Absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the Algarve is to go on a cliff hike. It just never get's boring. There are some beautiful trails taking you along the enormous golden cliffs and the clear blue Atlantic. I've highlighted some of my favorite hikes for you.
1. Carvoeiro beach to Praia do Vale da Lapa.
Distance: 2.6 kilometers (one way)
Time: 1 hour
Start: Praia do Carvoeiro
One of my favorite hikes because this trail takes you along some of my favorite beaches, Praia do Paraiso and Praia dos Três Castelos. On this hike you’ll find sea caves, sinkholes and a variety of secluded beaches. For the long route and more details make sure to check out walkalagrve.com.
How to start:
Walk up the road in western direction from Praia do Carvoeiro and leave the road to the cliff trails at Praia do Paraiso.
Photo location: Praia dos Tres Castelos
2. Praia da Marinha to Praia do Vale de Centeanes
Distance: 12 kilometers (one way)
Time: hour 4-6 hours
Start: Praia da Marinha
You can walk this trail in either direction and its absolutely stunning! Praia da Marinha is considered one of Europes most beautiful beaches and I 100% agree. Secluded beaches, sea caves, natural bridges and spectacular views are all here to be found at Praia da Marinha. On the way you will also pass the famous Praia do Benagil. This beach has a spectacular beach cave that can be viewed from above but more so from the inside. It's not possible to walk to the sea cave but in high and mid season you can usually find some boat or sup tours that will take you to the cave.
For more details about the trail make sure to check out this amazing Algarve hiking website walkalgarve.com.
Photo location: Praia da Marinha
3. Praia do Amado - To Praia da Bordeira
Distance: 1.5 hours (one way)
Time: 6.2 kilometers
Start: Praia do Amado
Must see: viewing points along the way
End: Praia do Bordeira
I'm such a fan of this piece of surfers paradise on the Southwest coast of the Algarve. Nature is so wild and untouched here, it's just unbelievable. The scenery is completely different from the South coast trails. Another reason why the Algarve is amazing. Nature just changes dramatically as soon as you go around the corner from south to west. Watching the waves and dramatic cliffs with the many viewing points makes this walk very unique.
Rather explore by car? I have also written a blog on my favorite road trip in the Algarve.