Nature Your dream is our destiny
Gastronomy We're crazy for the flavours and secrets of our own land.
History Come visit Algarve and Alentejo. We'll go with you
Culture Your trip is our trip
We are travellers and explorers of our own country. Walking through mountains and plains, we like to feel the wind, smell the air, observe each bird, touch the hot stones and the old trees. We take our senses on a trip.
Southern Tracks is recognized as a Nature Tourism company by Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e da Biodiversidade.
Age 47. Has worked for many years as a guide in the Serra Algarvia and journeyed several times from Portimão to Évora by foot and also along the shoreline from Troia to Sagres. He used photographs to record his passage through the beautiful countryside of his homeland – the Algarve and also the Alentejo – hoping to draw attention to the undisputed beauty of this land, unknown to most tourists.
He used a Kayak to explore places such as Alqueva or the Ria Formosa, and the entire algarvian coastline. He travelled through Africa in 1991, 1993, 1997, 2003 and 2011: crossed the Sahara and the Kalahari, passed through Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina, Argelia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau – where he travelled by Kayak visiting the Bissagos Islands! He has had many adventures with his colleague Rogério Calvário travelling from the North to the South of our country, including their winter visits to Gerês to see the Wolves and the Garranos.
Age 46. His long lasting friendship with Vitor has taken him on countless adventures to explore many wild and inhospitable places of our country. A guide in the Serra Algarvia, he has an unrivalled knowledge of beautiful landscapes and areas of special environmental interest, areas only accessible by foot.
He knows the Algarve and the Alentejo like the back of his hand, often using the Kayak to explore along the way, like those journeys between Sagres and the Guadiana, and naturally the Ria Formosa. Ha has spent long stays in Alqueva during the winter for bird watching and to enjoy a profound contact with nature. A natural born explorer, excellent host, tireless in his attention, he personifies Portuguese hospitality and has a “can’t say no” attitude when it comes to adventure. Trained in Bird watching, he has more recently dedicated himself to the study and observation of Cetacea and waterfowl.
We will paint your day with colours and smells. If you are unfamiliar with our land and don't know where to start, you can count on us. We have trips and programs designed specifically for you to choose from, so what do you want to do today? Choose and we'll go with you.
Your trip is our trip. We know where the beauty, the wonders and life of our land are. Tell us what you dreamt of and we'll take you there.
We are at your service. Just tell us from where you want to leave from. We'll be the guardians of your will. We'll take you with us carefully and responsively on the tour of your dreams.
Your precautions are now ours. We have a full kit for your trip. Safety is our priority, we know where to eat, where to sleep, how to go and to return. See our recommendations here.
We respect your physical condition. The trip's intensity and skill level are adequate to the effort you can and want to make. We'll just spice it up a little bit...
Alentejo and Algarve hide magical destinations. Your trip starts here.
At the top of the ancient stairs of yellow iron, a house with a living room, bedroom, dining room, kitchen and toilet. And lots of windows, and lots of sunshine!
The house is equipped with everything: pots, pans, cups, plates, cutlery, dishes, towels, sheets, detergents, hot water, microwave, fridge, hotplate. Everything to make you feel at home.
Guests have access to the entire house, exclusively. Will not have to share with anyone else. The kitchen is fully equipped, the bed made with crisp sheets and towels from the bathroom (and smelling!) waiting.
The neighbors are born there, people who know a lot and lived a lot longer. We will receive you with a beautiful smile and want to know more and to “help with anything you need!”
There is the famous 28 tram, that you can see from the window. Also the bus is available. On this hill there is no Metro, but you will find it in 10 minute walk.
Neighborhood of fishermen and fishwives (varinas), the Madragoa is a traditional district of Lisbon, at the mouth of the Tagus River. Neighborhood with hundreds of years of history, serves as inspiration for many Fados. Neighborhood of narrow streets, authentic, full of life and history of the people, where the smell of warm bread is felt overnight. The Madragoa is a must for anyone who wants to know the real Lisbon. The Joy of Madragoa is just one of the many joys of this neighborhood, filled with cozy corners, full of details and secrets of life that we will not forget. The Joy of Madragoa is a dollhouse full of history, with a small kitchen on the ground floor, an en-suite bathroom and a cozy space to enjoy a good meal. On the 1st floor, the room gets us closer to the sky and dreams – and a small room with a window to let in the voices of neighbors who greet each other and the warm smell of Lisbon. Supermarket: 2 minutes, grocery store: across the street, bars: 5 minutes, 24 de Julho: 5 minutes, bus; 2 minutes and subway: 10 minutes.
Walking into the nature, for more than a day, it is the dream of many. But knowing sightseeing, where to go, how to go and how to go back, only with many years of experience is achieved. Southern Tracks has prepared for you the best rides without having to worry about the logistics.
Between cliffs by the coast or inland villages, walking through hills in Algarve or Alentejo plains … we are talking about the destinations that our team is eager to show you.
At the River, Dam or Sea…
The largest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam, over Guadiana, in the heart of the deep Alentejo surrounded by stunning locations such as Monsaraz, Mourao, Granja, Estrela, and others, is undoubtedly the most beautiful place to enjoy a kayak and whiling away the time.
We paddle along the sandy beaches which can only be reached by sea. We entered the caves and “algares” where the light passes through openings in the ceiling and spotlights that project in the sparkling emerald water. Among many waves you can swim in the warm waters of the South and enjoy a nice meal in the secluded beach.
A unique opportunity to walk for several days with our experienced guides in the wilds of the Algarve and Alentejo. Along rivers and limpid waters surrounded by fauna and flora … sometimes with the opportunity to take a refreshing bath in authentic natural pools in river rocky waters. The privileged position of these regions allows the observation of a starry sky for 95% of the year.
Opportunity to observe the largest owl in the world – the Eagle Owl – or the European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, the Bonelli’s eagle or the Bee Eater. We will also be surprised by the presence of some wild boars, deers, badgers, foxes, Otters, Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagles… two of most endangered species of the world.
The rivers that flow into the sea, forming small ponds and wetlands, are important feeding and nesting areas, to límiculas (and others), creating habitat for our avifauna.
The approximation made with non-motorized vehicles provides a more intimate and non-intrusive contact with these animals. For this purpose we use kayaks that move silently in shallow waters and are indetected by most birds, which turns the observation easier.
Walking is the best way to enter the heart of nature. Through hills and rivers, we'll give you the big picture of all surrounding nature and wildlife. Time is needed to watch and notice the small details of this scenario and therefore we'll never exceed 10kms of walk a day.
The villages in the south of Portugal are rural settlements with low population densities and have amazing ancient multi cultural histories. Romans, Muslims and Arabs passed on to us the task of showing the world the beauty of their architecture, the richness of their stories and culture, together with the flavours and aromas of their cuisine.
Typical Portuguese hospitality awaits curious travellers… such as you!
Starting at Alcoutim, we’ll make a tour through the region visiting the park at Cova dos Mouros (an old copper mine) at then start the walk at Giões. The dirt track continues for approximately 10kms, passing through the abandoned village of Viçoso, and towards the Aldeia de Velhas. Passing through Tesouro, the journey ends at Alcaria Cova de Cima.
Watermills are the oldest known means of harvesting kinetic energy. Grindstones and wheels, moved by water running underneath the mill structure, once turned grain into flour. Nowabandoned, these watermills are now an important point of interest for those who have a writer’s imagination… or the eye of a photographer.
Starting at the bridge at Giões, this 10km walk passes points of interest such as the Moinho do Alferes, where you can see a colony of horseshoe bats. After that we’ll head to Águas Santas de Besteiros to see some of the emblematic birds of this region, such as the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), the Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), and occasionally the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). The trip ends in the small and picturesque village of Moinhos de Vento de Cima with lunch at Balurcos.
The Ria Formosa is a marshland that extends for 60 kms and is one of the most beautiful parks in the Algarve. Being a natural park, this area of saltworks, small sandy beaches, firm agriculturable land and fresh water streams is protected.
Habitat of many waterfowl, it’s a wetland of international importance covered by the Ramsar convention whereupon the Portuguese Government committed itself to maintain this area’s environmental characteristics and to nurture its rational use. Our team takes you on one of the most beautiful trips of your live leaving no trace behind (Leave no Trace concept) and offering you unforgettable moments.
The Mina de S. Domingos was already being explored for gold, silver and copper even before the roman invasion. In 1965, after over 100 years of exploring the subsoil in galleries that go up to 400 meters deep, the British company Mason & Barry closed the mine and reported it as depleted.
We start at Alcoutim, heading towards Mértola to visit the village and the castle. Heading out to Pomarão, we stop for a visit at Mina de S. Domingos and a splash at Tapada before passing Pulo do Lobo. An opportunity to watch birds of prey.
Deer, wild boar, fox, lynx, otters and all kinds of birds such as the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Red Kites (Milvus milvus), Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and Imperial Eagles (Aquila heliaca) are commonly seen in these areas.
1st Day – Starting at Cabo de S. Vicente this 8 km walk visits rocky formations that are only accessible by foot. Lunch is at Vila do Bispo and the trip ends at Ponta Ruiva.
2nd Day – Car ride until Ponta Ruiva, then the walk starts at Praia do Amado until Rocha da Agulha. Approximately 10 kms through a dune where rare plants have found an excellent habitat. Lunch is on the schisty hills.
3rd- Car ride until the ruined fortress at Arrifana, where the walk starts. Fascinating, breathtaking landscapes, over the hills and close to the sea, where you can visit some archaeological places that date back to the Arabian period. After passing the beautiful beaches of Montes Clérigos and Amoreira, the river bars our passage. At the river, we head down to Carreagem’s beach to see the rock formations, natural swimming pools and fresh water springs. Return by car.
The village of Alqueva named the biggest dam in Western Europe, the Alqueva Dam.
An excellent opportunity to watch waterfowl, highlighting the Grou (Grus grus) concentration at Granja and Ribeira de Alcarrache and the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) and Bustards (Otis tarda) at Mourão. The large lake and its many islands … discover their treasures, riverside villages and beautiful reflexes.
Visit to Monsaraz, passing by the Xerez’s Cromlech and heading to Lagoa dos Patos (Odivelas Dam) for some more bird watching where you can see waterfowl such as the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Possible stop at a Cuba cellar along the way.
If you are the kind of person who is not much into trekking or physical activity but still want to see the fauna and flora of our region, we have small trips that will allow you to see species such as the Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), the Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Aythyae, Little Grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Gadwalls (Anas strepera) and the icon of the Algarve – the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio).
A one or two hour trip, with luch along the way so you can taste some algarvian delicacies, that will surely amaze you by having so many experiences in so little time.
For those people who want to combine exercise with nature, we’ve planned a trip that will fill your day with beautiful landscapes. This will allow you to connect with the local rural population, the fauna and flora and of course, bird watching will play an important roll for its fans.
These trips will last from 3 to 5 hours of leisure walking with some stops along the way, ending at about 5 pm. Lunch will be served on the road, full of surprises and flavours.
We have programs that can last 3 to 5 days, for those people who are looking to connect with the deep wilderness of our region. Venturing into the deep and unknown Algarve, the isolation makes it easier to see some of the most shy species.
Our experienced guides will take you on a journey to discover secrets and experiences that only the most passionate people can live. It’s all about nature.
The Southern Tour is a trip of 6 to 8 days around the Algarve and Alentejo.
It is designed for families or groups of friends with a mixture of adventure, discovery, cultural and culinary journey. Depending on each group, this trip will have has the main attraction oenology, nature, hiking, the botanica – or others. With a maximum limit of 7 persons who may be housed in cottages or tents, for those who prefer a privileged contact with nature.
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1st Day – Starting at Cabo de S. Vicente this 8 km walk visits rocky formations that are only accessible by foot. Lunch is at Vila do Bispo and the trip ends at Ponta Ruiva. 2nd Day – Car ride until Ponta Ruiva, then the walk starts at Praia do Amado until Rocha da Agulha. Approximately 10 kms through a dune where rare plants have found an excellent habitat. Lunch is on the schisty hills. 3rd- Car ride until the ruined fortress at Arrifana, where the walk starts. Fascinating, breathtaking landscapes, over the hills and close to the sea, where you can visit some archaeological places that date back to the Arabian period. After passing the beautiful beaches of Montes Clérigos and Amoreira, the river bars our passage. At the river, we head down to Carreagem’s beach to see the rock formations, natural swimming pools and fresh water springs. Return by car.25/09/2012
1st Day – Starting at Cabo de S. Vicente this 8 km walk visits rocky formations that are only accessible …
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Rua Cristóvão de Figueiredo nº 21, porta 11
1600-049, Lisboa - Portugal
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