Short Walking Holiday Algarve

São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

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Figs on the Funcho
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May 2 - 5, 2024
Group size: 6 - 10
Short Walking Holiday Algarve
São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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18 reviews

May 2 - 5, 2024
Group size: 6 - 10

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 3-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.

Walking Routes

The Historical Battle Trail - a beautiful 14km route following the River Funcho, passing the ‘secret pond’, before reaching the iconic ‘church hill’. On the hill, a large picture-tiled plaque depicts the historic 1834 Sant’Ana battle. This shows the army positions and the site where they erected a field hospital. This important historic artefact is sure to teach you about the noteworthy Portuguese history in this region, immersing you in Portuguese culture. Enjoy a delightful picnic prepared by Cheryl and Graham, in the hill top, while taking in the countryside vistas.


Choose one of the walking routes below:


Funcho View Walk - Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and marvel at the wonders of nature as you embark on a walk through the captivating Funcho reservoir. Traverse the low-lying hills, observe buzzing beehives, admire beautiful heather, and discover charming ruins along the way. With uninterrupted views and stunning scenic backgrounds, this 12km hike promises to leave you in awe. Enjoy a delightful picnic prepared by Cheryl and Graham, nestled under the pine trees, while taking in the panoramic views over the river. If needed, the walk can be adjusted to suit your fitness ability.


Archaeological Circuit of Vilarinha – a journey from prehistory to the middle ages. The 8.5km  walking route is rich in archaeological remains, proving to be a journey in time from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. The route is also near the reproduction centre for the endangered Iberian lynx that is on the verge of extinction in Algarve.
On this route you’ll be visiting the Necropolis of Pedreirinha, dating back to the Early Middle Ages. This beautiful piece of Portugal’s history is composed of two adult and one children’s sepulchres. Enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch in the heart of the Algarve Countryside.

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

The Venue

Figs on the Funcho, crowned by LuxLife's Hospitality Award as "Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023", offers breath-taking country views that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity 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. 

Check-in / Check-out

Check-in from 16h00. Guests are requested to arrive before 21h00; otherwise, arrival should be scheduled for the following morning.

Check-out will be after the 09h00 breakfast.

What to Bring

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

Something warm to relax in at night

Re-useable water bottle 

Binoculars, walking sticks (highly recommended for the Archaeological walk), good walking shoes, windbreaker and waterproof jacket.

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

Please Note:  Check water levels in advance for optimal water sport experiences during dry periods in the Algarve.

How to get here

If you not taking advantage of the transfer service from the Albufeira Bus Station then for those arriving by train, disembark at Messines-Alte train station and choose a quick 5-minute taxi ride to reach the villa.


If you're flying into Faro airport, you have two options: either take the train to Messines-Alte and select a 5-minute taxi ride to the villa or opt for a 45-minute airport taxi transfer directly to the villa.


Directions on Google map can be viewed here

What if it rains?

The weather can significantly vary year on year, making it quite unpredictable. Although the expected rainfall in the Algarve in May is minimal, in the event of rain, we will assess the scheduled walking paths and opt for alternative routes less prone to mud. You can access the monthly weather averages for the Silves region by clicking here.

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. Two picnic lunches.
  • Transfers
    One Albufeira Bus Station pick up at 15h30 and one at 10h00 on departure day.
  • 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
  • Travel Costs
    Travel cost to the Algarve
  • Meals
    One Lunch

Available Packages

Green Room Shared, Occupant 1
only 1 left

Sharing the upstairs Green Room: Located upstairs, this room provides picturesque river views and shares a modern bathroom equipped with dual basins.


If you're uncertain about your bedroom selection, consider exploring all the bedrooms in the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€525
Deposit: €200
Green Room Shared, Occupant 2
only 1 left

Sharing the upstairs Green Room: Located upstairs, this room provides picturesque river views and shares a modern bathroom equipped with dual basins.


If you're uncertain about your bedroom selection, consider exploring all the bedrooms in the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€525
Deposit: €200
Purple Room Shared, Occupant 1
only 1 left

Sharing the upstairs Purple Room with a companion involves delighting in the presence of dual skylights and utilising the contemporary bathroom equipped with twin basins and a shower, all shared among occupants.


If you're uncertain about your bedroom selection, consider exploring all the bedrooms in the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€525
Deposit: €200
Purple Room Shared, Occupant 2
only 1 left

Sharing the upstairs Purple Room with a companion involves delighting in the presence of dual skylights and utilising the contemporary bathroom equipped with twin basins and a shower, all shared among occupants.


If you're uncertain about your bedroom selection, consider exploring all the bedrooms in the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€525
Deposit: €200
Zebra Room Single, Occupant
only 1 left

Single Occupancy in the Zebra Room: Located upstairs, this room provides picturesque river views and shares a modern bathroom equipped with dual basins.


If you're unsure about your choice of bedroom, we encourage you to explore all the available options within the villa.


If you prefer to room with a friend kindly send an email to email graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request. 

€585
Deposit: €200
Teal Room, Single Occupant
only 1 left

This expansive ground-floor bedroom includes an en-suite bathroom and double doors that lead to the garden. Take a glimpse of the bedroom here.


If you're unsure about your choice of bedroom, we encourage you to explore all the available options within the villa.


If you prefer to share a room with a companion, kindly send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€849
Deposit: €200
Main Room Shared, Occupant 1
only 1 left

Explore this roomy ground-floor bedroom showcasing an en-suite bathroom and double doors that lead onto the garden. The bed can be arranged as two singles or combined as a double. Take a look at the bedroom.


If you're unsure about your choice of bedroom, we encourage you to explore all the available options within the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€699
Deposit: €200
Main Room Shared, Occupant 2
only 1 left

Explore this roomy ground-floor bedroom showcasing an en-suite bathroom and double doors that lead onto the garden. The bed can be arranged as two singles or combined as a double. Take a look at the bedroom.


If you're unsure about your choice of bedroom, we encourage you to explore all the available options within the villa.


Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request and confirm availability.

€699
Deposit: €200
Two Person Safari Tent With Shared Bath
Pre-registration

Two person in a Glamping Safari tent with a shared bathroom. Check out details for more information on our glamping tents. 

€910
Deposit: €235
One Person Safari Tent With Shared Bath
only 1 left

One person in a Glamping Safari tent with a shared bathroom. Check out details for more information on our glamping tents. 


If you prefer to room with a friend kindly send an email to email graham@figsonthefuncho.com to make this request. 

€585
Deposit: €200


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day from 16h00

We'll pick you up from the agreed-upon location or, if you've opted for a different route, we'll warmly welcome you at the riverside villa. Take your time settling into your accommodation, surrounded by peace and tranquillity.


Join us for welcome drinks at 18h30 on the waterfront deck, offering a chance to meet your walking group and relish the sunset. Weather permitting, dinner will be served outdoors, featuring a wholesome vegetarian meal thoughtfully prepared by your hosts, Graham and Cheryl. After dinner, savour a cheese platter with port beneath the carob trees.


Later, retreat to your beautiful rooms to unwind before the first full day of your Algarve walking holiday. 


Guests are requested to arrive before 21h00; otherwise, arrival should be scheduled for the following morning.

Your Organizer


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Figs on the Funcho
18 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.

Reviews

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
My sister and I had a wonderful time! We love the recepies and the very kind and patient chef and his two family assistants. The food was delicious. And, the beautiful premises completed the whole picture. We can definitely recommend this cooking class 👍🏼😋👌🏼
By Bela d for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop on Feb 19, 2024
Lovely way to spend a few hours, in a lovely venue, learning new techniques to cook tasty and delicious vegetarian meals.
By Marion B for Ottolenghi Inspired - Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking on Jan 23, 2024
We had a super fun day on this Ottolenghi inspired workshop. It was a chance to learn some new cooking skills and try new Mediterranean-inspired recipes. We enjoyed meeting other like-minded cooks and sharing a lunch together. I'd highly recommend Cheryl and Graham's Figs on the Funcho enterprise.
By lesley s for Ottolenghi Inspired - Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking on Jan 22, 2024
NF
Hosts Cheryl and Graham are super friendly and welcoming. The workshop feels more like a group of friends getting together such is their openness to share their beautiful home.
By Nicole F for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop on Jan 11, 2024
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