From the airport Faro just hike off at random!
Inspired by a travel report by Werner (Link), the dream of a coastal hike in the Algarve has been going through my head for a long time: the heart of this idea is the fact that the airport Faro is only a few hundred meters as the crow flies from the sea and you can get off the plane and start hiking right away!
The conditions for a spontaneous long-distance coastal hike in the Algarve are ideal for two reasons:
- Little planning necessary: There are plenty of accommodations in the Algarve. Those who are not hiking in high season can spontaneously plan their daily stages and overnight stays according to their mood, mood and weather.
- Easy orientation: With a few exceptions, the hiking trail runs right by the sea, and it is almost impossible to get lost.
Duration and route
The hiking route
Coastal walkers benefit from a Portuguese specialty that goes back to a royal decree from 1864: The first 50 meters of land along the entire coastline of Portugal have since been classified as public property. With a few exceptions, all private land by the sea in Portugal must therefore leave a public passage open: Of course, these are ideal conditions for a coastal hike!
This results in a hiking route of about 100 kilometers in length (6 to 7 days).
Starting point and goal
Airport departure point Faro: The airport Faro lies on the edge of a unique lagoon landscape, the nature reserve Parque Natural da Ria Formosa. At the end of the tarmac, about 2 km walk from the airport building, a hiking route begins in a west direction.
Destination Ferragudo or Alvor: The destinations of this long-distance hike are either Ferragudo (at km 75) or in the slightly longer variant Alvor (at km 93). It is relatively easy to get back from both locations by train Faro, Ferragudo train station is about 2 km from the town center. A small lagoon hike from Alvor to the Mexilhoeira Grande railway connection, about 6 km away, is recommended. Both train stations are on the single-track line Faro (Connection several times a day, approx. 1:45 a.m. without changing trains).
Further information on the coastal hike in the Algarve can be found in the following categories:
Note on the history of this article:
This article was published for the first time in November 2017 - back then as an idea for a future hiking holiday. At the time, I also asked if anyone would like to embark on this little hiking adventure that I had not yet tried. And in fact Rico sent me a very detailed report on the coastal hike in the Algarve in January 2019 with lots of pictures: to the report from Rico.
In April 2019 I finally did it myself and set off for a coastal hike in the Algarve! Therefore I have partially revised the above post. I also optimized and adapted the originally planned hiking route. I had only planned to hike to Ferragudo. On site, however, I noticed that it is really worthwhile to extend the route to Alvor!