Bob Perkins, assisted by Leslie Simpson, made the arrangements and led the walks during this successful trip to the Algarve in 2010 and here is his report:
Late September 2010 saw a group of 15 eager travellers set off for a week's walking holiday in the Algarve region of Portugal despite having to experience an hour's delay of flight time from Gatwick. Our 4 star hotel, the Brisa Sol in Albufeira, proved to be an excellent choice with plenty of facilities and great buffet-style food. ￼
A full walking programme was undertaken using local buses and taxis and we were able to visit the ancient town of Silves famous for its castle and cathedral (our only slightly rainy day) before walking out into the local countryside and foothills. Thereafter the sun shone every day so adding a carefree ingredient to our walks to such places as Paderne with its ruined castle, roman bridge and watermill, to Benagil where we joined the coastal path to a nearby beach via numerous hanging valleys, beautiful views and sandy beaches (some of us even swam in the sea), to Lagos where we walked from Lux back to the historic town with its reminders of the slave trade. We spent a day in Faro sight-seeing before embarking on boat trips into the Rio de Formosa Nature Park with a chance to walk on near-deserted beaches and spot the wild life on offer.
All too soon we had to return home with, I hope, many happy memories of our week spent exploring the delights of the Algarve. Dare we ask - where and when shall we go next with the world being our oyster?
The photo shows the group at Silves Castle in the shadow of the King Alfonso III statue. (Photo: Bob Perkins)