Saturday, December 16, 2017

Algarve Group Tours

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The Historic Algarve: Full-day Tour

Visit the medieval town of Silves (with its famous castle of Silves of Islamic military architecture and the Sé Cathedral of Silves of the XVIII century). Following Silves, visit the city of Lagos, whose history place an important role in the great geographical discoveries. Walk along the city wall of the XIV century all the way to the oldest slave market in Europe's oldest and to the monument in honor of Prince Henrique. Visit the church of St. Anthony - a unique "golden” temple of the Baroque period. The next stop is at the Ponta da Piedade where we find amazing rock formations and beautiful caves. Next to Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente), whose shape resembles a “snake", located in the south westernmost point of mainland Europe - one of the most picturesque places of the Algarve coast.

Seville

The Algarve is located so close to Spain that one should most definitely not miss the opportunity to visit Seville – one of the most beautiful cities in Spain with a majestic cathedral, the royal residence of Alcazar, magnificent gardens and the winding streets of the medieval quarter, Santa Cruz, which will take you back to centuries ago. There will be some leisure time to be used at your own discretion.

Lisbon

Check into Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, by travelling through the “25 de Abril” suspension bridge, above which rises the majestic statue of Christ the King, as if embracing the city. Next, visit the district of Belem, home to the most famous monastery of the country the “Mosteiro do Jeronimos”, where the remains of Vasco da Gama and King Manuel I are buried, the Belem Tower, a symbol of Lisbon, and a monument to Pioneers. Moving on to the center of the city: the Commerce Square, the Rossio, the Avenida da Liberdade. Free time for lunch in town. Return to the Algarve over the Vasco da Gama Bridge (17 km).

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Evora and Monsaraz

Depart from the Algarve and cross the Alentejo province until you arrive at the beautiful city of Evora, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walking tour of the city: The Temple of Diana - the only Roman temple in the country, the Sé Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis and its Chapel of human bones and the university. After lunch, visit Reguengos de Monsaraz – winery and taste the dry wine of Alentejo.

The Hidden Algarve

Visit the city of Faro, the capital of the Algarve and its Sé Cathedral and the Church of Carmo. Following Faro, head down to Olhão, a fishing town located at the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. After lunch, travel through the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia. Next, make a quick stop in Tavira, a cozy medieval town. Take a stroll around the city (the ruins of an Arab fortress, the church of Santa Maria, a medieval bridge over the river).

 

 

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