Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (Seven Hanging Valleys)
Met deze wandeling ondek je de Algarve op zijn best. Rotskusten, sinkholes, grotten enz.
De wandeling is een lastige wandeling van 11.5 km die start in Praia de Marinha en eindigt in Carvoeiro.
Het eerste stuk is minder lastig en is ook het mooist. Daarom raden we aan van enkel de eerste 4 km te doen tot in Benagil.
In Benagil kun je terecht in een zeer goed restaurant : O Pescador Benagil. Wel reserveren vooraf.
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Je kunt dan te voet terug naar je auto in Praia de Marinha, of je neemt een taxi terug.
Hier onder vind je een ruimere beschrijving van de volledige wandeling.
Een echte must!
The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (Seven Hanging Valleys) is one of the most scenic hiking routes of the Algarve. This moderately challenging hike trail of 11.5km (round trip) follows the stunning coastline between Vale de Centianes (Carvoeiro) in the west and the Praia da Marinha to the east.
This is a dramatic coastline formed of massive limestone cliffs that have been savagely eroded to create deep sea caves, perilous sink holes and majestic sea arches. Within the golden cliffs, winter streams have carved out wide valleys (the “hanging Valleys”), in which secluded beaches are sheltered from the power of the ocean.
Western start: GPS: 37.09179, -8.45365
• Eastern end: GPS: 37.09031, -8.41289
• Total distance (round trip) 11.5km
• Approximate time: 4-6hours
• Locations for food/drink break:
Alfanzina (200m inland from the lighthouse)
Benagil (on the route approximately half way)
Praia da Marinha beach bar at base of cliffs (seasonal)
Picnic area (GPS: 37.08899, -8.44182)
Highlights along the seven valleys
• Praia da Marinha
• The Arco Natural
• Benagil Caves
• Boat trip to Benagil Caves
• Praia do Vale Centeanes
• Praia do Carvalho
• Massive sink hole near the Farol de Alfanzina
• Farol de Alfanzina (more of a sight along the hike)
Is it worth doing ?
The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos is an outstanding hiking route which encompasses some of the finest natural scenery of the central Algarve. The trail could be described as a little rough in certain sections and it certainly is not a beautiful finished footpath, but there are sufficient signs and well-worn paths not to get lost, or wander off the edge of a cliff…..
The length of the return hike means that it can be accomplished within one day, when a moderate pace is set, but expect it to take much longer as the wonderful sights are taken in or photographed. The glorious beaches at either end of the route (the Praia da Marinha at the west and the Praia do Vale Centeanes in the east) make for a worthwhile reward for the long hike.
Please gloss over this section if you have an ounce of common sense, but it has to be stated:
• Don’t try to swim to Benagil Caves, at least two tourists die each year from this surprisingly difficult swim.
• Many of the cliffs are sheer with precarious overhangs that are not always apparent from the top; always stick to the path and don’t risk a fatal slip for a selfie.
• If it’s hot, take enough water as there are surprisingly few locations to purchase water or boast energy with a coffee.
• Flip-flops are not really a suitable footwear for a rocky path – wear decent shoes
• We suggest extra care after heavy winter rains, as this is when cliff collapses are most likely.
• And never, ever try to cycle the path
What is the best season for the hike?
The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos is best hiked during the spring or autumn, when the temperature is manageable. The spring months is when the plants of this harsh environment are in full bloom, whereas by the summer the flora has withered under the intense heat. This summer heat also significantly increases the challenge of the hike and is typically unsuitable for most tourists, an option for the summer is to divide the route into shorter, manageable sections.
Map of the Route
The hiking trail is well signed and the route is quiet easy to navigate as it just follows the coastline. For a detailed map of the region please click on the map her under :
The map is also provided by OpenStreetMap.com, which is an open source map project (similar ilk as Wikipedia) and provide some very accurate and detailed maps of Portugal. Best of all these free maps can be downloaded to your phone before the hike (so no need for internet connection while hiking). The phone app is called “OsmAnd” and can be found in the Android Playstore or Apple App Store; once the App is installed the Portuguese maps must be then downloaded.
Beaches along the route.
The beaches along the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos are as follows (this list is heading from west to east )
• Praia do Vale Centeanes – beautiful natural scenery (9/10)
• Praia do Vale Espinhaço – small beach which is one of the quietest beaches of the route (7/10)
• Praia do Carvalho – beautiful beach, which is reached via tunnel (8/10)
• Praia de Benagil – constant stream of tourist boats heading to the cave (7/10)
• Praia da Corredoura (only accessible by boat) – If you have a boat then its paradise in the summer
• Praia da Mesquita (really part of Praia da Marinha)
• Praia da Marinha – stunning setting and teeming sea life, just crowded in the summer (10/10)
Wij raden aan van een verkorte wandeling te maken. Start in Praia de Marinha en stop in Benagil. Evnetueel kun je doorwandelen tot aan de vuurtoren Farol de Alfanzina, maar verder wandelen in niet heel gemakkelijk meer. Het beste is van 's morgens te vertrekken, zodat je rond 10u30 in Praia de Marinha de wandeling kunt aanvangen. Tegen de middag ben je in Benagil, en kun je lunchen in de O Pescador.
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