South of Portugal

South of Portugal

Day 1 Lisboa - Evora

Departing Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo and travel through a landscape of olive, oak and cork trees to arrive in historical Evora. Through the narrow whitewashed streets of the town, we will visit some of the most important monuments - the Roman Temple, Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis church, the eerie Chapel of Bones and the university. At the market we can view the great variety of products used to prepare Alentejan cuisine and on the visit, we will also have the opportunity to see local handicraft, made from cork, ceramic and copper. Time for lunch. In the afternoon, free time at leisure to continue exploring. Overnight.

Day 2 Evora - Beja - Silves - Lagos

Breakfast in hotel. Morning at leisure in Évora, and then we travel southward passing Beja, a town of white houses and narrow streets. By fields of orange trees we enter the Algarve, arriving in Silves, renowned for its red sandstone castle and early cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos. Overnight.

Day 3 Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de S.Vicente - Lagos

Breakfast at the hotel. Today travel to Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Sagres, a fishing port, where Henry the Navigator resided and his energies and finances fuelled the Portuguese exploration of the world. Proceed along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente, the most south-western point in Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina where you can taste Algarve specialties, such as fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Return to the hotel, where you have an afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Day 4 Lagos - Setubal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisboa

The return trip to Lisboa will take you by the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. The scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range at the gates of Lisbon, is an area preserved as a Natural Park, where you can savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Cross the bridge over the Tejo River and enter Lisbon. End of tour.