Best of Algarve Tour
Discover The Algarve in 10 Days
Welcome to the Algarve, a sun-drenched region of Portugal known for its pristine beaches, charming villages, and rolling hills. With this 10-day itinerary, you’ll experience the best of the Algarve in style with your very own private guide.
Say goodbye to the hassle of navigating unfamiliar territory and hello to a personalized travel experience. Your private guide will take care of all the details, allowing you to sit back, relax, and fully immerse yourself in the local culture.
From the bustling city of Faro to the serene beauty of the Monchique mountains, you’ll see the Algarve through the eyes of a local expert. Your guide will bring the region’s history and culture to life, taking you to the hidden gems that most tourists never see.
Day 1: Arrival & Discovering Faro
Touch down at Faro International Airport and let the adventure begin! As the gateway to the Algarve, Faro is a city rich in history, culture, and modern amenities. And what better way to experience it all than with your very own private guide?
Upon arrival, your private guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After settling in, you’ll set out to discover Faro, the charming capital of the Algarve.
Your private guide will lead you through the city’s historic center, showcasing its stunning architecture, including the iconic Faro Cathedral and the historic Rua de Santo António. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the charming harbor, stroll through the colorful market, and sample the local cuisine.
In the evening, your guide will suggest the best places to experience Faro’s vibrant nightlife. And after a day filled with new sights, sounds, and flavors, you’ll retire to your hotel feeling refreshed and ready for the next exciting day.
Day 2: Exploring the Beaches of Albufeira with Your Personal Guide
Get ready to soak up the sun on the stunning beaches of Albufeira! This vibrant coastal city is renowned for its sparkling waters, soft sand, and lively atmosphere. And with your private guide, you’ll experience the best of what Albufeira has to offer.
After a leisurely breakfast, your guide will take you on a scenic drive along the coast to Albufeira. Once you arrive, you’ll have the entire day to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. Your guide will suggest the best beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports and can even arrange for you to rent equipment or take a lesson if you’re interested.
In the late afternoon, your guide will lead you to some of Albufeira’s famous cliff-top bars, where you can relax with a drink and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea. As the sun sets, your guide will recommend some of the best restaurants in town, where you can sample the local cuisine and soak up the lively atmosphere.
End your day with a leisurely stroll along the Marina and retire to your hotel, feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting day in the Algarve.
Day 3: Strolling Through the Old Town of Lagos
Get ready to step back in time and explore one of the Algarve’s most charming towns! Today you’ll be visiting the picturesque Old Town of Lagos, a place steeped in history and culture.
After a relaxing breakfast, your private guide will take you on a scenic drive to Lagos, where you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic center. You’ll marvel at the well-preserved architecture of the 16th and 17th-century buildings, many of which now house shops, restaurants, and cafes.
One of the highlights of your visit will be the Lagos Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about the town’s rich seafaring history. From the 14th to the 19th centuries, Lagos was a major center of the Portuguese slave trade, and you’ll learn about this dark chapter of the town’s past, as well as its contributions to Portuguese exploration and discovery.
Your guide will also take you to visit the Chapel of St. Sebastian, a beautiful 16th-century church that’s one of the town’s most recognizable landmarks. You’ll also have the chance to visit the Lagos Market, where you can sample the local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Lunch will be a treat for your taste buds, as you’ll enjoy a delicious seafood meal at one of Lagos’ many seaside restaurants. Your guide will suggest the best dishes to try and will be happy to make recommendations based on your preferences.
In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to relax on one of Lagos’ many beaches. Your guide will recommend the best spots for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports and can even arrange for you to rent equipment or take a lesson if you’re interested.
As the day comes to a close, you’ll retire to your hotel feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting day in the Algarve.
Day 4: Scenic Drive to Praia da Rocha & Portimão with Your Personal Guide
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a scenic drive along the coast to Praia da Rocha, where you’ll have the chance to relax on one of the Algarve’s most famous beaches. With its golden sand, crystal-clear water, and lively atmosphere, Praia da Rocha is a must-visit for any traveler to the Algarve.
In the afternoon, you’ll continue your journey to Portimão, a charming city known for its traditional fisherman’s quarter and lively harbor. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the historic center, where you’ll see well-preserved architecture and narrow cobblestone streets.
One of the highlights of your visit to Portimão will be a trip to the Museum of Portimão, where you’ll learn about the city’s history and culture. You’ll also have the chance to visit the city’s vibrant market, where you can shop for souvenirs, sample the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Lunch will be a treat for your taste buds, as you’ll enjoy a delicious seafood meal at one of Portimão’s many seaside restaurants. Your guide will suggest the best dishes to try and will be happy to make recommendations based on your preferences.
In the late afternoon, you’ll have the chance to relax on one of Portimão’s many beaches. Your guide will recommend the best spots for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports and can even arrange for you to rent equipment or take a lesson if you’re interested.
As the day comes to a close, you’ll retire to your hotel feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting day in the Algarve.
Day 5: Visiting the Zoomarine Theme Park
Today is all about fun and adventure at Zoomarine, one of the Algarve’s top theme parks!
Zoomarine is a world-class theme park that offers a unique blend of entertainment, education, and conservation. It’s a great destination for families, as well as for anyone who loves animals, water sports, and thrilling rides.
At Zoomarine, you’ll have the chance to see dolphins, seals, and exotic birds perform in spectacular shows, as well as interact with them in special encounters. You can also snorkel with tropical fish, try your hand at kayaking, or relax in the park’s many pools and water attractions.
For those who are looking for a thrill, Zoomarine offers a range of exciting rides, including roller coasters, water slides, and a virtual reality experience. Your guide will help you plan your day and make sure you don’t miss any of the park’s highlights.
Lunch will be served at one of the park’s restaurants, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and take a break from all the excitement. In the afternoon, you can continue to explore the park, catch another show, or simply relax and soak up the sun.
At the end of the day, your guide will escort you back to your hotel, where you can reflect on all the fun and memories you’ve made at Zoomarine.
Day 6: Relaxing in the Natural Hot Springs of Monchique
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Algarve and unwind in the serene surroundings of the Monchique Natural Hot Springs. The perfect opportunity to soak in the warm, therapeutic waters of these natural pools and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Monchique is a small mountain village in the western Algarve, known for its hot springs, scenic beauty, and peaceful atmosphere. The hot springs are fed by a natural source of thermal water and are surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills.
After a scenic drive through the countryside, you’ll arrive at the hot springs and have the opportunity to relax in the various pools, each with different temperatures and mineral content. The warm waters are believed to have therapeutic properties and are said to relieve stress, soothe aches and pains, and improve circulation.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, where you’ll have the chance to sample some of the region’s traditional cuisine and local wine. In the afternoon, you can continue to relax in the hot springs, take a hike in the surrounding hills, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Day 7: Exploring the Authentic Village of Silves
Visit the charming and historic village of Silves with your private guide. This ancient town, located in the heart of the Algarve, offers a glimpse into the region’s rich history, culture, and traditions.
Silves was once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of Algarve, and its well-preserved castle and red sandstone walls are a testament to its fascinating past. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the town, taking in its historic landmarks, narrow streets, and quaint squares.
One of the highlights of your visit to Silves will be a tour of the castle, which offers panoramic views over the town and the surrounding countryside. You’ll also visit the impressive Gothic-style cathedral, which was built in the 13th century on the site of a mosque.
As you stroll through the streets of Silves, you’ll have the chance to discover the town’s traditional artisanal shops, where you can buy handmade pottery, jewelry, and other locally-made crafts. You can also sample the local cuisine, including dishes made from fresh, local ingredients, such as seafood, olive oil, and almonds.
Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a delicious meal in the heart of Silves. In the afternoon, you can continue to explore the town or take a relaxing walk along the nearby river.
At the end of the day, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.
Day 8: Taking a Boat Tour to the Grottoes of Benagil
We have dedicated the 8th day of our itinerary to exploring the stunning Grottoes of Benagil with your personal guide. This natural wonder, located along the coastline of the Algarve, is renowned for its intricate and captivating caves that have been carved out by the sea over thousands of years.
Your boat tour will depart from the picturesque town of Benagil and take you on a journey through some of the region’s most breathtaking scenery. As you sail along the coast, you’ll marvel at the rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters.
When you reach the Grottoes of Benagil, you’ll have the chance to enter and explore several of the caves, each with its own unique and stunning features. One of the most famous is the Benagil Cave, which features a large opening in the roof that allows natural light to pour in and illuminate the cave’s interior.
Your personal guide will lead you on a tour of the caves, pointing out the fascinating geological formations and wildlife that call these caves home. You’ll also have the opportunity to swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and relax on the pristine beaches.
Lunch will be served onboard the boat, and you’ll enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Algarve’s coastline. In the afternoon, you’ll return to the port of Benagil and continue your journey of discovery through the region with your personal guide.
Day 9: Enjoying the Cultural Gems of Tavira
Delve into the rich history and culture of one of the Algarve’s most charming towns: Tavira. Accompanied by your personal guide, you’ll explore the narrow streets and cobblestone alleys that make this town so special.
As you wander through Tavira, you’ll see why it’s known as one of the Algarve’s most picturesque towns. With its whitewashed buildings, shaded plazas, and lush gardens, Tavira is the perfect place to relax and soak in the local culture.
One of the highlights of your visit to Tavira will be a tour of the town’s castle. Dating back to the 8th century, this castle was originally built to defend against invading Moors, and today it offers panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.
After visiting the castle, you’ll make your way to the town’s Roman Bridge, which spans the Gilão River. From here, you can enjoy views of the town’s historic center, with its narrow streets and whitewashed buildings.
Next, you’ll visit the Tavira Museum, where you’ll learn about the town’s rich history and cultural heritage. Your personal guide will take you through the museum’s exhibitions, showcasing the region’s archaeology, history, and art.
For lunch, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal in one of Tavira’s local restaurants, where you’ll sample some of the town’s traditional dishes and experience its bustling local market.
In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore the town at your leisure. Take a stroll along the banks of the Gilão River, visit the local shops and boutiques, or simply relax in one of Tavira’s charming cafes.
Day 10: Departure
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to say goodbye to the Algarve and Portugal.
Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and escort you to the airport in comfort and style. This will be the perfect way to end your journey as you sit back and relax in the luxurious vehicle, taking in the sights and sounds of the Algarve for one final time.
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From the beautiful beaches of Albufeira to the cultural gems of Tavira, this 10 day itinerary provides the very best of what the Algarve has to offer.
If you’d like to customize this itinerary or plan your own Algarve adventure, our tour planners at Portugal By Luxe are here to help. Simply contact us to start planning your dream trip to the Algarve today.
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