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The Historical West Algarve - Day Tour

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Algarve, Portugal
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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
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8 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Description

Experience the history and culture of the Algarve on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, discover the region with an informative local guide while enjoying activities that include... More
Experience the history and culture of the Algarve on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, discover the region with an informative local guide while enjoying activities that include exploring the Islamic heritage of the region’s first capital, Silves, marveling at the scenic beauty of Sagres, and learning about the historic explorers of Lagos.

Highlights

  • Explore the top historical attractions of the Algarve region on a guided tour
  • Visit Algarve’s first capital and admire Europe’s southwest tip, Sagres
  • Learn about the region’s Islamic heritage and taste local delicacies
  • Make the most of limited time with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off

What To Expect

Summary

We start our tour in Silves. The Moorish Shielb appears clustered around the castle which dominates the surrounding countryside. It is the Algarve city where the Islamic heritage is most striking. Here... More
We start our tour in Silves. The Moorish Shielb appears clustered around the castle which dominates the surrounding countryside. It is the Algarve city where the Islamic heritage is most striking. Here lived scholars and poets of the Al Garb (the West) of Al Andaluz, the powerful caliphate which dominated the Iberian peninsula for centuries. The gates... More
We start our tour in Silves. The Moorish Shielb appears clustered around the castle which dominates the surrounding countryside. It is the Algarve city where the Islamic heritage is most striking. Here lived scholars and poets of the Al Garb (the West) of Al Andaluz, the powerful caliphate which dominated the Iberian peninsula for centuries. The gates of the city open on to the walls which, even today, guard the castle, whose battlements provide us with a kind of winged walk, with a view over the River Arade flowing lazily down below. 

We cannot leave Silves without trying a “morgado”, one of the best recipes for this cake which is so typical of the Algarve Mountains.

It was from the bay of Lagos that the caravels set off on the great saga of the 16th century, in search of new worlds. The friendliness and welcoming nature of the people of Lagos are part of history: King D. Sebastião elevated it to the status of a city, after a journey to the Algarve in 1573, because he was so impressed by the warm welcome from the populace. 

Finally we get to Sagres, the legendary promontory. In 350 A.D. it was described by the Roman Rufus Festus Avienos in the following way: “the Cynete Cape, where the sidereal light goes down, emerges proudly as the extreme point of the rich Europe and goes into the salt water of the ocean, inhabited by monsters. There is then a promontory with frightening cliffs dedicated to Saturn. The choppy seas boil and the rocky coast stretches for a long way”. Almost 22 centuries later the magic and imposingness continue. 

In the fortress, the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator can be felt: this is where he dreamed up the magnificent epic of putting to sea and finding New Worlds.

Just a stone's throw away is the Cabo de S.Vicente, with its chapel, convent, fortress and lighthouse, the most south-westerly point in Portugal and in Europe.

Keen botanists, for their part, will find here several dozen plant species which are unique to this area, and, as Sagres is on the migratory route of a large number of birds, sometimes, given a bit of luck, you can watch their arrival or departure, a unique spectacle which can take several days.

Our Notes
• The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour. 
• To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide. 
• The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people). 
• During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
• Tour duration can be shortened upon your request.  
• We can also pick you up at diferent locations and hotels. Simply add to your booking an extra transfer. 
• Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.

What's Included

What's Included
The tour rate includes all taxes, personal/driver with car/minivan, pick-up and drop-off. There are no hidden costs.
Pickup Times: We are proud to offer specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up adress at the time noted.
Price is per pax per trip for departures from Tavira/Olhão/Cabanas (for different locations please contact)
We do not have cancellation fees. We understand that your plans can be changed so we do not charge for cancellations. Please inform us ASAP if you want to cancel the tour.
Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

• Tavira
• Olhão
• Cabanas de Tavira

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum 2 pax
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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