About WalkAlgarve


 

WalkAlgarve was born out of academia. In fact, what started out as a simple assignment for our Land Use Planning class at the University of the Algarve has slowly evolved into Algarve’s largest website for nature enthusiasts. Many years ago there was not a single web-based service that would advise and inform about the natural attractions of this gorgeous Portuguese region where the natural heritage is still overlooked by visitors. We really wanted to change that situation.

As keen birdwatchers and outdoor aficionados, WalkAlgarve allowed us to showcase the region’s rich avifauna and beautiful landscapes. We were also highly critical of the predicament faced by many towns, villages and landscapes in the Algarve: unfortunately, in order to attract tourists during the 80s and 90s, both private and public players started to promote and develop sprawling monstrosities like Quarteira and Monte Gordo; in addition, precious bird hotspots like Pera Marsh and the Vilamoura Reed Beds were – and still are – under existencial threat due to unrestrained, myopic urban development.

Because of these threats, we need our visitors to know and to enjoy the Algarve’s natural spaces in order to protect the region’s coast and countryside from a quite sad and irreversible faith. Such public and private players must see with their own eyes that ecotourism is a vital part of the local economy and that ethical forms of economic activity can be both lucrative and sustainable. We must also reward local communities and small businesses making an effort to preserve their cultural and ecological legacy.

At WalkAlgarve.com, our activities have been devoted to this very purpose. This is the reason why we established a cooperation with A Rocha Life, a differentiated touristic operator imbued with strong ethics and a wealth of experience about the Algarve’s landscapes, ecological challenges and wildlife (and they have raving customer reviews too!).

Much to our happiness, over the years WalkAlgarve has become a reference for visitors wishing to discover the Algarve’s natural spaces. And from the smallest personal blog to one of the leading luxury hotel chains in the world, our website has been singled out as the place to go in order to find reliable information on the region’s landscapes and wildlife.

TripAdvisor – the largest travel website in the world – also features prominently WalkAlgarve on their pages about many attractions in the Algarve (like the Alvor Boardwalk or the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, among numerous others). Being accountable and under the spotlight only adds to our sense of responsibility. Without a doubt, we’ll do our utmost to maintain the credibility entrusted to us by the public and by these global companies.

We sincerely hope that our in-depth articles and distinct services are useful and rewarding for you: WalkAlgarve is here to serve you, to help you select the best and more sustainable touristic operators in the Algarve, and to fill your holidays with unforgettable experiences. Enjoy!
 

The WalkAlgarve Team:

Filipe Moreira & Bruno Figueiredo