GPS route Rother – Walking-in-Algarve – São Bras de Alportel
9.4 mi. Difficult 250m Estoi
Guilhim walk is a strenuous, 9.4 mile long circular GPS track around the village of Estoi in the Algarve. It originates from the Rother walking guide and it is best described as a panoramic village and hamlet route. We walked this route on a sunny January day, already in 2014.
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Guilhim walk starts in the village of Estoi along a fairly busy asphalt road towards the Roman ruins of Milreu. Take your time to visit the ruins of this old Roman villa; they are very worthwhile! It is not a large site, but a number of mosaics have been beautifully preserved. Cross the N2 road and a little later the A22 highway. Then you enter an area of quiet, sometimes asphalted, country roads. Despite the fact that this route contains a relatively large amount of paved road, this is not disturbing.
You are now starting the ascend towards the top of the Guilhim hill, which is quite strenuous. Along the way, as you climb higher, the panorama becomes more impressive. The road is stony and the climb requires a lot of muscle. When it rains the path can get dangerously slippery. In clear weather you can see the coastline from Tavira to Albufeira. The blue sea shimmers and mirrors irresistibly. You have to keep looking at it. That makes the effort of the Guilhim walk more than worthwhile.
The landscape itself is varied, with houses, hortas (vegetable gardens) and orchards. In the Portuguese winter; the months of January and February; the path is lined with blossoming Almond trees! Walking Guilhim is available on GPS and halfway you can rest and / or have lunch at restaurant Flor da Ameixa (closed on Mondays). Of course you will find a wide choice of small restaurants and patisseries in Estoi itself to relax with a drink afterwards.