Villages in the Hills and Cork - Private Half-day Tour

Take a trip up the hills of the Serra do Caldeirão, and find an offbeat Algarve! Visit traditional villages, learn old ways of life that still prevail, and get an insight into the making of popular crafts.

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

per adult from

$96

AUD

Duration

4 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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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 add an extra transfer to your booking
    • During the tour stops will be made according to the itinerary.
    • Our guides will be happy to help you buy souvenirs during the tour.
    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: Sao Bras de Alportel, Sao Bras de Alportel, Faro District, Algarve

    Take a trip up the hills of the Serra do Caldeirão, and find an offbeat Algarve! Visit traditional villages, learn old ways of life that still prevail, and get an insight into the making of popular crafts.
    This tour will take you to the rolling hills of the Caldeirão Mountains, between the scent of thyme and lavender, in a muted green landscape of scattered cork trees and harsh scrubland.
    This range of small mountains and undulating hills is only a short drive away from the most known coastal resorts, although it seems to belong on a different planet. Few people live here, mostly an aging population dedicated to traditional activities and to welcoming visitors.
    In the historical centre of São Brás de Alportel, there are simple whitewashed houses built in the traditional Algarvian style and grand manor houses of the former industrialists and businessmen of the cork trade. Those have richly decorated façades with elaborated tiles, carved stonework, and wrought-iron verandas. From the courtyard of the Main Church, there is a fine view of the Caldeirão hills.
    At the Ethnographic Museum of Costumes, we'll have the opportunity to visit the traditional handicraft exhibit and get to know more about the importance of the cork in the region and its transformation processes. The Museum is set in the former 19th-century manor house of a cork dealer, and all its grace and charm have been kept.
    The cork from this region is worldly renowned for its top quality, and the Algarve is the world's largest cork grower and exporter. The cork from the Algarve is used for everything from Champaign and fine wines, to fashion, and even NASA spaceships.
    We then pay a visit to Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, where tiles are still handmade in the traditional artisanal way. Today there are few remaining tile factories in the east Algarve using these techniques, which produce beautiful tiles in gorgeous pink hues. From the ovens where the tiles bake, comes an earthy smell of holm oaks and almond shells burning.
    The village is surrounded by orange groves that flourish in this fertile land, and the lovely hamlets along the away dot the landscape with strokes of crisp white.
    Here, you'll find the character and authenticity of an Algarve rich in diversity.
    Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

    Duration: 4 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: • Tavira • Olhão • Cabanas de TaviraFor different location please let us know (extra fee apply)
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum 2 pax
    • Duration: 4 hours (morning or afternoon)
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
    • 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.
    • 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-70786P12

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