Sete Vales Suspenso Hiking Trail and Boat Tour

This hiking trail runs along a dramatic limestone coastline in Algarve.

You can find this map and information about the trail on WalkAlgarve website.

Sete Vales Suspenso [Seven Hanging Valleys] showcases a series of stunning geological formations along the Algarve coastline. The cliffs, exposed to the sea, have been chiseled out by powerful winter storms, creating striking rock formations, caves and sinkholes.

The hiking trail spans from Praia Vale de Centianes [Centianes Valley Beach] in the west to Praia da Marinha [Navy Beach], allowing for traversal in either direction. The hike mainly takes place along the top of the coastal cliffs, close to the edge, with several ascents to reach secluded coves and sandy beaches along the route.

The trail is a moderately difficulty 12 km linear route (out and back). The most exposed sections are safely fenced off. There are numerous signs painted on posts and rocks to assist with navigation. However, for discovering the hidden grottoes and secluded coves along the path, the help of experienced guides is recommended.

Visitors at Praia de Benagil [Benagil Beach] have the option to embark on a boat tour, offering a different perspective of the cliffs. The tours include multiple stops at different sea caves and sinkholes, including the renowned Algar de Benagil [Benagil Cave].

The sea along the cliffs can be rough, requiring precautionary measures. Additionally, capturing photos in such conditions poses a significant challenge. During the summer season, the area can become quite crowded as boat tours depart from various major beaches, including those as far away as Lagos or Faro.

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