Join Running Adventures for a weekend of trail running in the stunning area of Carrapateira in Portugal. For this spectacular trail running holiday, we're based in a wonderful little house which allows us to hit the trails (and the beach!) straight from the front door. At Carrapateira you’ll be in the wildest and best preserved part of the Algarve coast, right in the heart of the South West Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park.
This running weekend will combine epic trail running with time spent enjoying the company of like minded people and relaxing.
Our runs will cover different parts of the area. We'll discover the HUGE beach of Bordeira and the nearby dunes where the vegetation is lush: thyme, yellow amaranths, rosemary, lavender, crowberries, blue pimpernel and sea lavender can all be found. We'll explore the cliff paths, where we will come across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement.
We'll visit the local Carrapateira Hills, where we'll discover pine and cork forests and visit the tiny villages of Vilarinha and Bordeira, as well as enjoying views as far as the top of Monchique mountains.
We'll also enjoy amazing hospitality from our hosts at Pensão das Dunas, offering us lovely accommodation, and the most amazing breakfasts and 4 course dinners. Perfect after a day on the trails.
"I have just returned from an awesome time in Portugal with Running Adventures (my second trail running weekend, I had so much fun in the Peaks back in July I couldn’t wait to book onto another!). Such an enlightening weekend to meet like minded people who inspire and encourage, without even realising it! And not just through running; wise words, conversation, shared life stories and running experiences! The weekend reminded me what life is all about - good company, laughing, eating good local food and drink, getting outside to nature’s beauty and doing what makes you feel great! One step at a time... literally! Thanks again to Matt and Ash. Highly recommend the Trail Weekends."
Itinerary Day 1 Group transfer from Faro Airport at midday. (plenty of flight options get in for this time) 10km coastal cliffs run. Welcome dinner and drinks.
Day 2 Continental style breakfast. 8 mile trail run through the valley to Vilarinha. Trip to Bordeira beach to play on the sand dunes and paddle in the sea. Dinner in Carrapateira. (not included)
Day 3 Continental style breakfast. 15 mile run, visiting the local hills, sea cliffs to the north and the wonderful village of Borderia. Free time in the afternoon. Celebration dinner and drinks.
Day 4 Continental style breakfast. 5'ish mile run to Praia Amado with option of some fun scrambling on the cliffs. Group transfer back to Faro at 2pm. (gets you to the airport by approximately 3:30pm, plenty of flight options after this time)
Please note. Itinerary subject to last minute changes without warning
All runs are guided by me, a Salomon sponsored ultra runner and coach. We will run at a social pace and walk the hills if we have to. This is not a race! We will stay as a group so if you are a faster runner, please expect to run slower than you would normally. Previous trail running experience is not necessary. The terrain will be hilly and sandy in places, but the trails will not be technical. The views will be incredible. You should be able to cover the distances at a pace of at least 10-11 min/miles to enjoy this event.
Included Group transfer from Faro airport at 12pm on Thursday. Group transfer to Faro airport at 2pm on Sunday. Accommodation in twin or triple bed accommodation. Breakfast every morning, different kinds of bread, 25 different cheeses(!), cold meats, eggs, home made yogurt, cereals, cake, fresh orange juice, fruit salad, fresh fruits, jams Dinner on Thursday and Saturday with wine or beer. Guided trail runs by fully qualified running coach. Coaching advice and guidance throughout the weekend. Video and photos.
Not Included Flights to/from Faro. Additional drinks and snacks. Lunch on all days. Dinner on Friday evening (chance to visit one of the local restaurants).
To book, simply register below and I will be in touch to offer advice on flights.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.