The Via Algarviana is one of the many secrets of the Algarve. It is a long distance pedestrian path (300 km long), perfect for walking and cycling, going from Alcoutim in the Eastern Algarve, crossing the entire Algarve region to the west, (Cape of Saint Vincent) near Sagres and crossing the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina, following a winding rural route through the Serra do Caldeirão and Serra de Monchique.
Many people only associate the Algarve with golf and beaches. However, this region is also a paradise for nature lovers that offers excellent conditions for bird watching, for hiking and mountain biking along the rails and various paths.
The route crosses nine municipalities of the Algarve (Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Tavira, S. Brás de Alportel, Loulé, Silves, Monchique, Lagos and Vila do Bispo). Most of the route is quite off-road, although there are some smaller sections that are closer to busier roads. Beginning near the Spanish border and the Guadiana River, the road crosses the tranquil landscape of the Eastern Algarve. The central section of the Via Algarviana winds through the countryside around more fertile soils near Alte, Salir and Silves. In the direction of Monchique the trail goes up to Picota and Fóia - the highest point of the Algarve with 902m - descending then, on the way to Sagres and the Atlantic.