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Algarve: Rother Walking Guide Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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With a variety of walks from easy to the more demanding, this pocket sized guide to the Algarve gives a full flavour of the area and includes estimated walking times. The guide also includes tips on accommodation, interesting sights, countryside matters and transport.
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The maps included in the book are hopelessly innaccurate and bear little or know resemblance to either the local OS equivalent maps or the actual ground itself. Additionally the route descriptions are very vague at best.
I understand that access in Portugal is limited compared to the UK, however, a lot of these walks are simply along roads and so could really be chosen using a road map of the Algarve.
I cannot reccomend this book to anybody, it is simply a very poor quality product.
Never got lost with them.
BUT this one really frustrated us.
The author is very vague, inaccurate and waste a lot of space in pointless remarks. Also not sure if it was the original text being poor or the translation at fault.
We "tried" to do 4 of these walks and got lost for 3 of them.
For instance ,we tried the one in Monchique but could not find the path after 30mn of walk. We tried to catch up with it later by walking on the road but again, could not find the entrance to the forrest path.
Also found out that the maps were not accurate (e.g. houses on the other side of the road or not existing, etc.)
We also did try the walk near Castro Marim but got stuck at one point not knowing there to go. The author was very vague and we were not sure if we could go through a private land.
For example, a the beginning of this walk, you pass by a junction which the author describe as the way back but this junction is in private land and clearly signed "Private do not enter". So from the start, we knew that there was no way back already.
Another example is that the author uses only 1 little paragraph to describe a 1.5km section of the path which seems to be very complex actually.
All in all, we wasted few days trying to do walks that we had to give up after few kilometers due to lack of directions.
A good quarter of the walks are along the beach hence I would not consider them as walks. you dont need this guide to walk on Tavira Island for example. Very lazy author I was thinking.
To the author's defence, the Algarve does not seem an easy country to walk in. Few paths are signed and a lot of land is private.
I would certainly not recommend this book.
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