The most prominent monument is Castelo de Silves, which is now the best preserved castle in the Algarve. The castle and the Cathedral beside it are the first buildings you see as you approach Silves, as they sit on the hilltop above the town. It is always fascinating to actually be able to feel the past in these villages that once were major forces, particularly during the Muslim occupation of the area. You will have some time to roam the old streets and see the statues honoring those explorers of Portuguese discoveries.
Moving from this village you will drive to Sagres, where another imposing fortification remains. Many believe this was the centre of philosophical and scientific thoughts that led to the discovery of the "new worlds to the known world by the Portuguese." Just a few minutes from the fortress is the "End of the World" of the Cape of Saint Vincent. Associated with the legend of the Patron Saint of Lisbon, this spectacular cape was seen by the Romans as the end of the known world that led to many legends that would spread fear in the minds of many of the Portuguese sailors that left this cape behind on their way Southbon. This is where the world dropped off to...nothing.
After a nice lunch break in one of the local restaurants famous for the local shellfish, we will now continue just a little further north towards the town of Aljezur. This little town and surrounding beaches are located on the area of protected landscape of the Natural Park of the Vicentina Coast. Here, you will find the truly genuine and authentic beaches of the Algarve--and spectacular photo opportunities!
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Food, beverages, gratuities, and admissions are not included in the price of this tour..
- As the Algarve region is more picturesque than other regions in Portugal, we recommend a driver only that will give some explanation regarding the Portuguese history and culture from inside the vehicle.