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From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

1. From Albufeira: Historical Algarve Region Tour

Start the tour after getting picked up from your hotel or any meeting point in the Albufeira area, travel to the destination of Silves. The castle is a must-see, and the Silves Cathedral, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region, with 902 meters of height. Next, visit Cabo São Vicente in Sagres, which is the most southwesterly point in Continental Europe. Admire the Fortaleza de Sagres, an essential military monument during the Age of Discovery. You will have spare time for lunch here. Travel next to the Praia da Cordoama with an outstanding rock formation on top of the sea. Finally, head to Lagos, where you will visit the city center, followed by the return journey to your hotel.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

2. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Enjoy this day of discovery and history where you will visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Follows lesser traveled paths, giving you a discerning view of Portugal’s past and present. Meet your driver and travel to the town of Silves. Wander the narrow streets and alleys of the town and visit the impressive cathedral which you can pay to enter if you would like. From here, continue your ascent into Monchique Mountain. Stop in the charming spa village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs of proven medicinal properties. Following the winding road, reach the highest point in the Algarve, Fóia, standing at 902m above sea level. The views here are dramatic and the air is incredibly pure. Downhill then from Fóia, cross the countryside and take a break in the small village of Marmelete where you have time to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, go straight to Costa Vicentina, to admire the magnificent beaches where you can have some time to walk around, relax, and capture pictures of the views. Then it’s on to the ‘end of the world’, Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern point of Europe, where you can feel the wilderness of the place. The lighthouse that rises in this place defies the elements and is one of the most important lighthouses in Europe due to its strategic position. Lastly, pass through Sagres, a typical fishing village, and see its sheltered fishing port. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you back at your hotel.

Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

3. Algarve: Silves, Mt Foia, Lagos, & Cape St. Vicente Day Trip

Join a full-day tour to some of the most interesting and scenic locations in the Algarve. Explore the old town in Silves, climb Mount Foia, step back in time at Lagos, and visit Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point in Europe. Your first stop is Silves, the former Moorish capital. Visit the oldest part of the city where both the largest castle in the Algarve and the oldest cathedral are located.  Next, head to Mount Foia and take in the views. Climb the Serra de Monchique and make your way to the highest point of the Algarve. Take some spectacular photos and, on your way down, make an optional stop for lunch (cost not included).  In the afternoon, visit Lagos and discover the former slave market dating back to the 16th century. See the golden church of Santo António, the fortress, and the old town. Continue toward Cape St. Vicente, the most southwestern point of Europe. See landmarks including the lighthouse, the fishing port of Baleeira, and the fortress of Sagres.

From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

4. From Albufeira: Excursion to Silves Castle and Monchique

Learn the history of Silves and its Moorish castle on a half-day tour. Climb 902m to the Foia of Monchique, and take in views from the highest point in the Algarve. The day begins with pickup from a central meeting point. Drive in an air-conditioned van to Silves, which was the most important city in the Algarve during the period of Moorish rule. Travel back through history on a visit to the 11th-century castle and learn about its importance as a military fortification. Next, visit Caldas of Monchique, famous for its waters and wonderful landscapes. Climb to the highest point in the Algarve and snap pictures of the land and sea below. At the end of the tour, return to the meeting point with your guide.

From Albufeira: Private Tour To Silves Castle and Monchique

5. From Albufeira: Private Tour To Silves Castle and Monchique

Discover the Algarve on a private tour by car from Albufeira to see Silves Castle, Silves city, and the iconic sites in the Monchique Mountains. Follow your guide as you listen to stories of this historical area, learning about its rich culture en route. Kickstart your day and head straight to the medieval castle of Silves. Walk past the statue of King D. Sancho at the entrance of the castle that dates all the way back to the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Portuguese. Continue through the castle to visit the city of Silves. Walk up its picturesque streets filled with craft shops typical of the region. Choose to have lunch in Silves or in Monchique Moutain, at your own expense. Then, make your way to visit the Termas de Monchique.These are a village and spa located to the south of the village of Monchique, The therapeutic properties of local waters have been recognized since the time of the Roman Empire, when they received the designation of sacred waters. Learn how these thermal waters come from eight springs, and are rich in bicarbonate, fluorine, silica, and sodium. They are used as treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, as well as for muscular and rheumatic problems. Carry on to the top of the mountain, Fóia, known as the highest place in the Algarve. Drive through eucalyptus and pine tree forests on your way to the summit, standing at 902 meters high. Marvel at sprawling views from the peak of Fóia, stretching out across western Algarve, Cabo de São Vicente, and Odeceixe. On your way back to Albufeira, choose to make a small stop at the 16th-century Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha.

From Lagos: Private Guided Tour with Medronho Tasting

6. From Lagos: Private Guided Tour with Medronho Tasting

Join a private tour from Monchique and discover the natural beauty of the western Algarve with a professional guide. Visit Caldas de Monchique, stop at the highest point in the Algarve, and visit a distillery to taste traditional medronho liqueur. Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation and head to your first stop, Caldas de Monchique, located in a beautiful valley of the Serra de Monchique. Follow your guide to a natural spring and taste the water that the Romans once used as medicine. Then, hop back into your van and make your way to the distillery. Meet the producer and learn how the famous regional liqueur is made before getting the chance to sample medronho as well as the famous honey liqueur, melosa. From here, continue your journey through this picturesque region of Portugal, making a stop at the highest point in the Monchique Mountains, the Miradouro da Fóia. Take a moment to enjoy sweeping views of the region. Then, sit back and relax as you enjoy a comfortable ride back to your accommodation, where your tour comes to an end. 

Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

7. Monchique and Fóia: Half Day Tour

A tour up the mountain to Monchique, rich with evergreen vegetation and allowing you to have fantastic views. Following hotel collection, you will be whisked up the mountain in an air-conditioned mini van. After navigating and exploring Monchique's small streets, you will continue on to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to have a 360º view of the entire region, including he ocean, the lakes and other cities around.

From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

8. From Quarteira, Albufeira, or Portimão: Silves & Monchique

The magical city of Silves is an enchanting example of the Arab influence that was present in its history and in its architecture, clearly evident due to the most important castle in the Algarve. You will have time to experience the thermal spa of Caldas De Monchique located in the heart of the Serra de Monchique Natural Park. Foia is situated within a stunning landscape and is famous for being the highest point of the Algarve. Here in Foia, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Medronho brandy, the most traditional drink in the Algarve made from the fruit harvested on the slopes of the Serra. You will then have some time to relax over a meal and experience local food and hospitality. Lastly you will stop in the traditional village of Monchique located at an altitude of 450 m where we can leisurely walk through its narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of the unspoilt Algarve.

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What people are saying about Fóia

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based on 51 reviews

Amazing! Our guide is really passionate about the Algarve and have us lots of history and stopped to show us relevant examples of a local fruit, where Cork came from to mention a few. Really informative and interesting tour, highly recommended, you see so much of the Algarve in one day!

The tour guide was great and shared a lot of good historical information.

Marco went above and beyond to provide an excursion of a lifetime!!

Very good information, friendly and helpful guide. A beautiful day!

It was good. Benny was an amazing guide. Well worth the money