The Historical West Algarve - Day Tour

Wonder back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries. We start our day tour in Silves, Algarve's Moorish capital, visit Lagos, and finish in Sagres, on the southwestern tip of Europe.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

per adult from

$175

AUD

Duration

8 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • The tour rate includes all taxes, personal guide/driver with car, hotel pick-up and drop-off.
    • There are no hidden costs.
    • Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion
    • Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up address at the time noted.
    • IMPORTANT: If you wish a different pick-up location you must inform us (extra fees apply).
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Silves, Silves, Faro District, Algarve

    Wonder back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries. We start our day tour in Silves, Algarve's Moorish capital, visit Lagos, and finish in Sagres, on the southwestern tip of Europe.
    We start our tour in Silves, the former Moorish capital of the Algarve, under the name of Shielb. The city rises clustered around the red-stone walls of one of the Algarve's most well-preserved castles. Crowning the hill, it dominates the plains and the banks of the River Arade.
    The Islamic heritage is very striking, due to the city's importance when it was part of the Al Garb of the Al Andaluz, the powerful caliphate that dominated the Iberian peninsula for centuries.
    According to some authors, by the 11th century, when Silves was the capital of the Algarve, it surpassed Lisbon in size and importance. The city was also a significant centre of culture, home to poets, chroniclers, and lawmakers.
    The appeal of Silves lies beyond its rich heritage. The fertile lands around the River hold a wealth of orange orchards, perfuming the air when in blossom, and the streets of white houses reflect the sun and the blue sky.
    We cannot leave Silves without trying a “Morgado”, a typical delicacy of the Algarve countryside, using the local figs and almonds.
    Our next stop is the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, once a landmark of the Portuguese Discoveries, and refuge of pirates. Due to its unique bay and port, directly across from Africa, Lagos became a major point of departure and arrival for the ships that set sail in the discovery of new worlds. From here, Henry the Navigator dreamed of unknown lands and vast richness.
    Today, Lagos is a cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere, making it one of the most appealing locations in the Algarve. It is well worth visiting the city’s churches, museums, the castle, and the walls.
    We then head to Sagres, the legendary promontory. In 350 A.D. it was described by the Roman Rufus Festus Avienos: “vigorous cape, where sidereal light goes down, emerges proudly at the extreme point of rich Europe and goes into the saltwater 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 we can still relate to its magic and splendour.
    The fortress celebrates the Prince Henry the Navigator: it was from here that he started the epic dream of daring the sea to find New Worlds, starting what we know today as globalization.
    Very close is Cabo de S. Vicente, with a chapel, a convent, the fortress, and the lighthouse, in the most south-westerly point in Portugal and in Europe.
    The cliffs are a vertiginous 60 meters high, dropping down into the furious spray of the waves. You can see from above fierce men climbing the rocks, and defying the Atlantic pounding waves to harvest goose barnacles in a very dangerous catch.
    This a tour where the past merges with the present, making of every moment an enduring memory.
    Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

    Duration: 8 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: • Tavira • Olhão • Cabanas de TaviraFor different locations, please let us know (extra fee apply)
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum 2 pax
    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
    • Tour duration can be shortened upon your request.
    • 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.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This a private tour with your personal driver/guide – no other people will join the tour.
    • • We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people).
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by BeCool Travel

Activity ID: V-70786P14

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