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Loulé, Alte, and Salir with Cork Factory Guided Visit

Product ID: 272247
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Discover an off the beaten track region, as the Algarve's inland core remains largely unexplored. See the Moorish influences in the architecture and local houses, learn about cork and what it can be used for, and enjoy the amazing views.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Loulé's historical center with its Moorish influences
  • Visit the local market for a feast of the senses
  • Take a guided visit inside a cork producer and learn about new uses of this material
  • Discover the best secret in the Algarve: Alte is considered the quaintest village in all the Algarve
  • Explore Salir and its moorish castle that lies in ruins and offers beautiful views over the region
Full description
Begin this magnificent full-day tour travelling to Loulé, a city that breathes history with a past linked to the Arab civilization something that is visible in the historical city center, the monuments, and the traditional houses. Loulé has even more charm during the almond trees blooming season, from February to March, marking the end of winter. Visit the market with its quality products coming from local producers. Then see the  Arab baths, unique in Portugal, discovered in 2013 after years of excavations. As you explore Loulé get to know the reasons that led it to be one of the most important commercial centers in the country during the Age of Discovery.

Next, visit a cork producer with a guided tour at the factory to learn the production process. Be surprised to learn that cork is used today for countless purposes, not just for bottle stoppers. Then its time to have a delicious meal and get to know the rich cuisine in a typical restaurant in this region, before continuing the tour.

In the afternoon you will visit two Algarvian villages that were lost in time: Alte and Salir. Alte is considered the most picturesque village in the Algarve, located between Barrocal and Serra do Caldeirão, surrounded by fields and tiled houses. Salir is your last stop, a village with many Moorish roots, as the castle ruins demonstrate. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the views from the top of the castle.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at designated areas
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Wi-Fi on board the minivan
  • Driver/guide with live commentary
  • Small group tour of no more than 8 people
  • Entrance and guided visit inside a cork factory
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch, or any other meal unless specified
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear and bring a bottle of water
• Sunscreen is recommended in the summer and a jacket is advised in winter, as it can get quite cold
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• Be aware that some areas can be physically challenging (steep ascent)
• Please be reminded that there may be more than one language spoken during the tour (max. two languages)
• Child rate applies only when accompanied by, at least 1 paying adult
• Maximum of 8 persons per vehicle
• Please note that infants and children occupy a seat
Organized by

Cooltour Lisbon - Minivan Tours

Product ID: 272247