Ameixial Hiking Festival starts before it starts

Photographer Ana Abrão is one of the special guests

A special session of check in anticipated at WFA – Walking Festival Ameixial, scheduled for Saturday, the 20th, between 16pm and 00pm, is one of the new features of yet another edition of this walking festival, which will take place between the 20th and 00th of April, in the village from the interior of Loulé that gives it its name.

In this early session, which will take place at the Decathlon store in Faro, participants will be able to “perform the check in at the Festival (and thus no need to do so at the event Secretariat), receive the participant bracelet and information materials, collect and/or purchase event t-shirts, pay for meals already reserved or even sign up for available activities», according to the QRER Cooperative, which promotes the WFA.

«The objective is to optimize the process of registering participants at the festival, relieving the flow of access to the Secretariat at the most critical times. On the other hand, members of the organization will be present and available to talk to interested parties and provide information», he adds.

Like Sul Informação had already figured it out, the 2024 edition of the Ameixial Hiking Festival will feature dozens of hikes, some of them themed and with families in mind, but also workshops, educational activities, gastronomy and even nightlife.

Regarding the «informative and educational dimension» of the festival, «technical topics related to Nature Tourism, Hiking, Heritage and Sustainability» will once again be placed at the center of the debate.

«This year we invited Pedro Pedrosa, CEO and founder of A2Z Adventures, who will lead the workshop “Pedestrian Route Management: the A2Z experience”, and address the evolution of implementation, monitoring and responsible management of walking route networks in Portugal, with a particular focus on the projects developed by A2Z and the innovations introduced by the Responsible Trails system».

Participation is open to all interested parties, even if not registered for the Festival. In the latter case, «they must send an email to [email protected] indicating their name, entity they represent (if applicable) and telephone contact».

QRER also highlights a conversation with Ana Abrão, «photographer and traveler, who will present us with her latest book Kalasha, made up of photographs and stories of the Kalash people, an animist minority from the mountains of Pakistan, and share her travel experience ».

The partnership with Aspirante a Geoparque Algarvensis «is reinforced this year with the participation of its team in the inaugural walk, where they will have the opportunity to talk a little about this project and reveal some of the content that they will share in the themed walks on Saturday and Sunday».



The WFA promoters also highlight «the various family, relaxation and entertainment activities to unwind from the physical activity of hiking, such as the dance workshop and the always popular Saturday night dance».

Despite there still being a week and a half to go until the start of the festival, «attendance to the event has been very good, with some walks having already sold out. However, there are still plenty of options with open positions».

Interested parties can access the Registration Form on the event website, where you can also find other detailed information about the festival, as well as accommodation, dining or transport options.

The online registration period closes on April 22nd. It will always be possible to register on the days of the festival, «but at that time participants will have to subject themselves to the places available in the different activities».

Entrance to the festival has a symbolic value of 10 euros, with the right to participate in all program activities, upon prior registration for each of them and according to their specific capacity. Entry for children up to 12 years old is free, but also subject to mandatory registration for insurance and activity management reasons.

The WFA returns every year to the Algarve mountains, promoted by QRER – Cooperative for the Development of Low Density Territories, in a joint organization with Proactivetur, our cooperating company, and the Estela Project.

As usual, it has the support of the Loulé City Council, the Ameixial Parish Council, the Clube Desportivo Ameixialense, and the Algarve Tourism Region, through the Algarve Walking Season brand, as well as other local partners, namely Decathlon , VisaCar and Ana Aeroportos.