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Sunset and Moonlight
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Sunset and Moonlight

This trip is possibly the best way to discover the real Algarve. Travelling in small groups winding along earth tracks and past tiny villages, you'll get a glimpse of a quiet lifestyle and pace of life that is quickly disappearing. Explore the whitewashed village of Alferce, filled with citrus orchards and eucalyptus groves then continue on your journey to explore the natural wilderness of Barrancos dos Pisoes. Hop back into the 4x4 and as darkness blankets the landscape, you'll head to a local restaurant for a traditional dinner.

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Lagos & Sagres Tour
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Lagos & Sagres Tour

You'll have ample time to explore the historic city of Lagos and admire views over the Algarve's most picturesque points. It all kicks off at Ponta da Piedade for a photo opportunity of the Algarve's unique coastal rock formations. Next up is Lagos. A guided walking tour takes in Praça do Infante as well as the building that served as Portugal's first slave market. You'll also visit the Church of St Antonio and have some free time for lunch. Next, you'll head to Sagres before travelling to Cabo de São Vicente, also known as the ‘end of the world'.

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Faro, Olhão & Tavira Tour with Fado Show
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Faro, Olhão & Tavira Tour with Fado Show

The east is one of the jewels in the Algarve's crown. It all kicks off in Faro, the regional capital, where you'll have free time to explore the old town – the cathedral is a must-see. Next up is Olhao, a village on the banks of the Ria Formosa. You'll visit its famous fish market and then enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. In the afternoon, we'll visit Cacela Velha. This coastal hamlet with just a handful of whitewashed houses boasts a beautiful church and an old fort overlooking the Atlantic. Afterwards, we'll head to Tavira for a live show of Fado singing.

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Lisbon tour with Jeronimos Monastery
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Lisbon tour with Jeronimos Monastery

Cross the 25th April Bridge over the River Tagus to the seafront district of Belem. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery and see the Belem Tower and Monument of the discoveries. Taste the traditional Pastéis de Belém.

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Postcards of Vicentine Coast by Minibus
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Postcards of Vicentine Coast by Minibus

Wedged between the Atlantic and the Monchique Mountains, the Vicentine Coast has stunning landscapes, lots of flora and fauna but very few people. On this small group tour of maximum 16 guests, you'll head to Aljezur, in the heart of Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Break for lunch in a beachfront restaurant and savour a shellfish cataplana – the Algarve's signature dish. In the afternoon, head to Cape St Vincent – the most southwesterly point in Europe – where the cliffs rise 75 metres from the sea. Your adventure has one final stop at Sagres, a tiny fishing harbour with a big history

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Silves and Monchique Mountains Tour
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Silves and Monchique Mountains Tour

The Algarve is famed for its beautiful beaches, yet its countryside is also filled with little gems. Our first stop is Silves, in the heart of orange-growing country. You'll climb up its castle and enjoy a cake and orange juice in its café. We'll then continue deep into the Monchique Mountains, where we'll stop for lunch. Next is Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. Drop into a local shop for a liqueur tasting. Then, it's on to Monchique to explore its cobbled streets. Rounding off the day is Caldas de Monchique for a guided walk through a natural garden rich in the area's unique flora.

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Ayamonte Authentic Andalusia Tour
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Ayamonte Authentic Andalusia Tour

Perched on the banks of the River Guadiana that separates Portugal and Spain, Ayamonte blends the best of both countries cultures. Discover Andalusian charm and delicious cuisine on this tour of an Iberian gem.Located just a stone's throw from the border, arriving in the Spanish town you'll get an impressive view of Portugal's Castro Marim castle – a remnant of the centuries of war between the two. Delve deeper into the history here with a guided tour of the medieval quarter and admire the traditional blue and white tiles at every turn.After free time to sip coffee in the square, shop the boutiques or rummage for trinkets and treasures in the marketplace, you'll be ready for lunch. Stop by Vive Ayamonte gastro-shop and a feast of tasty tapas, traditional paella and wine awaits. What's more, it's all served up with a side order of fantastic flamenco entertainment in their beautiful courtyard, reserved exclusively for TUI.

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Paderne Donkey Farm Tour
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Paderne Donkey Farm Tour

This family trip to the donkey farm features a healthy balance of nature, education and experiences that make holidays so special. You'll be welcomed with a drink made from produce on the farm and shown around the facilities, including a Portuguese orchard with carob, olive, fig and almond trees. Meet all the animals – donkeys, ducks, geese, chicken, dogs and cats – and enjoy a dip in the natural pool. There will also be playful activities on offer for the little ones, including donkey rides around the pen, and short educational sessions on the donkeys' behaviour and all the different breeds.

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Viva Andalucia
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Viva Andalucia

One of Spain's most unspoiled corners is right next door to the Algarve. See Niebla's 16th century hospital, the churches of St Martin and Our Lady of Granada, and visit the castle. Afterwards, you'll drop into the Bollulos winery for a tasting and some tapas. The excursion takes a more spiritual turn next with a visit to El Rocío – one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites – where you can drop into a shop specialising in flamenco dresses. Rounding off your trip is a visit Palos de la Frontera to see replicas of the three caravels Columbus used.

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Private 4x4 Sunset Tour in the Monchique Hills
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Private 4x4 Sunset Tour in the Monchique Hills

Discover the real Algarve with this exclusive private tour. Jump into a 4x4, leave the coast behind and make your way up into the Monchique hills. In your private group, you'll rumble into the countryside to get a glimpse of a quiet lifestyle that is quickly disappearing. Explore the whitewashed village of Alferce, and then continue on your journey to the natural wilderness of ‘Barrancos dos Pisoes'. There'll be plenty of stops along the way to capture pictures and a special view point to watch the sunset. Hop back into the 4x4 and as darkness blankets the landscape, you'll head to a local restaurant for a traditional dinner.

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Private Vicentine Coast Tour
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Private Vicentine Coast Tour

Stunning landscapes, lots of flora and fauna but very few people are exactly what you'll get with a private tour of the Vicentine Coast. Wedged between the waves of the Atlantic and the Monchique Mountains, it's a wild world where you least expect it. Highlights include Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Carrapateira and Sagres.

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Viva Andalucía Small Group Tour
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Viva Andalucía Small Group Tour

Pockmarked by history-steeped towns and protected wetlands, Huelva is one of the most scenic corners of Spain. And it's right next door to the Algarve. This small group tour takes you across the border to visit historic Niebla, El Rocio religious site and replicas of Columbus's caravel sailing ships.

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Introducing Algarve

Portugal’s southernmost region boasts an impressive coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. The Algarve’s charms include its scenic sea cliffs, beautiful beaches and hilly inland dotted with almond and orange groves. There’s so much to see and do in the Algarve, so here are a few of our top tips for your holiday to South Portugal.

Top six things to do in the Algarve

1. Kick back on the coast

From sheltered bays to surf-worthy beaches under sky-high cliffs, you’re spoiled for choice in the Algarve. Many say the most beautiful beach is the Praia de Marinha, a small belt of sand where the water is turquoise one minute, emerald the next – and framed by sea stacks, grottoes and 50-metre-high cliffs. Plus, there’s more to do than just sunbathe along the coast, you can also book a variety of excursions. Hop in a 4x4 or minibus and admire the Costa Vicentina, or the Cape St Vincent, continental Europe’s southernmost point.

2. Flitter around Faro

Algarve’s capital, Faro, is ideal for a daytrip and includes some of the region’s must-see sights. The influence of the Moors, who ruled here in the Middle Ages, is on show in a lot of the city’s architecture. The old town and its ancient city walls, the 500-year-old Faro Cathedral and the film-set-worthy cobbled lanes, are not to be missed.

3. Surfing in Lagos, Sagres and Tavira

The shorelines along Lagos, Sagres and Tavira offer up ideal surfing conditions and are full of surf schools and equipment rental companies. And, if you want to combine a bit of sightseeing with the surfing, the towns of Lagos and Sagres are great spots to visit. In Lagos, you’ll find a historic centre loaded with cobbled streets and churches. In Sagres, meanwhile, don’t forget to explore the clifftop fortress and the fishing port.

4. Visit Andalusia

Thanks to its location, you can easily visit neighbouring Spain from the Algarve and explore Andalusia. Seville is only two hours’ drive away and is packed with world-famous attractions. Some of the must-sees include the Plaza de España and the cathedral with its Giralda Tower, while the village-like former Jewish quarter, Santa Cruz, is also well worth a wander. And, if you pop across the border to Huelva, you’ll find traditional tapas bars and classical churches ready and waiting.

5. Taste the local cuisine

If you’re a foodie, take a culinary tour of the Algarve and spoil your taste buds with Portuguese flavours. Start your day with sweet pastéis de nata pastries and a Portuguese coffee – the roasts here are in a league of their own. For lunch, head to one of the authentic fishermen’s bars to try the catch of the day. And, for something a little different, head to the oyster beds in Alvor, where you can see how they are harvested before sampling them straight from the sea.

6. Head into the Monchique Mountains

One of the best inland excursions in the Algarve is to the Monchique Mountains. It’s dotted with picturesque villages that range from the rustic to the sophisticated. A must-visit is Silves, which is the gateway to the highlands. It’s famed as much for its oranges as its hilltop Moorish fortress – it used to be the regional capital. The town of Monchique itself, all cobbled alleys and whitewashed churches, is also worth a visit, as is the laidback spa town of Caldas de Monchique. And, for panoramic views of the Algarve countryside, head to the summit of Mount Foia.