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Portugal’s name ‘garden of Europe’ has been well-earned. Indeed, thanks to the benefits of the Gulf Stream, the exotic plants which explorers brought back long ago from the four corners of the world have become indigenous all along the Atlantic coast. But beyond its gentle climate and varied vegetation, Portugal is above all known for its history rich with navigators and adventurers who have endowed this marvellous country on the western tip of Europe with some beautiful historical treasures.
Impressive cliffs and rocks, endless sandy beaches, crystal-clear water: it’s impossible to resist the charms of the south coast of Portugal where luxury marinas sit alongside charming fishing villages. The pretty seaside resorts offer a wide range of activities from golf to water skiing but the hinterland holds just as many pleasant surprises. Full-day excursions will take you to Lagos and Lisbon, or even to Seville, all extraordinary examples of southern culture.
Don’t forget to visit at least one quintessential market in the Algarve. One of the largest is the market in Loulé. In its famous hall you will find everything you are looking for, including culinary specialities, clothing and souvenirs. There are other markets in Albufeira, Portimão, Quarteira, Olhão and Tavira.
The sharp cliffs of the Algarve attract many water sports lovers: surfing, diving and boat trips are incredible experiences here. During the summer season in the Algarve, more fun is available for all the family at the Slide & Splash, Aquashow and Zoomarine water parks.
There are more than 30 golf courses set in magnificent countrysides offering excellent conditions for golfers. At the last World Golf Awards, the Algarve was voted the best golfing destination in the world.
Looking to combine historic monuments, fortresses, Portuguese culture and magnificent beaches? If so, Lagos is the place for you! Towns like Faro, Silves, Sagres, Portimão and Tavira are also worth a visit.
And don’t miss the spectacular rocks, arches and sea caves to be found all over the Algarve. One of the most famous rocky cliffs, with its beaches and hidden coves, is the Ponta da Piedade. From these 20 m high cliff tops, you will discover a fantastic panoramic view of the rocky outcrop and the Atlantic Ocean.
The hills of Monchique, with thermal springs and more than 1,500 species of different vegetables, will more than satisfy nature lovers. Climb up to Mount Foia, the highest peak in the Algarve at 902 m, and lose yourself among its breathtaking landscape.
Approx. 35 km from the airport, 20,000 inhabitants. Albufeira, the ‘white town by the blue sea’, is a pretty little place with a beautiful sandy beach set amidst a landscape of craggy cliffs. The houses on the surrounding hillsides are built in the shape of an amphitheatre. Among its labyrinthine, narrow streets, are many reminders of its history as a fishing village in Moorish times. In the evenings, several bars, discos and night clubs provide a lively nightlife. There are various tourist spots on the outskirts of the town with coves embedded in the rocks.
This renowned holiday location sits on a rock overlooking the approx. 1.5 km of sandy beach and lively promenade. The marina is home to a number of restaurants, bars and discos. The famous sandy beach of Praia da Rocha gave its name to the oldest seaside resort in the Algarve.
Approx. 85 km from the airport, 25,000 inhabitants. Lagos offers perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports. The majestic, golden cliffs on the Costa d’Oiro and at Ponta da Piedade are among the most photographed in all of Portugal. Beyond its cliffs, Lagos also offers a dynamic cultural scene, excellent local cuisine, a variety of leisure activities, a wealth of traditional crafts and the magnificent wide beach of Meia Praia.
This charming fishing village with its charming little streets offers many authentic cafés and restaurants serving local cuisine. The longest beaches of the Algarve are an invitation to relax and take long walks along the coastline. Alvor is one of the most renowned places in the Algarve.
Approx. 52 km from the airport. Armação de Pêra, with its beautiful promenade, long sandy beach, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and incredible number of ice-cream shops will guarantee an unforgettable holiday full of variety. Part of the 17th-century fortress is still there on the edge of the beach, offering an unobstructed view of the beautiful coastline and the long golden sand beach extending from the rocks and caves in the west, at Senhora da Rocha, to Praia de Galé in the east. Visit the little 15th/16th-century chapel of Senhora Rocha at the edge of the cliff with views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Approx. 15 km from the airport. Olhão is a charming fishing village that, together with Portimão, forms the largest fishing port in the Algarve. Here, fresh fish from the sea is still available today at the market and in the restaurants. The nature reserve of Ria Formosa, with its beautiful lagoons, canals, salt aquifers and sand banks offers a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Relax on the immaculate beaches of the two sand dune islands closest to Olhão: Culatra and Armona.
Approx. 52 km from the airport. The little town of Porches perched on a hillside on the most ancient east-west route through the Algarve is well known for its wine, but also for its clay pits and pottery workshops.
Approx. 22 km from the airport. What was once a quintessential Portuguese fishing village has become one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Algarve. Along its beautiful promenade lined with palm trees, there are restaurants serving fresh fish, seafood and other culinary delicacies. The magnificent fine sand beach is perfectly suited to families. The ever-growing number of leisure activities on offer in this seaside resort makes it an attractive choice for an active holiday: whether it’s water parks, water sports, go-karting, bowling, tennis or horse riding you’re looking for, there is something here for everyone. Some of the best golf courses in the Algarve are located in the surrounding area..
Approx. 30 km from the airport. The long, beautiful, sandy beach offers the perfect conditions for a quiet, relaxing holiday and is just next to the Salgados lagoon. The lagoon is one of the largest nature reserves in the Algarve and home to a great diversity of species of rare birds. Take a walk along the natural path of Praia Grande and admire the flora and fauna of the Salgados lagoon. A magnificent 18-hole golf course at Salgados will tempt lovers of the sport.
Visit to Silves, ancient Moorish capital, followed by an excursion into the mountains of Monchique up to Foia, the highest peak of the Algarve at 902 m. Stop for lunch en route. Continue along the romantic and jagged coastline of Costa Vicentina towards Cabo São Vicente, the most south-western point of Europe, and its famous lighthouse. Visit the harbour town of Lagos that is rich in history, with its old slave market, golden church of St Anthony, and statute of Prince Henry the Navigator. On the return journey you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the spectacular rock formations of Ponta da Piedade.
Discover the impressive rocky coast of the Algarve with its sculpted cliffs, little coves and magnificent, long sandy beaches. Let your spirit wander, making the most of a few unforgettable hours on the Atlantic!
Just past the border between Portugal and Spain, we will visit Seville, the capital of Andalusia and the birthplace of flamenco. Seville is famous for its rich history and the beauty of its monuments such as the Torre del Oro on the banks of the Guadalquivir, the cathedral, Alcázar and Plaza de España. A walk through the spectacular old quarter, the Barrio Santa Cruz, is a must. Visit to the marvellous cathedral (chargeable). Around 4:00 p.m. return to the Algarve.
An unforgettable excursion for people of all ages!
Departure by jeep from your hotel, heading inland. This safari will illustrate the quintessential lifestyle in the Algarve. You will cross small rivers, going through little villages that have only recently been modernised, and along little dirt roads. Stop in the middle of the day in a quintessential restaurant where you will be served an enjoyable meal.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.
Probably there will be a new tourist tax for all municipalities in the Algarve, for Vila Nova de Cacela this tax is already confirmed. This tax is to be paid on site at the hotel and is not included in the prices.
- approx. 1.5 € per person/per day (maximum up to 7 nights)
- this tourist tax does not apply to children under 13 years old