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Embarking on a journey through the Algarve region of Portugal, the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is an experience that should not be missed. This 6-kilometer route is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, offering spectacular views of rugged limestone cliffs, picturesque beaches, and natural caves. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just someone who loves to take in natural beauty, this trail is the perfect adventure. It provides a shorter, but equally stunning alternative to the famous Fishermen’s Trail, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore the Algarve’s coastline in a single day.

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The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail Route

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is a point-to-point hike with several options to suit your preferences:

  1. The Full Hike Round Trip: This 7-mile round trip offers about 1200 feet of elevation gain, starting from Praia da Marinha to Praia do Vale de Centeanes and back.
  2. The Full Hike One Way: This 3.5-mile hike covers the entire trail one way, with around 600 feet of elevation gain. You’ll need a taxi or Uber to return to your starting point.
  3. Partial Hike Out and Back: This 3.3-mile hike, which I consider the best part, takes you from Praia da Marinha to Praia do Carvalho and back. You can extend your hike by 2 miles to reach the Farol de Alfanzina lighthouse, but remember, you’ll need to hike back.
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Getting to the Trail

Driving is the most convenient way to reach the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. Renting a car is highly recommended if you’re planning to explore the Algarve. Public buses and trains are available, but they take much longer and might not get you to all the desired spots. The starting point is at Marinha Beach, about 7 km from Lagoa. Known for its beauty, Marinha Beach has been named one of the top 10 beaches in Europe by the Michelin Guide and one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.

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Best Time to Hike

To make the most of your hike, start early in the morning, especially during the summer months, to avoid the midday heat. Spring and fall offer warm but comfortable temperatures, making these seasons ideal for hiking. Winter brings mild temperatures and fewer tourists, providing a pleasant hiking experience without the crowds.

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Trail Highlights

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is marked with yellow and red stripes, making it easy to follow. The trail offers stunning coastal views from start to finish. Some of the highlights along the route include:

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Tips for the Trail

  • Start early to avoid the heat.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • Use sunscreen and wear a hat.
  • Wear sneakers or hiking shoes.
  • Stay on the marked trail and respect the natural environment.
  • Pack a small backpack with essentials, including a map of the trail.
Seven Hanging VAlleys Trail
Seven Hanging VAlleys Trail

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is a must-do hike for anyone visiting the Algarve region. Its stunning coastal scenery, combined with the challenge of the hike, makes it an unforgettable experience. Whether you choose to do the full round trip or a shorter segment, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views in Portugal. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and set off on an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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