Discover the Algarve's Hidden Gems on foot - A Hikers paradise

São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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May 10 - 16, 2024
Group size: 5 - 5
Discover the Algarve's Hidden Gems on foot - A Hikers paradise
São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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22 reviews

May 10 - 16, 2024
Group size: 5 - 5

About this trip

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the Algarve, where hidden gems and stunning scenery await you. Experience the best of what this beautiful region has to offer, from delightful wildlife to endless sunshine, on a 6-night walking holiday at Figs on the Funcho. With direct views over Barragem do Funcho (river), you'll be able to soak up the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stroll along the tranquil riverside paths and marvel at the breathtaking views that will take your breath away. As the day turns to night, enjoy clear starry skies and stunning sunsets, making your walking holiday in the Algarve an unforgettable experience.

The walking experience

This holiday is an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in one of Europe’s most stunning locations and to explore the wonderful Algarve walking routes.

Some walks will be led by expert guides and some by Cheryl, or Graham and adjusted to suit all the needs of the group. Whether you are keen to hike or just want to explore this region and its hidden beauty, your guide will ensure this trip is perfect for you.

As well as immersing yourself in the Algarve’s culture by visiting the idyllic towns, beautiful architecture and enjoying its delicious local cuisine, you can explore its rich history including a visit to the remnants of the famous 1834 Sant’Ana battle, as well as many other historic sights such as the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages.

This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a truly wonderful experience in a stunning and relaxing location.

What you can expect to see and do

  • Unspoilt, uncrowded, peaceful and tranquil setting off the the beaten track where you can fully relax and rejuvenate
  • Enjoy the riverside location with an infinity swimming pool that has un-interrupted panoramic country and river views
  • See how many birds that are local to Figs on the Funcho that you can spot from the relaxed comfort of the shaded seating area
  • Starry skies and unforgettable sunsets
  • You can enjoy our location all year round with very pleasant sunshine and warm temperatures even in the winter 
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Relaxing massages on order

What’s included

Included in this package is accommodation in a well-appointed and relaxing double room, breakfast each day and dinner each evening. Lunch at Figs on the Funcho is included on most days depending on the walking route chosen. We will also come and pick you up from the airport at 15h00. 

There’s one of a few things that are not included, and they include entrance fees to any of the local attractions we visit whilst out sight-seeing, your drinks at Figs on the Funcho (we have an honesty bar at your disposal), and some lunches.

The Venue

Figs on the Funcho, crowned by LuxLife's Hospitality Award as "Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023", offers breathtaking country views that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings, let the stunning landscapes inspire you, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Our home-from-home, The River House, is the perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking modern comfort, privacy, and peace. This renovated 100-year-old farmhouse riverside property boasts an infinity swimming pool, 5 large bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 10 people with the option of single or double beds. 

In addition to the villa, The River House also offers the option of staying in our two luxurious safari tents in the garden with stunning river views. Each tent can accommodate up to 2 guests, providing a unique and immersive nature experience. So, whether you choose to stay in the villa or one of our safari tents, you're sure to have an unforgettable and restorative getaway.

Getting here

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using to check flights or contact Karen Thorpe from Not Just Travel who can assist you via email or call her directly at +44 07397802770.

The nearest airport is Faro and is a 45 minute drive by car. 

The nearest train station is S.B. Messines

Transfers from Faro airport are included in the price. Your hosts will arrange one 15h00 pickup on arrival day, and one transfer on departure day.

Check-in from 15h00 - 22h00 (no later).

Check-out will be after breakfast.

What to Bring

Sun hat, sun cream, and suitable footwear for walking to explore different paths 

Your swimming costume to enjoy the pool and wetsuits and swimming shoes for wild swimming or canoeing in the dam. I strongly advise wearing swimming shoes for all river activities.

Something warm to relax in at night

Re-useable water bottle 

Binoculars, walking sticks (highly recommended), good walking shoes, windbreaker and waterproof jacket

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel until 30 days before arrival and you shall be entitled to a refund of the total amount paid by you to us in relation to such booking less a cancellation charge equal to the amount of the Deposit paid by you.

You will be charged the total price of the reservation if you cancel in the 30 days before arrival. If you don’t show up you will be charged the total price of the reservation.    

What’s included

  • Welcome drinks
  • Guided Walks
    Guided nature walk every day
  • Accommodation
    Spacious, comfortable accommodation. Single or double beds with shared spacious bathroom or double room with bathroom en-suite
  • Meals
    Breakfast and dinner. Packed lunch or a picnic is provided on most walks except when you eat at a local restaurant at your cost (not included: alcoholic drinks (honesty bar provided))
  • Airport Transfers
    We’ll have one Faro airport pick-up at 15h00 for the group. We can arrange airport transfers for you at other times for your cost.
  • Cleaning
    Mid week room clean and towel change
  • Towels
    Bath and swimming pool towels
  • Wifi

What’s not included

  • Activities
    Optional activities such as massages or horse riding
  • Insurance
    Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Drinks
    Alcoholic drinks and cool drinks, we have an honesty bar
  • Airfares
    Airfares to Portugal
  • Meals
    Some lunches depending on the walking route chosen

Available Packages

Private Room Shared Bathroom 1 person
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Rooms with views of the river and modern shared bathroom with double basins. 

Deposit: €293
Private room with en-suite 2 People
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Rooms with river views and en-suite bathroom.

Deposit: €698
Private Room Shared Bathroom 2 persons
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Deposit: €425


Day 1
Arrival Day

Arrive from 14h00 to settle into your accommodation and enjoy the stunning yet tranquil riverside location that is surrounded by panoramic views.

Join us for welcome drinks at 18h30, on the waterfront deck, where you will have the opportunity to meet your walking group and enjoy the sunset. Dinner will be enjoyed outdoors (weather permitting), where you will be served a wholesome vegetarian meal that was lovingly prepared by your hosts, Graham and Cheryl.

After dinner enjoy a cheese platter served with port under the carob trees.  

Later you can retreat into your beautiful rooms for the evening and relax ahead of the first full day of your walking holiday in the Algarve. 

Guests need to arrive before 22h00 otherwise arrival needs to occur the following morning.

Your Organizer

Figs on the Funcho
22 reviews
🏆LuxLife Hospitality Award: Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 Cheryl & Graham, co-founders of Figs on the Funcho, share their love for the Algarve through culinary, walking & painting packages. With 20 years of experience, they explore the best beaches, restaurants, and villages for a memorable experience. Passionate about cooking, they draw inspiration from culinary experts like Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Sami Tamimi, and Jamie Oliver. Their retreats offer healthy and delicious vegetarian meals, delighting all taste buds.


A lovely day out, with the experience to enjoy preparing and cooking some new food dishes, with other ‘foodies’ ! Graham & Cheryl are excellent hosts with a relax and welcoming atmosphere. Great location ‘out in the wilds’ of the beautiful Algarve ! I Can recommend it to any of you looking for ‘something different to enjoy’ 😎
By Alan C for Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route: A Journey Through Africa on Apr 12, 2024
Thank you Alan, lovely to meet up with you
By Figs on the Funcho on Apr 13, 2024
We had a great day and enjoyed our brunch.
By Karen M for Ottolenghi Inspired Vegetarian Brunch on Mar 21, 2024
Cheryl & Graham were the perfect hosts, thank you in a beautiful setting, easy going pace, cooking lunch an enjoyable experience, very well organised & lots of tips as you go.. delicious food & company in very relaxed atmosphere, highly recommend 👌 Maureen 🇮🇪
By Maureen S for Ottolenghi Inspired Vegetarian Brunch on Mar 13, 2024
My friend and I attended the vegetarian cooking class recently. We have taken classes together all over the world and this was one of our best experiences. It was very welcoming (even though we arrived early) and it was also very organized. The other participants were lovely to meet and the setting was beautiful. The lunch was delicious and plentiful ( as was the wine) I would recommend the class to anyone.
By Mary Linda B for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop (copy) on Mar 04, 2024
I found joy in cooking again at Figs on the Fungo. It gave me a push to take up my Ottolenghi cookbooks. Without these workshops, I would never have made tahini and humus myself, which are much tastier than the ones you buy in the shop. Cheryl and Graham make you feel right at home in their cosy kitchen and are the most friendly and flexible persons. It's cooking without stress and meeting new nice people. Lunch together on a lovely terrace with an astonishing view and a heavenly dessert from Laura (their daughter) on top! I am already looking forward to the upcoming Ottolenghi inspired Brunch workshop.
By Leen V for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop on Feb 21, 2024
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