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So much to discover

  • See the natural beauty of the Algarve Coast on a guided walk 
  • Take a private boat ride through the beautiful Ria Formosa to Culatra
  • Walk along the River Guadiana that forms a border between Portugal and Spain
  • Experience the crafts of basket-weaving and cheese-making in the Algarvian hinterland
  • Explore Serra de Monchique on a guided walk
  • Discover Tavira, a charming medieval town with whitewashed houses
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Seville, the captivating Andalusian capital

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7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Daily breakfast & 3 dinners
Welcome drinks & dinner
Programme of daily tours & visits
Return flights & transfers
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Overview

Dramatic sheer cliffs, glorious beaches and charming coastal towns make the Algarve a real gem of Portugal. The deep-blue Atlantic embraces its rugged shores to the west and the south, where the sun’s generous rays create a spectacular display of light throughout the day. A natural haven can be found in the stunning lagoons of the Ria Formosa natural park, which teems with an astonishing variety of birds and marine life. 

Some 3,000 years ago, the Phoenicians settled, followed by the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors, whose 500-year rule has left a legacy still evident today. The name ‘Algarve’ comes from the Arabic ‘gharb al-Andalus’, meaning west of Andalucía. The flat-roofed house so typical of the region is another Arabic gift, designed to escape the heat. In the 13th century, the Portuguese regained control and two hundred years later, the Algarve reached its heyday. Sagres, at the southwestern tip, was chosen by Prince Henry the Navigator as the base for his navigation school and Portugal’s seafaring achievements turned the country into a leading imperial power.

Our tour visits the picture-postcard coastal towns of Lagos and Tavira, but it’s not just the coast that’s worth exploring – a short drive inland will take you to sleepy mountain villages that ooze charm and authenticity, where fascinating local traditions haven’t only survived, but thrived. 

The diverse and beautiful landscapes of the Algarve make it a walker’s paradise, so with our expert guides we enjoy wonderful walks along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Algarve coastline, around the lush mountain town of Monchique, and along the River Guadiana at the Spanish border through less-visited villages. We also enjoy a relaxing cruise through Ria Formosa to discover its incredible ecosystem and catch glimpses of its many fascinating inhabitants, from native egrets to migratory flamingos. And while we’re here, we’d be remiss to not include a visit to Spain and the Andalusian capital, Seville – the very epitome of Al-Andalus and a fitting finale to an unforgettable holiday.



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LAGOS

Lagos

Fly to Lagos where we transfer by coach to the Hotel Tivoli, our base for the next two nights. Lagos is an ancient seafaring town whose 16th-century walls enclose a lively historic core.

This evening we enjoy an informal drinks reception followed by dinner for a chance to get to know our travel companions a little better.

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4* Hotel Tivoli - Lagos

Chosen for its excellent location close to Lagos’ Old Town.

  • Central location
  • Private beach club
  • All rooms have a private balcony

DAY 2 - WALK IN PONTA DA PIEDADE & CAPE ST VINCENT

Ponta da Piedade

Morning

We take the short drive to Praia da Luz, a charming town spread around a beautiful sandy bay. Nestled in an open valley, the fine-sand beach of Praia da Luz stretches alongside the sparkling Atlantic, flanked by high cliffs. We walk up to the Atalaia Viewpoint at the western clifftop, which affords incredible views – on a clear day, you can see all the way to Sagres and its distinctive peninsula. The path hugs the cliff edge all the way to Ponta da Piedade. This scenic area is a haven of hidden grottos, bays and beaches, but the highlights are the enormous rock formations, sculpted over time by the ocean and amusingly named by local fishermen – there’s even one called General de Gaulle! 

Duration: 3 hours (4.4 miles)
Altitude gain: 537 feet
Terrain: coastal footpath 

Afternoon

We return to Lagos for a free afternoon to explore or make use of the hotel’s excellent facilities, including the nearby beach club.

Alternatively, you may wish to join us on an included drive to Cape St Vincent, Europe’s most southwesterly point. The views from here are simply breathtaking: rocky cliffs rise almost vertically to a height of 246 feet over the wild Atlantic while exuberant seabirds skim the waves. There is a lighthouse with a small museum dedicated to Sagres’ role in Portugal’s maritime history. 

DAY 3 - WALK IN MONCHIQUE

DAY 4 - FREE DAY IN TAVIRA

DAY 5 - OLHÃO & RIA FORMOSA

DAY 6 - WALK IN ALCOUTIM & CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION

DAY 7 - SEVILLE

DAY 8 - RETURN HOME

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Arrival airport   First hotel location    Transfer time    Final hotel location    Departure airport   Transfer time 
Faro Airport Lagos 1 hr 15 mins   Mazagón Faro Airport 2 hrs

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The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners, including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Scheduled flights
  • All taxes and transfers
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Accredited local walking guides on walking days

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