Algarve Tour - Lux on Wheels

Algarve Tour

Highlights:

  • Silves Castle
  • Quinta do Lago
  • Castelo Paderne
  • Benagil Caves
  • Slave Market Museum

Short Description:

After crossing the long vasco da gama bridge with 12,3 kilometers (the second longest bridge in Europe) you follow to Silves, a fortified town which was once the ancient capital of Algarve and an important trading town for the Moors.

After, and because we like luxury, we’ll take you to Quinta do Lago, a Mediterranean resort with real estate plots between deserted dunes, sheltered pines and sandy beaches surrounded by three award winning gold courses. In the same standard we take you Vilamoura’s famous Marina were luxurious yachts attracts, surrounded by blue flag beaches with fashionable boutiques, cafes, restaurants and a casino.

Within Algarve you’ll visit the most amazing beaches and sea landscapes including the Benagil caves, Ponta da Piedade coastline arches and traditional fishermen villages.

Map:

Algarve Tour Map

Additional Info:

  • Hotel/Apartment Pick Up;
  • Monuments entrance tickets are not included, so you can decide what you want to visit;
  • We selected some of the sites that we consider the best to fulfill your trip expectations, the tours itinerary is flexible, you can change anything or add something you wish to visit;
  • All the cars provide water for our clients;
  • Tour up to 50 people;

Places to see:

Castelo de Silves (Silves Castle)

This red brick castle from the 7th century was part of numerous battles between Christians and Moors. Between the 8th and 13th centuries the castle was occupied by the moors who leaved one of the most notable military structure among us. Next to the main entrance you will find a bronze sculpture representative of King Sancho I, the monarch who conquered the city of Silves from the Arabs for the first time, in 1189, with the help of the Crusaders. Later in the 18th century, when the earthquake of 1755 happened, the structure was severely damaged. In the 1930s and 1940s consolidation and restoration interventions were promoted and today this castle constitutes one of the largest and best-preserved monuments in the country.

Praia da Falésia (Falésia Beach)

This blue flag beach has one of the best landscapes in the Algarve with ochre cliffs and green pines splattered in white. It was considered the 12th best beach in the world and the second in Portugal by tripadvisor travelers. The beach has a very diversified offer of aquatic activities (rental of awnings, seagulls, gondolas, ski shark, buoys and kayak).

Praia da Rocha Portimão (Rock Beach Portimão)

One of the most famous beaches in Algarve common selected to publicity and photographs boosted with a great nightlife and a casino. Stroll on the wide wooden walkways that run along the beach, along with numerous bars and restaurants, including a sports area. The beach has two panoramic viewpoints that will enhance the natural landscape surrounding Praia da Rocha. Besides the themed bars and the marina complex’s restaurants you can perform different aquatic activities such as dolphin watch trips and boat tours along the seacoast. 

Castelo Paderne (Paderne Castle)

It’s one of the castles represented in the Portuguese flag.  Built by the Arabs in the 12th century it’s a good example of Muslim military architecture. The earliest reference to the castle dates back to 1189, when it was conquered in a fierce night-time assault by D. Sancho I forces (1185-1211), with the help of of English crusaders. However, in 1191, it was recovered by the Almohad forces under the command of the caliph Iacube Almançor. This defensive infrastructure was endowed with a tower Albarrã that allowed the defenders to attack the opposition behind their backs. After the Christian conquest of the Algarve a new population was installed in the castle altering the interior and the domestic life inside of it.

Museu do Mercado de Escravos (Slave Market Museum) (Lagos)

This historic building located in Infante D.Henrique square, Lagos, was built in 1444 and was Europe’s first slave market. The museum shows the history of slavery since the arrival of the first slaves to Portugal, in the 15th century, from Africa. Used in heavy labor and domestic tasks, African slaves were part of the Portuguese human landscape for centuries, until the abolition of slavery occurred in the 19th century. The Museum’s Nucleus of the Slaves Market offers visitors a perspective on this regrettable chapter of Portuguese history. For many years, the first floor of this infrastructure was used as House of Wisdom and Customs, House of Guard and as a Military Prison. The ground floor is currently occupied by an Art gallery.

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