Interior Algarve & Guadiana River – 1100DT

Private Day Tour

From 110.00 pp

Duration: 8h

Availability: January - December

Discover the rural and historical East Algarve with this Private Day Tour – the forgotten and unseen Algarve in the border with Spain.

We’ll take you for a closer look at Vila Real de Santo António, Castro Marim, and Alcoutim.

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

Highlights

  • Private full day tour with your personal local driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • Vila Real de Santo António, a city founded in 1774, under the Enlightenment principles
  • Castro Marim, an important centre of Arab power until 1242
  • The Guadiana River
  • The historic village of Alcoutim
  • A different Algarve, away from the bustling coastal resorts

Discover the rural and historical East Algarve on this tour. This is the forgotten and unseen Algarve in the border with Spain.

We’ll take you for a closer look at Vila Real de Santo António, a city founded in 1774, under the Enlightenment principles. It was built as a replica of the central Lisbon’s street layout after the 1755 devastating earthquake.

The city centre is today a shopper’s paradise, with traditional small stores and terraces. The region was always associated with fishing and is very proud of its rich gastronomy, with famous dishes made from tuna, a long-established tradition. Ferries cross the placid Guadiana River to Ayamonte, in Spain, on the opposite bank.

Another stop will be 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.

From the battlements command, you have 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. It’s not hard to find genuine handicrafts that will delight people who appreciate popular arts.

We follow the verdant hills bordering the Guadiana River to reach Alcoutim. San Lucar del Guadiana is the Spanish town on the opposite bank.

The Castle of Alcoutim was built in the 16th century, and from the gardens, which are perfectly cared for, you’ll have an excellent viewing point over the whitewashed village houses and the River. There is a myriad of legends involving the castle. They tell of brave knights and beautiful Moorish princesses, frustrated in their love, becoming enchanted.

But there’s more in this historic village to visit, the Misericórdia (Mercy) 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.

There are other secrets in this region, from the times when smuggling across the rocky banks of the Guadiana was very common, which ended up forging close ties with the Andalusian people on the left bank.

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