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Beaches and Castles of Portugal
South Portugal Self Drive Tour # 4

Start on any day

This tour is for those interested in pristine beaches and historical sites. Discover the Algarve with its sunny coastline, historic royal towns and sleepy villages, majestic harbors, the rugged Atlantic coast lines and Portugal's famous Estoril Coast.

Vicentina coast near Sines Pirtugal driving tour

Elvas fortress Portugal driving tour

1st Day: Praia da Rocha (Portimăo)

Our representative will meet you on arrival at Faro airport.

Pick up your car category EDMR (Seat Ibiza A/C or similar) upon arrival at
Faro airport. Car-rental includes unlimited mileage and basic excess insurance.

Drive to Hotel Jupiter in Praia da Rocha ( 1 hour, route has tolls). 
Check in and overnight.

 Activities:

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, the remains of a medieval fort with picturesque ocean & sunset views. Visit Ria Formosa lagoon, a migratory corridor for 30,000 birds,  thelast nesting grounds in Europe for some species .

Praia dos Tręs Castelos,  a beach for a refreshing swim in the ocean.

View the rugged Farol da Ponta da Piedade coastlines, wide beaches & sandstone cliffs.

 2nd Day: Praia da Rocha & Silves

Spend the day with exploring the area and the beautiful coast of  the Algarve.

Overnight at the Hotel Jupiter in Praia da Rocha.

Activities

Visit Silves Castle, where it's believed that the first fortifications were built upon a Lusitanian Castro site, by the Romans or Visigoths.

Explore Sagres, the center of oceanic discoveries in the 15th century.

Swim at the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.

 
3rd Day: Praia da Rocha to Sines

After breakfast drive Northwest towards Aljezur and enjoy the natural Vicentina coastline and villages.

Overnight Hotel Santiago / Santiago do Cacém.

 


Activities

Visit Vila Nova de Milfontes. Inspect the Old Porto Covo, Zambujeira do Mar and Odemira  before you reach Sines.

 4th Day: Sines-Évora

Drive to Beja  and overnight Hotel Mar D`Ar Muralhas / Évora.

 Activities

Enjoy the tranquil old quarter with a serene convent and fanciful castle. 

Drive to Évora and visit the Museum town.

 5th Day: Évora/Estremoz/Vila Viçosa/Elvas/Évora

Spend all day visiting the Castles and Palaces.

Overnight Hotel Mar D`Ar Muralhas / Évora.

Activities

Explore the Ducal Royal palace of Vila Vicosa. The residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Portugal from 1640 until the 1910 Revolution.

Visit Estremoz and stroll around the marble buildings, squares and fountains.

In Elvas view the star shaped fortifications (UNESCO World Heritage site) and the whitewashed medieval town ramparts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Day: Évora/Estoril

On the way to Estoril, make a stop at the waterfront neighborhood  of Belém.

Overnight Hotel Vila Galé Estoril (1 Euro per night city tax payable to hotel).

 Activities

Visit Estoril near Tamariz beach with excellent views and an ideal hub to restaurants and sightseeing nearby.

In Belem, you can and see some of Lisbon’s most important monuments:

o   Jerónimos Monastery

o   The Belém Tower

o   Discoveries Monument

o   The Belém Palace (residence of Portugal's president)

o   Coleçăo Berardo Museum and a number of scenic gardens

 

Visit the magnificent Estoril Museums:

o   Paula Rego House of Stories

o   Portuguese Music Museum

o   Gunpowder Factory

o   Cascais Cultural Centre

 7th Day: Sintra

Discover Sintra  and overnight Hotel Vila Galé Estoril / Estoril. (1 Euro per night city tax payable to hotel)
Drive to the nearby sea resort of Estoril.

 

 

 

 

 


Activities

Visit the Moorish castle, Vila Palace and Pena Palace with medieval turrets, gates and towers.

8th Day:

After breakfast, drive to Lisbon airport to drop of your car and check in for your flight home. 

 SERVICES INCLUDED

 Meet and greet at Faro airport, road map and general tips.

7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast.

Car-rental including unlimited mileage and basic insurance excess (CDW).

PRICE

Price in Euro, per person, based on twin share , 454 €

 NOTE:
An Easter and a summer season supplement may apply!
       

 

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