South of Portugal

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Departs: 01/01/2019
  • Arrives: 31/03/2020

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Departures on Saturdays

After passing by the groves that cover the vast plains, we finally see the ocean. The south of Portugal is special: because of its landscape, its climate, its gastronomy, traditions and its people. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable trip.

Program includes:

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis:
    • Hotel Muralhas Mar D’Ar, 4*, em Évora.
    • Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, 4*, em Lagos.
  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary;
  • Guia intérprete durante toda a viagem;
  • Entrance into the following monuments: Capela dos Ossos, Igreja de São Francisco (Évora), Catedral de Évora, Forte de São Vicente (Sagres).

 

Program excludes:

  • Lunches;
  • Gratuities;
  • Personal expenses.

 

  • Languages — Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Consult us for other dates (minimum 4 people).

 

Day 1 – Lisboa | Évora
One day discovering the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo where by a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards we arrive at Évora – World Heritage of UNESCO. In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora we walk along the time visiting some of the most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church whit the “Bones Chapel“, and the University. At the market we see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Along the visit we also admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicraft with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Time to lunch. In the afternoon, free time for a better discover of the city. Our suggestion: wine, cheese and olive oil gourmet proof. Évora — Hotel accommodation
Day 2 – Évora | Beja | Silves | Lagos
Breakfast in hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Évora, and then driving southward passing Beja were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos. Lagos — Hotel accommodation.
Day 3 – Lagos | Ponta da Piedade | Sagres | Cabo de São Vicente
Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked with the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente, the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with marina and fishing port where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Don’t forget to try the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea. Lagos — Hotel accommodation.
Day 4 – Lagos | Setúbal | Serra da Arrábida | Lisboa
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you by the city of Setubal a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa.