Famous long-distance path crossing the Algarve in Portugal
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The Via Algarviana Trail is no less than 266 kilometres long and runs from east to west in the Algarve. This trail has grown fast in popularity, as it only officially existed since 2009. The trail mainly leads through the hinterland and ends at the southernmost point in the west. Where you see the unprecedented diversity of the Algarve.
The trail runs past various sights that are lesser-known in the Algarve. The route starts at Alcoutim in the east and ends at Cabo de São Vicente at the very tip of Portugal in the west. It takes you through the hinterland; right through Monchique and other rugged areas.
It is also possible to hike parts of the Via Algarviana. As quite some local residents have started small accommodations where you can stay overnight. This can be at someone's home or in small bed & breakfasts and hotels.
More information: www.viaalgarviana.org
You can visit the Algarve all year round. The best time for nature lovers is from March to October. There will be countless flowers in bloom.
Spring starts early here: as early as February. The first orchids already start to bloom in March, when the average temperature is already 15-18 degrees.
If you like hiking or cycling, it is best to go in the spring. In winter there will be regular rain, but the sun can also come out.