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Interior Algarve & Guadiana River Private Day Tour

Product ID: 172572
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Discover the rural and historical East Algarve on this tour. This is the forgotten and unseen Algarve on the border with Spain.
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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English, Portuguese

Pickup included

Pick up available from your Hotel (in Olhao, Tavira or Cabanas)

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  • Discover the rural East Algarve
  • See the Fort Castro Marim and the Castle Castro Marim
  • Visit the perfectly cared for castle gardens
Full description
Take a closer look at Vila Real de Santo António, a city founded in 1774, right in the middle of the Enlightenment, with a replica of the street layout of central Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. Visit the central area, a shopper's paradise, with traditional small stores and terraces. The region was always associated with fishing and is very proud of its rich gastronomy, with famous dishes made from tuna, a long-established tradition. After this, board a ferry to cross the tranquil Guadiana River to Ayamonte, in Spain, on the opposite bank. Make a stop in Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve, and an important center of Arab power until 1242. Discover how its strategic position on the border and the need to repel the Moorish attacks from North Africa led to the construction of the impressive Castle, Fort, and City Walls.

Then, follow the verdant hills bordering the Guadiana River to reach Alcoutim for a visit to the 16th-century castle. Stroll through the immaculate gardens and soak up the impressive views of the whitewashed houses, villages and the river below. As you walk, listen to a myriad of legends involving the castle including those of brave knights and beautiful Moorish princesses frustrated by love who became enchanted. Learn other secrets about this region including the smuggling which took place across the rocky banks of the Guadiana. Hear about how this led to the city forging close ties with the Andalusian people on the left bank. Find secret off the beaten path places as you discover the Algarve that others do not know about.
  • All taxes
  • Personal/driver
  • Car/minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional but greatly appreciated)

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour is private and is led by your personal driver/guide
• Pickup and drop-off are only offered in Olhão, Tavira, and Cabanas de Tavira
• The tour is done by car/minivan. Cars hold up to 4 people and minivans hold 5- 7 people
• During the tour, stops will be made according to the itinerary
• Tour duration can be shortened upon your request
• Your guide will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for guides to take any commission from the shops.
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Legendary Adventure

Product ID: 172572