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An Algarve Retreat

Exploring the beautiful landscapes, charming fishing villages, hidden coves and delicous local cuisine of southern Portugal.

From£1,575

  • Portugal

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast + 5 Dinners and 2 Lunches
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  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 52600

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque coastal town of Lagos
  • Sail along the coast on a boat trip from Lagos to Ponte da Piedade to discover the famous caves and rock formations of the Algarve
  • Dine in local restaurants and delight in the delicious Portuguese cuisine and wine
  • Follow cliff top trails to the pretty little fishing villages of Luz and Burgau
  • Enjoy local wines in a vineyard wine tasting afternoon
  • Discover Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point of Europe.

Sea breezes and the scent of wild herbs; fishing villages and sandy coves; local dishes accompanied by local wines. Who can resist the call of the cultured Algarve? Boat trips and wineries, deserted monasteries and walled towns are all waiting for our discovery. We explore this wildly scenic area and capture the natural untouched beauty of the Western Algarve, you won’t want to leave! 

This holiday is based in the beautifully scenic Western Algarve. With its rocky coves and cliff faces, and dark blue coastline it is a great place for a relaxing escape. From our fantastic location in Lagos, we are able to visit the most scenic and authentic parts of the western Algarve. From the whitewashed villas with their terracotta roofs and cobbled streets of Lagos, to the colourful fishing boats still used to catch fresh sea bass and octopus in Salema, we will truly experience the Algarvian way of living. 

We explore wonderful coastal and hilltop villages which have retained their authentic charm from times gone by and sample local food and wine, completely immersing ourselves into the culture. As well as visiting the popular areas we go off the beaten track which allows us to get the best views! 

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Faro with British Airways
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite acommodation
  • 5 dinners and 2 lunches at local restaurants, including wine
  • All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Lagos

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival at Faro airport we travel by coach to the Costa d’Oiro Ambience Village, located in tranquil spot near Lagos old town. You have time to relax and enjoy the grounds of the hotel before enjoying dinner at our hotel

Transfer Time = 1 hour

Day 2

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we visit the coastal town of Lagos. This is one of the Algarve’s most historic and picturesque towns. We have time to explore seeing the 14th century castle walls, narrow, cobbled streets, pottery shops and numerous pavement cafes from which to watch the world go by. Lagos has a relaxed atmosphere, making it one of the most appealing locations in the Algarve.

After lunch we head for the port and join a two-hour boat trip along the coast. We sail from Lagos to Ponte da Piedade. Here we anchor and change to a smaller boat to explore famous caves and rock formations.

Day 3

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

We walk along the coastline and rugged sandy cliffs to Ponta da Piedade where we can capture the most astonishing views of the west coast of the Algarve. We continue to Porto de Mós, a quiet white sandy beach area. Here we enjoy a relaxed lunch in a traditional local restaurant. An optional walk back to the hotel is available for those who are feeling more energetic. Tonight, dinner is not included so you have the chance to explore the many local restaurants in Lagos.

Day 4

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a morning cliff-top stroll between the pretty fishing villages of Luz and Burgau, with time to explore at either end. Luz is a wonderful little village, located on the coastline at the foot of the cliffs. Burgau is a former fishing village which still displays signs of its former life. It has retained its charm with its cobbled main street sweeping through the village. Our walk allows us to see fantastic panorama coastal views from the cliff tops and typical Portuguese villages.

Day 5

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day allowing time to explore the surrounding area or simply relax in the tranquil grounds of the Costa d’Oiro Ambience Village. There will be a morning circular walk on offer, with your leader, for those who wish to stretch their legs (approximately 5 miles on undulating paths).

Day 6

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We take a short transfer to the fishing village of Alvor, traditionally Portuguese in appearance with its whitewashed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fishing boats bob gently in the sea. We enjoy a sea front walk, have time to visit the town and follow the boardwalks through gentle scenery of sand dunes, ancient salt pans, traditional farmland and thriving freshwater marshes. In the afternoon we visit a vineyard and taste some of the delicious local wines. Tonight’s dinner is not included so you can explore more local restaurants in Lagos.

Day 7

Lagos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we drive to the lighthouse at Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point of Europe. We have time to enjoy a nice leisurely walk between the two glorious golden beaches. Today we have included a delicious fish lunch at one of the local restaurants, so you can relax with a glass of wine in hand sampling the local fresh fish.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Feeling revitalised and full of vigour we must leave our little piece of paradise. We will take a coach transfer back to Faro airport in time to get our flight back to the UK…until next time!

From (GBP)£1,575

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Oct 2020 - 16th Oct 2020 (7 Nights)

21st Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020 (7 Nights)

10th Apr 2021 - 17th Apr 2021 (7 Nights)

15th May 2021 - 22nd May 2021 (7 Nights)

9th Oct 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

22nd Dec 2021 - 29th Dec 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We fly from London Gatwick to Faro and return with British Airways. The flight takes about 2 hours 45 minutes. On some dates we offer regional flights and two airport transfers can be provided. 

We travel 1 hour by a private transfer bus from Faro airport to the hotel. During the week we’ll travel on foot, coach and boat.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Costa d'Oiro Ambiance Village

Lagos is a wonderful town steeped in history, dating as far back as 2000 BC. Situated in the western Algarve it enjoys glorious weather for most of the year. It offers its visitors a varied number of restaurants, cafes, bars and traditional craft shops. It also has a bank, post office, mini supermarkets and several cash points. Lagos has a relaxed atmosphere, making it one of the most appealing locations in the Algarve. The town comes alive at night with street artists and bars with live traditional music. We visit Lagos for dinner on a couple of nights in the holiday. 

The friendly 4 star Costa d’Oiro Ambience Village is located in a charming area of Lagos, close to its old town, allowing easy access to all the best parts of the western Algarve. The famous Dona Ana Beach is only a short five minute stroll away too! This boutique hotel is beautifully decorated with an exotic Mediterranean style charm, combining historic architecture and contemporary facilities. There are several buildings that make up the Costa d’Oiro Ambience Village, all uniquely decorated. There is a fitness room with a wellness centre and outside and indoor swimming pools. There is also a restaurant, a bar and free WIFI. 

The rooms are beautifully and individually decorated, giving your holiday a feeling of luxury, but in a relaxed and informal environment. En suite room facilities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • TV 
  • Most rooms have a balcony

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Gatwick to Faro and return with British Airways. The flight takes about 2 hours 45 minutes. On some dates we offer regional flights and two airport transfers can be provided. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. 

We travel 1 hour by a private transfer bus from Faro airport to the hotel. During the week we’ll travel on foot, coach and boat.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Portugal, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

We will enjoy a wonderful continental buffet breakfast at the hotel, taken on the terrace when the weather is good. All produce is locally sourced to make a range of traditional and contemporary Portuguese dishes. 

We dine in the hotel’s restaurant on the first evening and the remaining dinners will be taken in specially selected local restaurants. Local restaurants can be simple but allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Portugal is famous for its fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! 

We don’t include dinners on two evenings to allow you to explore Lagos and the Portuguese cuisine independently.

On two days we include delicious lunches in traditional fish restaurants. Other lunches are at client’s own expense and these normally can be taken as a picnic or in a local café or restaurant.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

The Turinta 1:176 000 scale map of the Algarve covers the whole area and beyond, and gives a good general overview. 

There are good smaller scale Carta Militar de Portugal 1:25 000 maps published by the Instituto Geografico de Exercito, but no one map covers the whole area. 

For anyone particularly interested in maps, more details of these maps can be found at www.igeoe.pt

The maps in the Sunflower Guide to the Algarve are fairly well detailed and should be more than adequate for anyone interested in recording where they have been.

The Rough Guide to Portugal has several pages on the Lagos area and lots of other in-depth information about the country. 

The Algarve Tourist Office’s website has lots of information on all sorts of things in Lagos itself, and links to the other villages in the area. 

Or visit the main Portuguese tourist information website for further details. 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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