Portugal’s Algarve region has a variety of inland and coastal hiking trails; we set out to tackle as many as we could while sharing a rental car with Bill and Grace. Just north of Lagos, which paired nicely with an en-route trip to the chandlery, we found the Barragem da Bravura Trail winding ’round the Odiaxere reservoir amid a eucalyptus forest.
The Amendoeira Trail, near the town of Loule, took us through a river valley via paths and roadway. Foraging was plentiful along this route; Brian and Grace identified almonds, olives, carobs, and shared ripe figs and pomegranates.
After hiking Amendoeira, we’d planned a special dinner stop. Tavira is on the southern coast of Portugal, eastern Algarve region, and is known for fresh seafood particularly octopus. This is an area we could easily have spent several days and might even visit by boat, but in the few remaining daylight hours prior to our octopus feast we visited the Tavira Castle, strolled the Old Town Market, and observed the Roman Bridge.
Having had a hearty dose of inland hiking, we wayward sailors wandered toward Portugal’s west coast.
The Algarve rental car tour ended, sadly we returned to foot travel, but the beginning of a new, delicious, tapas tour had just begun! Throughout the Algarve region from October – November restaurants that participate in the Rota do Petisco offer pre-set tapas and drinks menu for 3-euros. Now that’s a deal! We began with oysters in Tavira, followed by a tri-restaurant dinner in Lagos, and of course our Rota do Petisco tour will continue in Alvor.