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The emblematic Via Algarviana is a Large Pedestrian Route (GR13) taking you through the Algarve mountains and rural areas. 

The Via Algarviana connects Cabo de São Vicente and Alcoutim and extends from one end of the region to the other over an old trail used by pilgrims to reach the Promontory of Sagres, a very significant and emblematic location from the age of the Descobrimentos (Portuguese Discoveries) due to its location. 

The Via Algarviana is properly marked with signals and interpretive panels allowing you to make about 300 km, divided into 14 sections, in which you can find small communities with support services, restaurants and accommodation. You can choose to make only a few sections of this itinerary, depending on your pace and interests. 

This walk in the nature starts in Alcoutim, near the Guadiana River and crosses the Serra do Caldeirão, an area known for its cork production. The traditional villages of Salir, Benafim and Alte are worth to be visited. Mid-way, after São Bartolomeu de Messines, the trail follows the ath of Ribeira do Arade, a section with a huge landscape value. Before reaching the Serra de Monchique and enjoying the view from Picota and Foia - the highest spots of the Algarve - you may want to take your time visiting Silves. This trail continues through the small communities of Marmelete, Bensafrim and Barão de São João, passing by a stone pine forest. The sea air announces the end of the Via Algarviana in Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, a starting point for new walking adventures. 

For detailed information on itineraries, please check the guides and maps. Additionally, you can check the Companies’ Programmes for this Route and all support Services you may find on your way. 

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