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Headwater launches new trips in Portugal’s ‘Wild West’

17th July 2013 Print

New for autumn/winter 2013/14, cycling and walking holiday specialist, Headwater, has launched two trips in the Algarve’s ‘Wild West’ – a little known, unpopulated region of deserted beaches, lush forests, white villages and tiny fishing communities where life continues as it has for centuries.

The new walking holiday and cycling holiday are now available to book online, with departures available from 22 October 2013. As always with Headwater, guests travel at their own pace, staying in small family run hotels with pools, and following the tour operator's meticulously researched, interest-packed itineraries, as dedicated staff take care of all luggage transfers.

Western Algarve secluded coastal walk – 6 days of self-guided walking from £1,048 including flight, breakfasts and four evening meals, departing 22 October onwards. Starting off in the quaint fisherman's village of Carrapateira, travellers walk along a mix of coastal and inland paths to remote Pedralva. From this white village, walkers follow the Rota Vicentina - a national footpath that starts in the Alentejo and hugs beaches and cliffs all the way to Cape San Vicente, the furthest flung corner of Europe. Walkers stay in small, characterful properties, all of which have pools, and range from designer chic above the bay in Sagres, to country village style in Pedralva, (where every house in the village has been restored to provide rustic accommodation), and an old Pensao in Villa do Bispo, an original coaching inn, once a stopping point for pilgrims.

Winter cycling in the real Algarve – 6 days of self-guided cycling from £1,149 including flights and most meals, departing 22 October onwards., Following the same route as the walking trip, this trip allows travellers to follow a circular loop from coastal Sagres stopping en route at the walled city of Lagos, the carefully restored village of Pedralva, and the spectacular, ocean-facing Cape San Vicente, the most westerly point in Europe. Cycling routes are gentle and relaxed pedallers are treated to small characterful hotels with pools along the way.

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