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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.
Approx. 50 km from the airport. This quintessential little Portuguese village, with its white houses, has everything a holidaymaker might look for: a sandy beach bordered by rocks, beautiful bays, quality restaurants, bars, boutiques, water sports, and superb golf courses nearby.
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. 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.
About 30 km from the airport. The long, beautiful sandy beach offers the perfect conditions for a quiet and relaxing holiday and is located right next to the Salgados lagoon. The lagoon is one of the most important nature reserves in the Algarve and is home to a wide variety of rare bird species. Take a walk along the Praia Grande nature trail and admire the flora and fauna of the Salgados lagoon. A beautiful 18-hole golf course is located in Salgados and will appeal to lovers of the little white ball.
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Located about 43 km from the airport, Tavira is considered one of the most charming towns in the Algarve. With its beautifully ornamented churches, typical tiled houses, small streets lined with restaurants and bars, and beautiful beach, Tavira is the ideal destination for a combination of culture and beach.
Altura is only 40 minutes from Faro airport. With wide strips of dunes, the beautiful flat sandy beach is several kilometres long and perfect for a family holiday. The charming village also has many street cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine.
About 46 km from the airport. The picturesque and traditional resort is located directly on the coast. From the golden beaches of Carvoeiro, you can take boat trips to the Benagil Cave and nearby caves. In addition, the cliffs around the small town are ideal for hiking. A detour to the Algar Seco rock formation is particularly interesting.
On this trip, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscapes and landforms of Portugal's southern coast for which the Algarve is famous, with its impressive rock formations and mysterious caves. On the way back, the boat will pull away from the coastline to watch the playful dolphins swimming in the turquoise waters of the Iberian Peninsula.
The trip begins in Silves, one of the most picturesque towns in the region, which was once the capital of the Algarve during the Moorish era. The journey continues to Cabo São Vicente, known as the "end of the world", and continues to Lagos, the region's most lively seaside resort, which is also of great historical importance. To end the day on a high note, the tour ends at Ponta de Piedade, where you can admire a postcard-perfect panorama of beautiful rock formations.
This excursion will take you to the jewels of Ria Formosa, considered a natural park since December 1987. It stretches for 60 kilometres along the east coast of the Algarve (between Quinta do Lago and Cacela Velha) and is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
The walk begins with a visit to Fuzeta, where fishing remains the main activity of the inhabitants. Then enjoy a short train ride and visit the tuna boat Almadraba de El Barril, installed between 1841 and 2966 in Santa Luzia. Then, dominated by its 17th century fortress, Cacela Velha will allow you to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the peninsula. Finally, in Tavira, your guide will show you the historic centre with its castle, the old Roman bridge and the unique architecture of the houses with their "scissor" roofs.
Discover the magic and secrets of the Algarve countryside in a comfortable Jeep. Your driver will show you the traditional life of the interior with its folklore and exceptional views.
The programme includes a visit to a typical village with a small fountain and narrow streets, a visit to a distillery farm where you can taste the famous "medronho" (brandy) and delicious jams, and finally a drive through the farmlands of Picota.
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