Three Days Private Tour in Algarve from Lisbon, the perfect itinerary for those who want to know the true Algarve, from the most beautiful beaches, to the best restaurants, always guided by a professional who will give you all the information and curiosities about the places that they will visit.
The Algarve with a beautiful hilly landscape, with olives, carob, almond, fig and orange trees, washed by the Atlantic.
It offers an impressive variety of fish and seafood dishes, as well as a wide range of meat dishes.
Different Arab influences in the region and the famous Portuguese “Conventual” pastry, left an inheritance rich in sweets and desserts.
With a sharp use of almonds and honey in many recipes, including the regionally famous marzipan fruits, stuffed with sweetened egg yolks.
Other popular local products include morgados (egg yolks), fig cheese (figs, ground almonds and chocolate), donuts (a sweet fried dough), and the Dom Rodrigos (almond and egg pastry).
On the first days of our Three Days Private Tour in Algarve from Lisbon will depart from Lisbon to the Alentejo region, more precisely Evora, crossing the beautiful suspension bridge, admiring the city as well as monument to Christ-King Our day arriving to a farmhouse, knew that cork is the bark of the cork oak, a kind of oak, a bark with great characteristics, is light, elastic and resistant to fire among others
Each year the bark grows, however, only after nine to nine years it must be removed from the tree, being able to reach 25 centimeters of thickness, defenitively an excellent protection for the tree against the heat, cold and fires, after removing the tree forms a new bark.
Evora place where different civilizations had lived, the ancient “Temple of Diana” next to the Evora Cathedral built in the Roman´s period, we can see the magnificent aqueduct of “Agua da Prata”, outside the city walls and extend from the outskirts of the city, some of its arches are still visible inside the city, built in the 16th century to ensure the water transportation.
The Arabs built their streets and alleys in the 11th and 12th centuries, Evora was the residence of some Portuguese kings, a point of convergence of renowned artists, supported by the patronage and dynasty reigning in Portugal.
The period of the discoveries was of glory to Evora creating particularly favorable conditions in the construction of numerous aristocratic mansions of the city as the Jesuit university.
However, the ex-libris will be the Church of San Francisco, especially the Bones Chapel, clothed with skulls and bones of 500 monks, attracting thousands every year and proclaiming “We bones, here we are, for yours we will wait” at the entrance of the it.
Monsaraz is a small medieval village with narrow stone streets and houses painted white add special charm to this village and its inhabitants. As we pass through its walls, we return to medieval times, surrounded by plains that stretch out of sight and along with the Alqueva that divides Portugal and Spain.
We will arrive in Albufeira, its historic center with a traditional atmosphere with its whitewashed houses with narrow cobbled streets filled with cafes and shops with a lively nightlife being the central avenue is a succession of tempting bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Next on our three Days Private Tour in Algarve from Lisbon we will departure from the hotel and visit Lagos, in the middle of the sixteenth century, lagos was the great base of support for the Discoveries, the place from which its main expeditions departed and where many of the products marketed.
This strategic importance of Lagos gave rise to a considerable economic development, which was translated in the fixation of many people in the city, originating its urban growth.
The continuous harassment that the city suffered on the part of the North African corso forced to the construction of a second waist of walls, adapted to the new concepts of the military architecture, that the generalization of the use of the artillery had introduced, and that the Portuguese, following the model Italian avant-garde, had been putting into practice in Morocco and in most of the territories integrated in the Empire.
The Sagres Fortress, also known as Promotorium Sacrum, built by order of Prince Henry the Navigator, where inside we will see; cannons, a sixteenth-century tower and also the Church of Our Lady of Grace, one of the former monument ex-líbris is the rose of the winds, a sundial that some consider to be of the time of the infant and the nautical school that he founded in Sagres.
Very close by we have the Fortress of “Cabo de Sao Vicente”, built in the 16th century to protect the coast from the Moorish attacks, pirates and, according to the legend, the place where the fortress was built will have received the remains of San Vicente before they were moved to Lisbon.
On the way back to Lisbon we will visit a few cities before arrive in Lisbon, such as Sesimbra starring by visit its Moorish Castle, on the hillside north of the village, this fortress was classified as a national monument in 1910, and is today one of the most visited sites in the county.
Built in the 9th century, still under Islamic occupation, its role throughout history has always been land and maritime defense of the region.
In the bay, you will find the Maritime Museum of Sesimbra where you will know the connection of this Portuguese village to the sea and fishing art, from the history of the local fishermen, how they traveled and the utensils they used, to maritime devotions, there are several rooms to explore.
The ex-libris of this museum is a 3D movie that takes you on a journey back to the time of prehistory and medieval times, ending in a return to the ocean and the future of Sesimbra.
Setubal and the sea, the fishermen´s, there boats, the river and the sea are inseparable and Setubal identity, demonstrated and colored by the hundreds of boats anchored along the riverfront contrasting with the bronze tanned skin of men of toil, real people of the sea, accustomed to overcome all different challenges, with a peculiar wisdom and humour, able to paint pictures with words that make anyone mesmerized.
In Setubal downtown you find stores for every taste, from some of the most recognized global brands, mingle with others from older times, where one can discover some rarities and less conventional products, culture peeks around every turn, where buildings are living testimonies of a city that grew, which is modernized, all without forgetting its sea roots.
Most of the streets converge to “Praça do Bocage” Setubal´s meeting point of the locals, full of esplanades and dedicated to one of the greatest figures of Portuguese poetry, his statue with his eyes fixed on the sea, is the landmark of this busiest square.
Being in Portugal it is impossible to be indifferent to the churches, palaces and other buildings lined with tiles, it is true that they have Muslim roots, but they had become a symbol of the Portuguese culture, to visit a traditional tile factory is an authentic jewel for lovers and collectors, in this factory will find European, Islamic and Chinese drawings of the most different types, whether painted or relief, in the Hispano-Arabic style of the 15th and 16th century.
A true lesson on the various stages of the manufacturing process, from the “making”, through the glazing and finishing in the painting, you can still live on the skin the experience of painting your own tile.
We hope that your Three Days Private Tour in Algarve from Lisbon had been so pleasant as it was for us.
Walkborder Tours is an excellent company to work with as they cater the tour to your needs and make the most of your time. The vans are spacious and they have water and Wifi available. Guides are extremely well versed in Portugal’s history, so not only do you get to see the sights, but learn in depth about them.