This self-drive tour is for
independent-minded travelers who would enjoy discovering the "hidden"
Portugal with its many historical monuments, quaint villages, winding roads,
steep sea-side cliffs, walled towns, estates and farmsteads dotted around
the ever-changing countryside. The Pousadas are typical historical inns
reflecting the style and traditions of each region of Portugal. Some of them
are converted castles or ancient monasteries where every block of stone
speaks of history.
ITINERARY - 7
NIGHTS GATEWAY: LISBON
QUELUZ 2NTS (Around 25 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Flying into Lisbon. Upon arrival P/U your car from Budget car-hire desk at
Lisbon Airport and drive West of Lisbon to Queluz and stay at Pousada D.
Maria, Summer Palace of the kings of Portugal in the 18th century. The
building was formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court in the Palace of
Queluz, known as the “Portuguese Versailles” Stay 2nts there to explore the
Lisbon and romantic Sintra with its monuments. Lisbon, beautiful town, visit
its monuments, the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, walk along the
typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa and take the opportunity to
dinner in one typical Fado Restaurants of the area and enjoy this unique
Suggest a visit to the new area of Lisbon ``Parque das Nações`` where the
Expo 98 took place, enjoy the riverside landscape and all the structures
built for the Exposition - the Lisbon Ocean pavilion with the magnificent
Aquarium Take the following day to visit Lisbon coast, Estoril and Cascais
(the Portuguese Riviera) the beautiful and romantic Sintra with its Palaces
and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Overnight: Pousada D.
Maria in Queluz
SAGRES 2 NTS (Around 325 Km about 4h30 hours drive trough
Driving to the South, trough the Coast, the most south westerly village in
the Algarve region, overlooking the deep Atlantic Ocean, the Village of
Sagres with an important historical and maritime significance, from where
500 years ago, Prince D. Henrique`s caravels left to look for news
Monchique – a SPA town with Roman origins;
Silves – an extremely old town was the capital of the Algarve for many
Lagos – a town with a well preserved heritage.
Overnight: Pousada do Infante in Sagres.
ÉVORA 2 NTS (Around 330 Km about 4 hours drive)
Driving north to the centre of Alentejo region, region known for its wide
open spaces, where can see the extensive farms in the centre of Alentejo is
Évora, a museum town retaining much of its medieval and Moorish charm now a
Unesco World Heritage and some of the sights not to be missed are the
Giraldo square, the Roman Temple, the 12th century Cathedral and the São
Francisco Church, one of the most important Gothic Manueline monuments in
the area and which houses the famous Chapel of the Bones.
On your way to Évora visit: Alvito – with its 15th century Manueline castle;
Other recommended visits:
Monsaraz – the fortified town, one of the most typical medieval towns in the
Alentejo, totally surrounded by walls.
Vila Viçosa – with a magnificent ducal Palace, which served as a summer
residence for the last kings of Portugal.
Estremoz – the medieval Estremoz surrounded by 17th century fortifications.
The medieval upper town is set within sturdy ramparts and dominated by a
27-metre-high marble keep called the Torre das Três Coroas (the Tower of the
Three Crowns). Built in 1539, the church of the Misericórdia located on
Estremoz's large market square was once a convent of the Knights of Malta.
The street-level galleries of Estremoz's municipal museum showcase an
impressive display of little clay figures called bonecas, for which the town
is most famous. Overnight: Pousada dos Loios in Évora (Formerly the Loios
Convent which is now the luxury Pousada dos Loios)
PALMELA 1NT (Around 100 Km, about 1 hour drive)
Drive to the Blue Coast located on the South bank of the river Tagus. In
Setúbal, contemplate the Sado estuary from the top of the São Filipe
castle-fortress, that was constructed in 1590 to defend the port from
The town of Setúbal is attractive with pedestrian streets and gardens. The
16th Century Cathedral Santa Maria da Graça has glorious tiles from the 18th
Century. The Igreja de Jesus is a remarkable Gothic church with interior
columns carved in Arrábida pink stone from the nearby quarry. Overnight:
Pousada Pousada Palmela in
Palmela, near Setubal. it is a former Mootrish castle near the
Ado estuary and the magical and majestic Mountain of
Arrábida. Sleep in a place whose initial occupation dates back to 300 years
BC.and feel like a real knight in the ancient castle,
fortified by the Moors between the eighth and ninth centuries.
PALMELA / LISBON (Around 50 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Travel back to Lisbon and return your car either to meet your return flight
or extend your holidays. Check out our
Northern Portugal tours.
2 nights in Pousada D.
Maria / Queluz
2 nights in Pousada do
Infante / Sagres *
2 nights in Pousada dos
Lóios / Évora *
1 night in Pousada
Pousada Palmela / Palmela * near Setubal
Car -hire Grp
(Mishubishi Colt or similar with manual transmission) - 1 week P/U + D/O from Budget desk at Lisbon
Airport including unlimited mileage, liability insurance and taxes (Airport pick up fee
Euro 20 for out of hours pick up and drop off + road tax
per day paid locally
to the rental company)
Non- deductible in case of self
group AB and
To avoid this you can buy an
Price on application: