Alentejo, Portugal National parks

Our most recommended Alentejo, Portugal National parks

Coasteering Algarve: Cliff Jump, Swim & Climb in Sagres

1. Coasteering Algarve: Cliff Jump, Swim & Climb in Sagres

Begin this tour that takes place in the stunning coasteering location in the southwest Algarve, in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park located between Sagres and Lagos. Start the 3 hours of excitement by getting ready with your wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, and shoes, and getting a briefing on safety and prevailing conditions. Walk down to the water's edge and start off exploring the coastline, hidden beaches, amazing cliffs, and rock formations, admiring the clear ocean waters and learning about the marine environment and some local traditions. Soon you’ll be swimming in the ocean and inside sea caves, and climbing and walking along the rocky shoreline. You’ll have a chance to try some cliff jumping as well. Starting with small jumps to develop your confidence and technique, you’ll build up to jumps of up to 10 meters high. You can even jump inside the grottoes. After all the action, it will be time to walk back over the cliffs along the scenic coastal path while chatting about your experience.

Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning

2. Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning

After meeting your guide at the meeting point, begin your unique horseback adventure by entering a hidden pathway leading to lush pine forests, a place of great beauty, and a typical landscape of the region. Continue along some winding paths that take you through the countryside, providing ample opportunity for contemplating the gorgeous surrounding flora of the natural park and its distinctive wild fruits. As you ride, you’ll overlook the sea along the coast until you finally move out onto the beach itself, where you’ll feel the strength and vitality of your horse as you gallop beside the sea. Witness a stunning sunset in this pristine location, leaving an impression that’s sure to last a lifetime. As the dusk continues to fall, you’ll make your way back to your original meeting point. On the morning schedule, you will also enjoy all of this, but after sunrise. We cannot accept people over 95kg. Our horses can’t support more weight. We cannot accept children under 12 years old. For that, we have created the picadero for kids experience.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

3. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

Algarve: Full-Day Coastal Tour by SUV

4. Algarve: Full-Day Coastal Tour by SUV

Discover the secrets of Western Algarve on a full-day guided tour in an SUV. Drive along the Vicentine Coast and enjoy panoramic views of pristine beaches. Leave the bustle of the southern coast behind and visit the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park. Get picked up at your hotel by your driver and guide. Relax in a comfortable SUV as you head to Western Algarve for sightseeing off the beaten path. Begin by exploring the serene beaches of Amado and Carrapateria. Discover landscapes worn by millennia of crashing waves from the turbulent Atlantic, against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs. Then head to Southwest Alentejo Natural Park, and drive along the Vicentine coast from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Burgau, some 80 kilometers of coastline. The final stop is the ancient town of Aljezur, guarding a grand Moorish castle for a trip back through time.

Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

5. Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

Day 1: Lisbon - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima Discover a landscape rich with windmills and fruit trees in Óbidos, a scenic village surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, and the diversity of the handicrafts, and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Continue to Alcobaça to see the largest Gothic church in Portugal. Next, stop in the typical fishing village of Nazaré and learn about its legends. Continue to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria in Batalha, where you can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, promoter of Portugal’s maritime discoveries. Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims as you make your way to the Fátima Marian Shrine. There may be the chance to see the candlelit procession at Fátima, before you check into your hotel accommodation for the night. Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto Following breakfast at your hotel, continue your journey towards Coimbra. Discover the world’s oldest university with its magnificent Baroque library and unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions, such as the students’ black capes and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St. Clara Church to see the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, protagonist of the “Miracle of the Roses.” Marvel at the famous ceramics of Coimbra, before going to the canal city of Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice.” Watch the graceful boats known as “moliceiros”, and taste the sweet, local ovos moles. Continue to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 3: Porto – Guimarães - Braga - Porto Today you will explore Portugal’s 2nd largest city, and discover a living amphitheater of riverside houses, palaces, churches, and Port wine bars. Next, head into the sparkling “green wine” region of Minho. Discover the cradle of the nation (and the birthplace of the 1st king of Portugal) at Guimarães. Stroll through the historic center, and travel back to medieval times. Go to Sacred Hill, crowned by the castle, and Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Then, drive to Braga to discover the "Portuguese Rome." See the oldest cathedral in Portugal, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with its famous Baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto - hotel accommodation. Day 4: Braga - Santiago de Compostela - Porto Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before heading to Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia and the center of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating city, and you will have the entire day free to explore. Wander its historic streets, and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Return to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 5: Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Vale do Douro - Lamego - Urgeiriça Depart Porto after breakfast, and head towards the Douro Valley, stopping en route at the pretty town of Amarante. See the monastery of São Gonçalo, and marvel at the houses facing the river, along with the bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, clothes, and much more. Next, go to Vila Real to see the gardens of Mateus, well-known for its depiction on bottles of Portuguese rosé wine. Enter the Port wine region of Portugal, travelling through vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines, the N. S. Remédios, with its magnificent Baroque style staircase. Try some of the local delicacies, such as the typical ham or famous Bola de Lamego (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland of Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards, and connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, the Lusitanian chief, Viriato. Stroll the narrow streets to see doorways with coats of arms carved in granite. Continue to Urgeiriça to check into your hotel for the night. Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon Drive through the heart of Portugal to the luxuriant forests of Bussaco. Continue to Tomar to explore the city of the “Order of the Templars.” Hear how they received the lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the 1st King of Portugal) in the Christian re-conquest. See the stunning castle and Convent of Christ built by Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal. Continue to Lisbon to check into your hotel for the night. Day 7: Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo Da Roca - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon Spend the day exploring the beautiful towns and resorts of the Estoril Coast, starting with the whimsical castles and palaces of Sintra. Admire the extraordinary mix of architectural styles of the buildings and gardens of Sintra Natural Park. Then, go to Cabo da Roca to stand at continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass one of Portugal’s most famous surfing beaches, and see the Boca do Inferno before going to cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon for the night. Day 8: Lisbon - Évora Today you will spend the entire day exploring the university town of Évora, known for its rich tapestry of culture, history, and traditions. Depart Lisbon and cross the Tagus River, passing through a bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees, and vineyards. Upon arrival at Évora, wander the narrow streets of the whitewashed town, and see some of its most famous monuments, such as the Roman Temple, Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, and ossuary (“Bones Chapel”) at St. Francis Church. Go to the market to see, smell, and taste some of the local produce. Admire local handicrafts of cork, ceramics, and copper ware. The afternoon will be free for you to explore at leisure, and taste more of the local wines, cheeses, and gourmet olive oils. Check into your Évora hotel for your overnight accommodation. Day 9: Évora - Beja - Silves - Lagos Depart Évora after breakfast, and drive south past Beja, site of the highest tower from the Portuguese Middle Ages. Cross small mountains to enter the famous Algarve. Drive past orchards of orange trees en route to Silves, known for its red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve, passing Praia da Rocha to check into your hotel in Lagos. Day 10: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de São Vicente Discover the scenic beauty of the Algarve, and learn about the part it played in the discovery of the New World. Go to Ponta da Piedade for a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, and see cliffs that have been sculpted into curious shapes by the erosion of the sea. Next, go to the small fishing port of Sagres, and visit the fortress to learn about the mythical “Navigation School” of Prince Henry the Navigator. Continue along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente to reach the southwestern most point in Europe. Return to Lagos to experience the cosmopolitan vibe of the town and marina. Taste delicious Algarve dishes, such as fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Indulge your sweet tooth with some of the local marzipans, almond, and fig cakes. Return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Take a dip in the warm sea. Day 11: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon Say farewell to the Algarve with one last look at the sea. The return trip to Lisbon will take you via the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado Estuary. Continue over the Arrábida Mountain Range, preserved as a Natural Park with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation. Savor the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula, before you cross the bridge over the Tagus River to arrive back in Lisbon.

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We had a blast with Nelson, he was an excellent guide. This tour was fantastic, an amazing way to experience the Algarve coast. The jumps were progressively increased in a way that allowed you to feel comfortable going to the next height up. Be sure you are comfortable climbing, obviously not afraid of heights, and in good physical condition. The only recommendation I would have for improvement would be to find a way to provide water or to allow for clients to bring their own as I found I was very thirsty by the end of the tour.

We were staying in Lagos and met up with our guide Nelson in Raposeira. From the meeting point we drove 5 minutes up to the cost. We got suited up with our gear and started our fun. Jumping, climbing, jumping, climbing and this continued until we made it to 10 meters. Nelson, was a fantastic guide, he cared about our comfort and our safety. What a fantastic day!!!

We had an amazing day trip, Carlos our guide was so knowledgable and so entertaining throughout the day! Fabulous lunch and fire water tasting! Would highly recommend this trip. Wonderful views at Cape St Vincente , lovely to see the countryside Silves and Monchique were highlights too. Thank you Carlos and Portitours! From Jane and Nick

Well organised. Meeting instructions simple and easy to follow. Relaxed approach but safety maintained at all times

Amazing experience and guide I can only recommend this activity!