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West Algarve Tour with Lagos, Sagres and Cabo de São Vicent
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West Algarve Tour with Lagos, Sagres and Cabo de São Vicent

The rugged coast of the western Algarve is crammed with dramatic cliffs sheltering sandy coves and characterful towns. On this trip you'll have ample time to explore the historic city of Lagos and see some of the Algarve's most picturesque points, including Sagres, the ‘end of the world' and Baleeira fishing village. Beatriz, one of our expert local guides, says, 'Lagos has a long history, and was once an important hub for maritime traffic in the 15th century during the Portuguese Age of Discovery. You'll get a sense of its history as you mander through the old town on patterned cobbled streets flanked by handsome buildings.' Sheltering by a river mouth, the town of Lagos has a great location by the beach and within reach of all that amazing scenery. Get your culture fix with a tour of Lagos town, plus free time to enjoy the vibrant streets and cafés. Your guided tour takes in Praça do Infante to see Henry the Navigator's statue as well as the building that served as Portugal's first slave market. Afterwards, you could choose to spend your time having lunch, shopping or exploring.Next, you'll head to Sagres to admire its 15th century fortress, where you can explore the grounds and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the region's maritime history. After this we'll visit Cabo de São Vicente, also known as the ‘end of the world' – Europe's most south-westerly point. You'll round off the day taking in even more panoramic views over the fishing harbour of Baleeira.

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Faro, Olhão & Tavira Tour with Fado Show
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Faro, Olhão & Tavira Tour with Fado Show

The east is one of the jewels in the Algarve's crown, and this full day excursion offers a flavour of its local culture as well as a chance to get to know its biggest city. You'll visit Faro, Olhao, and Tavira and travel through beautiful countryside in the Ria Formosa National Park. Sofia, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘This excursion is special because it brings the local culture to life. You'll see a performance of Fado music which is the heart of Portuguese tradition, a soulful singer fronts a group of musicians and together they convey passion, struggle, and longing. It's a hugely significant part of Portuguese culture.'We'll begin in Faro, the regional capital, where you'll have free time to explore the old town – the cathedral is a must-see. Next up is Olhao, a village on the banks of the Ria Formosa. You'll visit its famous fish market and then enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. Sofia adds, ‘As well as showcasing the fruits of the sea, the market is a good place to make contact with smallholders selling their own produce, such as honey, jams, cakes, and liqueurs.'In the afternoon, we'll head to Tavira to see its top sights and visit the castle for a stroll along its ramparts. Along with the castle, the seven-arched Roman bridge and a pair of historic churches are just a handful of the best things to do in Tavira. Cap off the day by dropping into a church for a live show of fado singing – the melancholic music genre that is a national treasure.

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Lisbon tour with Jeronimos Monastery
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Lisbon tour with Jeronimos Monastery

Cross the 25th April Bridge over the River Tagus to the seafront district of Belem. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery and see the Belem Tower and Monument of the discoveries. Taste the traditional Pastéis de Belém.

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Evening 4x4 Tour of Monchique Hills with Dinner
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Evening 4x4 Tour of Monchique Hills with Dinner

This trip has to be one of the best ways to discover the real Algarve. Jump into a 4x4, leave the coast behind and make your way up into the Monchique hills. You'll discover a different Algarve with a slower pace of life, one that most visitors never get to see. Ines, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘These hills are relatively untouched by the modern world, and this tour gives visitors a glimpse of traditional Portuguese life. Little farming villages dot the landscape, and you'll get to try local citrus fruit when we visit an orange grove at Silves.'Travelling in small groups winding along earth tracks and past tiny villages, you'll get a glimpse of a peaceful lifestyle that is quickly disappearing. After a stop at an orange grove, you'll explore the timeworn streets of the whitewashed village of Alferce, known for its pretty church which dates back to the 16th century. Any cultivatable patches of land in the area are filled with citrus orchards and eucalyptus groves. Next, you'll continue on your journey to explore the natural wilderness of ‘Barrancos dos Pisoes'.There'll be plenty of stops along the way to capture those perfect holiday pictures and then we'll travel up to the highest point in the Algarve. At this special viewpoint you'll watch the sky change colour as the sun sets and toast the view with a glass of sparkling wine. Hop back into the 4x4 and as darkness blankets the landscape, you'll head to a local restaurant for a traditional dinner including specialities from the Monchique hills.

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Silves and Monchique Mountains Tour
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Silves and Monchique Mountains Tour

The Algarve is famed for its beautiful beaches, yet the area's countryside is also filled with historic and natural gems that are well worth discovering. You'll head into the mountains to visit Silves, Foia and Monchique, and taste some local treats along the way.

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Seville City Visit with Shopping Time
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Seville City Visit with Shopping Time

As the heart and soul of Andalusia, Seville makes for a mesmerising daytrip. You'll explore the city's cobbled streets, secret patios and colossal cathedral on a panoramic bus tour. There'll also be free time to indulge in some shopping.

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Ayamonte Authentic Andalusia Tour
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Ayamonte Authentic Andalusia Tour

Perched on the banks of the River Guadiana that separates Portugal and Spain, Ayamonte blends the best of both countries cultures. Discover Andalusian charm and delicious cuisine on this tour of an Iberian gem.Located just a stone's throw from the border, arriving in the Spanish town you'll get an impressive view of Portugal's Castro Marim castle – a remnant of the centuries of war between the two. Delve deeper into the history here with a guided tour of the medieval quarter and admire the traditional blue and white tiles at every turn.After free time to sip coffee in the square, shop the boutiques or rummage for trinkets and treasures in the marketplace, you'll be ready for lunch. Stop by Vive Ayamonte gastro-shop and a feast of tasty tapas, traditional paella and wine awaits. What's more, it's all served up with a side order of fantastic flamenco entertainment in their beautiful courtyard, reserved exclusively for TUI.

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Viva Andalucia
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Viva Andalucia

One of Spain's most beautiful and unspoiled corners is right next door to the Algarve. Huelva boasts landscapes of protected wetlands pockmarked by history-steeped towns, and makes for a fascinating daytrip. You'll visit Niebla, El Rocio and replicas of Columbus's caravels.

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Costa Vicentina Full Day Tour with Lunch
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Costa Vicentina Full Day Tour with Lunch

Wedged between the Atlantic and the Monchique Mountains, the Vicentine Coast has stunning landscapes, lots of flora and fauna but very few people. This is a wild world where you least expect it. Highlights include Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Carrapateira and Sagres.

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Seville Cultural Tour with Local Guide from the Algarve
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Seville Cultural Tour with Local Guide from the Algarve

Bursting with glorious buildings, dotted with leafy parks and drenched in Andalucian colour, Seville is a must-visit. Some of Spain's most important monuments are in the spotlight on this guided tour, including the bullring, Santa Cruz and Plaza de España. You'll also have some free time to explore. Mariasol, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘I always feel uplifted when I visit the Plaza de España because it's so colourful. It is full of painted ceramic tilework, known as azulejos. Each azulejo depicts Spain's regional culture and heritage and every province is represented.'You'll strike out early for the Andalusian capital, allowing plenty of time to explore some of its cultural and architectural highlights. Once in Seville, your walking tour begins at the Moorish Torre Del Oro. You'll see Seville's bullring, the Real Maestranza, the Triana Bridge, and the Plaza d'America. Next, you'll visit the colonnaded Plaza de España – and the surrounding Maria Luiza Park. After a rest in the park, we'll continue our walking tour, which takes us to Barrio de Santa Cruz – once known as the district of Moors and Jews. This most characterful district of Seville, right in the historic centre, is overflowing with orange trees, pretty plazas and jasmine-scented patios. And before heading back, you'll have some free time to explore on your own to grab some tapas – and maybe a souvenir or two.

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Private 4x4 Sunset Tour in the Monchique Hills
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Private 4x4 Sunset Tour in the Monchique Hills

Discover the real Algarve with this exclusive private tour. Jump into a 4x4, leave the coast behind and make your way up into the Monchique hills – you'll discover parts of the Algarve that you'd never find on your own.

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Viva Andalucía Small Group Tour
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Viva Andalucía Small Group Tour

Pockmarked by history-steeped towns and protected wetlands, Huelva is one of the most scenic corners of Spain. And it's right next door to the Algarve. This small group tour takes you across the border to visit historic Niebla, El Rocio religious site and replicas of Columbus's caravel sailing ships.

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Things to do in the Algarve

Sitting comfortably in Portugal's sunny southern region, the Algarve offers more than just a sparkling coastline. From historic towns and secluded beaches, to championship golf courses and top-notch dining, a seamless blend of relaxation and adventure makes for plenty of things to experience here. Read on to discover the best activities and excursions you can do to make the most of your time in the Algarve.

Top things to do in the Algarve

1. Discover Silves

Located on a hillside on the outskirts of the dramatic Monchique mountain range, Silves was once the capital of the Algarve during Moorish rule. Nowadays, it's considered to be the gateway to the highlands, retaining much of its historic grandeur — making it an intriguing place to explore. Be sure to visit Silves Castle, a well-preserved fortress offering panoramic views over the town and surrounding countryside. And don't miss your chance to try the oranges — Silves produces some of the best in the world. You'll find many guided tours dropping into Silves, mostly combined with longer trips through the Monchique Mountains.

2. Explore Sagres

Nicknamed 'The End of the World' by the Romans, Sagres is a pretty town at the southwestern tip of Europe, and it holds an irresistible allure for adventure seekers and history enthusiasts alike. Visit the impressive Fortress of Sagres and absorb its strategic importance during Portugal’s Age of Discovery. For thrill-chasers, hit the waves with one of the many surf schools here. Or, combine both with a day out by 4x4, stopping by both the town and its shoreline. And, be sure to head to the Cape St's Vincent lighthouse at sunset — it's a sight you'll remember forever.

3. Adventure in Ria Formosa Natural Park

Step into diverse nature at Ria Formosa – the cherry on the cake for any trip to the Algarve. This sprawling natural park is a haven for wildlife, particularly bird species. Explore the different habitats and landscapes that make up the park, from flora and fauna to salt pans and sand dunes. Many types of excursions are offered here, from boat trips to spot the resident dolphins and birdwatching expeditions to hikes, cycling tours and more. There are also several villages and cities dotted around the park, including Cacela Velha, Tavira and Olhao, as well as the old town of Faro — the region's capital.

4. Visit Benagil's caves and grottoes

Algarve’s coastline is adorned by numerous caves, but none are quite as famous as Benagil's sea cave. Situated just 30 minutes away from Faro in the fishing town of Benagil, and accessible only by sea, this natural wonder features a domed ceiling with an open sky hole, allowing sunlight to stream into the sand-filled base. Smaller boat tours from nearby beaches, as well as kayaking and speedboat options, offer easy ways to visit. And if you're left wanting more, there's Ponta da Piedade sea grottoes, which are also well worth a visit.

5. Spot dolphins off the Albufeira coast

Get up close and personal with some of nature's most playful creatures on a dolphin watching trip along the Albufeira coastline. There's plenty of boat tours available, from small-group speedboat rides, to larger boats offering barbecues, and even a pirate ship. All provide an unrivalled opportunity to observe dolphins in their natural habitat, while also enjoying panoramic views of the Algarve's spectacular coastline. Some also combine dolphin-spotting with visits to nearby hidden caves.

6. Sip on quality Algarvian wine in Lagoa

A journey to the Algarve wouldn't be complete without immersing yourself in its rich wine culture. Lagoa, one of the most renowned wine-producing areas in the Algarve, boasts a selection of vineyards ripe for exploration. Indulge in a tasting tour, where knowledgeable sommeliers will guide you through a collection of locally-produced, and sometimes even secret, wines. Savour the crisp white wines that are a hallmark of the region, or try out the bold reds that are rapidly gaining international acclaim.

Plan your visit to the Algarve

When is the best time to visit the Algarve?

The Algarve can sizzle in summer months, especially during the region's high season — July and August — when temperatures regularly exceed 30°C. If you don’t like it too hot, choose one of the resorts further west, where the breeze is a little stronger. The temperatures in the winter months don’t tend to fall below 15 or 16˚C, making it perfect golfing weather. Temperatures in spring and fall are pleasant and, with luck, you may be able to enjoy a day or two at the beach. These seasons are ideal for exploring calmly, as well as taking part in outdoor sports such as hiking or cycling.

How many days should I spend in the Algarve?

You'll need at least 3 days to see the best of the Algarve. Head out on a long weekend, and you can focus your efforts on one part of the region, taking a guided tour or maybe even a boat trip. But, if you want to enjoy a few days on the beach, take a hike and discover the Algarve in more detail, you'll need a week or longer.

Where are the best beaches in the Algarve?

The Algarve's standout feature is its beaches, with top-notch stretches of sand, hidden coves and cresent-shaped bays dotting its coastline. Often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Praia da Marinha is a must-visit. The beach is famed for its spectacular cliffs that are adorned with intricate limestone formations, as well as calm waters ideal for snorkelling in. Adventure seekers will love Praia da Falesia for its catalogue of water sports, and if it's photogenic spots you're after, Praia da Dona Ana or Praia do Camilo come top of the list.