Points of Interest
- Sintra, Cascais, & Estoril
- Between Lisbon & Porto
- Porto and the North
- Eastern Portugal
- Evora and The Alentejo
- Southern Portugal and the Algarve
Travel to Southern Portugal and the Algarve with Heritage Tours Private Travel
An alluring climate, blue Mediterranean waters, excellent gastronomy, a stunning and varied coastline, and a wide range of activities from world-class golfing to deep sea fishing. What’s not to like about southern Portugal?
Yet like other great beach destinations, these same factors have transformed parts of this area into an overdeveloped haven for mass-market summertime tourism.
Should you write off southern Portugal? Not that quickly. Like much in travel, it depends on how you do this region.
It can be a great option for those who love beaches, golf or tennis. It is great for families. Or for those able to visit in the late spring or early autumn, when crowds are much less pronounced.
An equally compelling reason is that no matter where you are in Southern Portugal, a short drive will lead you to back to the "other" Portugal.
Beyond the pockets of resort areas, Southern Portugal offers a handful of small charming hotels. It offers outstanding beaches as well as isolated and dramatic coastline.
It offers sand dunes and picturesque salt lagoons. It offers dramatic rocky outcroppings and sandy bays and coves filled with reeds. Visit small fishing villages, ruined castles and Roman bridges. Enjoy enormous groves of olives, almonds, figs and oranges.
For those seeking truly unmarred territory and raw, isolated Atlantic coastlines of rugged beauty, the westernmost part of Southern Portugal—very rarely visited—offers some of Europe’s last wetlands, dolphin-watching, and excellent birding including the endangered (and enormous) great bustard. This area is characterized by quaint towns dotted with rustic inns.
So, like the rest of Portugal, it is not only where you go, but how you go. Call the steady hands of Heritage Tours Private Travel at 800 378 4555.