The Charms of the Algarve by Air

8 days from £619pp.


Algarve coastline

Visit: Algarve coastline, Portugal

Carvoeiro

Visit: Carvoeiro, Portugal

Ferragudo

Visit: Ferragudo, Portugal

Silves

Visit: Silves, Portugal

With return flights to Faro from several local UK airports discover the charms of the Algarve on this great-value Fly & Tour holiday. This sun-drenched destination boasts on average 365 days on sunshine a year, so if it’s warmer weather you’re after then the Algarve is the place to be. This sun-drenched destination is a holiday paradise combining sandy coves, rugged coastlines, sleepy fishing villages and historic towns such as Lagos, Alvor and Praia da Rocha and much more.

    Fly to Faro where you will be transferred to your hotel for a seven-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Carvoeiro

    Carvoeiro

    The day is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. Carvoeiro is a former fishing village nestled into the surrounding cliffs and set around a picturesque cove. Enjoy time relaxing on its beautiful beach or meander around the main square which, with its selection of cafés and bars, is a great place to sit and admire the views.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cabo San Vicente

    Cabo San Vicente

    This full-day included excursion explores the west of the Algarve. Our included excursion takes us to the western Algarve, seeing Sagres, a picturesque fishing village, and to admire the views at Cape St Vincent, where Europe’s mainland ends. We also visit the small resort of Luz, with its stunning beach set against spectacular cliffs before continuing to Lagos, a fantastic town full of historical interest. Lagos has always had a seafaring connection, originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians and then, during the 15th century, was the base for the ‘Voyages of Discoveries’ instigated by Henry the Navigator when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    silves

    silves

    Today our included excursion takes us into the volcanic mountain range of Serra de Monchique. We visit the town of Silves, once an important Moorish city in the Algarve, a powerful trade centre, and important cultural centre. Today Silves is a quiet market town, where you can see the remains of the Moorish castle, and the ‘Ponte Romana’ which was rebuilt in the 15th century. From Silves we continue to the village of Monchique pausing en route at Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. There will be free time in Monchique for you to explore at your leisure. The centre is characterised by lots of narrow cobbled streets criss-crossing up the hillside dotted with cafes and restaurants. The central square boasts an attractive paved area with benches, trees and a lovely water feature, including an example of a Moorish water wheel. Monchique is a very quiet and relaxed place, which is ideal for pottering around and appreciating the fantastic views.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Praia Da Rocha

    Praia Da Rocha

    Our included coastal excursion begins in Ferragudo, with its traditional fisherman’s homes. Ferragudo town has beautiful palm-fringed gardens, which run alongside a narrow riverlet up to the main cobbled square, Praça Rainha Dona Leonor. This is lovely square is home to lots of café’s, where you can sit with a delicious pastry and a coffee and watch the world go by. We continue to Praia da Rocha, a bustling holiday resort and tourist centre. The avenue, Tomás Cabreira, which runs along the top of the beach, is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops. At the end of the avenue is the Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar, which was part of Portimão's defences against corsairs and pirates. It was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and gives a wonderful view of the beach and the cliffs on one side and the marina on the other. After free time we continue to the fishing village of Alvor, situated on the estuary of the Rio Alvor. It is well known in Algarve history as the place where King João II died in 1495. Although an earthquake destroyed much of the traditional Moorish village in 1755, you can still see remains of Alvor’s history in places such as the 16th century Igreja Martiz (church of the Divino Salvador de Alvor) with its Manueline arches and pillars.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Faro

    Faro

    Our optional excursion takes us to the Eastern Algarve and to Faro, the Algarve’s capital. The foundations of Faro started in Roman times, when the town was called Ossonoba. Nowadays, the city offers so much more than just a landing point in Portugal. It is full of history and there are great shops, restaurants and cafes aplenty. We continue to Tavira, an elegant town known for its historic churches, chapels and grand houses with filigree balconies. On our return we pause at San Lourenzo church (approximately €3 per person local fee).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Algarve

    Algarve

    A final day at leisure in resort for you to relax or explore at your own pace.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Faro airport for your return flight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 7 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 7 evening meals
    • Return flights to/from Faro
    • Airport transfers in Portugal
    • Escorted in Portugal by a Tour Manager
    • Airport Taxes

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Luz, Lagos & Sagres - Picturesque resorts and historic town
    • Silves & Monchique - Medieval city and hill spa town
    • Ferragudo, Alvor & Praia de Rocha - Pretty fishing villages and coastal resort

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Faro & Tavira - Eastern Algarve treasures

    Notes


     

    Single Room Supplement from £169.00 (8 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for seven-nights at the 4-star Baia Cristal Hotel in Carvoeiro. 



     

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    Baia Cristal Beach & Spa Resort

    Baia Cristal Beach & Spa Resort


    The 4-star Baia Cristal Hotel in Carvoeiro enjoys a spectacular setting on the cliffs overlooking the sea and within walking distance of Vale de Centenaes Beach. Relax by the outdoor swimming pool, or enjoy the indoor pool and spa area (at additional cost). The Restaurant ‘Gaviota’ offers views across the sea and features a mix of Portuguese and International cuisine. The ‘Albatroz’ Bar provides the perfect setting to sit and relax with a cocktail after a day of sightseeing. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with satellite T.V., telephone, hairdryer, balcony and air-conditioning. Upgrades to sea-view rooms are available.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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