Uncovering the Hidden Gems of the Algarve

São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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May 11 - 17, 2023
Group size: 5 - 12
Uncovering the Hidden Gems of the Algarve
São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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18 reviews

May 11 - 17, 2023
Group size: 5 - 12

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.

Your Accommodation

Nestled here in this idyllic location, with direct views over Barragem do Funcho and the river is The River House. Set back in the hills and surrounded by fig and carob trees, wildflowers, and pathways winding down to the water’s edge it offers complete privacy, un-interrupted views and panoramic views, this location is not to be underestimated in terms of providing you with a peaceful and relaxing holiday that will leave you feeling revitalised and truly relaxed. 

Take a look at the video of The River House that was originally a Portuguese farmhouse, and see how it has been tastefully and fully renovated to its current contemporary style. You can also learn more about The River House here

Getting here

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights or contact Karen Thorpe from Not Just Travel who can assist you via email karen.thorpe@notjusttravel.com 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

Rooms with views of the river and modern shared bathroom with double basins. 

Deposit: €293
Private room with en-suite 2 People

Rooms with river views and en-suite bathroom.

Deposit: €698
Private Room Shared Bathroom 2 persons
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
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.


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
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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