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From Algarve: Traditional Algarve Villages Day Trip by Bus

1. From Algarve: Traditional Algarve Villages Day Trip by Bus

Experience Algarve's stunning landscapes and villages on this tour from select locations on the coast. Have the chance to observe local people and their customs as you visit markets and see craftspeople at work creating traditional products.  Hop aboard an airconditioned bus and relax on the scenic drive to the market town of Loulé. Follow your guide on a walk through the historic old town and witness locals participating in the old traditional Algarvian art of weaving palm leaf baskets.  Stroll through the market which contains a wealth of fresh and traditional products. Get back on the bus and soak up the peaceful Algarvian countryside on a drive along the mountain range. Stop in to see the charming white houses in the town of Querença. Admire the remains of Castelo de Salir in the quaint parish of Salir and make a sop at the distillery in Barranco do Velho. Next, ride to the picturesque village and have free time to get some lunch or to explore the village at your own pace. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour.

Loulé: Quinta da Tôr Winery Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

2. Loulé: Quinta da Tôr Winery Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

Visit Quinta da Tôr, a local family-owned winery in Algarve, and learn more about wine making as well as what makes it so special in the Algarve region. Taste 4 different wines from the winery with traditional bread and olive oil from the region. Algarve is known for its amazing beaches, golf courses and famous caves, but for some years now the wineries have become one of the highlights of the region, gaining recognition both nationally and internationally. During your tour of the winery you will not only see the facilities of the winery, but also learn more about the unique climate here: the low temperatures in the winter and high temperatures in the Summer, which allows Algarve to have a good and balanced maturation of the 7 grapes that its land has to offer (Touriga Nacional, Sirah, Carbernet Sauvignon, Aragonez, Siria, Arinto, Chardonnay). After your tour, indulge in a wine tasting with 4 different wines selected around your choice of wine class and type. Select from the groupings: Classic Wines, Oaky Wines, Brave Wines, Premium Wines and Golden Algibre Wines. Taste the regional bread and olive-oil with your wine.

Algarve Coast: Paragliding Experience

3. Algarve Coast: Paragliding Experience

Take part in a truly unique experience as you paraglide over the waters of Meditteranean Sea and the iconic Algarve coastline, experiencing a short aerial flight. With the help of an experienced pilot, you don't need any previous training or experience to fly over and enjoy the spectacular views off the Portuguese coast. If you depart from the West Coast, fly over the dramatic Costa Vincentina, one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you depart from the South, fly over white sand beaches, light water, and red cliffs before landing again.

Loulé: 3-Hour Food and Historical Center Tour

4. 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, and one including a meeting point or hotel pickup and drop-off in a classic Volkswagen T2. 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.

Algarve: Landscapes, Villages, and Traditional Products Tour

5. Algarve: Landscapes, Villages, and Traditional Products Tour

Go on an excursion by bus and get the chance to see the real Algarve. Take in the beautiful landscapes, visit remote villages, and observe the local people and their customs on a guided tour. Begin with hotel pickup from your address in the Algarve. Stop first in Loulé and walk through the historic old town where you'll have the opportunity to witness the traditional Algarvian art of basket weaving using palm leaves. Visit the market for fresh and traditional products, and take in views of the peaceful Algarvian countryside. Continue along the mountain range and visit the typical village of Querença, the Salir archaeological museum, and the Barranco do Velho distillery. This will be followed by a visit to the beautiful village of Alte, considered the most picturesque village in the Algarve. Take some time to enjoy a lovely meal (at your own expense) and wander a place full of charm and tradition.

Albufeira/Vilamoura: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

6. Albufeira/Vilamoura: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

After pickup from your accommodation, board a classic Volkswagen T2 for a 4-hour flavors tour and get ready to see and taste the Algarve in a unique way. Punctuated with fascinating history and local knowledge, you’ll begin to discover the rich palates of Portugal’s southern coast.  Begin with a stop at the Loulé Market, a picturesque market and probably the most beautiful in the Algarve, in which you will discover and taste new products. Later visit a cozier market in Almancil and meet local producers and have a picnic with local products. From there, proceed to Quinta da Tôr or Quinta do Canhoto. They are famous wine producers in the Algarve. Following a guided tour to this beautiful place, enjoy a tasting of 3 different flavored wines.

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Amazing experience! This is a must see hidden gem in the Algarve. You descend the equivalent to 80 floors into the underground on an old, smooth, well maintained, industrial elevator. This is a working mine so, not only you can see old machines from back in the day, you can also see current technology at work. The mine is huge and the terrain is flat so it’s very suited for all ages (no babies though). Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could see he has passion for what he does, he was super nice and fun. If you find yourself in the Algarve, give your skin a break from the sun and go enjoy this experience, don’t take your coat though, everyone thinks it’ll be cold down there but it’s actually a warm 23 degrees.

We had a really interesting and enjoyable trip to the Loule Salt Mine. The descent in the cage down a 240m shaft was thrilling and we were amazed at the enormity of the mines we explored. Our guides were excellent, providing loads of fascinating information and answering all our questions. We were unaware of the existence of the mines until we heard the advertising on KISS FM, despite having holidayed in the area for over 11 years!

We were a party of 10 and we all so thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The venue is stunning and the people charming. We stayed for 4/5 hrs enjoying the wine and the wonderful views. There is a swimming pool to enjoy which was quite a surprise and also lots of shade which is desperately needed during the summer months. We would recommend 100% and may even visit again next year!

Hosts and guide were really nice and the different kind of wines were amazing

Nelson was just great! He absolutely knows what he's doing.