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  • Location:Algarve, Portugal
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

East Algarve Day Trip Including Almancil, Faro, Olhao and Tavira

Embrace the magic of the East Algarve during a guided day trip to Almancil, Faro, Olhao and Tavira, leaving from the Algarve region. This tour visits the charming town of Almancil where you will see the Church of St. Lourenço and Old Town in Faro, the elegant capital of the Algarve. Explore architecture like Tavira Castle, a ruin considered to be from the Neolithic era. Then, enjoy free time to relish the mellow atmosphere the fishing town of Olhão.


  • Day trip to the East Algarve including the towns of Almancil, Faro, Olhão and Tavira
  • Visit the Church of St Lourenço in Almancil and admire its traditional blue-and-white wall tiles
  • Explore Faro Old Town on a walking tour and see the stately looking Arc da Vila
  • Enjoy free time in the fishing town of Olhão, known for its distinctive cube-shaped houses
  • Pay a visit to Tavira Castle and pose for photos against its ramparts and ruins
  • Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service that covers the Algarve region

What You Can Expect

East Algarve Day Trip Including Almancil, Faro, Olhao and Tavira

Visit some of the most beautiful cities of the Algarve region like Faro, where you can admire the Arc da Vila

Meet your guide at your Algarve hotel and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach for your day tour of east Algarve’s most beautiful coastal towns. Sit back and relax as you head 8 miles (13 km) to the serene town of Almancil. Arrive and visit the stunning historic Church of St Lourenço (Igreja de São Lourenço de Matos). Admire its detailed blue-and-white tiles that tell the tale of St Lourenço who helped the poor by using the wealth of the Catholic Church until it was discovered by the Romans.

Next, drive to the capital of the Algarve, Faro. Hop out of the car and stroll through its charming Old Town. Wind along beautiful cobblestone roads until you reach Arc da Vila. Hear how this medieval monument was erected as the gateway to Old Town subsequent to the disastrous Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Then, leisurely explore this town on your own and peak into shops for treats and souvenirs.

Your east Algarve day trip then moves to the neighboring town of Olhão known for the largest fishing port in the Algarve. Venture through and see Olhão’s Moorish-style houses and learn about its commercial links with Africa. After a brief walk with your guide grab a bite to eat for lunch (own expense). Feel free to request restaurant recommendations, your guide is happy to help.

Continue to your fourth and final stop the ancient town of Tavira. Relish the town’s impressive Renaissance churches and Roman bridges that border the River Gilão leading to its nickname the “Venice of the Algarve.” Then, stroll to Tavira Castle and see this partially ruined fortress thought to have been built during the days of the Neoliths. Enter this alluring monument (own expense) full of ramparts and ruins and capture wonderful views over the surrounding park and town.

Finally, head back to your Algarve hotel where your trip ends in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Despite a cool and windy day the scenery, commentary and facilitation was very good. Only downside was having the same information given in four languages.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

it was a great tour but we never got to Almancil to see the church and I was disappointed about that.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2015

Nothing interesting,wery boring tour...and go to Spain was waisting time.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2015

Horrible tour and horrible guide. Celia should resign - she spent whole day talking to the driver and didn't provide any, any info. Three hours to collect the guests! Unbearable day!

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