Tours Algarve

GO WEST // HERITAGE & MARITIME VOYAGES

CABO DE SÃO VICENTE / SAGRES / LAGOS / FÓIA / CALDAS DE MONCHIQUE / SILVES

Early in the morning we set off on a comfortable 9-seater minivan, heading for the Cape of St. Vincent, or Promontorium Sacrum as the Romans nicknamed it, in honor of Saturn, an ancient god. Legend has it that St. Vincent was buried in a hermitage, but the chapel would be destroyed some time later. Upon arriving at this location, we are in the southwestern end of Europe, so it is best to prepare your camera for absolutely stunning photos! Nowadays, there is a red lighthouse that shelters a small museum depicting the period of the maritime Discoveries, also where some old Fortress ruins remains.

We then proceed to Sagres, a key location in the history of Portuguese maritime expansion. Prince Henry the Navigator, third son of King João I, ordered to construct a fortress in this place to protect the vessels that made the connection between the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic. Here we will also be able to observe the amazing coves on the Ocean, vestiges of ancient civilizations and old ruins. Delight yourself with the landscape and the infinite blue covering the skyline.

Lagos is our next stop. This nice Algarvian village is very popular among the youngsters, and it is not too difficult to understand why. The paradisiacal beaches and their cliffs, a vibrant nightlife and an active surfing community make Lagos an obligatory point of travel. Here you can choose a walking tour or a boat trip. Whatever you choose, you will always have an outstanding experience. In the walking tour, we will explore the old medieval city with its ramparts that transport us to another era. Lagos maintains an excellent complicity with the sea, and everything from architecture to gastronomy demonstrates this connection. The boat trip lasts (+/-) 1 hour and you can see caves formed over thousands of years, an authentic natural wonder that does not leave anyone disappointed.

After an invigorating lunch at a regional cuisine restaurant ('tasca'), we set off for Fóia. With a little more than 900m (2,959 ft) of altitude, it is the highest point of the Algarve region. But it is the gorgeous view at the summit that allows us to see clearly the extent of the coast. Take a deep breath and soak up the natural scents in front of you. Feel free also to visit an agglomeration of local artisans.

Now that you feel rejuvenated, we go to Caldas de Monchique, a thermal complex dating from the Romans. With verdant vegetation, this place is set in a beautiful valley, excellent for those looking to rest, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore the place at your leisure and feel the well-being invade your body and spirit.

We go now to our last stopping point. The quiet town of Silves is also nestled in a valley with a proud castle on the top, the largest in the whole Algarve and a great example of Islamic architecture. The vivid colors of the buildings' facades, the narrow streets, the Arade River and the green hillside make Silves a great way to end the day before returning to your accommodation.

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Please note that this tour starts from the Algarve (area between Albufeira and Portimão) and not from Lisbon.