The Hidden Algarve - Self-drive Tour in Algarve

Self-drive

Day 1

This vacation program will be in self-drive mode, a “new way” of ensuring the security and safety of our guests. We will help you to explore unique paths in your own vehicle (or in one that we can help you to hire), without the physical presence of any guide. You can make stops at your own pace and take advantage of our support, always available at the distance of your phone.

We start this fantastic vacation with a trip to Vilamoura, or Quinta do Lago, where, according to your profile and preferences, your hotel is located. After checking in, you will have the rest of the day to relax, rest from the trip and enjoy the hotel facilities. For dinner, we suggest the hotel's restaurant, so that you don't have to worry about anything on this first day, we have many adventures waiting for you.

Day 2

After an energizing breakfast, we will start this first day of adventures towards Sagres. The first stop will be in one of the secret beaches of the south coast, only frequented by locals and surf lovers. With its unique beauty, you will discover what this region has to offer, and we promise you it is so much more (and more secret) than what you find in the tourist guides.

Our journey will continue to Sagres, where we have saved time for a dive at Praia do Tonel, an unique and protected beauty due to its biodiversity.

Here, after lunch at a local restaurant and where the fresh fish caught that day is the king, we set out on an adventure! By Jeep and with the help of a local guide, you will discover many of the secrets that the Costa Vicentina must unveil. The incredible cliffs that drop down to the sea, the unique landscapes of endless sea and imposing rocks, secret beaches, and paths through the nature reserve, you will undoubtedly fall in love with this unique and unparalleled beauty.

Back to your vehicle, we suggest an early dinner in the village of Pedralva. This small village, stopped in time, came to be totally abandoned. At this moment it has one of the best-known pizzerias in the region as well as a small Guest House with a restaurant with traditional snacks with a modern twist. Both are excellent, so we leave it to your decision at the moment.

Return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the evening.

Day 3

For today your bathing suit will be essential! The day will start with a trip to Faro, where you will meet the sailor who will join you on another adventure: on a private yacht, we will follow the Ria Formosa to the Deserta island. On board you will have paddles and snorkeling equipment, so fun is guaranteed.

Observe the crystal-clear waters and the small fish that inhabit it, while laughing out loud every time you fall into the water of your paddle board. The photos and videos are on us!

For lunch, we will stop at Deserta Island. We chose a restaurant with a fantastic view and the freshest fish you have ever eaten. Enjoy the atmosphere of pure relaxation and feel happy, you deserve it!
For the afternoon, you can choose whether you want to continue on the yacht and discover the Ria Formosa, stopping for dives and sunbathing or, alternatively, stop and discover the Culatra Island, one of the locals' favorites.

Return to Faro in the late afternoon.

We suggest a quick stop at your hotel to freshen up and prepare for dinner. For tonight, we suggest the Vila Joya restaurant: with two Michelin stars it is the restaurant in Portugal that has been in the famous Guide for the longest time.

If you prefer something more relaxed, we suggest the Aquarelle restaurant. Finally, if you want to discover a local’s gem, then Barbacoa Steak House is the place to be. Options are many and all fantastic.

Return to the hotel and time to relax.

Day 4

For the last day of the program, we propose an encounter with Nature. After checking out, you will continue to the village of Monchique, where in Foia, the highest point in the Algarve, you can observe the entire region.

For lunch we suggest Tasca do Petrol, where you can taste the famous “pernil” or Kid in the oven, paired with some of the best wines in the Algarve. At the end of the meal, please do not forget to order a Medronho brandy and feel like a real local!

For the afternoon, and after a stroll through Caldas de Monchique and its gardens, we have two suggestions: you can choose to spend some time at the thermal spa of Termas de Monchique or, alternatively, we suggest a guided and private tour along the route of the Boar and Medronho, a unique and unforgettable experience.

In the end you will departure home while we say goodbye and, for sure, see you soon.