you do this route alone as a woman with hiking experience? I would possibly do one more stage, then I would still have to find a hotel, or were the stages specifically designed from hotel to hotel. Or chose a hotel spontaneously?
        I'm preparing for a crossing of the Alps in July this year.
        Best regards
        Roman

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        1. Frank
          17 January 2024

          Hello Romaine,
          I think that the route can be done alone - even as a woman - especially if you have hiking experience. At the end of February it shouldn't be a problem to book a hotel spontaneously. Since the first stage is quite long, you may have to plan an overnight stay (this depends on when you arrive and can start hiking).
          Regards
          Frank

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  5. Martin
    September 8, 2020

    Interesting tour. I am considering running similarly. One question: Why only 5 stages, why didn't you run "to the end"? Was it enough for you or is the way further west no longer worthwhile?

    Thank you. Martin

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    1. Frank
      September 8, 2020

      Hello Martin,
      the way further west is definitely worth it! At the time, I actually didn't hike any further because of time constraints. The convenient train connection back to Faro you still have to Lagos. Between Lagos and Sagres you have to rely on buses for the return journey.
      For a compact hiking week, the 5 stages are ideal, if you have more time, you can hike for many more weeks and check off the fishing path at the same time (see https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/fernwanderung/portugal-rota-vicentina-fischerpfad/).
      Regards
      Frank

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  6. Martin
    September 8, 2020

    Hello Frank,

    Thank you for the fast answer. I'll think this through.

    Greetings Martin

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  7. Filipino
    June 11, 2021

    Hello,

    merci avant tout pour toutes ces infos précises et details, ça donne envie!
    est ce que vous pensez qu'il est possible de faire du camping sauvage le long de l'itinéraire? Je sais que c'est interdit au Portugal mais malgré tout pratiqué.
    est ce que votre itinéraire traverse des villages avec magasins ouverts pour faire des courses alimentaires?
    dernière questions: est ce qu'il ya des camping sur le trajet?

    thank you so much
    Philz

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    1. Frank
      June 18, 2021

      Hello Philz,
      the coast between Faro and Lagos is quite densely populated, so there are plenty of shops and some campsites. As for wild camping: since the Algarve is the number 1 tourist area in Portugal, I assume that there will be regular controls there. In the more remote areas of Portugal, wild camping may still go through, but in the Algarve I honestly wouldn't risk it.
      Regards
      Frank

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  8. Dagmar
    September 25, 2021

    Hello Frank,

    I think your site is great! Thank you for all the information and tips and the effort you put into it.

    I ran the tour with my daughter in September 2021. We liked it very much; the coast is sensationally beautiful, the rock formations breathtaking, there are long, wide and, above all, clean beaches and bays. We weren't bored for a second. However, mainly because of Corona, we booked the accommodations in advance so that we don't experience any surprises. But that would not have been necessary, there was enough free capacity in every town. There were countless hotels and holiday complexes of all kinds. The hinterland on the coast is more or less continuously built up.
    As backpackers, we were absolutely exotic. When we answered the question: “How was the journey?”: “We ran from the airport”, we were amazed. ;-) There seems to be a walk only 2-3 km away from parking lots. And occasionally you can see day hikers.
    The years before we were once in the Sagres area (often all alone) and 2 years ago we walked the fisherman's path on the west coast. The rock formations there are not as spectacular as in the southern Algarve, but you have the storks (which breed on the rocks in front of them) and a lot of untouched nature. Often you don't see houses or other people for hours. So I liked it better there.
    However, our next Portugal hiking trip will definitely take us to the north.

    Thanks again for your site! At the moment I'm flirting with the Malta and Slovenia tours. ;-)

    Best regards,
    Dagmar

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    1. Frank
      September 26, 2021

      Hello Dagmar,
      Thank you for your great feedback! It's nice that you were also incredulous that you traveled "on foot" from the airport :-) I always find this moment of surprise great itself. We have been planning the fishing path for a long time, and that's definitely on our list. If necessary, we then also hang the missing section from Sagres to Lagos at the back, then we have the coast almost complete.
      Many greetings and many more beautiful hikes!
      Frank

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      1. Sabine
        29 November 2022

        It is always recommended to hike the fisherman's path from south to north, otherwise you will have the sun on your face all the time.

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        1. Frank
          30 November 2022

          Ah thanks - I'll keep that in mind.

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  9. thenut
    September 25, 2021

    Hy,
    and thank you for your detailed description and value information
    Is it possible just to walk on the beach from Faro to Albufeira and how long you think it would take?
    I'm asking for a day trip from Lisbon to Faro and returning on the same day from Albufeira back to Lisbon.
    Best regards.

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    1. Frank
      September 25, 2021

      Hello Dannut,
      that's too far from the route - from Faro to Albufeira it is about 38km along the beach. I would plan around 10 hours of hiking time for this. That seems too much for a day trip to me. What would theoretically be feasible is stage 1 (https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/kuestenwanderung-an-der-algarve-etappe-1/). To do this, you would have to plan a taxi ride to Albufeira at your destination (approx. 10 km).
      Regards
      Frank

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  10. thenut
    September 25, 2021

    Isn't possible just to walk on the beach and not hiking?
    Thank you

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    1. Frank
      September 25, 2021

      I'm not sure what the difference between “walking” and “hiking” is for you. Most of the path runs along the beach and is therefore flat. Stage 1 is particularly flat (see https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/hoehenprofil-kuestenwanderweg-algarve/). On the following stages it goes up and down more often, especially at the transitions from bay to bay.

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  11. thenut
    September 25, 2021

    I ask because on average a person can travel 8-10 km per hour and that's why I asked that for 38 km walking on flat ground should not be a problem for more than 4-5 hours ...
    Have a nice day.

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    1. Frank
      September 25, 2021

      8-10 km per hour are very sporty. That would be more "trail running" than "walking". Most of the route is on sand - you sink in quite a bit. This is different than on paved roads.

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  12. Ralf
    September 25, 2021

    Hello Frank,
    can be reached from Praia de Faro walk directly on the beach in the direction of Quarteira?
    Thanks for the info and kudos for your site.

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    1. Frank
      September 26, 2021

      Hello Ralf, yes that should go without any problems. I just walked inside the lagoon for a change to see the salt extraction basins, among other things.
      Regards
      Frank

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  13. Sarah Lou
    8 October 2021

    Hello Frank,

    I came across your site and was very happy about the great report!
    We are currently looking for flights and would start your tour on November 20.11th. to run :)
    One quick question: is the trail a registered hiking trail or is it rather freely composed?
    Do you have any current tips on diversions / detours and Co. that you need to consider?
    Thank you very much and have a nice Friday!
    Sarah-Lou and Tobi

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    1. Frank
      8 October 2021

      Hello Sarah-Lou and Tobi!
      It's cool that you want to go to Portugal in November - maybe we'll even meet then! We want to go to Portugal again in November, but we are not quite ready with the planning yet :-)
      The hike is freely compiled, you can find a few explanations of the route and detours here: https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/algarve-karte-zur-kuestenwanderung-faro-alvor/.
      Regards
      Frank

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      1. Sarah Lou
        10 October 2021

        Thank you for your quick feedback! Then please let me know when you start :)
        I can possibly add to my experiences for Scotland tours - I have already been on the road for a few summers. Is also highly recommended :)

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  14. Sarah Lou
    8 October 2021

    And one more question: is it easy to divide the first stage of the day or is it halfway easy to cover the 30 km? We (36 and 28) usually cross the Alps, but have now been lying flat for six months with our corona infection and only work our way back to our previous condition bit by bit.

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    1. Frank
      8 October 2021

      Yes, in that case I would split up the first stage (overnight stay in Quarteira). At that time I exhausted myself quite well on stage 1, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case ...

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  15. Ute
    13 November 2021

    Hello Frank,
    Your report inspired me, the tour right at the airport Faro to start and then three and a half days later to be at a meeting near Lagoa.
    In preparation, I have a few more questions: is the national park signposted at the airport? Somehow I have to get started ;-) Which shoes do you recommend if you want to do the tour in January?
    If you have to stop the tour earlier: how far is the train route away and what stops are there so that you can possibly take a train? (Here a keyword is enough for me to research further ;-))
    Thank you in advance and you have many more great tours!
    Ute

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    1. Frank
      14 November 2021

      Hello Ute!
      How cool is that! I think business hiking will be the new trend sport in 2022 :-) To your questions: I can't remember that the nature reserve is advertised directly at the airport. When you step out of the airport building, just tend to keep left and walk parallel to the runway towards the west. At the end of the runway, the road makes a left curve, and this is where the actual hiking trail begins. The best thing to do is to download the GPX files to your smartphone. Or you can use the map embedded in each stage description on the way. If you tap the symbol in the top right corner of the map, your location will be shown on the map:Location on the smartphone
      I always recommend hiking boots for long-distance hikes with heavy luggage. Although the hike started Faro is flat and not technically demanding, high hiking boots protect against twisting. And the higher the boot, the less sand in the shoe :-)
      You can see the course of the railway line on this map: https://www.rome2rio.com/de/map/Faro/Lagos-Faro-Portugal#r/Train/s/0. All intermediate stops are also listed there.
      I wish you a nice hike - and a successful meeting!
      Frank

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  16. Ute
    15 November 2021

    Great, Frank! Thanks alot!
    Three days of hiking are the best preparation for a business meeting ;-)

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  17. Wolfgang
    29 November 2021

    Hello, I've been on the road in Lisbon for 2 weeks and I'm currently running the ruta vicenta in Luz. Wanted to find information about the circumnavigation of the Alvor lagoon ... there is probably only the Strada. Otherwise I always see the poor long-distance hikers with huge luggage and yesterday someone in jeans pants. You can also make it difficult for yourself. I have a 35 liter backpack and it is not very full. Walk in very light shoes but have good cushioning and have trekking sandals with you as an alternative. My stages have been 20 to 45 km so far ... should anyone have any questions via Whatsapp 00491634700910. Lg Wolfgang

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  18. Detlef Sachert
    18 January 2022

    Moin Frank,
    we want to go in March Faro to fly. During the preparation we came across your report.
    Reads and looks (pictures) are really great.
    Since we are not the extreme hikers, we wanted to know how the trail goes.
    Is it more like long stretches on the beach, with deep sand or is there also, if necessary
    Opportunities to use "small paths" that run near the beach.

    Best regards from the Baltic Sea

    Marion + Detlef

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    1. Frank
      19 January 2022

      Hello Marion & Detlef!
      the pure sandy stretches are actually manageable. As far as I can remember, on stage 1 you have to cover about 5 km on the beach without any alternatives (from kilometer 9 to just before Quarteira). On the 6 km long sandy beach "Praia da Falésia", on the other hand, you can switch to the cliff and hike with a great view (part 2 of stage 1). In principle, the sandy stretches can also be derived from the elevation profile (https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/hoehenprofil-kuestenwanderweg-algarve/).
      On the remaining stages, only short stretches of beach have to be mastered.
      Since stage 1 is the longest/most strenuous, I would recommend an overnight stay in Quarteira, then you are on the safe side.
      Greetings back to the Baltic Sea - you should actually have sandy beach experience ;-)
      Frank

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  19. Roswitha Biehl
    29 January 2022

    Hello Frank,
    2 years ago I read your report about the Algarve coastal hike with great enthusiasm... unfortunately Corona thwarted our plans at the time. Our planned hike had to be cancelled.
    Now we are planning this great coastal hike with 6 people again for April. We start in Olhos de Agua at the Hotel Portobay Falesia. I took a close look at the cards and had a few questions about them. when we in Olhos de Agua walking on the beach, can we easily get onto the cliff path at the end? I couldn't find a way that leads up. Or do we have to walk on the street?
    You wrote about Maria Luisa Beach... only possible at low tide... and also indicated a bypass by road. Otherwise it's always along the sea... The exception is the port of Albufeira.
    Your photos inspire us... we hope to be able to write a nice report at the end.
    Our destination is Alvor, from there we go back to the airport, but by taxi.

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    1. Frank
      30 January 2022

      Hello Roswitha,
      then I'll keep my fingers crossed for you this year :-) I've sketched how I imagine the bypass over the street at the beach "Maria Luisa":
      Do you mean this place at all? Or do you mean the spot just before at the beach restaurant "O Pássaro Azul"? So I got around the rocks around it without any problems – I don't remember exactly how, though. In my old pictures I found this one: At the beach restaurant O Passaro Azul
      This should have been the entrance to the cliff path you may be looking for. I hope this helps you further!
      Then you can tell :-)
      Best regards and have fun!
      Frank

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  20. Sarah
    September 21, 2022

    Dear Frank

    Thank you for your great travel reports! I did the Amalfi Coast hike this spring and loved it. Now I'm planning the coastal hike in the Algarve for November - and maybe then I'll add part of the fisherman's path to the hike.

    In a number of Portugal travel reports I read that when hiking in Portugal you encounter many free-roaming dogs - whether "wild" or belonging to a farm. I'm traveling alone and admittedly I'm a bit scared of free-roaming dogs. Even if I'm informed about the correct behavior in an encounter and can pull myself together and stay calm if necessary, I don't want to give myself the adrenaline rush that I regularly feel when I meet them ;-). Can you tell me how you felt on your hike back then? Are there really so many free-roaming dogs or is it maybe different near the coast?

    Thank you in advance for your feedback and warm regards from Switzerland

    Sarah

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    1. roswitha
      September 21, 2022

      Dear Sarah...I went on this beautiful coastal hike in the Algarve with 4 friends at the end of March and didn't see a single wild dog roaming free. It was a really great landscape experience.. you don't need to be afraid... however, the coastal hike is a bit demanding... I don't know how fit you are, but we have sometimes reached our limits... especially the first hikes without trail markings ... we had to rely on our maps ...

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      1. Sarah
        September 23, 2022

        Thank you very much for your feedback, dear Roswitha - that helps me!

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    2. Dagmar
      September 23, 2022

      Hi Sarah,
      my daughter and I walked the trail last year. We also encountered no free-roaming dog.
      Have fun and many
      Dagmar

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  21. Ulf
    12 October 2022

    Hallo,

    thank you for the great site. I am currently considering whether I could hike in your footsteps in December or January. From Frankfurt Hahn there are very cheap flights to Faro. That's only from Monday to Friday - but still. In addition, the flight times are ok. Scheduled to arrive on Monday at 12:45 p.m. and fly back at 16:50 p.m. on Friday.

    Do you also have experience at this time of year? Will there still be enough hotels open?
    Also, one of my main problems is transportation. As I don't like to rely on public transport, I would prefer on the day of arrival from Faro travel west by train/bus and then walk back. Unfortunately I can't find any good connections there.
    Portimao would fit as a destination. From there it should be doable back to in three days Faro, and there is still some time available on the day of arrival and departure.

    Best regards & thanks in advance
    Ulf

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    1. Frank
      13 October 2022

      Hello Ulf!
      I did some random research: Hotels are sufficiently open in December and January in the Algarve, so that shouldn't be a problem. And the fact that you are currently unable to find any train connections for January is probably due to the annual timetable change at the beginning of December. You know that from Germany, but the date seems to be synchronized across Europe. Source: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times. There you can currently not select a travel date after December 11th.
      Of course, I can't guarantee the weather, but three years ago I was about to fly to the Algarve in January, but then decided on Malta and Gozo at short notice (see Hiking in Malta and Gozo).
      Have fun with your hike and best regards!
      Frank

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  22. Jacqueline Thommen
    10 November 2022

    Dear Frank, dear coastal hikers

    We would like to do the coastal hike next spring, but without luggage, just a day pack. Do you or anyone of you know if there is a luggage transport service?

    Kind regards and thanks in advance
    jacqueline

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    1. Frank
      17 November 2022

      Hello Jacqueline,
      unfortunately I am not aware of any such luggage service in the Algarve. As an alternative, I could suggest you the fishermen's path ("Rota Vicentina") (see Link), there are several providers such as vicentinatransfers.pt.
      Regards
      Frank

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  23. Christoph Wesskamp
    16 November 2022

    Hello Frank,
    after we did "your" Amalfi Coast hike three years ago and were extremely enthusiastic, we have just booked flights and accommodation in the Algarve for the beginning of April.
    Thanks also for the gps tracks. Since we always use gps, this is a really great service and saves a lot of time. However, I faltered at one point: in order to get to the Mexilhoeira Grande train station at the end of stage 5, you apparently have to cross the railway line a bit Faro-Lagos, which scared me a bit. did you really walk there? Was that dangerous or risky in any way? On the satellite image on Google Maps, the small bridge that seems to have to be crossed doesn't look very wide...
    Greetings from the pot
    Tanya and Christopher

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    1. Frank
      17 November 2022

      Hello Tanja and Christoph,

      Thanks for the good question about the last stage. You've gotten a sore point with me :-) From time to time, the route I present or recommend here differs from the route actually hiked. I often try out different variants on site and then use them to create an optimized hiking route afterwards. Stage 5 you mentioned is one of those cases that I later optimized: Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to hike this route in its entirety when I was there.
      To cut a long story short: No, I didn't walk over the railway bridge, I just did very intensive research. With Google Maps you can see (especially in the 3D view) that there is a railing and also footpaths that indicate regular use of the bridge (Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ea3nNekqRmPMmPqG9). And the aerial photos are also from 2022, so very up-to-date. Of course you have to be careful because of the train traffic, but it is a single-track route with little traffic.
      I have not received any negative feedback on stage 5 so far. But I would be very happy if you send me two or three photos of the bridge, for example, so that I can publish them here.
      Regards
      Frank

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  24. Janna
    15 December 2022

    Dear Frank. Now the year is almost overx but I wanted to thank you again for the great hiking tips in the Algarve. It was a highlight of my year! I walked the route the other way around and had to take the bus in between because I was going slower than you, but it was great and I didn't think that the Algarve could be experienced away from tourist centers. Warm regards and have a good 2023! Jana from Berlin

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    1. Frank
      27 December 2022

      Hello Jana,
      Thank you for your reply! Happy New Year to you too!
      Frank

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  25. Emmanuelle
    2 January 2023

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for sharing such detailed information about this route. We're really tempted to do at least some of it this year, but we can only go in July. We do know it's going to be hot but do you think this is feasible at all, especially if we leave early in the morning or is it really too hot?
    Thanks for any advice you may be able to give,
    Emmanuelle

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    1. Frank
      3 January 2023

      Hello Emmanuelle,

      I would actually advise you against hiking in the Algarve in July and August. Here is a link where you can see the average and maximum temperatures of the last few years for the planned travel time (climate / travel planner):
      https://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/maps/city.
      In short: it is reliably very warm in July and, in my opinion, often much too hot for prolonged physical activity in the sun.
      We have made the mistake of hiking in southern Europe in August and then had sunstroke, although we started hiking early in the morning and were already at our destination at 12:00 noon...
      Therefore, if I were you, I would not plan a long-distance hike in July but, depending on the weather, small half-day hikes (without luggage / only with a small backpack).
      I hope this helps you!
      Regards
      Frank

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  26. Eva Wera
    18 January 2023

    Dear Frank,
    your trip report sounds great! You inspired my sister.
    We would like to run the 5 stages at the end of September and possibly even further and are just beginning with the planning. So far I have not found any travel guide or similar about these stages.
    To be honest, I'm "only" a Camino pilgrim (Camino Frances and Camino Portugues) on well-marked paths and accommodation. What is your experience with trail marking? Is it easy to walk the path in sneakers?
    How do we best get back to at the end Faro?
    Questions over questions...
    Regards
    Eva

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    1. Frank
      22 January 2023

      Hello Eva,
      Late September is a good time for the trek! I always recommend hiking boots for long-distance hikes - mainly because of the extra weight you're carrying. The high shaft protects against twisting. Flat hiking shoes or sneakers are a disadvantage. High hiking boots are also better for hiking on the beach, as it is not so easy to get sand in your shoes.
      As far as I can remember, there are no consistent trail markings, so I would always hike with a corresponding app (see Outdooractive - the outdoor app for GPS hiking). But since it's always more or less along the coast, you can actually drift quite well and don't have to focus too much on orientation.
      You can also easily extend the tour further west - see https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/kuestenwanderung-an-der-algarve-erfahrungsberichte-fragen/#comment-2095. For orientation on the return journey: https://www.rome2rio.com/de/map/8650-Sagres-Portugal/Faro
      Good luck with your further planning and have a nice hike!

      Frank

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  27. Pea
    20 April 2023

    Hello Frank,
    THANKS for the great description! I ran the route and absolutely loved it!!
    Greetings Petra

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    1. Frank
      21 April 2023

      Great, I'm very happy about that!

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  28. Christoph
    August 7, 2023

    Hello Frank,
    I plan to hike the route spontaneously. However, I still have an extra day available. Which of your stations did you find the most beautiful? So where can you endure a second day? My priorities for the extra day would be either very nice beaches or cultural sights.
    Greetings from Bavaria.
    Christoph

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    1. Frank
      August 7, 2023

      Hello Christopher,

      I would probably split stage 1 into two half-day stages, which is otherwise quite long and you can then take a little more time in the beautiful places. Also Faro should not be skipped (ideally the day before departure and then walk to the airport). Those would be my two tips.

      Have fun hiking!
      Frank

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  29. Katja
    11 October 2023

    Hello Frank,
    My husband and I spent a wonderful 10 days in the Algarve, mostly hiking. On your route we were gifted with incredibly beautiful and a variety of impressions. Currently, at the beginning of October, we experienced the trail in mid-summer temperatures, which was quite a challenge for hiking. But the location of the towns and the tourist connections made it easy to adjust the stages to 10 to 15 km and to include a day at the beach to recover your feet. I can also totally recommend using local transport if necessary. We finished our hike in Alvor and from there took Taxi Bolt for a few euros to Portimao train station within 15 minutes, so we were able to avoid the perhaps somewhat tricky part of the railway bridge.

    Thank you very much for the route data, planning aids and tips!

    Sunny greetings Faro
    Katja

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    1. Frank
      13 October 2023

      Hello Katja,

      Glad you liked it! I agree with you completely: the tourist infrastructure makes it easy for hikers in the off-season to replan quite spontaneously and adapt the stage depending on the weather - there is a nice place with accommodation every few kilometers.
      Thank you also for the photo of the ferry connection that you sent me - I included that directly in stage 4.
      Regards
      Frank

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  30. Pravit Singh
    5 November 2023

    Hello Frank,
    Thanks for the great information put together! Boyfriend and I will probably be starting at the end of October Faro start.
    A few years ago we walked Rota Vicentina to Cabo san Vicente.
    Do you have any route suggestions from Alvor to Cabo san Vincente?
    Best regards,
    Pravit

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    1. Frank
      7 November 2023

      Hello Pravit,
      We've had the Rota Vicentina on our list for ages, maybe our plans will happen next spring! If there's enough time, we'll even walk straight to it Faro continue - that would then include your route :-)

      So far I have only been on half-day hikes in sections between Alvor and Cabo de São Vicente. In my opinion, there is almost always a hiking trail that runs very close to the sea and can't be missed. It is only necessary to walk around the lagoon between Alvor and Lagos: as shown in stage 5 to the small Mexilhoeira Grande train station, where I would then get on the train and drive at least 1 station, otherwise in my opinion you would be too is traveling for a long time on the railway track/on railway bridges.

      Let's see which of us can report on this part first...
      Regards
      Frank

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  31. Karina
    25 November 2023

    Hello Frank.

    Thank you for your site – so inspiring.

    My husband and I are walking the path this January. We usually walk approximately 25-30 km a day. Is that possible to walk the Algarve coastal hike in 4 stages or is there other considerations to make?
    Regards

    Karina (Denmark)

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    1. Frank
      25 November 2023

      Hello Karina,

      Completing the route in 4 days shouldn't be a problem if you're trained and used to backpacking over 25km per day. The last stage is only a half-day hike anyway. In January you don't have to worry about not being able to find accommodation. If I were you, I would hike every day as far as you can go and then book an overnight stay at short notice.

      Have fun in January and greetings from Denmark!
      Frank

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  32. Almuth
    12 January 2024

    Hello Frank,
    We postponed the Algarve hike (see above) announced in February 2020 for reasons that are easy to guess and only realized it last year (March 2023, with flight vouchers). Your report about the route from Faro After Lagos motivated us to go to the Algarve, even though the map image (and later reality) shows a stretch of coast that is extremely densely populated with tourists. The bays are actually fantastic, the colors of rock, sand and water are unique, the hiking trails are wonderful and almost always close to the coast. But the many hotels, apartment complexes, villas... You have to overlook it.
    We continued the route from Lagos and walked via Luz, Salema, Sagres, Vila do Bispo to Carrapateira and in an arc back to Vila do Bispo. This second part is completely marked as a fishing route and is much more lonely, also has some extremely spectacular bays and suited our love for beautiful landscapes, unspoiled nature and silence even more.
    From Vila do Bispo (as well as from Sagres) you can easily get back to Lagos by bus, even in the low season, and then by train Faro.
    And I would also recommend the northern part of the Fischerweg from south to north with the sun behind you. We ran it like this in 2019.
    (Menorca is planned for March, all accommodations are booked, I will report.)
    Many greetings and thank you for the site
    Almuth

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  33. Cinzia Marletta
    3. February 2024

    It’s a strange question for sure…. but I would still like to know the answer, please! Are there public toilets on this hike along the Algarve coast? I will be doing the tour in three weeks and would like to understand how the toilets work in the off season.

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    1. Frank
      3. February 2024

      Hello Cinzia,
      yes, there are many public toilets and beach restaurants with toilets along the hiking route. In towns and on the beach promenades anyway, but sometimes also on popular beaches with parking, etc. Apps like “Toilet Finder” or simply searching for “public toilet” in Google Maps are helpful here. I just downloaded “Toilet Finder” and took a few spot checks along the hiking route. There are certainly some secluded sections without public toilets, the density of toilets in the Algarve is certainly significantly higher than on other hiking routes in the mountains or similar :-)
      Best regards and have fun hiking!
      Frank

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  34. Heike Lippe
    21. February 2024

    Hello Frank,
    we walk from Albufeira to Cabo do Sao Vicente in mid-March. We arrive around 12 p.m Faro and wanted to tell us the route from Olhos de Agua arrive to Albufeira. Is the 8 km worth the scenic drive or would we often have to take the road? Thanks in advance for the information.
    VG Heike

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    1. Frank
      21. February 2024

      Hello Heike,

      I also find the route between Olhos de Água and Albufeira is very scenically worthwhile. In the picture gallery for stage 2, this corresponds to the first 11 pictures.
      You only have to avoid the road in one place (and only at high tide; at low tide you continue along the beach).
      Best regards and have fun hiking!
      Frank

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      1. Frank
        22. February 2024

        Addition: Rosi also wrote me her assessment:

        Hello Heike… the hike from Olhos de Agua to Albufeira is beautiful. We walked from the Hotel Porto Bay Falesia to Sao Raphael 2 years ago... we only had to cross the road once, otherwise we always walked along the sea.
        LG Rosi

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