Trekking routes in places of natural, scenic and historical interest. Come and discover the area on foot: its geography, flora and fauna, and also its history, customs and cuisine. The Algarve is a region with a great diversity of climates and geographical features. It is divided into three main subregions: the coast, the "barrocal" and the mountains. In all its extension we find several natural parks and ecological reserves, very important for its rich biodiversity. Some places are very important crossing points for many species of migratory birds. Get acquainted with the various aspects of this region through the various guided routes that we have prepared for you.
It is on the coast where there are the main urban centers and greater economic activity. The coast has a varied landscape composed of cliffs, long sandy beaches, salt marshes and dunes. The southern coast is divided into two parts: western and eastern Algarve. In the western Algarve predominate the limestone cliffs with small beaches placed between them and in the eastern algarve the plan and sandy soils.
The activities of Quimera Experience are held mostly within the geographic area of the western Algarve. Check out the trekkings programs we have prepared in this area:
In the transition zone between the coast and the mountains, it is the area of "barrocal".
This region is known as "Algarve's orchard", where the vegetable gardens and farmland predominate. One can find various cultures of almond, fig, orange and carob trees.The soil is composed mainly of limestone and schist. The flora is diverse and abundant water flows.
There are three main mountain ranges in the Algarve:
- Serra de Monchique
- Serra do Caldeirão
- Serra Espinhaço de Cão
Serra de Monchique, in the west, has volcanic origin. There, the climate is more humid and the soil is richer in nutrients. The mountains have several water springs and thermal baths dating from Roman times.
The highest altitude of the Algarve is at the peak of Fóia (Serra de Monchique) , where the views of the coast are magnificent.
The other mountain ranges, have a drier and Mediterranean climate as well as less diversity of plant species.
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park has a great wealth and diversity of coastal habitats such as beaches, cliffs and rocks; and terrestrial habitats: marshes, heath lands, irrigated and rainfed crops.
Its geographic and climatic specificities gave rise to a presence of endemic and rare flora. In existing fauna, we highlight nesting birds, such as the Red-billed Chough or the White Stork, which nest in cliffs along the coastline (a unique case in the world).
The peninsulas of Sagres and Cabo de S. Vicente and surrounding areas constitute an important passageway for many species of migratory birds.
The Fisherman's Trails runs along the coastline, following the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and hot fishing spots.
When you travel across this trail by foot, you will discover a coast almost unchanged by man, with a succession of beaches, some shaped by the mouth of a river, some with curious geological formations or with important dune systems in constant mutation.