Just when my hunger for travel reached its peak due to all the restrictions, I was invited by the Portuguese tourist office to discover for a few days how versatile the Algarve is in the autumn.
The first stop is surfers paradise Sagres at the far southwest tip of the Algarve coast, a lovely place with an ‘end of the world’ feeling. In addition to a number of charming beaches, it also offers good walking opportunities. The long-distance coastal path of Rota Vicentina, the Fishermen’s Trail, runs over the cliffs here; If you want, you can walk all the way from Lisbon to Lagos.
Cycling is also becoming increasingly popular in this less touristy region of the Algarve and at sea you can easily spot dolphins and seabirds under the guidance of a biologist. And it is precisely during this period that thousands of migratory birds fly over the Algarve during their migration to Africa.
Inland, another long distance from the border of Spain runs right through the Algarve to the southwest cape, Cabo de Sao Vicente – a beautiful nature experience for both hikers and cyclists with still authentic villages and towns.
Stay in the charming Monchique among the cork oaks or in historic Silves. There are nice rural and small-scale stays to relax in a natural environment.
Interested in a nature trip in the sunny Alentejo and Algarve? Take a look at our Nature Trip Central and South Portugal.