When you book a villa at the Rocha Brava Village Resort
Named the best hiking destination in Europe by European Best Destinations, nothing will quite prepare you to drink in all 6 km of the seven hanging valleys trail as you make your way along winding paths and picturesque walkways. Striking cliffs, a scattering of gorgeous buildings, and its accessibility mean there’s simply nowhere better to get your blood flowing and fill your lungs with the cleanest air as you connect with nature. So, why not put it high up on your to-do list for 2023 to ensure this year’s the best one yet?
Though all 12 km (there and back) of the hike can be done in a day, some things simply can’t be rushed, so why not plan a mini break to get away into nature and truly take in everything the area has to offer? When you stay at the Rocha Brava Village Resort, you’ll be only a 10-minute drive from the start of the seven hanging valleys of Algarve, so why not explore every inch of the gorgeous Carvoeiro coastline?
Exploring the Algarve’s Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
Sparkling blue sea, ochre-tinted cliffs shaped over millennia, and the Algarve’s clear skies await explorers. Whether you want to start at Praia da Marinha and head west to Praia de Vale Centeanes, start at Praia de Vale Centeanes and head east, or take the trail both ways, the seven hanging valleys trail promises something for everyone, including fauna, flora, built heritage, a dive in the sea, and every angle imaginable of sea caves of all shapes and sizes.
Far from a trail you want to rush through, the Algarve’s shining glory of trails is best walked at a leisurely pace, allowing you to veer off to explore hidden beaches that call out to you. To dive into the Algarve’s clear waters or enjoy a picnic overlooking a sea cave. Or, if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you may even want to take the trail slowly, ensuring you keep your eyes peeled for animals from rabbits to foxes and mongooses, warblers, owls, and several species of butterflies.
As for the best time of year to explore the trail, it’s worth noting that temperatures in the Algarve tend to skyrocket from June onwards, making it the perfect beach destination but often too warm for much physical exertion. However, known for year-round sunshine and mild winter temperatures, the Algarve’s excellent for exploring all year round, so if you’re planning any activities out of the water, aim for between October and May to ensure you don’t overheat.
What to expect along the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
Some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches
The starting point of the seven hanging valleys trail, Praia da Marinha has been named one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches thanks to golden sands, grotto-lined cliffs, and iconic stone arches that form a heart shape when seen from the right angle. A nesting place for various sea birds means the beach provides an excellent bird-watching spot, and rolling waves make for the ideal place to cool off before you set off on your hike.
Sea caves and grottoes
Meandering through deep gorges, stunning coves, dense woods, and sinkholes tens of metres deep, the trail is filled with surprises, not least the Algarve’s most famous sea cave at Benagil. Whether you choose to walk over the sinkholes for a view of the lapping waves below or venture into the cave’s only entrance via the water on a kayak or SUP board, Benagil is sure to leave its mark, so make sure you leave some time to explore its surroundings.
Making the most of the Rocha Brava Village Resort for a Hike
When you’ve spent all day out in the elements, enjoying the sea, sun, sand, and scenery, there’s nothing quite like getting back to a cool shower, soft bed, and filling meal. So, why not book a stay where everything’s at your fingertips to enjoy the best of the Algarve in maximum comfort?
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