Discover the forgotten rural region of East Algarve next to the Spanish border. This tour will take you to secret spots off the beaten track. Experience a side of Portugal most travelers have never seen.
We'll take you for a closer look at Vila Real de Santo António, a city founded in 1774, right in the middle of the Enlightenment, as a replica of the street layout of central Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. The city was always associated with fishing; ferries cross the river to neighboring Ayamonte on the opposite bank, while other boats go up and down the Guadiana river. The central area is a shopper's paradise, with hundreds of shops and outdoor sitting areas. This city is also proud of its rich gastronomy with famous dishes made from tuna, a long-established tradition.
Another stop will be in Castro Marim, one of the oldest places in the Algarve, and an important centre of Arab power until 1242. Its strategic position on the border and the need to repel the Moorish attacks from North Africa, were the reasons for constructing the Castle, the Fort and the walls. Its battlements command an excellent view over the whole of the surrounding area, including the magnificent salt-pans which are used for traditional salt production, which reflect the sunlight in their white expanse. It is not difficult to find genuine handicrafts which will delight people who appreciate popular art.
Alcoutim then appears on a hillside after a sharp bend in the road and river. San Lucar del Guadiana is the town on the opposite bank. The Castle of Alcoutim was built in the 16th century, but there's also the Misericórdia Church, the Chapel of St António and the country house of the counts of Alcoutim. The Main Church was one of the first Renaissance buildings in the Algarve, built between 1538 and 1554, in place of a medieval church. The gardens of the castle, which are perfectly cared for, provide an excellent viewing point.There are a myriad legends involving the castle. They tell of brave knights and beautiful Moorish princesses frustrated in their love, and becoming enchanted.
There are other secrets to do with smuggling in amongst the rocky banks of the Guadiana, which ended up forging close ties with the Andalusian people on the left bank.
Dress according to the weather
In the summer, bring sun protection
The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide.
The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people).
During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
Tour duration can be shortened upon your request.
We can also pick you up at different locations and hotels. Simply add to your booking an extra transfer.
Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.
Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
At your accommodation