Via Algarviana: from Loulé to Silves

Duration: 7 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km / 9 - 12 mi per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m / 820 - 1640 ft ascent per day

> Hike through rural Portugal
> Enjoy beautiful surroundings
> Stay in charming local villages

The Algarve, located in the southern part of Portugal, is well-known to sun-seekers. Pleasant temperatures and beautiful surroundings ensure crowded beaches. However, besides beach relaxation, the region also offers magnificent hiking opportunities.

You won't encounter popular beach resorts like Faro and Albufeira on this journey, but you will have the chance to explore serene villages, where you can unwind after a day of hiking. Walking the Via Algarviana is an experience in itself. As mentioned earlier, you'll be strolling through the inland of the Algarve, where it's serene and tranquil. You can let your thoughts roam freely, and along the way, your senses will be awakened by the scents and colors of the surroundings.

During this package, you will hike five stages of the Via Algarviana and you will get to know the Algarve much better along the way.




Today, you arrive in Loulé and spend the night in this town. Tomorrow, your Via Algarviana adventure begins, allowing you to start your walk refreshed. You'll have plenty of time to explore Loulé, including its covered market where you can find local delicacies and charming souvenirs. Wander through the narrow streets with white houses and end your day on a delightful terrace.

Loulé Coreto Guesthouse (Loulé)

Loulé Coreto Guesthouse (Loulé)

Loulé - Querença

Duration: 03:40 h
Distance: 12.6 km / 7.8 mi
Ascent: 360 m / 1181 ft
Descent: 290 m / 951 ft
Today marks the start of the Via Algarviana! The first stage begins from the lovely center of Loulé. You'll walk out of the town along a few larger roads before hiking up hilly paths. Along the way, you'll pass colorful houses and olive trees. The stage gradually continues to ascend, and at the highest point of the day, you'll come across an old windmill – a perfect spot for a break. Afterward, you'll descend gradually, concluding the stage in the charming village of Querença, where you can relax after your first day of hiking.

Monte dos Avós (Querença)

Monte dos Avós (Querença)

Querença - Salir

Duration: 03:46 h
Distance: 13.5 km / 8.4 mi
Ascent: 250 m / 820 ft
Descent: 270 m / 886 ft
Continuing from Querença, we hope you had a restful night. Today's route takes you along brooks and springs, over paths with the typical 'barrocal' terrain characteristic of the region. You'll keep ascending and descending gradually along the way, ultimately finishing in Salir. From here, you'll continue on the official Via Algarviana tomorrow, which is equally as beautiful.

Monte Carrascal Guesthouse (Salir)

Monte Carrascal Guesthouse (Salir)
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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Via Algarviana in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Via Algarviana trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation unless you are booking a trekking package with accommodation before and after included.


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