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How To Hike the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail: The Ultimate Guide

Hiking the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail in The Algarve

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail (Sete Vales Suspensos) is a beautiful coastal hike located in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. This half-day hike is one of the top things to do in the Algarve, with beautiful beaches, natural arches, limestone cliffs, and views of the striking Atlantic coast. No matter where you are staying in the Algarve region of Portugal, make sure to hike the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail – The Details

Hiking the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail in The Algarve

The Seven Hanging Valleys trail runs between the beaches of Vale Centeanes and Praia da Marinha. You can start from either end, but most hikers begin at Praia da Marinha, known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Hugging the Atlantic Ocean with high viewpoints, beach access, and even places to enjoy food and wine, the trip starts with gorgeous views of Acro Natural, or as our guide liked to call it, Elephant Rock and Praia da Marinha Beach. It’s a moderately challenging hike, so make sure to wear good hiking shoes and carry water.

  • Location: Algarve, Portugal
  • Length: 5.7 kilometers (one way)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: 3-4 hours (one way)
  • Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)

Getting There

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail MapSeven Hanging Valleys Trail Map

By Car: From Faro, it’s about a 45-minute drive to Praia da Marinha. There’s parking available near the trailhead. Parking fills up quickly, and it is difficult to find a spot. Overflow parking lots are full of potholes and dirt roads, so be careful if you have rented a car. We nearly bottomed out, trying to get out of the parking lot.

If you drive, you will have to hike back, so make sure to factor that into your time.

Public Transport: Buses run from major towns in the Algarve to Carvoeiro. From there, you can hire a taxi, Uber, or Tuk Tuk.

From Carvoeiro, you can take a taxi to the trailhead or hike directly from the beach. The trail connects to Carvoeiro; it will just add a bit more time

We stayed at the Tivoli Carvoiero Hotel in Carvoiero, which offered free shuttles to the start of the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, and we could hike the entire way back to the hotel.

What to Expect on the Seven Hanging Valleys Hike

Rock formations on the Seven Hanging Valley Trail in algarveRock formations on the Seven Hanging Valley Trail in algarve

During the Seven Hanging Valleys trail hike, you can expect to see some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. A few years ago, we hiked the Great Ocean Road in Australia and thought there could be no more beautiful place on earth. However, the Seven Hanging Valleys has a similar…

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