Western Algarve Discovery Tour
The coastline and rugged interior of the Western Algarve remain one of the least spoilt parts of the region and on this Discovery Tour, we’ll explore the very best it has to offer. We shall make our way across the length and breadth of the Algarve, discovering its Arabic and Moorish past, well-preserved castles and fantastic bird and sea life.
- Discover Loulé's Arabic-inspired covered market selling fresh produce and regional handicrafts.
- Visit the best-preserved castle in the Algarve at Silves.
- Explore the centre of Tavira located on the Gilao River, a haven for migratory birds and sea life.
- Soak up the spectacular views from the 10th century Moorish Castle at Aljezure.
- Half-Board en-suite accommodation.
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays leader.
- Full day excursions with all essential transport.
- €60 for entrance fees.
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.
Our first stop today is Portimão where we will enjoy a stroll through the old harbour and along the riverside gardens before heading to Alvor. Alvor has retained its fishing village charm and we’ll explore its maze of cobbled streets. Our next stop is Lagos, where the 16th-century city walls enclose the old town’s pretty streets, picturesque plaza and churches. Our last stop of the day is Cabo de São Vicente, Europe’s most south-westerly point.
We start the day in Algarve’s capital, Faro, where we explore the winding cobbled streets of the old town and some of its historic buildings. From here we head inland to Loulé where we’ll discover the attractive old quarter and see the local artisan traditions of basket making and embroidery. Our final stop is the ruins of a grand Roman villa at Milreu.
Today we'll explore Tavira and some of its more historic attractions. From here we’ll head to the Spanish border, visiting Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Castro Marim with its huge hilltop castle, before taking a scenic drive up the Guadiana to Alcoutim.
On our 7-night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently.
Silves is a gorgeous town of orange rooftops and boasts one of the best-preserved castles in the Algarve. We begin our day here before travelling inland, through lush green countryside, to São Bartolomeu de Messines, birthplace of one of the Algarve’s most famous poets. From here we continue to the charming village of Alte, with spotless cottages displaying patios and balconies overflowing with flowers. Our final stop of the day is Paderne, a typical country village with some beautiful dusty pink and faded coral facades.
Today we’ll travel north to the wooded mountain area of Serra de Monchiue which separates the Algarve and the Alentaja. We shall visit the market town of Monchique; the centre being characterised by lots of narrow cobbled streets set on the hillside. There is a very relaxed pace here which is ideal for pottering around and appreciating the fantastic views. In the afternoon we’ll visit Aljezur, established by Berbers in the 10th Century and the Islamic influence in the area can be seen in the Castelo de Aljezur.
Hotel Belavista da Luz - Western Algarve
The 4-star Hotel Belavista da Luz enjoys an elevated position overlooking the coastal resort of Luz. The hotel is built in a horseshoe shape wrapped around colourful gardens and the two outdoor swimming pools. Modern and stylish bedrooms have either a balcony or terrace and some have distant sea views. The restaurant produce a delicious mix of meals with some traditional Portuguese dishes as well as international favourites. A short walk down the hill you will find shops, services and the extensive beach.
There are 39 spacious en-suite bedrooms offering:
- air conditioning
- bathtub with overhead shower
- tea and coffee making facilities
- balcony or terrace.
As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:
- two outdoor swimming pools
- tennis and pool facilities
- free access to a small gym
- Steam room and sauna.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. On some evenings there may be some live music and the leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby. You may just like to relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.
What to Bring
Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain
Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide
Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated.
Leader to Be Announced
We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.
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30 May - 06 Jun
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06 Jun - 13 Jun
|7||Discovery Tour||£1,439||Available||Trip Notes||Book Now|
17 Oct - 24 Oct
|7||Discovery Tour||£1,289||Available||Trip Notes||Book Now|
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