Best of the East: Faro, Olhao & Tavira Full-Day Tour

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Duration: 9h 30m
Location: Tavira, Portugal | Tavira, Portugal

Category: Day Trips & Excursio

Charming villages & countryside of Eastern Algarve
Scenic cruise along the Ria Formosa Nature Park
Olhao—one of the oldest fishing towns in the region
Sweeping views of Tavira town atop a 12th-century castle
A visit to the iconic Arco da Vila in the Old Town of Faro

Guided tour of Faro, Olhao, and Tavira
Boat trip along the Ria Formosa
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Algarve hotel


Uncover the 'real' towns of the Algarve and explore the eastern side of this region. Venture into charming rustic villages, see ancient buildings that hold many historic stories, admire various architectural landmarks, and take a cruise along the Ria Formosa lagoon.

Away from the typical developed tourist towns, this full-day tour takes you to Sotavento, or eastern Algarve. Start with a visit to the Old Town in Faro, meander through narrow streets and small squares to the Arco da Vila—built by order of Bishop Francisco Gomes, who oversaw the city's reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake.

Heading further eastwards, your next stop is Olhao, one of the oldest fishing towns in the region. Embark on a boat trip along the Ria Formosa lagoon, where you pass other inlets and smaller fishing villages.

The Ria Formosa is also an official Natural Park, a stopping place for hundreds of different birds, so make sure to capture the natural beauty around you. After your boat trip, enjoy lunch at your leisure—why not try some fresh seafood at one of the many Olhao restaurants?

Continue your journey to Tavira, a low-key town traditional in character. Visit Tavira Castle, a National Monument that dates back to the 12th century. Ascend castle's towers to look out over the town and the Gilao River. See the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo and admire examples of various styles of architecture that range from Gothic to Manueline, Baroque and Neoclassical.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: Children 4 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult.

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