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

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

Explore the peaceful East Algarve with its charming towns, elegant architecture and sights steeped in history. This must-do day trip includes tours of the Church of St Lourenço in Almancil town, the Algarve capital of Faro with its stately Old Town plus Tavira Castle: a ruined monument believed to date to Neolithic times. Enjoy free time to soak up the laid-back pace of the region in the fishing town of Olhão and make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service that covers hotels all over the Algarve region.


  • 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

Start your day trip to the East Algarve with a hotel pickup, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to the pretty town of Almancil, roughly 8 miles (13km) northwest of Faro. Head inside the town’s crowning glory, the beautiful Church of St Lourenço (Igreja de São Lourenço de Matos), and marvel at its stunning blue-and-white wall tiles while exploring. The tiles depict the story of St Lourenço who used money from the Catholic Church to pay for the poor until he was caught by the Romans.

Continue to Faro, the Algarve’s capital, for a walking tour of its elegant Old Town. Amble around the charming cobblestone streets and see the Arc da Vila, a monument that was commissioned to mark the entrance to the Old Town after a devastating earthquake in 1755. After exploring the streets, enjoy some free time to sightsee independently or shop for souvenirs to take home.

Meet back up with your guide and travel to the nearby town of Olhão with its bustling fishing port and Moorish-esque neighborhoods and cube-shaped houses. Stretch your legs on a walk around with your guide, and then take a break for lunch at your own expense; your guide will have plenty of restaurant recommendations if you need them.

Your last stop of the day is the beautiful city of Tavira, a town often called the 'Venice of the Algarve' after its location that straddles the River Gilão. Steeped in history, Tavira is home to Roman bridges, Renaissance churches and historical monuments aplenty, but it’s Tavira Castle — a structure thought to date to Neolithic days — that is the town’s most intriguing sight. Pay your entrance fee and then head inside the site to explore the castle's ramparts and ruins.

Leave Tavira in the late afternoon and travel back to your Algarve hotel where your day trip finishes.

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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