Brenda Hindley review 2 Apr 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
On the walk from Almogrove to Zambujeira we missed the path, the cliffs were spectacular but the weather conditions made it difficult and we lucky to spot some horses taking a path through fairly dense undergrowth which enabled us to get to a village without going closer to the cliffs which would have been dangerous. The wild flowers were particularly spectacular, especially the lupins.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
The detailed itinerary should have been made available prior to departure since a good level of fitness is required and the rain had made the paths particularly hazardous. A walking stick is essential and a good head for heights is required. More information about the landscape would have been helpful and would have made the walk more interesting.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
No, the overnight stops were disappointing in that there was little or no contact with local people - we were not made particularly welcome and in several places there was no local community - just vacation accommodations blotted on the
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Even accepting that the weather was particularly poor it was disappointing.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your feedback.
I understand that it had been raining for the all week, something we cannot control. We provided assistance and support when needed/requested all the time. Below you will find our opinion:
This way is a fully marked and well-maintained trail, being markers more than 10 meters away from cliff edges thatīs why this is one of the few certificate trails from Leading quality trails.
We had many clients with vertigo traveling with us in the past before, without any problem.
Markers take walkers along the safest option available, there could be other ways of crossing difficult areas, but you could be entering in private lands without authorization. Following the markers allows everyone to walk along authorized paths and to avoid sensitive areas of the Natural park helping reducing impact.
Weather conditions on that week were not the bests and some of the passages were a bit slippery.
2 A: All trips have a previous briefing that happens in the first hotel, explaining all itinerary and all the information is provided in paper, being possible to
short distances in each stage on request.
In our opinion Walking stick is not essential but it always depends on each participant level and experience, being optional to bring it. If needed we can
land them locally.
Additional Information about culture is being produced and will be implemented in the next few months.
3. A: Allow me to totally disagree. You booked this vacation through a local company (us), and you have been used only B&B owned locally, local restaurants
from our recommended list, local markets, and supermarkets to buy supplies.
Having lousy weather could happen and locals will stay home during their free time. Remember some of this towns have less than 1000 residents.
4. A: Even accepting the weather conditions (we canīt control that), we are really sad to know this after the vacation, when we canīt do anything to improve it.
Support was available all the time.
Hope next time you will get a better impression of the area and a better weathercast.