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Albufeira Coastal Walks

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

As many of my chums know I'm currently wintering in the Algarve with my lovely wife. We're here for two reasons, firstly because it's warm and secondly because it's a stunningly beautiful coastline. We have friends who live here, which is how we found the area, it's just idyllic in the winter, so peaceful. With a fraction of the tourists that are here in the summer, it really soothes the soul.

We're staying in a small town called Gale which is between Albufeira and Armacao de Pera. Officially it's part of an area called Barlavento which covers the western Algarve from Albufeira in the east to Sagres in the west. Anyone who's been to the Algarve will know what a stunningly beautiful coastline it is and this is especially true between Armacao de Pera and Albufeira.

In just under 11Km, this section of Algarve coast has everything. It starts with one of the most beautiful beaches you'll see anywhere in the world, a continuous stretch of golden sand which is over 5.5 Km long. Looking down the beach from Gale in the east towards Armacao de Pera in the west, with Atlantic ocean waves crashing onto the beach, it is pretty jaw dropping. Behind the beach are sand dunes, wetlands and the Salgados Lagoon, an area rich with over 270 different bird species if that's your thing.

From Gale to Albufeira there are another 6 named beaches with at least as many more un-named beaches. The beaches are all framed by bright and warmly-coloured, craggy layered lime and sand stone cliffs. In addition to the cliffs there is a remarkable variety of rock formations including arches, caves, sinkholes and ledges. All of this, whether seen from the beach or from a cliff top path, is as stunning a landscape as you'll see anywhere.

Not surprisingly, with this huge variety of landscapes there are plenty of beautiful walks. Beach walks, board walks, cliff top paths, easy flat walks, hilly and scrambly walks, walks for everyone. However if you're new to the area, where to walk isn't obvious and I couldn't find much information online that would help you. So this is a short series of blogs that is intended to do just that. Start and end points for walks, distances, descriptions about terrain, points of interest and some piccies. If you want flat, really easy walks, then the short circular walks between Armacao de Pera and Gale will be perfect. From Gale East the walks are a combination of paths, cliff top paths and beaches. Some paths are a bit scrambly but I'll describe them in as much detail as I can so you know what you're in for.

Talking of piccies here's some which hopefully give you an idea of why we love it here so much.

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