1. Portugal
  2. Algarve
  3. Faro
  4. Ria Formosa

Olhão, Tavira, and Faro: Eastern Algarve Minivan Tour

Product ID: 150821
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Discover the lovely towns and cities of the eastern Algarve on a full-day minivan tour of Faro, Tavira and Olhão. Get back to nature on an optional boat cruise across the Ria Formosa lagoon.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration 9 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese

Pickup included

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  • Pay a visit to the local food market in Olhão
  • Explore the old town of Faro or cruise the Ria Formosa lagoon
  • Admire the pretty houses and Roman bridge of Tavira
  • Taste the regional flavors and fish at lunch
Full description
Climb aboard a comfortable minivan and travel to the eastern part of the Algarve region. Do as the locals do and pay a morning visit to the bustling market in Olhão where you’ll get to know the biggest fishing community in the Algarve. Enjoy a guided tour and taste the fresh produce sold here including fruit, regional products, and meat.

Visit the pretty town of Tavira to look at the typical houses and Roman bridge that connects the banks of the River Gilão. Taste the regional food at lunch in nearby Santa Luzia before going to Fara.

End the tour with a visit to the capital city where you can choose to explore the historic city center on foot to discover the amazing Faro Cathedral, the most important religious site in the region, or get back to nature and cruise around the barrier islands of the Ria Formosa lagoon for an hour.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at designated areas
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Wi-Fi on board the minivan
  • Driver/guide with live commentary
  • Small group tour of no more than 8 people
  • 1-hour boat cruise, if option booked
  • Guided Tour in Faro Cathedral (for tours without the boat cruise)
  • Guided visit inside the market in Olhão
  • Traditional local pastry
  • Guided walking tour of Faro (if selected over the boat trip)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch, or any other meal unless specified
  • 1-Hour Boat Tour from Faro (if selected). It has a cost of 20€, to be paid directly to the guide, in the day of the tour.
  • Entrance fee to Faro Cathedral (for tours without the boat cruise)
  • Entrance inside the market in Olhão
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle
Know before you go
• The optional boat cruise of the Ria Formosa lagoon is only available from May to October and subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to bad weather, you will get a full refund
• The optional walking tour of Faro will mainly be inside the medieval walls
• Wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear and bring a bottle of water
• Sunscreen is recommended in the summer and a jacket is advised in winter, as it can get quite cold
• Boat tour option is subject to favorable weather conditions. A walking tour in the city center of Faro will be given as an alternative if the boat ride cannot be performed.
• Boat tour only available from May to October.
• A moderate amount of walking is involved. Beware that some areas can be physically challenging (steep ascent)

From £53.34 per person

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Product ID: 150821