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Algarve, Portugal

A guide to running in the Algarve region, including Olhão, Faro, Vilamoura, Albuferia, Alvor, Lagos, and Sagres

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More than 7 million people visit south Portugal’s Algarve area annually, to enjoy the area’s scenic coastline, great beaches, and fantastic weather. The area spans some 150 km from Altura in the east to Odeceixe in the northwest. We’ve researched some of the most scenic and accessible places to run in the Algarve, focused on the coastal areas. This includes a series of waterfront promenades, marina loops, salt marsh trails, and cliff-top paths in Olhão, Faro, Vilamoura, Albuferia, Alvor, Lagos, and Sagres, plus a couple of interior natural parks and popular trails. See the video preview!

A couple of notes about running in the Algarve. The coastline is long but rugged, so there aren’t as many longer coastal routes as in some of our southern Spain locations. Also, it can be hot in summer, and many of the running routes are open and exposed, so take the proper sun/hydration precautions! And for dozens more coastal running routes, see our guides in southern Spain, just across the border — Andalucia/Costa de la Luz, Gibraltar, and Costa del Sol.

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Video ThumbnailLocated 10 km east of Faro, Olhão is a small town with a pleasant waterfront and marina. From Olhão, there are ferries to Ilha da Culatra, which has a lovely beach and walking trails. We have three recommended running routes in this area: Waterfront and Old Town Tour. It's a decent 5 km out and back
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Olhão Area Running Options

Algarve, Portugal

Best running in this small town east of Faro is a ~5 km route along a waterfront promenade and marina; a nearby 3 km nature trail from the HQ of Ria Formosa Natural Park; and a wooden boardwalk trail on Ilha da Culatra, reachable by ferry.
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Ria Formosa Natural Park

Algarve, Portugal

This large natural park spread over 18,000 hectares is considered one of Portugal's seven natural wonders. It's a tranquil estuary of fresh and saltwater lagoons, islands and marshes. We recommend a few of the nature trails for running. VIDEO EXCERPTS!
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Fonte Benémola

Algarve, Portugal

Reservoir set in 400 hectares of protected land near Loulé. The 4 km loop trail is a rustic landscape of meadows, woodland and rural farmland. Sights include freshwater springs, damns, watermills, old lime kilns and ancient waterwheels.
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