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Zip&Trip

General Information About Zip & Trip

Zip&Trip is a selection of activities that invites other travelers to meet the Algarve in a different way, in a family environment, by the rhythm of nature. (…) we walk through beaches and forests, swim to visit caves and observe the underwater life. Our aim is to organize experiences that promote the well-being of the people who come with us, interfering as little as possible with the surrounding environment.”

“Foram várias viagens que nos trouxeram até aqui. Percorremos o Algarve e descobrimos ambientes únicos, conhecemos a história dos lugares e das paisagens. Da vontade de partilhar estas experiências surgiu Zip&Trip – uma selecção de actividades que convida outros viajantes a conhecer o Algarve de forma diferente, em ambiente familiar, ao ritmo da natureza.”

Experiences / Tours
Experiencias / Programas

Healing waters – Caldas de Monchique  023001

Activity includes
This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accidents and civil liability).

This trail starts at the East side of Caldas de Monchique’s valley, passing through forests and hills from where we can overlook the ocean. The second part of the route takes place on the other side of the valley, leading us down to the thermal village’s center. Here streams, lakes and waterfalls dominate the landscape. The sound of the water, the intense green of the vegetation and the Victorian-style buildings create an outstanding harmony that turns Caldas de Monchique into one of the Algarve’s most beautiful places.

After the walking tour it’s possible to visit Fóia, the Algarve’s highest place (additional cost).

Location: Caldas de Monchique
Difficulty level: easy
Trail: Circular
Lenght: 4.5 km
Duration: 3h30 (approx) including transportation
Scheduele: 10am and 3pm (all year)

What to wear: You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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Ferragudo Cave / Gruta  023002

This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, snorkeling gear, wetsuit, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accidents and civil liability).

About the route

Location: Ferragudo
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 3 hours (approx)
Autumn, winter, spring and summer: 10am

What to bring:   You should bring a towel and swimsuit.

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Alvor          023003
Passeio ás caves e mergulho –  Caves Tour & Snorkeling – Cave crossing

Activity includes:
This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, snorkeling gear, wetsuit, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accidents and civil liability).

About the activity
Swim and walk along the coast – this is the best way to discover the Algarve’s coastline! The activity starts with a short walk on the cliffs leading us to a desert beach. Here, a beautiful bay with calm and shallow waters is the best place to try the mask and snorkeling fins. Once we’re ready, it’s time to swim on the surface to discover several beaches and caves where we can walk in to explore these fascinating nature wonders! During the tour it will also be possible to observe sardines, octopus, crabs and other marine species. At the end we’ll stop at a beach for a tasty picnic.
Note: It’s possible to transport children on a floating platform.

Location: Alvor
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 4 hours (approx)
Schedule: 10am (all year)

What to bring :  You should bring a towel and swimsuit.

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Coastal wonders Alvor        023004
Passeio pelas falésias – Walk in the cliffs

Activity includes :
This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accident and civil liability).

About the route:
Away from the village, the diversity of coastal environments invites us for a very interesting and easy walk – the best option for families with children. The route starts at the beach, passing through woods and cliffs from where we can overlook the ocean and part of the Algarve’s coastline. Along this trail we’ll visit several hidden beaches where it’s be possible to go inside the sea caves and tunnels sculptured on the orange cliffs. In the end, we’ll have a picnic at a sheltered beach where you can take a swim in the Atlantic’s crystal clear waters.

It’s possible to visit Alvor after the walking tour (additional cost).
Location: Alvor
Difficulty level: easy
Trail: linear (pick up at the end)
Lenght: 3 km
Duration: 2 hours (approx) including transportation
Scheduele: 10am and 3pm (all year)
What to wear:   You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring swimsuit and towel if you’d like to take a swim.

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Ferragudo     023005
Sunset by the river   

Activity includes:
This activity includes the guided tour, a glass of wine, local tidbits, photos and insurances (personal accident and civil liability).

About the route
This cultural tour takes place in Ferragudo – one of the best preserved Portuguese fishing villages! We’ll walk through the typical cobbled streets towards the church’s terrace to enjoy the view while the sun sets. The route leads us to ancient buildings as a lookout tower and a castle built to protect the region from pirate’s ships. While walking besides the river you’ll learn more about the history of the fishermen and women who worked for the sardine canning factories. Our tour ends at a local tavern with a tasty selection of regional products and a glass of wine.

Location: Ferragudo
Difficulty level: easy
Trail: circular
Lenght: 3 km
Duration: 2 hours (approx)
Scheduele: 7h30pm (spring and summer) | 6pm (autumn and winter)

What to wear :  You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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Praias do Carvalho, Benagil, Marinha   023006
Passeio pelas falésias  – Walk in the cliffs – Golden beaches

Activity includes:
This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accident and civil liability).

About the route
This trail offers stunning views over the Algarve coast, its beaches and turquoise waters. Our route starts at Alfanzina lighthouse and continues eastwards, passing on the Smuggler’s Cave and then on Praia do Carvalho. Here we’ll walk on the impressive staircases and find the way to the balconies sculptured on the cliffs many years ago. Further on we will visit Benagil to see the famous caves and algares from the cliffs. This route ends in one of the 100 world’s most beautiful beaches – Praia da Marinha – the perfect place to stop for a picnic and take a swim in the ocean.

Location: Lagoa coastline
Difficulty level: moderate
Trail: linear (pick up at the end)
Lenght: 4.7 km
Duration: 3 hours (approx) including transportation
Schedule: 10am and 3pm (all year)
What to wear :  You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring swimsuit and towel if you’d like to take a swim.

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Monchique e Foia  023007
Caminhada – Mountain Walk
Up in the hills – Monchique and Fóia

Activity includes:
This activity includes transportation from Ferragudo or Portimão (both ways); guided tour, picnic with local products, photos and insurances (personal accidents and civil liability).

About the route
This route starts at the center of the village and goes all the way up to Convento do Desterro, a convent built in the 17 century. Walking in the hills we’ll pass through forests, hundred years old trees, valleys and streams that lead us to Poucochinhos’ water mill. In the end of the walk, we’ll go uphill by car to Fóia – the Algarve’s hightest place and the best spot to finish our tour. From here, it’s possible to overlook the ocean and half of the Portugal’s southern coast.

Location: Monchique
Difficulty level: moderated
Trail: Circular
Lenght: 10.5 km
Duration: 6 hours (approx) including transportation
Scheduele: 9am (all year)

What to wear :  You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.