- Round-trip Airport Transfer
- 7 nights Lodging
- All Meals
- All Excursions - SUP, Wine Tasting,
- Tips for Local Guides
Trip Dates: June 5-12, 2021
Trip Price: TBD
● Visit 19th Century Palace
● Hike to the westernmost point in Europe
● Bike along the coast to fabulous beaches
● Stand Up Paddleboard down the Mira River
● Learn how to cook at a local farm
● Kayak Through the Rugged Cliffs of the Algarve coast
● Watch the Sunset with friends made from the trip
Day 1: Hike to the westernmost point of continental Europe
After previous day arrivals and rest at our hotel in Lisbon, we’ll rendezvous with the group at 9am to begin our Portuguese adventure. We’ll take a short drive which brings us to the dramatic Pena National Park and Palace in Sintra perched atop a rocky peak overlooking Sintra. The tour of this castle is fascinating. We will explore the unique castle and town and grab lunch with a view.
After lunch let’s make our way to Praia Grande Beach where we will hike on trails hidden among the coastal flora to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. From the windswept landscape of this historic Cape we marvel at views of the wild Atlantic and local fisherman perched on the cliffs ready to hook their day's catch.
Our van will pick us up and take us to the seaside village of Cascais which dates from the 17th century and hosts fortresses, a lighthouse and a lovely citadel.
Lodging: Hotel Baia in Cascais
Hiking: 4 miles; terrain: some steep,rocky sections on ascents and descents; Driving: 1.5 hour
Meals: All are included in price.
Day 2: Visit a wine cellar, then hike along Rota Moinhos for panoramic views.
We stretch our legs with a boardwalk stroll from Cascais to Estoril before transferring south of Lisbon over the Tejo River. We visit a tile workshop to discover the five-centuries-old tradition of Azujelo painted ceramic tile work; these decorative tiles are found everywhere from churches and palaces to ordinary homes and railway stations.V We continue to Azeitao to tour and sample wines at the Jose Maria Da Fonseca Winery.
There is free time for lunch in town before beginning our hike along a portion of the Rota Moinhos (windmills path) in the Arrábida Natural Park. The trail, named for the traditional windmills along the path, offers panoramic views of region's mountain ranges, Palmela Castle and the Tejo River estuary. Tonight,we stay in the whitewashed village of Vila Nova de Milfontes and dine at a favorite restaurant. Breakfast and dinner included.
Lodging: River Inn in Vila Nova de Milifontes
Hiking: 2.4 miles; terrain: mostly rolling with an initial steep ascent
Driving: 3.5 hours
Day 3: Biking and SUP Day in Villa Nova and Almograve
Today’s day will start with a leisure bike ride to Almograve beach (about 16 miles round trip). The northern Almograve beach is spread over gentle sand dunes, while the southern beach has dramatic black shale rocks jutting from the steep cliffs. We enjoy a picnic lunch that includes famous local cheeses. After lunch, we will head back to Villa Nova Milifontes for a stand up paddle board trip up the Mira River following instruction.
Lodging: River Inn in Vila Nova deMilifontes
Biking: 16 Miles
Day 4: Hike the Famous RotaVicenta to Odeceixe Beach for Stunning Views
Packing up our bags and leaving the hotel, we will drive to the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park for a hike on the famous Rota Vicenta. It is the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km. The Park includes various unique species of animal and plant life and is visited by many zoologists and botanists from all parts of the world. This hike will be a very memorable experience with a picnic lunch provided by your guides, ending atOdeceixe beach. After the stunning hike, we will head to ValeDe Telha for a spectacular seafood dinner on the water and our accommodation for the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Lodging: Vale de Telha
Hiking: 10.5 miles; Terrain: sectionsof hard packed dirt trail and sandy trails
Day 5: Learn How to Cook Portuguese Food from Locals
Today, we head to a local farm where our friend, France, will introduce the group to Portuguese cuisine. In a full day cooking class, we will create several dishes step by step and from scratch. Not only will you get to experience the market like a local, you will create your own three course lunch with local wine included. This experience will leave you loving the Portuguese people more than you ever thought you could and your bellies full! After this class, we will head further south to the town of Lagos! The afternoon can be spent walking the coastline or exploring the town. Dinner will be your choice depending on how hungry you are after all the cooking you just did!
Lodging: Belmar Resort
Drive: 35 Min
Day 6: Kayak the Algarve Coast and Enjoy A Wine & Cheese Sunset Picnic
Enjoy a leisurely morning strolling through town or join us on one of the Algarve's many splendid beaches for a little fun in the sun. Today’s day features a kayaking session among the massive cliffs overlooking the water. A catamaran will take you to a particularly scenic part of Lagos where you will hop on your two-person kayak which will get you closer to the caves than any motorized boat can go. After your kayaking, you will be able to swim and use the crew’s snorkel equipment before heading back to the mainland. Tonight, we will drive the group to Sagres for one of the most magical sunsets you will ever experience. After a short hike, we will reach this spot, where will bring a wine and cheese picnic to enjoy the sunset with.Afterwards, we will grab our final celebration dinner in the town of Lagos to commemorate a great week spent together!
Lodging: Belmar Resort
Driving: 35 min
Day 7: Transfer from Lagos to Lisbon
From the rugged Algarve coast, we return to Lisbon to say our good-byes.
Our journey along Portugal's wild Atlantic Coast comes to an end. Continue exploring the famed Algarve coast on your own or transfer back to Lisbon with the guides this morning. We provide a drop-off at the Lisbon airport or a downtown hotel. Breakfast included.
Driving: 3 hours.
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