Monday 27 February 2023

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is supposed to be one of the most beautiful trails in Portugal, and possibly the world!

It is an incredible route and we were told that it took six hours to walk it, out and back. However, we had on our jogging gear, and super new tiny rucksacks, so we thought that we would be quicker.

We also had to run an extra 5k to get to the starting point and back.
 There was a lot of walking and climbing going on, but the views were incredible.

There is a section at a place called Benagil where dozens of speed boats and canoes were heading in to the caves from the sea, and is supposed to be amazing. It can't be seen from the shore so instead we stopped for a quick coffee and yet another pastel de nata.

All along the cliffs are huge sink holes where the rock has been worn away and sometimes you can see down to the bottom and the waves below. Most of them just look like scary wells but fortunately they are all fenced off so we couldn't fall in to them.

This is the turnaround point of the route and this beach is classed as one of the top 100 in the world, although to me all of the beaches in the Algarve have been as good.

Every single one has been really clean, beautiful sand, often lots of shells and lovely waves.

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