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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: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

2. Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

Get off the beaten track but straight into the heart of the Algarve on this Jeep safari adventure. Enjoy the fun and excitement of going up hills and down dales, crossing streams, and traversing meadows. Taste a local drink and savor a traditional lunch. After pickup, travel in a convoy of Jeeps through the spectacular scenery of an area almost untouched by time. Wind along earthen tracks to some of the most fascinating places in the Algarve. In tiny white-washed villages where time seems to stand still, you can see some of the old customs still in practice. Visit a small local distillery where the brave can taste “medronho” – a very potent local drink – and where you can see honey being produced in the old way. Afterward, enjoy lunch served in a typical restaurant before being dropped off at your original starting point.

Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

3. Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

Enjoy a vibrant evening of good food and delicious wine. Trade stories with family and friends over the table and admire the stunning views of the Algarvian countryside. Take a seat for a traditional dinner with sunset views of the Monchique mountains. Sample award-winning wines and experience the flavors of authentic Algarvian dishes. Throughout the evening, enjoy a delicious menu inspired by family recipes passed down through generations and hear the history of the estate and its unique terrain and vineyards.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

4. 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: Serra de Monchique & Bravura Off-Road Day Trip

5. Algarve: Serra de Monchique & Bravura Off-Road Day Trip

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to escape the tourist masses and explore areas surrounded by nature, largely untouched by man. 80% of the route takes place off-road, deep in the St. Vincent Natural Park, the finest preserved stretch of coastline in Europe. Due to our adventurous nature and love of extreme sports, in this tour lets explore the 4x4 to its limit and see how it performs on the wildest off-road tracks. What can be better than to explore all this with the locals, who know the region like the back of their hand? To start lets make a visit to the picturesque lake of Bravura, bring shorts or bikini. If the weather is inviting...let's go swimming If the weather not good...lets make a short walk close to this beautiful lake, and touch the surround nature After the lake it's time to wake up......lets go play a very adventure off-rod drive claiming to the highest point. To realize the real beauty of this area, lets visit to the best look-out point in Algarve Portugal, featuring 960m high cliffs and breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean. To fully relax and open the appetite lets visit a a ghost village, no one lives in this place, it's abandoned as if time freezes 100 years ago. The only one of this genre still existing in Algarve ( Very easy and pleasant, it is possible to be made by children and people in avance age )

Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

6. Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour

After being collected from your hotel, you will head towards the historic village of Silves, where you will discover in detail the Algarve village. The castle is a must-see, and you will be able to explore this fantastic monument in detail. The tour then continues with the Silves Cathedral, as well as the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Following this you will stop for a wine tasting, where you will taste some of the wines local to the region. You will then go down and walk along the river Arade, before taking a break for lunch. In the afternoon you will head up to the mountains, where Monchique is waiting for you. Before reaching Monchique you will stop at the Thermal Spa of Caldas de Monchique, a very picturesque place full of history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Here you will see some of the well-known thermal spring water sources. You will then proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area.

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

7. 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

8. 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: Half-Day Silves & Monchique Highlights Tour

9. From Albufeira: Half-Day Silves & Monchique Highlights Tour

Start the tour with being collected from your hotel, headed towards the historic village of Silves, where you will discover this Algarve city. The castle is a must-see, and you will be able to explore this fantastic monument in detail. The tour then continues with the Silves Cathedral, as well as the Archeology Museum of Silves, a unique place full of historical pieces that tell the history of the region. Explore the mountains for some panoramic and breathtaking views, you will then proceed onward to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve region and one of the largest in Portugal. With 902 meters of height, you will be able to gain a breathtaking 360º view of the entire area. After this, we will make our way back to the hotels.

From Albufeira: Private Tour To Silves Castle and Monchique

10. 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.

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4.6
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I’d like to dedicate this to Jorge- he was beyond funny, cracked jokes and shared fun facts about the area, was a wonderful driver, and was just such a lovely guy! The whole trip was super fun, we drove around on bumpy roads, up winding trails in the mountains and stopped at photo sites, a distillery with a tasting, and a honey place with a tasting (I guess this may be seasonal?). Lunch was a chicken dish with salad and hot chips, classic and good. Then we drove to the highest peak in the Algarve’s and had some time to take pictures and get any special souvenirs. Totally worth it.

My wife and I really enjoyed the trip to the west of the Algarve. Our driver and guide Fernando tells us a lot of interesting and useful information about the places or parts of the Algarve that we are visiting. We now know everything about Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Masons. And of course Henry the Navigator. And was Christopher Columbus really... no, we won't say any more than that. The nature between Silves and Monchique is a dream. The views around Sagres are breathtaking. The tour is highly recommended.

Fernando is so knowledgeable on the history of the Algarve which I think there's nothing we didn't know at the end of the trip. He could answer every question I'm depth. Really enjoyed thank you

a visit to land, mountains, sea, excellent day with beautiful authentic history!!

Mario was an extremely informative guide he made the day for us