Southern Portugal Self Drive

Southern Portugal

Day 1 Lisboa

Arrival in Lisboa where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 2 Lisboa

Breakfast. A morning tour today to the suburb of Belem, where you will visit the Torre de Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries. A gourmet highlight today is a stop at the famous “Casa Pasteis de Belem” to sample a delicious ‘pastel de nata’ or Portuguese custard tart. Your driver will then take you back to the city centre, to the Castelo San Jorge where your tour services come to an end. Afternoon free. Overnight.

Day 3 Lisboa - Evora

Breakfast. Pick up your hire car and head east today to reach Evora. Arrival in Evora where you will spend the day at leisure. In 1986 UNESCO declared Evora a World Heritage Site. Evora’s aqueduct also called ‘of the silver water’, was built between 1531 and 1537 by the town’s own eminent architect, Francisco de Arruda. Damaged in the 17th century during the Restoration War with Spain, only a surviving stretch, some 9km long, can still be seen approaching from the northwest. Be sure not to miss the eerie Chapel of Bones this afternoon! Overnight.

Day 4 Evora - Monsaraz - Evora

Breakfast. Take advantage of your hire car to visit Monsaraz today. The old fortified town of Monsaraz occupied a strategic position on a height near the Guadiana Valley on the border between Portugal and Spain. Rue Direita retains all its original charm as it is still lined by 16th and 17th Century whitewashed houses, many emblazoned with coats of arms and all flanked by outside staircases and balconies with wrought iron grilles. Return to Evora. Overnight.

Day 5 Evora - Beja - Portimao

Breakfast. Head south through the Alentejo region through Beja, where you might like to stop for coffee and to admire its 13th C castle. Back on the road as you head to the Algarve coast, to spend the next two nights in the atmospheric town of Portimao. Overnight.

Day 6 Portimao

Breakfast. Free day. Perhaps make an excursion this morning to nearby Lagos, the most historically interesting coastal town in the Algarve. Its fame derives from its association with Portugal’s 14th and 15th Century Age of Discovery. Free afternoon to enjoy Portimao. Once occupied by Romans, the original fishing port of Portimao is a bustling present day city. It has a wide selection of excellent beaches in close proximity and its once busy fishing dock is now a scenic promenade that leads to pedestrian streets and a charming town centre. Overnight.

Day 7 Portimao - Faro

Breakfast. Farwell the city as you drive to Faro city /airport to drop off your rental car.