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Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

1. Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

Hop on the tourist train of Tavira and enjoy a tour around the city to see its main sights. Explore the old city with its many monuments and beautiful churches. Hop off at the various stops if you wish to explore the sites further. See the ruins of Tavira Castle, a ruined fortress that once guarded this fishing town from raiding pirates. Learn about the history of the landmarks you see with onboard commentary provided. Ride past the Tavira Salines, shallow salt evaporation ponds where you can observe seagulls, waders, and several other water birds. Benefit from a convenient and efficient way of exploring the charming city of Tavira.

Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

2. Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

Take a full-day trip around the best of the east of Portugal. Benefit from pickup from your hotel, transportation around the historic sights, and take time to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. Begin your day with convenient pickup before heading to Faro. Admire the capital of the Algarve as you tour the historic 13th-century city center. Next, move on to the Moorish fishing town of Olhão. Stroll around its bustling streets or shop for local products in its traditional markets. Continue your tour to Tavirna. Explore a town of cobbled streets, picturesque churches, and visit its Roman Bridge. Climb up to its castle and photograph the views from its observation point. Take advantage of some free time for lunch in one of its many restaurants (own expense). Conclude your tour with stops at Villa Real de Sto- Antonio and Cacel Velha. Discover a village where the Ria Formosa meets the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, head back on the bus for the return journey and drop-off at your accommodation.

Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

3. Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

Taste the finest wines while exploring the countryside and culture of the Algarve region on this guided day trip that includes hotel transfers. Stop in Silves, the former capital of the Algarve, and admire its Arabic architecture. Go all the way up to Fóia, the highest mountain in the area. After a hotel pickup, head to Silves, which was once the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of the Algarve. Get free time to visit Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both built with the red sandstone characteristic of the area. Next, make your way through the Monchique mountains to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve. Take pictures and enjoy an opportunity to taste one of the liqueurs typical of the region. Then, descend to a viewing point and stop for lunch (not included). Continue to the family-run wine estate of Quinta dos Vales, set amid rolling vines, stylish villas, tennis courts, and outdoor pools. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars. Taste the locally produced wines and enjoy the flavors of homemade bread along with olive oil.

From Algarve: Day Trip to Tavira with Fado Performance

4. From Algarve: Day Trip to Tavira with Fado Performance

Uncover the charm of Tavira on this day trip from Algarve aboard a comfortable bus. Travel back in time as you enter the medieval Tavira Castle. Tap your toe to a show featuring Portugal's unique Fado music stylings.   Hop aboard a climate-controlled bus that picks you up from your accommodation on the coast of Algarve. Relax on the scenic drive to the town of Tavira. Walk down cobbled streets as you take in the old town's sights like the Roman bridge and the Santa María do Castelo Church. Go to the old castle to find an excellent vantage point for a panoramic views of the city. Have time to take some pictures before heading to an unforgettable Fado performance, where talented musicians will play music from this 200-year-old genre.  Spend some free time where you can explore at your own pace or purchase a nice lunch. Return to your pickup point at the end your tour. 

From Albufeira: Eastern Algarve Full-Day Private Tour

5. From Albufeira: Eastern Algarve Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the regions of Moorish and Roman heritage on this full-day tour starting from Albufeira to Eastern Algarve. Visit Faro, the capital of the Algarve province. Go to Olhão, a key site for fishing, and explore the furthest Eastern town in the Algarve. After being picked up from your accommodation, travel to your first destination, Faro, with its 13th century city center. Afterward, visit Olhão, where you can find the most famous market in the Algarve. Move on to the city of Tavira to explore the castle and the various typical churches, and take a break for your lunch. Cross the Roman Bridge that leads to the Castle where you can experience one of the most breathtaking views over the city. Enjoy the village of Cacela Velha with its famous whitewashed houses which is located in the area of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. End the tour in Vila Real de Santo António, the furthest Eastern town in the Algarve before arriving in Spain. Notice the architectural similarities to that of Lisbon, as it was built in the same way, by the Marquês de Pombal, after the 1755 earthquake.

From Lisbon: Algarve 2-Day Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Algarve 2-Day Private Tour

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel south towards the Algarve, making your first stop at Tavira. Stop at Praça da Republica where you will find the City Hall and the Tavira Municipal Museum. Visit the Museum where you will find a diverse archaeological collection from the Islamic period, the Vaso de Tavira, and the ex-library of the museum. See the Misericórdia Church, built between 1541 and 1551, which is considered the most remarkable Renaissance building of the Algarve. Next, stop in Faro, one of the larger cities of the region with a long history. Learn about the devastating impact the earthquake of 1755 had on the city. Enjoy a break for a coffee in a typical terrace or café.  Visit the Vilamoura marina which receives numerous private yachts from all over the world. As such, the marina has helped develop the region as an important center of tourism. Finally, stop at Albufeira for the night. Discover its three magnificent beaches; Praia dos Pescadores, Peneco, and Inatel, See the fishing boats on Pescadores beach, keeping alive the maritime tradition of the region. Discover the historic center of the city with its whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Or, enjoy a lively night out on the central avenue, with a variety of tempting bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Day 2: On the second day, continue your tour of the Algarve with a visit to the city of Lagos. Learn how the city was an important location in the Age of Discovery, where many expeditions and missions set sail for the Americas. Discover the defensive structures of the city, constructed to protect from attacks from the sea.  Next, visit the Sagres Fortress, also known as Promotorium Sacrum, built by order of Prince Henry the Navigator. Within the fortress, see cannons, a 16th-century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace. After this, return to Lisbon to finish the tour.

Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

Begin your tour with a drive to the Algarve through the plains of the Alentejo, through cork oak and holm oak forests. Alentejo is the granary of Portugal, the province of storks and grand estates, and a region where you can still enjoy the unspoiled nature. Afterwards you will reach the historical town of Lagos, where you can visit the Church of St. Anthony (Golden Chapel) and the infamous slave market. The town of Lagos is also strongly linked with the history of the Portuguese discoveries. Continue on to the beautiful rock formations of the Algarve at Ponta da Piedade as well as Sagres and Cape Saint Vincent, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Sagres was the starting point of the discoveries of Portugal. Here you can enjoy the stunning scenery before continuing on to Faro or Albufeira, where you will check in to your hotel. The second day focuses on the east of the Algarve. After breakfast, you will drive to the market of Olhão, which is located near the lagoon of Faro. It is a nature reserve, a paradise for storks and other migratory birds, and is known for sea salt production and the shellfish industry. At the market in Olhão, you can get an overview of what the agriculture of this region has to offer and see the abundance of fish from the Algarvian sea. You will then head on to Santa Luzia, a picturesque fishing village on the lagoon which is famous for squid fishing. Afterwards you will cross the lagoon on a small train before reaching the secluded beach of Barril. This beach offers a unique experience. The drive continues on to the historical town of Tavira, where you will explore the old town by foot. Tavira is an old trading center and port situated on the Gilão River and the lagoon. Afterwards you will return to Lisbon.

Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

8. Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

Explore the hidden gems and secret sites of the Algarve on this day trip. Have an unforgettable experience as you tour incredible landscapes, traditional fishing villages, ancient towns, and the charming countryside of Algarve. Your day trip begins with an interesting visit to a salt pan. See how the finest salt in Portugal is produced, be dazzled by the brightness of the neat rows of salt pans, and learn about the age-old tradition in the area. Afterward, appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands, and sandbanks. The natural park serves as an important passage area to numerous species of migrating birds between North Europe and Africa and is a paradise for birdwatchers. Your next stop is Olhão, a traditional fishing village, known for its cube-shaped white-washed houses that contrast with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here, have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its big selection of fish. After visiting the market, break for a local lunch at a restaurant and be delighted by the freshness of the fish served. After lunch, pass by the tiny, traditional fishing village of Santa Luzia to see the interesting pots used to catch octopus. Your next stop is Tavira, where you can climb the castle walls to see the best views of the area. Have the chance to cross the pedestrian Roman Bridge, originating in the 3rd-century, and visit at least one of the town’s 22 churches. Your final stop will be at a small village in the countryside to visit an olive oil mill. While here you will be able to learn the secrets of its production, followed by a tasting of the exquisite produce.

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4.7 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Fantastic day exploring the beautiful countryside of the Algarve. Our guide was Domenica and driver was Paulino and both could not have been more accommodating and ensured the day ran smoothly. Very professional and well-run tour. Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday and would strongly recommend to any other tourists - also very reasonable at £40 per head for a full day’s tour.

We had booked a great day with a German-speaking tour guide and it was totally worth it! Ana, told very interesting about the visited cities and their history! So you were already well prepared before you could explore the cities on your own! At the visited places there was enough time to visit them, according to individual interests! Great organization! Thanks very much!

It was a super way to see all of the Algarve The buses were Superb very comfortable and air-conditioned The guide spoke four different languages so she was amazing! It was a long day we started in Lagos at 7:15 am and did not get home until 815 pm

Had a lovely day out visiting some amazing places with shopping cafes etc would highly recommend

Lovely guide, good amount of time in each place, worth the money