Central Algarve – São Bartolomeu de Messines

For some time now, we’ve been talking about heading to São Bartolomeu de Messines for an overnight stay with our friends Dale and Irina. Irina runs a well-being retreat called Pure Body, Healthy Mind from her beautiful quinta, located in the hills just north … Continued

Western Algarve – Barão de São João to Vila do Bispo

At some point in the early hours of the morning I was awoken by a distant beeping noise. Groaning, I rolled over and eventually managed to get back to sleep. It was only when I awoke again hours later that … Continued

The Via Algarviana – on the publicity trail

  Well it’s all been happening since we arrived in Albufeira at the beginning of December. It seems the Portuguese press is far more enthusiastic about our Via Algarviana books than the Welsh press was about O Fôn i Fynwy (Harri’s new … Continued

The Via Algarviana: Cachopo to Barranco do Velho

Apart from the official Via Algarviana guide (which does not provide detailed walking instructions), the only guidebook to the trail we’re aware of is a German-language book by Christine Heitzmann. Over breakfast, Dona Maria Otilia joined us at our table … Continued