Algarve: Villages in the Hills & Cork Private Half-Day Tour

Algarve: Villages in the Hills & Cork Private Half-Day Tour

From $70.64 per person

Take a trip up the hills of the Serra do Caldeirão and find an offbeat Algarve. Visit traditional villages, learn about old ways of life that still prevail, and get an insight into the making of popular crafts.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up is complimentary if you are staying in Olhão, Tavira and Cabanas de Tavira. If you are staying in other locations, please contact your local tour operator as there may be an extra cost.
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  • Get a true flavor of local culture in the Algarve region
  • Admire the natural beauty of the Caldeirão Mountains
  • Visit the historical center of São Brás
  • Take a dip in a tranquil natural lake
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After being picked up from your hotel, you will begin by journeying into the rolling hills of the Caldeirão Mountains. Admire the natural beauty of this stunning landscape, listen to the gentle bubbling of mountain streams and discover the skills of local craftspeople. From the mountains, the tour will proceed to the historical center of São Brás with its eclectic mix of whitewashed houses and the grander residences of the former industrialists and businessmen of the cork trade. In the Ethnographic Museum of Costumes of the Algarve, learn more about local culture and take a trip back in time to when the locals used to dance the “corridinho” at threshing time. After São Brás, your guide will take you to Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo in search of the tile makers who have been there for centuries. Take in the wonderful scents of the surrounding orchards, full of almond and orange trees. For your final visit of the day, you will head to the tranquil Moinhos da Rocha waterfall and lake hidden within the hills. Depending on the time of year, relax and take a dip in its waters, or dive from the rock cliff if you're feeling more adventurous.
  • Personal guide/driver with car/minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes
  • Gratuities (optional but greatly appreciated)

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    • This a private tour with your personal driver/guide – no other people will join the tour.
    • The tour is done by car/minivan. Cars hold up to 4 people and minivans hold 5 - 7 people.
    • Tour duration can be shortened upon your request
    • Your local tour guide will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour
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    October 3, 2019

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