Beyond the Mountains - Lower Alentejo

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  • A bird lovers paradise
  • Stay in the mountains, on the shores of vast freshwater lake & by the sea
  • An abundance of plants & wildlife
  • Away from it all

This seven night walking holiday offers you a wide variety of scenery and is truly away from it all. Your first 2 nights are in the mountains of Monchique before moving to a much aclaimed quinta which sits on the waters edge, nestled in the wild hills of the lower Alentejo - a sparsely poulated region of exeptional and unique beauty. Then to the unspoilt west coast, part of the Vicentina Natural Park for another 2 nights. This walking week is for those who really do want to get away from it all.



DAY 1    Transfer from your arrival point in the Algarve to Monchique. Overnight Monchique

DAY 2    A choice of walks: either along the Monchique valley where traditional farming methods are still practised (14 km) or up to the second highest peak with panoramic views down to the coast (17 km). Overnight Monchique.

DAY 3    Transfer to the Santa Clara lake to walk through the valley of the same name and continuing through the countryside to the Quinta which is on the shores of the lake, 16 km. Overnight Santa Clara. 

DAY 4    A walk from the Quinta today which allows you to discover some of the oldest hamlets and villages in Portugal, 10 km. Overnight Santa Clara.

DAY 5    A short transfer takes you to the start of the walk which is in on the north shores of the lake; this area is sparsely populated but so beautiful, 12 km. Overnight Santa Clara.

DAY 6    Transfer to the west coast and the beautiful village of Zambujeira. From here you walk southwards along the cliff tops to the village of Odeceixe, 16 km. Overnight Odeceixe.

DAY 7    A circular walk through the beautiful Seixe valley to the beach, 8 km. Overnight Odeceixe.

DAY 8    Return after breakfast to your departure point.


  •  7 night's accommodation in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities and breakfasts
  •  5 picnics and 3 dinners
  • Transfers to and from your arrival point in the Algarve
  • Transport to and from walks where necessary & luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive walking notes and maps


  •  4 dinners, 1 lunch, travel insurance and flights

 Arrival point

 Faro airport in the Algarve or Lisbon and travel down to the area by train

Cost per person

October to March: 588 euro

April to June: 621 euro

Single room supplement: 144 euro

Bookings and inquiries:

 In cooperation with Portugal Walks