21 July 2017

 

Amazing things to do in
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City Sightseeing Albufeira - Hop on Hop off
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City Sightseeing Albufeira - Hop on Hop off

TAKE A TRIP AROUND TOWN

The coastal town of Albuferia is famous for its cultured history, fabulous beaches, water sports and vibrant nightlife, and on this journey you enjoy panoramic views from an open top double-decker bus. See the picturesque Old Town with its abundance of authentic local shops and restaurants along endless cobblestone roads and stop at a square which has a backdrop of enchanting old churches.

Visit The Tower of Medronheira, which was used to watch for pirates and invaders, and hop off and admire the impressive statue of St. Vincente which commemorates the famous missionary's eventual martyrdom in Japan. Learn more of the town's rich history at the Municipal Archaeological Museum, cool off from the Algarve sun in one of the water parks and relax in one of the many restaurants or bars after seeing the sights.

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Loule Country Market - Half Day Tour
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Loule Country Market - Half Day Tour

SEE THE CRAFTSMEN AT WORK

You will be amazed when visiting the busiest inland town of Loule, where you can stroll around the narrow streets and visit the Medieval Castle and city wall as well as hunting for bargains at the typical Portugese Country Market. Here you can buy fresh fish, fruits and vegetables from the locals and experience the hustle and bustle of what this colourful town has to offer.

On this popular half day visit you travel up into the hills above the beaches to see local craftsmen, coppersmiths, basket makers and even harness makers at work using traditional methods passed down through generations. Loule is a wonderful town which gives you a feeling of how life in the Algarve used to be before tourism became the main industry.

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Monchique, Silves & Foia - Half Day Tour
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Monchique, Silves & Foia - Half Day Tour

Step back into the past

Long before Faro became capital of the Algarve, the honour belonged to the ancient city of Silves and you can discover the region's rich and fascinating past on this exciting day tour. First enjoy spending time in Silves, which includes a visit to a splendid Moorish Castle and the 12th century cathedral. Then you are driven up to Foia, which at nearly 3,000ft, is the highest point in the Algarve.

From here, on a clear day, you can see across to the Atlantic Ocean. You continue the tour to Monchique, a typical village nestled in the scenic hillside. Finally you make a stop at Caldas da Rainha (Queen’s Spa), famous for its hot springs and pottery, where you will have free time for shopping for handicrafts before starting your return journey.

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Quarteira Gypsy Market - Half Day Tour
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Quarteira Gypsy Market - Half Day Tour

HAGGLE WITH THE GYPSIES

On this popular tour you visit the authentic and colourful Gypsy Market where you have the opportunity buy a variety of quality goods cheaply. Have fun haggling with the gypsies and be surprised at how low you get some of the prices. The best buys here are cut price cotton goods, footwear and pottery. Quarteira is a bustling town, with an attractive seafront promenade and busy fish market.

After snapping up your bargains you can relax on the beach or at one of the bars or restaurants before making the return journey to your hotel. On the way back you are taken through Vilamoura, one of the largest tourism developments in Europe, and make a stop to visit the Marina de Vilamoura. Lots of holiday souvenirs to be bought on this fun trip.

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Jet Boat Adventure
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Jet Boat Adventure

SPEED OFF FOR SOME EXCITEMENT

You will feel the adrenaline pumping on this thrilling and comfortable jet boat ride. The Rocket Sea is capable of some serious speed and is the most powerfull boat in Albufeira and probably in the whole of Portugal. Prepare for a ride full of excitement and adventure as your skilled driver performs various maneuvers that include hair-raising 360 degree turns, powerbreaks, slides and lots more.

When holidaying in the Algarve it is tempting just to stay on the beach or beside your hotel pool and soak up the sun. But there are lots of fun tours that can be taken to all areas of this beautiful part of Portugal and plenty of exciting things to do - this fun jet boat ride being one of them. So don't leave the Algarve without experiencing the thrill of jet boating.

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Aqualand Algarve
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Aqualand Algarve

FAMILY FUN IN THE WATER

At Aqualand Algarve, the largest water park in the Algarve, which is just 15 minutes from Albufeira, you will discover a world of water attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Here you can experience a mix of water slides of different shapes and sizes, from adrenaline rushes to moments of relaxation while watching the little ones enjoy themselves in their own water playground, Children's paradise.

Fast and crazy or slow and serene - Aqualand Algarve has a ride to suit everyone. Attractions include the enormous Hydra, Crazy Race and Rapids, and adrenaline seekers shouldn't miss the 23m high Banzai, where you can skim across the water on a surf board. Children's Paradise and Rainbow Park both include miniature versions of adult rides, and the whole family can relax while floating along the Congo River.

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Alte Typical Village - Half Day Tour
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Alte Typical Village - Half Day Tour

HEAD FOR THE HILLS

On this fascinating half day tour you are taken for a stroll around Alte, considered the most picturesque village in the whole of the Algarve. Walk along its narrow and flowery streets and admire the amazing doorway of the church of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, a fine example of the XVI century Manueline architecture, and stop at the several natural springs.

After spending time in colourful Alte you are driven to Querenca, which is a small and quiet village perched high up in the hills. Here you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants and take in the splendid views. When holidaying in the Algarve it is tempting just to stay on the beach or beside your hotel pool, but this tour to two traditional villages is very rewarding.

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Jet Skiing Algarve
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Jet Skiing Algarve

POWER ACROSS THE WATER

This memorable and exhilarating experience is a a must for those adrenaline junkies out there who want to have a memorable experience in the Algarve. After the initial equipment and safety briefing, it's time for you to try the jet skis and after mastering the technique you will remember the thrill and excitement of powering across the water for the rest of your life.

When holidaying in the Algarve it is tempting just to stay on the beach or beside your hotel pool and soak up the sun. But there are lots of fun tours that can be taken to all parts of this beautiful region of Portugal and plenty of exciting things to do - this fun adventure being one of them. So don't go home without experiencing the thrill of jet skiing at least once.

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Algarve Cruising Experience
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Algarve Cruising Experience

IT'S PLAIN SAILING

While staying in the Algarve make sure you experience at least one boat trip from Albufeira to help make your holiday special. Whether you want to sail on a pirate boat, feel the adrenaline on a speed boat, watch dolphins at sea or enjoy a day out exploring caves and secret beaches - these boat trips have it all and they provide a great day out for all the family.

When holidaying in the Algarve it is tempting just to stay on the beach or beside your hotel pool and soak up the sun. But there are lots of fun tours that can be taken to all parts of this beautiful region f Portugal and plenty of exciting things to do - and going out for the day on a boat is certainly one of them. So don't go home without experiencing the thrill of life on the ocean wave.


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Dolphin Watching 1/2 Day Tour -  from Albufeira
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Dolphin Watching 1/2 Day Tour - from Albufeira

Date with the dolphins

This dolphin watching trip is a unique and unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family as you search for the enigmatic dolphins off the Algarve Coast. Dolphin watching is one of the most exhilarating experiences that any of us have in our life time. Sadly, most people only ever get to see these playful creatures in captivity, but this is a great opportunity to see them in their natural environment.

The Rigid Inflatable Boat you travel in is the same as the Coastguard and Greenpeace use and conforms to the highest safety standards. On this tour you will also have spectacular sea views of the Algarve Coastline as well as the deeper offshore waters where the dolphins can be found. Great memories and great pictures to treasure for a lifetime.

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Fatima Pilgrimage Full Day Tour
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Fatima Pilgrimage Full Day Tour

SHADOW OF THE ANGEL

On this full day tour you can relive the history of the Fatima Sanctuary, a must see destination of Portugal and a spiritual centre for the Christian faith. Leaving the Algarve, you head north to the city of Fatima where your first stop is at the Sanctuary of Fatima where the tombstones of Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco lie. You'll also visit the Chapel of Apparitions, the heart of the shrine.

Everyone will have a chance to attend mass, then, to better understand the life of the three little pastors, you visit the house where they were born. The tour continues in Valinhos to visit of the place where Our Lady of Fatima appeared for the 4th time on August 19th 1917. Finally stop at Loca do Anjo at the place where the children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, were said to have been visited by an angel in 1916.

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Gibraltar Full Day Tour from The Algarve
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Gibraltar Full Day Tour from The Algarve

Rock up at Gibraltar

On this memorable day tour you leave the Algarve and head towards Gibraltar where you cross the border from Spain into British territory and can see British policemen, British phone boxes, spend British money and enjoy the great duty free shopping. And you will also get to go to the top of the famous Rock where the views are spectacular.

First enjoy a tour of the city and Punta Europa followed by a minibus trip to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar itself where you can take in the views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines. While on the Rock you also visit the Saint Michael caves, a dramatic natural grotto sometimes used as a venue for concerts and classical music performances, and meet those cheeky monkeys.

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Historical Algarve Full Day Tour
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Historical Algarve Full Day Tour

Day full of history

On this great tour you see all the best places of the Algarve which are rich in culture and steeped in history. After your pick up you are taken to the Moorish Castle and XIII century cathedral in Silves then continue your journey to Monchique, which is a typical village located in scenic rounded hills. Here you will have free time for some handicrafts shopping.

Next stop is Lagos, a town linked to the Portuguese Discoveries. Here you have a guided visit of the Antonine Museum within the Golden Chapel of St.Anthony, the slave market and see the statue of Prince Henry the Navigator. Later in Sagres you walk around the village and fishing harbour and, of course, visit famous Cape St.Vincent, the south-western most point in Portugal.

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Lagos, Sagres & Cape St Vicente - Half Day Tour
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Lagos, Sagres & Cape St Vicente - Half Day Tour

Join the explorers

While staying in the Algarve you can follow in the footsteps of some of Europe’s greatest explorers on this half day tour to the towns of Lagos and Sagres. Lagos is home to the ‘Portuguese Discoveries’ and it is from here that expeditions first set sail to chart Africa and India in the 14th and 15th centuries. Learn more at the Antonine Museum within the Golden Chapel of St Antony and see the slave market.

After arriving at Ponta Da Piedade you will have spectacular views of the bay. Then continue your tour by visiting Sagres with its beautiful fishing harbour. From here you can also go to the the lighthouse at Cape St.Vicente, the south-western most point in Portugal. It's often difficult to tear yourself away from the beach or golf course when visiting the Algarve but this short tour is well worth doing.

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Lisbon Full Day Tour from The Algarve
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Lisbon Full Day Tour from The Algarve

Capital gains

No trip to Portugal is complete without a visit to Lisbon, one of the oldest and most magnificent capital cities in the world. The best view of Lisbon is from the ‘25th April’ bridge, suspended over the river Tejo, so you begin your tour from here. Spend time exploring Lisbon’s historic centre and visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Torre de Belem, the Monument of Discoveries and Alfama - the beautiful old Moorish quarter.

There will be plenty of free time for shopping and a leisurely lunch before you return to the Algarve in the afternoon. At the end of your day, you’ll realise just why Lisbon is one of southern Europe’s most popular cities. It's often tempting not to stray far from the beach or golf course when visiting the Algarve, but this full day tour is well worth taking to see this great capital city.

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Seville Full Day Tour from The Algarve
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Seville Full Day Tour from The Algarve

Thrills in Seville

You are picked up from your hotel for this great full day trip to Seville to discover this historic Spanish city founded by the Romans on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. You will see its rich history in terms of arts, science and commerce. Start by visiting the Bullring, The Tower of Gold and make a stop at Plaza d’Espana. You will then have some free time for shopping and lunch in the city centre.

Your sightseeing tour continues after lunch with a visit to the magnificent cathedral which dates from the XV century and Bairro de Santa Cruz, originally the Jewish quarter, before returning to the Algarve. It's often difficult to tear yourself away from the beach or golf courses when visiting the Algarve, but this full day is well worth taking to see one of Spain's great cities.

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Zoomarine entry - Marine Park and Dolphinarium
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Zoomarine entry - Marine Park and Dolphinarium

Magical family day

Enjoy a fascinating, entertaining and educational day out at Zoomarine Park in the Algarve. You are guaranteed to have a wonderful day watching dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles, exotic birds, alligators and tropical fish. Zoomarine is famous for its exhibitions and shows of an exceptionally high standard making it a great day out for all the family.

In a tranquil setting offset by lakes and gardens, Zoomarine has created the right environment to reveal the "secrets of the sea". The park has all the required amenities you need for a great family outing - restaurants, shops, amusements and swimming pools. The Zoomarine philosophy is based on conservation and environmental education and aims to increase public appreciation of wildlife.

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