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The Algarve Coast & Country

From £718.00
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Duration 8 Days
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Find out why the Algarve Coast is one of the most popular sun holiday destinations in Europe.

Stretching across the southernmost tip of mainland Portugal, the Algarve is famous for its year round superb climate, fantastic beaches, dramatic landscape and quaint villages. And when you join us on this 7-night Portugal holiday, you’ll have the opportunity to experience them all for yourself.

We’ll enjoy excursions to the picturesque, whitewashed town of Alte, the Moorish-influenced town of Silves and the famous fishing villages of Lagos & Sagres. A visit to the most western point of Europe, known as ‘the Edge of the World’ is a highlight for many guests.

This trip also includes plenty of leisure time to visit the abundance of great beaches, bars, shops, restaurants and local markets near your resort, with personalised recommendations from your expert guide.

What You’ll Love

  • Discover the best of the Algarve coast on this 7-night Portugal guided holiday
  • Stay in the lovely seaside town of Albufeira or Praia da Rocha, just a short distance from the beach (3 or 4* Half Board)
  • Taste the traditional flavours of the region on an optional half day wine tasting tour
  • Enjoy spectacular views, rugged cliffs & charming villages on a guided excursion to Lagos & Sagres
  • Explore the countryside of the Algarve on a half day excursion to Portugal’s historic villages of Alte & Silves
  • Experience traditional Portuguese culture on a half day tour to the historic towns of Faro & Loulé
  • Return flights and transfers

Subject to availability. Single supplements apply. To check latest availability, call 0131 608 1238 quoting “DC Thomson Travel”

Please Note: Some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Portugal

We have arrived! We meet our local representative and transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Settle in, relax, and get to know our surroundings.

Day 2 – At Leisure

Let’s meet our guide! Today we will have a brief welcome meeting at our hotel, to receive local information and holiday tips from our expert guide.

At the meeting, there also will be an opportunity to book an optional wine tour excursion: a great way to savour the taste of regional Portuguese wines, learn more about the wine-making process and see more of the Algarve.

After our meeting, we are free to enjoy a day of leisure; take a stroll along the beach or relax and unwind by the pool.

Why not indulge in a wine tour during your holiday? Savour more on this pre-bookable half day excursion; a great way to get to know Portuguese regional wines and wine-making processes, while discovering the Algarve countryside and its traditions. Discover the historic hill town of Silves, taking a leisurely walk along cobbled streets to the impressive Moorish castle, located at its highest point. We enjoy a Port tasting and some free time to explore. See more as we experience a family-run vineyard and winery, with a wine tasting of red, white and rose wines, along with a typical Portuguese petisco (snack) of chourico (cured sausage), smoked ham and cheeses.

Pick up and drop off included from our hotel, duration 4 hours.

Day 3 – Lagos & Sagres

Join us this morning, as we set off on a full day excursion to the charming town of Lagos. Along the way we stop and admire views of one of Algarve’s most spectacular rock formations at Ponta da Piedade! Discover more of this rugged and beautiful seascape as we travel along Lagos Bay, where countless ships set sail in times gone by.

We join our guide on a short walking tour of the town centre, uncovering historical places of interest including the church of Saint Anthony. Discover more of Lagos during free time; walk the cobbled streets and check out the shops, savour a tasty Portuguese lunch (not included) at one of the many cafes.

Next, we uncover the fishing town of Sagres, where Portugal’s famous explorer Henry the Navigator embarked on his voyages of discovery. See more at Cape St. Vincent, the most south-westerly point of Europe’s mainland and home to a powerful lighthouse. Enjoy breath-taking views of the unspoilt western Algarve from this rugged clifftop setting, known as ‘The End of the World’, before returning to our hotel to relax and unwind.

Day 4 – At Leisure

On our free days, let’s take it easy and get to know our surroundings at a leisurely pace. We’ll savour the moments in this very special part of the world, relaxing by the beach, browsing the shops and perhaps enjoying an alfresco lunch or aperitif while watching the world go by.

Day 5 – Faro Town & Loulè

Let’s experience the traditional Portuguese town of Loulè and capture its unique atmosphere on a guided walking tour. Sample some local delicacies at the farmers’ market, as we stroll through the town centre and gaze upon the church of Our Lady of Conception. Let’s have our cameras ready for the beautiful blue and white glazed tiles – a perfect photo opportunity!

See more, as we discover Faro, capital of the Algarve region. Explore its cobbled lanes, quiet squares and pedestrianised streets, dotted with historic churches and small shops, before returning to our hotel.

Enjoy a well-deserved afternoon of relaxation, soaking up the atmosphere.

Day 6 – At Leisure

Today, is free to relax and take in some further sightseeing. Discover more of the local area spend time in the town centre and pick up some souvenirs or tasty Portuguese treats. Afterwards, enjoy a cool drink outside one of the small bars that line the streets, and watch the world go by.

Day 7 – Silves

Let’s uncover more of the Algarve, on an excursion to Alte and Silves.

Fall in love with Alte, a picturesque village dating back to the Roman occupation. We join our guide on a walking tour through cobbled streets and admire the whitewashed houses, decorated with lattice work and colourful borders, as we take in the timeless beauty.

Next, we discover the historic town of Silves, one of the most important cities in southern Portugal during Moorish times. We cross the flowing Arade River and admire the impressive Roman bridge. See more of this historic town as we walk with our guide beside the massive defensive walls and Gothic Cathedral. Experience more, with free time for shopping at the local market before we return to our hotel. This is a perfect time to choose some souvenirs to take home!

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our hotel or take a trip to the nearby beach.

Day 8 – Return Home

On our last day, it’s time to say farewell to the lovely Algarve region and set off for home; we transfer with guide assistance to the airport for our flight home.


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