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Villages in the Hills & Cork

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    Sao Bras de Alportel
    Stop: 4 hours -
    Travelling up into these hills you will explore the traditional villages of the area, still conserving the traditional architecture and way of life This Tour takes us to the rolling hills of the Caldeirão Mountains, between thyme and lavender plants and carob trees, where we can hear the babbling of the streams and discover the skills of the craftspeople. In the historical centre of São Brás, there are whitewashed, single-storey houses built in the popular architectural style, and the grand houses of the former industrialists and businessmen of the cork trade, with their façades clad in tiles, carved stonework and wrought-iron verandas. There is a fine view up to the hills of the Caldeirão from the courtyard of the Main Church. We then go into the palace which houses the Ethnographic Museum of Costumes of the Algarve which relives the days when they used to dance the “corridinho” on the threshing floors at threshing time. The cork from São Brás de Alportel is one of the best in the world and the Algarve is its world's largest grower and exporter, with the cork from this region being used for everything from fine wines to fashion and even NASA spaceships. We get to Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo in search of the tile makers who have been there for centuries. There is a smell of holmoaks on the air, or the almond shells burning in the ovens where the tiles and Moorish roofing tiles are baked. In the orchards all around, almond and orange trees flourish and the single storey houses have pieces of stone in the white of the lime washed walls. Next we are off to visit the beautiful and tranquil Moinhos da Rocha waterfall and lake. This stunning natural pool and waterfall, hidden away in these hills, is the perfect spot to relax. Depending on the time of year, have a swim in its tranquil waters, or the more adventurous can dive in from the rock cliff that encircles half the pool. This truly spectacular natural pool is one of the many natural gems of this area. Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about! Our Notes The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide. The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people). During the tour, we will make stops according to the itinerary. Tour duration can be shortened upon your request. We can also pick you up at different locations and hotels. Simply add to your booking an extra transfer. Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point:
- Tavira
- Cabanas de Tavira
- Olhão
For different location please let us know (extra fee apply)
Duration
4h
Inclusions
  • There are no hidden costs.
  • If you wish a pickup from another city, please let us know (extra fee apply)
  • Pickup Times: We are proud to offer hotel specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby at the time noted. Exact pick up time will vary depending on location of hotels.
  • The tour rate includes all taxes, personal driver with a car/minivan, pick-up, and drop off from and to Tavira, Cabanas de Tavira and Olhão.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour duration can be shortened upon your request.
  • The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
  • The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people).
  • To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide.
  • Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.
  • During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
  • We can also pick you up at diferent locations and hotels. Simply add to your booking an extra transfer.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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By: Legendary Adventure
3 reviews
laura2015xx
Southampton, United Kingdom
73
A great tour!
A lovely tour with my 2 children, I wish I had booked for a longer tour! Our tour guide was very helpful and my
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jonasdexter
20
beautiful landscapes
We didn't get much luck with the weather on our holidays in Tavira, so we took some excursions to fill our days
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son1amartin
20
Easy
We use this service every six weeks when coming to Algarve. Good value for the money and we already know Jose, the
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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