Excursions

Get to know ALGARVE, its Nooks, Paradisiacal Beaches, Villas / Historical and Typical Cities, Castles, landscape, thematic and aquatic parks and zoos through the organized itineraries or on your own. Our services are at your disposal at the reception in order to help and inform you.

Some suggestions of organized trips:

Silves & Monchique (1/2 day) Silves: the ancient Moorish capital - until the XIII century - and still with some Roman ruins. You can visit the Castle, the fantastic Cathedral from the XVI century, the Museum where you can see the only underground water reservoir with connecting tunnels existing in the whole of Europe. Further on you can go to Monchique - on the top of the mountain range (Fóia - 902m) you can see the whole West including Portimão and the Vicentina Coast. Don't forget to try the regional spirit (Medronho). When you come down, you can visit the 'Termas' and their springs in an enchanting nook with centennial trees "Caldas de Monchique" .

Historical Algarve (1 day tour) Adding to the previous program you can visit Lagos, the Navigators School ("Escola dos Navegadores") - the centre of the discoveries (XV century) the Castle Ruins, the former Slaves Market, the famous St. Anthony Church with golden carving (two periods), and the St. Vicente Cape at the end of the Iberian Peninsula, from where the Portuguese Navigators departed to the world's discoveries. At this point there is a lighthouse, the most powerful in Europe (180 km length and 90 km high), which controls the routes of every boat that cross the Atlantic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

Lagos & Sagres (1/2 day tour)  This is a day of discovery and history where you visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Steeped in tradition, encompassing the sea it is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the Algarve.

First its on to the ‘end of the world' - Sagres - known because of the impressive fort, home to Prince Henry's famous School of Navigation. At Cape St. Vincent (Europe's most south western point) a tiny lighthouse perches atop the stunning cliffs. Breath the invigorating sea air and marvel at the vastness of the landscape.

No journey into the Algarve's past would be complete without a visit to the historical seaport town of Lagos where new and old live in harmony. See the modern marina with its luxurious yachts. Visit the the old slave market (the first in Europe) and admire the strange statue of Prince Henry. A visit to the beautiful St. Anthony's Church, one of the best examples of the Barroque style in the Algarve is also seen (entrance fee not included).

Then we make our way towards the grottoes at Ponta de Piedade, renowned for the strange rock formations, where you can spot the different rock formations - the camel, the elephant, the kissing couple.

Don't miss this day - a perfect blend of past and present!

Typical Algarvian Villas - Alte & Querença (1/2 day tour) Strolling through the Rural Zone, known as "Algarvian Baroque", enjoying the beautiful scenery of citrus orchard, you reach Alte, where you can hear a small waterfall. Alte is a village with streets so narrow that no car can go through them, small houses with a typical Algarvian architecture from the past century, arranged nearby the springs of pure water flowing in the middle of the colourful mountain range.

Following through this range, you cross the biggest productive area of cork in Portugal called "Caldeirão Range" (Serra do Caldeirão), on the way to Querença, one of the most beautiful villages in Algarve, where the white houses contrast with the multi-coloured flower vases hanging on the window-sill or at the entrance.

Loulé Market (1/2 day tour) In this half-day Excursion you have the opportunity to get know one of the most interesting towns of the interior of the Algarve : Loulé! Loulé is known because of its typical Portuguese fruit and vegetables Market on Saturdays. Inside the building are those who sell every day, but outside you can observe the farmers that come on Saturdays and bring the products that they grow. It is a market, full of color and life, especially on Saturdays.

In the typical narrow streets of Loulé you can also find little shops where cooper is still worked by hand as well as other handmade articles made by true artisans using age-old methods. Here you will also have the opportunity to visit the most typical gipsy market of the Algarve, situated outside the city centre.

Jeep Safari (1 day) If it is fun, excitement and adventure you're looking for.....then look no further! Let us take you off the beaten track... but straight into the heart of the Algarve!

Travelling in a convoy of open top jeeps we go up hills and down dales, crossing streams and traversing meadows in a roller-coaster ride through the countryside. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of an area almost untouched by time.

Our journey will take us to some of the most interesting places in the Algarve - but not by roads you'll find marked on any map! We will follow dirty tracks to the places where you can see old traditions and customs still in practice. Breath the pure air rich with the scents of local herbs and plants and admire the spectacular views. Smell the scent of  the eucalyptus trees and learn the secrets of harvesting the ubiquitous cork trees.

We will visit a small local distillery where the brave can sample "Medronho" - a very potent local drink and where you can see honey being made in the age old way.

The day includes a full, delicious lunch served in a typical restaurant.

Costa Vicentina - The Natural West We invite you to join us on an exceptional tour of the lesser known, but stunningly beautiful Western Algarve. Here, along the Costa Vicentina, you can feast your eyes on the wild beauty of the pristine beaches pounded by the turbulent Atlantic and backed by majestic cliffs. The Costa Vicentina, from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Burgau, is a protected area, and, as such, its 80 kms of coastline is a true paradise of fauna and flora. Home to a large variety of plants and herbs and a wide diversity of animal life.
Leaving the bustle of the southern coast of the Algarve behind at Lagos we head northwards through unspoilt countryside and along the coast to our first stop - the beaches of Amado and Carrapateira which offer stunning views of the vast horizon and the unforgiving cliffs. Here you can fill your lungs with the purest air imaginable. We journey on to the ancient town of Aljezur which is marked by the brooding presence of the Moorish Castle which sits atop a hill, affording spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, to those who make the journey to the summit.
Leaving Aljezur we continue northwards, passing by Odeceixe which boasts one of the best known tidal beaches in the area. Once we leave Odeceixe we are leaving the Algarve and entering the vast province of the Alentejo. We visit Zambujeira do Mar - a picturesque coastal town that in times past was an important port and fishing centre. Today the fishing industry has been, by and large, replaced by tourism.
After lunch we follow a leisurely route south along the Costa Vicentina where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the impressive coastline. Our last stop of the day is at Odeceixe where we visit a fascinating old windmill, one of the few still functioning. Time then for a stroll through this scenic and typical town, where life is lived at a gentler pace.

Lisbon (1 day) While in Portugal why not visit its capital - the city of the seven hills and Expo ´98 - the last World Fair of the 20th century. Lisbon is a truly beautiful city set by the river Tejo. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city which boasts a rich historical, cultural and ethnic legacy.

You enter the city by crossing the famous "25th April" suspension bridge which spans the River Tejo. See the impressive statue of Christ the Saviour standing high above the city.

During a guided tour of the city you will have the opportunity to visit various sites of interest - the area of Belém, situated by the river and where you can see the renowned Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém and the Monument of the Discoveries.

There is free time for further sightseeing and shopping in the centre of the city before the return journey to the Algarve.

Lisbon-Sintra (2 days) 

1st day - Departure from the Algarve, crossing Portugal's largest province - the Alentejo - before arriving at Lisbon. You enter the city by crossing the famous "25th April" suspension bridge, which spans the River Tejo. See the impressive statue of Christ the Saviour standing high above the city.
During a guided tour of the city you will have the opportunity to visit various sites of interest - the area of Belém, situated by the river where you can see the renowned Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém and the Monument of the Discoveries. Visit the Alfama - the oldest part of the city and one of the few sites to survive the massive earthquake which levelled most of the city in 1755.
There is freetime for shopping and further sightseeing in the centre of the city.
2nd day - Following an overnight stay in the city, there is a visit to the cosmopolitan coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril and the historical town of Sintra - home to magnificent houses and palaces. Here you have time to explore at leisure before returning to the Algarve.

Seville - Spain (1 day) Sample the Spanish splendour that is Seville, the capital of Andalusia, a city renowned for its stunning architecture and history, a modern, cosmopolitan city vibrant with life and passion.

During your visit to this fascinating city you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent Gothic Cathedral (entrance fee not included) - the proud centre-piece of the city. See the Torre del Oro (the Golden Tower) - the ancient watch tower upon the River Guadalquiver. Visit the Praça de Espanha and the Maria Luisa Park where you can enjoy the fabulous gardens.

Seville also boast a thriving commercial centre. There is free time to explore the numerous shops and the small side streets and, of course, the department store El Corte Inglês.