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Ecovia litoral do Algarve

Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 147.265 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Ecovia do Algarve is a coastal route that links Cape St. Vincent (Sagres) in the west point of Algarve and the city of Vila Real de... more »

Tips:  Since Algarve is a main tourism area and there are many villages along the route, you will not have trouble finding all kinds of... more »

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Points of Interest

Vila Real de Santo António is situated on the Rio Guadiana, which is the river that divides the Algarve from Spain. Rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1755 by the Marquês de Pombal, an very influential Royal Minister in the 18th Century who redesigned the centre of the City of Lisbon due to the same earthquake. The city is a good example of ... More

2. Cacela Velha

Overlooking the sea, the town is perched on a rocky land, maintaining its magnificent features that had surpassed the hands of time. The village is small compared to others in Algarve, and still allows visitors to experience nature and local culture unspoiled by mass tourism.

According to historians, Cacela Velha and nearby Algarve towns used to ... More

3. Tavira

Tavira along with Lagos is one of the most architecturally attractive towns in the Algarve and its origin seems to date back to around 2.000 BC. In about the 7th Century BC the inhabitants of this area prior to the arrival of the Phoenicians were the fabled Tartessus that were possibly of a Celtic origin. The location was of considerable... More

4. Olhão

Olhão is a major port and actually the largest fishing port in the Algarve. It is full of character with Moorish-style houses,an influence from the commercial links with Africa. Although Olhão only really became a town of note in the 19th century, it was first mentioned in 1378. At this time it would have been a very small fishing settlement of a ... More

The capital of the Algarve and home to Faro Airport, the Algarve's only international airport, Faro is a city surrounded by island beaches and Ria Formosa nature reserve, it really is an extra special city!

The foundations of Faro started in Roman times, when the town was called Ossonoba. During the 9th century it was the capital of a short lived... More

6. Armação de Pêra

Armação de Pêra was named after the inland region of Pêra in Portugal, where the fishermen came down from originally and armação, which was a specially adapted boat, with a combined netting system, designed by the Moors. Today Armação de Pêra is a lively high-rise Algarve resort, which is very popular with Portuguese holidaymakers in the summer.... More

7. Portimão

Portimão is a thriving cosmopolitan city that has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Algarve. In addition to excellent beaches, easy access to golf courses and a full spectrum of amenities and entertainment, Portimão has the beauty of the Alvor estuary to offer. It is a place where the fun-loving visitor, eager to discover ... More

The Romans gave the name of “Lacobriga” to the town but its natural river port would indicate very much earlier occupation. The Moors then gave the town the name of "Zawaia" It was captured from the Moors in 1189 but it was not until 1249 that it was finally conquered by Dom Afonso III and integrated into the kingdom of Portugal with the name of "... More

It was to this place that the Infante D. Henrique, Prince Henry the Navigator, came in the 15th century to work on his obsession to push back the frontiers of the known world, and opened the phase in Portuguese history called The Discoveries.

While precise information about Henry is far from complete, it is clear he was a most remarkable man. He ... More

10. Cabo São Vicente

Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St.Vincent) near Sagres in Portugal and the Ponta de Sagres together form the south-western corner of the European continent. The cape consists of a steep cliff of about 69 m with almost no vegetation.

It was already sacred ground in Neolithic times, as standing menhirs within the area attest. The name of the area it is ... More