For this private tour you will be chauffeured toward the South, crossing Alentejo province with its plains and cork and olive trees. We arrive in Algarve, where you see mountains and the sea. Our first stop is Silves, a mighty castle that looms over the city and surrounding countryside. Silves retains much of its former charm in the streets of the old ‘almedina’, which are still laid out as they were in medieval times. The Jewish quarter was situated between R. das Portas de Loule and what is nowadays the parish hall. Here we find the biggest castle in the Algarve and the most beautiful military monument to the Islamic period in Portugal. From the castle there are spectacular views of the town and surrounding countryside. The Se Velha (Old Cathedral) was built out of the region’s fine red sandstone in the 13th century. In Silves you will find the handicraft of the nearby Porches, known for its artistic potteries, which try to preserve ancient Iberian and Moorish patterns.
Portimao, with its narrow streets of the old fishermen and tradesmen quarter, is many centuries old. A degree of port atmosphere pervades the area near the numerous simple eating-places, small family businesses, and many places where one can enjoy excellent fish.
Next is Lagos. It is well known for is association with Portugal’s 14th and 15th century Age of Discovery and it offers a balance of charm and history of the Portuguese culture. The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of Algarve. However, it is the promontory named Ponta da Piedade and sheltering the bay of Lagos which is most admired by visitors, with its caves, rocks and wonderfully transparent waters. The Governor’s Castle is an Arab construction, and possibly was once a fortress. The ancient walls remain. A modern and well equipped marina dominates the sea front the the town and is now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world. There is a delicious array of fabulous dishes to try and when visiting definitely don’t miss the fresh fish!
We venture further to see Sagres and the Saint Vincent cape, with its beautiful cliffs – this private tour is not to be missed!