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Loulé: 3-Hour Food and Historical Center Tour

1. Loulé: 3-Hour Food and Historical Center Tour

This food through through Loulé allows visitors an excellent opportunity to taste the varied cuisine of the city, as well as traditional Algarve and Portuguese dishes. Choose between a private or group tour. The tour will begin with a walk through the historical center of Loulé, where you can admire the architecture of its palatial buildings, as well as that of the more commonplace street commerce area and its squares, monuments, and gardens. Along the way you will stop at three restaurants and taverns which are famous among locals. Taste seven different tapas accompanied by tasty Portuguese wine. To conclude the experience, visit an old cafe to taste a famous regional sweet. You can also choose to drink a coffee or tea and try a local brandy. It is around food and drink that so many people meet, get to know one another, share memories, and create lasting bonds. Thus there is no better way to discover Loulé and its traditions than on a food tour.

From Vilamoura: Traditional Algarve Full-Day Trip

2. From Vilamoura: Traditional Algarve Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in traditional Algarvian villages on this day trip from Vilamoura. Try local flavors as you taste regional brandy at a distillery in the village of Barranco do Velho. Be picked up from the meeting point in Vilamoura. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive to the ancient city of Loulé. Stop and walk through a colorful local market where you can find a diverse selection of regional products. Drive to the hilltop village of Querença. Take some photos of the picturesque white buildings in this town. Visit the Nossa Sra. Da Assunção church which and admire its Portuguese gilded work and 17th-century paintings and tiling.  Continue to the village of Salir to stop at the archaeological museum which has a glass floor above the 12th-century foundations of an old castle. Drive to the village of Barranco do Velho to taste Arbutus Brandy at a local distillery.  Have a delicious lunch in the well-preserved traditional village of Alte which is composed of whitewashed houses and a charming canal. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

We were the only people on this fantastic tour, so it was more or less private. Paulo of happyvan.pt showed us the historic center of Loulé, while telling all kinds of stories about its history from centuries ago till very recent. He knows this place very well. He is very attentive in picking up what you find interesting and what can be mentioned but does not need elaboration. And it’s not only history he knows about, he also told us about culture and typical Portuguese beliefs and habits, which make the stories come alive more. His English is very good, so no trouble understanding each other. Paulo is a very pleasant person to talk to, it felt like a walk and meal with an friend. The food we tasted in 3 different places (5 courses in total) was typical Portuguese, but not all tradition. Some parts were with a modern twist. We ended the evening with a tasting of amêndoa amarga, which is great also. Even though we did some walking, we felt quite full after all this.

Excellent trip in the rain which added to the experience. Delicious wines and the food was superb. Paulo was a fabulous informative host. Highly recommend

Very nice and educational. Good choice of restaurants. Highly recommended! Thanks Paulo!