7 DAY WALKING HOLIDAY IN THE BEAUTIFUL ALGARVE COUNTRYSIDE
If it is beautiful scenery, delightful wildlife and non-stop sunshine you are after, then this holiday is for you. Come and enjoy a relaxing 7-day walking holiday at Figs on the Funcho with direct views over Barragem do Funcho and the river. Take in the beautiful views and experience some of the wonderful sights surrounding our idyllic location.
On your 7-day walking in the Algarve you will enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful riverside location where you’ll find plenty of walking paths on the doorstep that will take you down to the waterfront, as well as enjoying clear night skies and stunning sunsets.
Included in this package is 7 nights accommodation in a well appointed and relaxing double room with en-suite facilities, breakfast each day and dinner each evening. Lunch on one of the days is also included. We will also come and pick you up from the airport at an agreed time.
There’s one a few things that are not included, and they include entrance fees to any of the local attractions we visit whilst out sight-seeing, your drinks at Figs on the Funcho (we have an honesty bar at your disposal), and lunch on 6 of the 7 days.
This holiday is an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in one of Europe’s most stunning locations and to explore the wonderful Algarve walking routes.
Some walks will be led by expert guides and some by Cheryl, and adjusted to suit all the needs of the group. Whether you are keen to hike or just want to explore this region and its hidden beauty, your guide will ensure this trip is perfect for you.
As well as immersing yourself in the Algarve’s culture by visiting the idyllic towns, beautiful architecture and enjoying its delicious local cuisine, you can explore its rich history including a visit to the remnants of the famous 1834 Sant’Ana battle, as well as many other historic sights such as the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages.
This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a truly wonderful experience in a stunning and relaxing location.
Some of the many things you can expect to do and see…
- Enjoy the riverside location with un-interrupted panoramic country and river views
- See how many birds that are local to Figs on the Funcho that you can spot from the relaxed comfort of the shaded seating area
- You’ll have direct access to the river to enjoy some time out on our tandem kayak or try some stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
- Explore some of the well-marked hiking trails that you can access straight from the villa
- If you’re feeling adventurous there is the longer-distance Via Algarviana walking trail for serious hikers
- Unspoilt, uncrowded, peaceful and tranquil setting off the the beaten track where you can fully relax and rejuvenate
- You can enjoy our location all year round with very pleasant sunshine and warm temperatures even in the winter
Nestled here in this idyllic location, with direct views over Barragem do Funcho and the river is The River House. Set back in the hills and surrounded by fig and carob trees, wildflowers, and pathways winding down to the water’s edge it offers complete privacy, un-interrupted views and panoramic views, this location is not to be underestimated in terms of providing you with a peaceful and relaxing holiday that will leave you feeling revitalised and truly relaxed.
Learn more about how this Portuguese farmhouse was fully renovated into the current tasteful and contemporary style.
Take look at the video of The River House that was originally a Portuguese farmhouse, and see how it has been tastefully and fully renovated to its current contemporary style. You can also learn more about The River House here.
Please note: the walking programme may differ on the days depending on the availability of the guides
Day 1 Arrival Day
Arrive and settle in to your accommodation. This stunning yet tranquil riverside location is surrounded with panoramic views. Welcome drinks will be hosted on the waterfront deck at sunset. Dinner will be at your leisure, where you will be able to enjoy the local cuisine of The Algarve region. You can then retreat into your beautiful rooms for the evening.
Day 2 Enjoy The Church Walk
After breakfast you will set off on the guided 14km Church Walk and follow the panoramic river Funcho to the beautiful ‘secret pond’, and thereafter to the iconic ‘church hill’.
On the hill, a large picture-tiled plaque depicts the historic 1834 Sant’Ana battle. This shows the army positions and the site where they erected a field hospital. This important historic artefact is sure to teach you about the noteworthy Portugese history, immersing you into Portugese culture.
You’ll then continue to the village and visit the local market. The church was built in the 16th Century, and is elegantly decorated with a beautiful altar and the house of the famous Portuguese poet Joao de Deus (1830-1896). This idyllic town is sure to fascinate all those who visit with its charm and unique character.
Lunch will be at a local Portuguese café in the village, allowing you to reward your hike with an authentic taste of Portuguese cuisine. You’ll then return to your accommodation where you can spend the day admiring the landscape, laze around the pool, kayak or unwind following your hike.
Dinner on day 2 is Pizza night at The River House.
Day 3 Visit the Archaeological Circuit of Vilarinha
Today you will be setting off on a 15km guided walk to the famous Archaeological Circuit of Vilarinha.
The walking route is rich in archaeological remains, proving to be a journey in time from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. The route is also near the reproduction centre for the endangered Iberian lynx that is on the verge of extinction in Algarve.
On this route you’ll be visiting the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages. This beautiful piece of Portugal’s history is composed of two adult and one children’s sepulchres, found dispersed by rocky emergencies that emerge in isolation at the top of the elevation.
The Alignment of Vilarinha, carved in roughly 6000 BC, will also be observed. The four menhirs that remain in the sites were carved in red sandstone from the region “gres de Silves” and formed an alignment with socio-religious functions, which was built by the first communities that inhabited the area. This deeply meaningful sight holds great importance across Portugal, and is certainly a must visit whilst you are in Algarve.
Your route will also let you observe the Necropolis of Carrasqueira, Forneca Necropolis, and the stunning rural scenery which includes orchards, citrus groves, and other beautiful Mediterranean vegetation.
Lunch will be spent at a typical Portuguese café in the countryside, serving plates of the day. This offers you the chance to try typical Portuguese country cuisine.
The afternoon and evening will be spent at your leisure, allowing you to explore Algrave as you desire.
Day 4 Embark on a Moorish City Cultural Walk
Today you’ll have a Moorish City Cultural Walk through Silves. Silves is a historical Moorish city with one of the best preserved examples of Moorish castles in Portugal.
This walking tour will be passing the 15th century bridge that once was the site of the Roman bridge, the gothic cathedral, and the castle. You’ll also have the chance to stop at the main city souvenir shops, pottery shops, cork shops and an indoor market.
You will be lunching under the cool canopy at the foot of the castle wall. Eating below the castle walls under mature jacaranda trees, whilst marvelling at the beautiful historical buildings is sure to make it a lunch to remember. This off the beaten track experience is like no other, creating an extremely unique experience for you whilst you lunch on delicious food.
You’ll then continue to explore the historical town, walking past the castle, gothic Ponte Romana bridge, cathedral, roman bridge and the river. Your guide will be pointing out all of the key sights in Silves, allowing you to learn about Silves from a local expert.
The rest of the day and evening will be spent at your leisure. We will have lunch and dinner in Silves.
Day 5 Enjoy the Ruin Walk
A 6km walking tour through Algarve’s charming ruins. This light walk takes you past a few Algarve country ruins, each with their own unique characteristics. You’ll enjoy the stunning country views across the valley and river, passing through a small clump of evergreen eucalyptus trees, creating a strong, aromatic smell.
You can read more about this walk here.
Lunch and dinner will be at The River House.
Day 6 Funcho View Walk
This 12km walk can be shortened to suit your fitness ability.
Admire the natural beauty and nature as you walk through the Funcho reservoir, with its low lying hills, bee hives, beautiful heather, charming ruins, and the Algarve water wheels. Along with uninterrupted views and unimaginable scenic backgrounds, this hike is sure to amaze you.
Lunch and dinner at The River House.
Day 7 Walk the beautiful Via Algarviana
Today you’ll walk the Via Algarviana. The entire walk to this beautiful historic town of Silves is 27.6km, however this will be shortened to suit the rest of the programme. If you thoroughly enjoy walking, you can choose to take the full route.
On this walk, you will be passing many key locations in Algarve such as the house of João de Deus, a beloved local poet.
Enjoy the mesmerising landscape of rolling hills along the Arade river, making this path truly outstanding. You’ll have the chance to admire the beautiful landscape of this fluvial valley, its tributaries and the surrounding hillside.
You will then lunch at a typical Portuguese café in the countryside, where they will serve you the plate of the day, offering a typical Portuguese country cuisine.
The rest of the afternoon and dinner is then spent at your leisure, allowing you to enjoy your last evening in the stunning Algarve.
Don’t forget to Bring…
- Sun hat, sun cream and suitable footwear for walking to explore different paths
- Your swimming costume to enjoy the pool and wetsuits for swimming or canoeing in the dam
- Something warm to relax in at night
- Re-useable water bottle
Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.
Nearest airport: Faro – 35 minutes away by car.
Transfers are included in the price from Faro airport, and your hosts will arrange for a pickup on arrival day, and one transfer on departure day.
- 7 nights of accommodation and breakfast each morning
- 6 evening meals
- Lunch on six of the seven days
- Transfers to and from the airport
What’s not Included
- Drinks – instead we have an honesty bar
- Your flights
- Shared room with shared bathroom – €947 per person
- Shared room with en-suite bathroom – €1,397 per person
- Private room with shared bathroom – €1,150 per person
- Private room with en-suite bathroom – €1,697 per person
Walkers can create their own private group with a minimum of 4 walkers.
Deposit : €99 at time of booking to secure date
Followed by regular payments and a final payment 8 weeks prior arrival
Please find our cancellation policy here.
Read more about how we are focused on being sustainable, eco-friendly and responsible.
The past shapes us and the decisions that we make. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus for Cheryl and her husband Graham what was most important to them, and reflecting on the past and recalling happy memories helped them to take the decision to create a new life in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve region.
Having both grown up in the southern hemisphere, Cheryl in South Africa, and Graham in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), they were naturally drawn to the warm climate and relaxed culture of Portugal. However, in their early explorations of Europe during long holidays soaking up the culture and history, Portugal was the one country they didn’t quite manage to get to, instead they ended up in the UK and settled there for six years before returning to settle in South Africa. Portugal then became a regular holiday destination for the family and in 2002, after watching a documentary about setting up a new life abroad, they made the bold move of buying a property near the coast and went on to enjoy many family holidays in their new holiday home. This led them to The River House property which they have lovingly restored to its current glory of a modern stylish villa with five double bedrooms, an infinity pool and relaxed outside spaces to sit and enjoy the far reaching views over the river.
Now settled here in the Algarve and having worked hard to make Figs on The Funcho a place that you will want to return to time and again, their passion for the region, and for making your holiday the best experience shines through.
Cheryl has a passion for cooking and for sourcing local ingredients to produce good, healthy, natural vegetarian foods. Cheryl also enjoys being hands on and will be your guide on your walking holiday, leading the afternoon walks. After many years of exploring the local area, Cheryl has a fascinating knowledge of the best routes, favourite spots to stop and enjoy the view and the wildlife as well as being able to impart lots of local knowledge.
Cheryl and Graham are working towards being recognised as a responsible travel destination. They have partnered with Vita Nativa, an association whose aim is to develop conservation and environmental sustainability projects, one project being the Local Accommodation for Birds, that aims to encourage nesting sites for birds in the Algarve region, and to promote the important role birds have in the biological control of the pests the farmers have to endure, without having to resort to the use of poisonous products.
Graham is also a keen cook and is an avid follower of Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver, Bosh Brothers and the Happy Pear.
You can read more about Cheryl & Graham’s adventures and what brought them to where they are now in Alyson Sheldrakes’ book A New Life in the Algarve Portugal