Europe has plenty of surprises hidden up her sleeve, but one that caught me completely unawares lately was the Alentejo Coast in Portugal.
Portugal’s Algarve, of course, is well known. It has sandy beaches, skyscrapers, scooped out waterways and hidden spots to boot.
Further up north is Alentejo, a rocky jigsaw of sand and surf, of wild flowers, family businesses, fresh eucalyptus and the mighty cork.
Pink petals sway against a bright blue sky. Shards of rock ruffle the incoming waves. Sweet family farms nestle between organic eco-chic retreats and small tavernas.
All of which make it the perfect place to put one boot in front of the other and head off on a beautiful walk.
And the sense of solitude and freedom as one boot followed the other along the sand-sprung beauty of the Alentejo coastal path.
Nearly two years have passed since I had my first taste of a walking holiday – taking the Path of the Gods along Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Since then I’ve had surgery that left me wondering whether I’d ever be able to take on a challenge like this again.
Well, just a few weeks ago, I laced my boots up once more.
This video is the taster. There’s a full article yet to come.
Disclosure – I travelled with Headwater Holidays on a complimentary basis for review purposes. This trip was hit by air strikes (in the industrial action kind of way, not the military sense, thankfully.) The experience really showed me (perhaps for the first time) the massive benefit of booking through a reputable tour operator. Headwater picked up the problem way ahead of me and dealt with it really well, booking us onto other flights at no extra cost. For this alone, I’d recommend them but there’s much more to it than that. Long time readers will know that I always keep the right to write what I like here – the good, the bad and the ugly – and nothing’s changed. Otherwise there’s just no point.
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