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.