Benefit from a local guide with a lot of experience; An unforgettable journey through the magneficient region of the Algarve interior;
9-seat minivan transportation with air conditioning; Visit to the municipal market and the historical center of Loulé;
Regional sweets tasting; History and spectacular scenery; Tasting of spectacular jellies and homemade jams plus traditional liqueurs; Discover the city's arts center and the main church;
Generous and surprising lunch accompanied by good local wines and divine desserts;
Guided tour of the Ethnographic Museum; Guided visit to a cork factory to discover its secrets;
Walking tour in Olhão (capital of Ria Formosa) with tasting of fresh oysters.
* With the oysters, drinks are not included.
* At lunch we have a vegetarian option if requested at the time of booking.
I've been traveling alone and with friends in the Algarve inland for over 25 years, crossing old villages where time seems to be stopped, climbed mountains with breathtaken scenery and admiring this brave farmers which produce from a rocky soil all sorts of 1st quality fruits, vegetables and other special items such almonds and carobs. Their ancestrals come from the moors and also from the romans. Their way of life is full of traditions which they want to preserve as much as possible. I really admire this people for their hard life with strong family roots. Around here nothing is easy, but they enjoy every minute of their lifes everyday. My experience will make you benefit from a unforgettable journey through this magnificent region by accepting my invitation to this special day full of sensations, smells, flavors, history and even some adventure .
With my eternal companion of travel the "Amendoeira" a minivan of 9 places we started the day in the calm Loulé with a stop in the historical center to visit the biggest market of the region and the castle. Opportunity to taste the regional sweets in Mrs. Ti Zefa.
Then we will travel to the Caldeirão mountain range, to admire a Roman bridge in very good condition, lean over a calm, serene river and soon discover the source of Benemola, a very green and very rich area of bamboo, in fact a paradise for those who enjoy photography. Through rural paths lined with small gardens and fruit trees, we arrive at the smallest village in the Algarve where you can taste some of the best homemade fruit jams and still delight with the Carob liqueur made with recipes from our Moorish ancestors in home of Madalena a local small producer.
We cross the mountains until we come to the interesting and lively village of S.Brás de Alportel where we make a stop to stretch our legs and visit the Center of Arts and Crafts as well as the “Casa do Artesão”, where artists make their creations of character handmade and always loaded with symbolism and historical heritage.
It is time to have lunch in the little café of Mrs. Ivone and Mr. José where you can taste some of the best typical Algarve specialties, accompanied by good homemade wines and some divine desserts. Believe it will be unforgettable.
After a short brake we begin a guided tour of the Ethnographic Museum of S.Brás, the city's ex libris to admire objects, utensils and clothes that represent other times full of history and traditions. Then we go to a cork factory where you can discover all the secrets of this product so special and ecological accompanied by a specialist technician.
The day could not end without a visit to the fishing village of Olhão discovering the cubist architecture of the old area with a stop near the Ria Formosa to enjoy the warm breeze that comes from the barrier islands at the same time as at "tasca" of Mr. Aurelio we taste a plate of fresh oysters, local product and well known for its delicacy and flavor with which we will finish this glorious day, done by me dozens of times before but always with different and unexpected nuances.
There is no child price for the tour.
You should bring comfortable clothes and footwear as we will be walking between different spots.
This tour as a moderate amount of walking . Its suitable for everyone in normal physical conditions.
All reservations canceled less than 24 hours are non-refundable.
Avaliado por Séverine D 15 de abr de 2019 Super ! Nous avons passé une excellente journée avec notre guide Gil. Il connaît très bien la région et nous raconte son histoire avec beaucoup de pédagogie et d'humour. À faire en famille ou entre amis n'hésitez pas !
Incredible day trip! Miguel, our guide, went beyond our every expectation and made the day absolutely wonderful. He was informative, lively and had a great sense of humor. He catered our trip the interests to all of us involved. He stopped for us to take pictures any time we requested, and he took every opportunity to show us things that he thought we would be interested in. He seemed to love what he does, and it made it that much more enjoyable to take in all of the areas and information that he was giving us. We would highly recommend to anyone who would like to see the non-tourist driven areas that the Algarve region has to offer. Worth every penny. Thanks Miguel!