General Information About PortiTours Excursões
017001 – LISBON 1 DAY
While in Portugal why not visit its capital – the city of the seven hills and Expo ´98 – the last World Fair of the 20th century. Lisbon is a truly beautiful city set by the river Tejo. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city which boasts a rich historical, cultural and ethnic legacy.
You enter the city by crossing the famous “25th April” suspension bridge which spans the River Tejo. See the impressive statue of Christ the Saviour standing high above the city.
During a guided tour of the city you will have the opportunity to visit various sites of interest – the area of Belém, situated by the river and where you can see the renowned Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém and the monument to the Discoveries.
There is free time for further sightseeing and shopping in the centre of the city before the return journey to the Algarve.
017002 – SEVILLE
Sample the Spanish splendour that is Seville, the capital of Andalusia, a city renowned for its stunning architecture and history, a modern, cosmopolitan city vibrant with life and passion.
During your visit to this fascinating city you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent gothic Cathedral (entrance fee not included) – the proud centre-piece of the city. See the Torre del Oro (the Golden Tower) – the ancient watch tower upon the River Guadalquivir. Visit the Praça de Espanha and the Maria Luisa Park where you can enjoy the fabulous gardens.
Seville also boasts a thriving commercial centre. There is free time to explore the numerous shops and the small side streets and, of course, the department store El Corte Inglês.
017003 – HISTORICAL ALGARVE
(Monchique and Sagres)
This is a day of discovery and history where you visit some of the most interesting and scenic areas of the Algarve. Steeped in tradition, encompassing the mountains and the sea its the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the Algarve.
We travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here we visit the castle which dates from this period and affords magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. You can also see the impressive Gothic cathedral.
From here we continue our ascent into the Monchique Mountains to enjoy the green hills, pure air, tranquillity and dramatic views from the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia. We pass by the sleepy spa village of Caldas de Monchique.
Then it’s on to the ‘end of the world’ – Sagres – Known because of the impressive fort, home to Prince Henry’s famous School of Navigation. At Cape St. Vincent (Europe’s most south western point) a tiny lighthouse perches atop the stunning cliffs. Breathe the invigorating sea air and marvel at the vastness of the landscape.
No journey into the Algarve’s past would be complete without a visit to the historical seaport town of Lagos where new and old live in harmony. See the modern marina with its luxurious yachts. Visit the old slave market (the first in Europe) and admire the strange statue of Prince Henry.
Don’t miss this day – a perfect blend of past and present!
017004 – UNKNOWN ALGARVE
Take this chance to explore some of the Algarve’s famed attractions – ranging from Roman ruins to the cosmopolitan capital of the province, Faro.
We visit Faro, capital of the Algarve, where old and new live side by side. Visit the Cathedral or the museum and enjoy a stroll through this cosmopolitan town.
Our next stop is Olhão – a traditional fishing village, renowned for the cube-shaped white-washed houses. Here you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its huge selection of fish.
After visiting Olhão, we reach Tavira – the queen of the Algarve coastal towns. See the Arab fortress, the Roman Bridge dating from the IV century and visit at least some of the towns 22 churches!
Our final destination is a tiny, traditional fishing village – Santa Luzia. There you will see the clay pots used to catch octopus – an ingenious device!
017007 – ALGARVE LANDSCAPES & WINERY
Much of the Algarve’s charm resides in its ability to provide top class tourist facilities and yet retain its own identity, easily visible in the traditional villages and activities of the area. Travelling in a comfortable Land Rover Jeep, you will discover the hidden beauties of this region.
Porches is renowned for its beautiful and original pottery. The Porches Pottery workshop is one of the best representatives of this art and many of the traditional methods of production are still used here today. You can see the pottery being made and painted by hand by the artisans.
The fishing village of Benagil is perched above the Atlantic and a tiny but picturesque beach, the sound of the Atlantic the uninterrupted sound track to the village’s activities. Heading towards the resort of Carvoeiro we visit Algar Seco where you can see the amazing caves and grottoes carved from the coastline over the centuries.
Enjoy a stroll through the village of Ferragudo, along the cobbled streets and down to the small harbour where you can look across the mouth of the River Arade towards Praia da Rocha.
Our last stop is in a winery where you can enjoy a guided tour and also sample some of the wines produced in this region.
017008 – LOULÉ MARKET
In this half-day Excursion you have the opportunity to get to know one of the most interesting towns of the interior of the Algarve: Loulé!
Loulé is known because of its typical Portuguese fruit and vegetables market on Saturdays. Inside the building are those who sell every day, but outside you can observe the farmers that come on Saturdays and bring the products that they grow. It is a market, full of colour and life, especially on Saturdays.
In the typical narrow streets of Loulé you can also find little shops where cooper is still worked by hand as well as other handmade articles made by true artisans using age-old methods.
017009 – THE WONDERS OF RIA FORMOSA
BOAT TRIP & OLHÃO FISHMARKET
Today we offer you the opportunity of discovering one of the less known areas of the eastern Algarve!
First we visit Olhão – a traditional fishing village, renowned for the cube-shaped white-washed houses, contrasting with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its huge selection of fish.
After visiting Olhão it is time to get on a boat and start our wonderful boat trip along the Ria Formosa!
The Algarve has much to offer it’s visitors – a wonderful climate, golden beaches, tree-cloaked mountains, cosmopolitan resorts…..Less well known perhaps is the fact that the Algarve is also one of Europe’s most fascinating areas from an ecological and ornithological perspective.
We propose an unforgettable visit along the waterways of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This park is one of the most impressive in Europe with a rich and varied flora and fauna. It extends approximately 18,400 ha. and is one of the most ecologically interesting areas in the Algarve with its abundance of tiny islands, lagoons and meandering waterways. Due to a happy coincidence of climatic and geographic factors the park is home to many types of aquatic birds which migrate from Northern and central Europe – including some rare species. It also boasts a wide diversity of marine life. It is for these reasons that the park is one of the most important and respected in Europe.
During this cruise along these scenic waterways you can see the peaceful beauty of some of the better known islands of this region. A stop is made in one of these Islands where you can enjoy a stroll along the pristine sands, enjoy the sunshine and marvel at the natural sculptures of the sand dunes. See old traditional style fishing cabins, salt flats and of course many species of birds including egrets, buzzards and – perhaps – the rare Purple Gallinule, symbol of the park.
If you wish, you can also enjoy delicious lunch, served in one of the typical Restaurants in the island (lunch not included).
An unforgettable day is guaranteed!