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Serra de Monchique and the Seven Hanging Valleys

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Cliffs in Algarve

Serra de Monchique and the Seven Hanging Valleys

Condições Gerais

The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, registered under the name of Papa-Léguas, Agência de viagens e turismo Lda, with headquarters at Rua Conde de Sabugosa nº 3F, 1700-115 Lisbon. The agency is registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.

  1. Activities are understood to be all those that include:
  • One-day hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain;
  • Weekend hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain.
  • Travel photography courses; 
  • Travel, nature and image editing workshops;
  • Weekend nature photography workshops;
  • Travel writing workshops.

2.1. You must register for the activity you wish to participate in, through the website by completing the respective online form. After registering, you will have 72 hours to make the payment. If you register less than 24 hours before the start of the activity, you must make the payment by 5:00 PM on the last working day preceding it.

2.2. Your registration is only considered valid after payment is made. You can make the payment using different methods: in cash at the office of Papa-Léguas or by bank transfer to the provided IBAN, which will be sent to you in the registration email.

2.3. If payment is not made at the office of Papa-Léguas, you must validate it (bank transfer) by sending the proof of payment to the email or by fax to 218452693.

2.4. After payment validation, our staff will send an email indicating the status of the reservation:

2.4.1. The reservation is confirmed when the activity has reached the minimum group size required for its realization and the maximum group size has not been reached yet. The client's spot in the activity is guaranteed.

2.4.2. The reservation is canceled when the minimum group size required for the activity has not been reached. The activity will not take place, and the client will be fully refunded.

2.4.3. The reservation is placed on the waiting list when the maximum number of participants has been reached, but a reservation has been accepted in the meantime. Our services will contact the client to provide further updates.

2.5. Pre-registrations by phone, fax, written messages, emails, or any other form of message transmission are not accepted, as well as on site payments on the day of the activity.


3.1. The prices of the activities are based on factors such as service costs, insurance, and entrance fees to museums, parks, etc. The price includes the Value Added Tax (VAT) in effect, whenever applicable. Papa-Léguas reserves the right to change the prices of the activities without prior notice.

3.2. The prices of the activities do not include meals and transportation to the meeting point, unless otherwise stated and explicitly published on the activity page under the "includes" section.

3.3. Papa-Léguas may pair up individual clients for activities that involve overnight stays in hotels or similar accommodations, based on gender and chronological order of registration. Any participant who remains isolated will be required to pay the respective single supplement (when applicable), as indicated on the activities page.


4.1. If a client registered for a specific activity wishes to change their registration to another activity or to the same activity on a different date, they may do so under the following conditions:

4.1.1 - Notify Papa-Léguas at least 72 hours in advance of the activity start time.

4.1.2 - There must be availability for the desired activity change. If there are any change fees, the client will be responsible for covering them.

4.2. If the activity is canceled by the organization, clients will receive a FULL REFUND of their registration fee.

4.3. The organizing agency is permitted to change the order of activities, routes, and departure times, if there are justifications for doing so.


5.1. The client can cancel a one-day activity and receive a full refund if the cancellation is made up to 72 hours before the activity's start time. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

For weekend activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks in advance of the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. In activities that require hotel reservations, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. For weekend photography activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least one month before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

5.2. The no-show of the customer at the designated location, date, and time for the start of the activity is considered a cancellation and will result in the total loss of the payment made, with no right to claim a refund.

5.3. Non-appearance is defined as delays equal to or exceeding 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time.


6.1. Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the end of provision of services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the client may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund, as provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, is a member of the Customer Advocate for Travel and Tourism Agencies. To benefit from this service, you must submit your complaint in writing within 20 working days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to promptly comply with the decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Portuguese National Tourism Authority through, within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of awareness of the impossibility of its realization due to reasons attributable to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs through


7.1. The insurance included in all Papa-Léguas activities covers:

  • Death: €5000;
  • Permanent disability: €5500;
  • Treatment expenses: €500.

Please find all relevant information about your insurance here.

Líder da Micro Tour

Luís Dias

Reservations and Customer Service, Tour leader

I often say that my work is a hobby. In addition to being a guide, traveler and hiker, I work full-time at the agency as responsible for the office hours, travel consultancy and client contact. I lead the pedestrian walks in Portugal.

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Do not hesitate to call us. We have a specialized team and we will be happy to talk to you.

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Details of Micro Tour

This weekend, we will get to know a different Algarve.

We may have never seen the Algarve from this perspective, but the region is composed of a great diversity of landscapes. There are Mediterranean shrublands and thickets, oak forests and riparian forests, karst regions or dry orchards, but also deserted beaches, cliffs, dune systems, and the marvelous and vast blue sea.

We will get to know and admire some of these ecosystems during this weekend with two hikes, which explore the trails of Serra de Monchique and the coast of the Seven Suspended Valleys.

If the weather allows, we will take a boat ride along the coast and visit the Benagil cave, with this excursion taking place at the end of the Seven Suspended Valleys hike.

This weekend is guided by Luís Dias.

Why this Micro Tour is a must?
  • We hike the trails of the Seven Hanging Valleys;
  • We will climb to Fóia, the highest place in the Serra de Monchique and the Algarve;
  • We will take a boat ride on the coast of Benagil;
  • We'll stay at a 4-star hotel in Lagoa.


  • Accompaniment by Papa-Léguas guide during the entire weekend;
  • 2 Hotel Nights in double room;
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner;
  • 2 Guided pedestrian walks with historical and scientific background;
  • Boat trip along the coast and Benagil Cave;
  • Coffee and/or tea during the treks;
  • Travel insurance and aid.


  • Transport to the place of accommodation and during the activity;
  • All optional visits and activities;
  • All personal expenses;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Arrival in Lagoa

Arrival day at hotel in Lagoa, Portimão.

Depending on the arrival time of the participants, we may have an optional afternoon walking tour at Rocha da Pena, followed by dinner at the participant’s expense.

Alojamento: Hotel 4*Refeições: X
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 2 Seven Hanging Valleys Trail + boat ride

Breakfast at the hotel will be at 8:30 am. We will then travel in the participants' vehicles to the starting point of the hike. The starting point and direction of the route depend on the tides due to the boat ride.

Today, we will walk the trail of the Seven Suspended Valleys from Marinha Beach to Vale de Centeanes Beach.

This coastal stretch, besides its scenic beauty, holds geological secrets of great interest. Some of the most emblematic places we will pass by are Marinha and Carvalho Beaches, Benagil Cave, "Leixão dos ladrões," Carvoeiro Cape and Alfanzina Lighthouse, and finally Vale de Centeanes Beach.

After our arrival, we will head to the pier to embark on a tour that explores the coast from Portimão to Benagil Cave, with a return to Portimão.

We will return to the hotel around 5-6 pm, and you will have free time. Dinner will be at a restaurant, possibly in Silves.

Please note that the schedule may be altered or subject to changes due to weather conditions.

Length: 4,5 miles (Praia Vale de Centeanes - Praia da Marinha, or inverse)
Type: linear in marine environment, cliffs;
Trail: Paths on dirt and sand roads, cross-country;
Accumulated Slope: +278m, -281m;
Duration: 6-7 hours with stops and boat trip included;
Difficulty level: Moderate or level 2;
The guide will provide information about geology, biology, history and local folklore.
Points of interest: Benagil Cave, "Leixão dos Ladrões", Cape Carvoeiro and Alfanzina lighthouse, Vale de Centeanes Beach.

Alojamento: Hotel 4*Refeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 3 Foia Trail, Serra de Monchique

Breakfast at the hotel and at 8AM departure to Monchique for the Foia Trail, up to the highest point of the Algarve mountainous region (902m) and back down to Monchique. The Serra de Monchique - in geological terms - is the twin sister of the Serra de Sintra, as both are the result of a batholith of igneous rock that occurred about 80 million years ago.

Due to its proximity to the sea, the climate in Monchique has Atlantic but also Mediterranean characteristics, allowing for greater floristic biodiversity and the existence of rarities such as the Adelfeira (pontic rhododendron), a relic of the Laurissilva forests.

The trail starts in the town of Monchique and follows paths and slopes up to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve.

At Foia, the horizon opens up in all directions, and it is possible to see the Vicentine coast, the mountains to the north, and the succession of hills and valleys that descend to the southern coast. The view extends along the coastline to the Arade estuary to the east, and to Ponta da Piedade to the west.

In this stony, bushy environment, it is easy to spot some small birds such as the common whitethroat, the linnet, and the rock bunting. Then we descend to Monchique along the southeast slope, always accompanied by beautiful views to the east.

Length: 9 miles.
Type: Circular in a mountain environment;
Trail: paths and dirt roads, asphalt and cross-country;
Accumulated Slope: +610m, -610m;
Duration: 6 hours with stops;
Difficulty level: Moderate or level 3;
The guide will provide information about geology, biology, history and local folklore.
Points of interest: Monchique village, Alto da Foia, fauna and flora.

Alojamento: XRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:


Is this Micro Tour for me?

Yes, if you want to get to know Serra de Monchique and the coastline of the Seven Hanging Valleys on foot, then this Micro Tour is for you. It also includes a boat ride with views of the Benagil Cave, always accompanied by a Papa-Léguas guide.

Who will guide this Micro Tour?

It's Luís Dias, who, in addition to his experience in managing the group, will take you on a tour of Serra de Monchique and the coastline of the Seven Hanging Valleys.

What kind of accommodations do I stay in this weekend?

You will stay the two nights in a 4-star hotel in Lagoa, very close to Silves, Serra de Monchique and the coastline where we will trek along the Seven Hanging Valleys.

What kind of transportation do we use this weekend?

The participants' own vehicles will be used, but transportation sharing is common. Contact us if you need a ride or want to share your car with other participants. When you sign up, we will email you a program with all the details for getting to the meeting place.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

Not necessarily, we can check if there is another participant who would like to share a room, if there is none, then we'll charge a single room supplement.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

Take 50 euros that will be used to pay for Friday's dinner and food for the two hikes we will do during the weekend. This does not include expenses for gasoline and tolls.

Is insurance included in the program? What does it cover?

It is not included. Contact Papa-Léguas for more information regarding insurance.

What equipment is essential for this activity?

Hiking boots, daypack and canteen, equipment that will protect you from the weather.

Why is this trip a MICRO TOUR?

A great trip does not necessarily have to be measured by the number of days it takes. MICRO are trips that can take a morning or a long weekend. Usually they are in Portugal or across the border. We have already called them activities, but we think they should have the place they deserve. It's travel. They are MICRO and they are amazing.


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