RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
WHAT TO SEE?
Loulé Municipal Market is located in the historic center of the city in a beautiful building over 100 years old.
It is open from Monday to Saturday throughout the year from 6.30 am to 3 pm.
There you will find local, food and craft products, as well as the usual fruit and vegetable and fish stands. On Saturdays, local producers are also present in the small streets surrounding the market
Lagos is a city that invites you to take a peaceful walk, always with the sea on the horizon. Here you can discover its historical past, which peaked in the 15th century, the Age of Discoveries, or simply enjoy the landscape or the beauty of its beaches.
Ponta da Piedade (Portuguese for "point of mercy") is a headland with a group of rock formations along the coastline of Lagos. Consisting of yellow-golden cliff-like rocks up to 20 meters high, they are one of the most famous touristic attractions of Portugal. Several grottos in Ponta da Piedade can be visited by boat. The location also contains a lighthouse, dating back to 1913.
Tavira is a city located on the east side of the south coast and is probably the most beautiful city in the Algarve. The traditional white houses, charming narrow streets, a sky where clouds rarely appear and a river that runs through the city make this one of the busiest and freshest cities in all of Portugal.
Recently elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is one of three protected areas not to be missed during your holidays in the Algarve. This is a unique coastal lagoon which is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents and tides.
Classified as a Natural Park in 1987, Ria Formosa encompasses an area of about 18 000 hectares, and is protected from the sea by 5 barrier-islands and 2 peninsulas: the Peninsula of Ancão that the locals call Ilha de Faro, the Barreta Island also known as Ilha Deserta, the Culatra Island (where the lighthouse of Santa Maria is located), the Island of Armona, the Island of Tavira, Cabanas Island and, finally, the Peninsula of Cacela. This awesome area extends along the leeward coast of the Algarve through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.
In this protected area you may witness many different habitas such as barrier-islands, marshes, tidal flats, islets, dunes, saltpans, fresh water lagoons, agricultural areas and woodlands which hold a an impressive diversity of flora and fauna.
CABO SÃO VICENTE
Cabo de São Vicente (the Cape of Saint Vincent) is the most southwesterly extremity of Europe. The wind blasted and storm pounded headland was considered, up to the 14th century, the end of the know world. The jagged cliffs rise 60 m. from feracious seas and high above guarding the busy shipping lines in on of Europe’s brightest lighthouses that can be seen more than 90km away.