East Algarve Coastal Tour – 2200HD

Private Half-Day Tour

From 60.00 pp

Duration: 4h

Availability: January - December

The East Algarve’s coast is tranquil and serene. Let’s discover the Ria Formosa, teeming with birds and sea life, where the rhythm of the tides still commands centuries’ old traditions. We then follow the coast to the frontier with Spain.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Highlights

  • Private half-day tour with your personal local driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • Discover the Ria Formosa, teeming with birds and sea life
  • The Natural Park, a system of lagoons and barrier islands enclosing a vast area of marshes, salt pans, and creeks
  • Cacela Velha, a tiny pearl nested on top of the only cliff of the East Algarve
  • The fortress built in 1794, with the Renaissance doorway
  • Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve

The East Algarve’s coast is tranquil and serene. Let’s discover the Ria Formosa, teeming with birds and sea life, where the rhythm of the tides still commands centuries’ old traditions. We then follow the coast to the frontier with Spain.

We’ll take you to Cacela Velha, a tiny pearl nested on top of the only cliff of the East Algarve, facing the ever-changing Ria Formosa.

This is the beginning of the Natural Park, a system of lagoons and barrier islands enclosing a vast area of marshes, salt pans, and creeks. The Ria is fronted by sandy ocean beaches, accessible by boat, and quaint fishing villages.

Cacela Velha, surrounded by this wonderful scenery, is a white and blue jewel that has remained untouched over centuries. In the main square, there is a medieval cistern. The fortress was built in 1794, and we highlight the Renaissance doorway and the fine collection of religious art displayed in the Main Church.

We follow the coastline towards Spain, to visit Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve, and an important centre of Arab power until 1242.

The strategic position on the border and the need to repel the Moorish attacks from North Africa were the reasons to build the Castle, the Fort, and the walls, very well preserved and worthy of a tour.

From the battlements command, there’s an excellent view over the surrounding area, spanning to the magnificent salt-pans reflecting the sunlight in their white expanse, where traditional salt is produced. At far, the Guadiana River meanders.

It’s not hard to find genuine handicrafts that will delight people who appreciate popular arts.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Info

  • This a private tour with your personal driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • The tour rate is per person and includes all taxes. There are no hidden costs
  • We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 – 7 people)
  • During the tour, the guide will make stops following an itinerary
  • The length of the tour can be shortened upon your request
  • Our guides will be happy to help you buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops
  • Pickup Times: We are proud to offer specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up address at the time noted.
  • We can also pick you up at a different location/hotel – If you wish a different pick-up location you must add an extra transfer to your booking

What's included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Personal local guide/driver with car/minivan

Exclusions

  • Meals, tips/gratuities – Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements