Spain & Portugal

2-Centre Resort Holiday

Tour Highlights

This holiday to Spain's Costa del Sol and Portugal's Algarve will suit those who want to visit both countries in leisurely fashion.
In Costa del Sol we stay 6 nights at the lovely seaside resort town of Torremolinos situated on the inviting Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel, the Sol Don Pablo, is a comfortable 4-star property surrounded by lovely gardens which offer the perfect combination of a relaxed atmosphere with quality service. The hotel is located directly on the Paseo Marítimo seafront promenade overlooking beautiful Bajondillo Beach and within steps of the centre of town. The hotel has 4 bars, a fully-equipped gym and spa, hair salon, gift shop, shuffleboard and lawn bowls, various outdoor pools and an indoor heated pool. The hotel’s 2 restaurants serve international themed buffets and regional specialities. There is a daily activity program, and in the evening entertainment shows and live music. All guest rooms have a side view of the sea and are equipped with two single beds or a double bed, balcony, minibar, optional safe (nominal fee) and a full bathroom. Complimentary Wifi is available in the public areas of the hotel and all guest rooms. Wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and water are included all afternoon and evening.  

After our stay at the Costa del Sol we transfer by coach to the Algarve region in Portugal, enjoying en route a sightseeing tour of the historic Spanish city of Seville.  In the Algarve we stay 6 nights in the popular resort town of Albufeira, one of the most picturesque areas of the Algarve with a sandy beach that stretches for miles, azure waters and impressive cliffs and rock formations.  Our hotel here is the First Class Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa, located within a  5-minute walk from the town centre and the beach. Facilities of the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre with an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi and a games room with billiards and card tables. Guest rooms are simply furnished and include satellite TV, climate control, in-house videos and balcony. Wine, beer, soft drinks and water are included with lunches and dinners.

After our stay in Albufeira we enjoy a scenic drive to Lisbon where we enjoy a city sightseeing tour, our Farewell Dinner and overnight in a centrally located hotel.

***Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

1.  Our tour of the modern yet historic port city of Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, will include “Gibralfaro” - an old Arab Fortress offering fantastic views over the city and the Mediterranean. We will also visit the Cathedral - one of the best examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
2.  Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas, this picturesque village is known as the “Essence of Andalusia” for its white houses, windows full of flowers and narrow streets. During our walking tour we will see the Shrine of the “Virgen de la Peña”, the Parish Church, the Bullring and the Auditorium.
3.  We travel the olive oil route to see the largest and oldest olive groves in the region. We visit a rural oil production plant to sample different varieties before continuing to the charming mountain village of Alfarnatejo. A special lunch with a local family showcases the world-renowned gastronomy of the region.
4.  Known for its impressive monumental heritage, Seville boasts beautiful gardens at Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza de España and the delightful district of “Santa Cruz” (the former Jewish Quarter). We also see the 15th-century Cathedral and the world’s largest Gothic Church, with its magnificent carvings and paintings.
1. We visit elegant Alte - a typical Algarve village of whitewashed houses with latticework, handcrafted chimneys and narrow, cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. There are numerous little cafes in which to relax and soak up the tranquility of the village. We then step back in time as we travel to Salir where a white row of charming houses are surrounded by the typical Algarve Carob, olive and almond orchards. The Church of Salir is the pride of the population, located in the central square.
2. Lagos still has many architectural signs of its ancient past, with one of the buildings dating back to 1445 and recorded as Europe’s first slave market. Some of the walls of the town remain after sections were restored. After some time here we visit Sagres and nearby Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of Europe. An impressive lighthouse has provided safety for hundreds of ships that pass the Cape every year. The surrounding cliffs present a very dramatic sight with their impressive sheer height and the constant pounding of the vast Atlantic Ocean.
3. The provincial capital of the Algarve, Faro is a thriving university town with a maze of twisting lanes and a lovely marina. Olhao is the Algarve's main fishing port and we will see the town centre, charming waterfront and visit the municipal market (mercado) with its display of an exceptional variety of seafood.
4. (Half day, upon arrival from the Algarve the day before we return home). The capital of Portugal is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of history. On our city tour we will see St. George’s Castle with its panoramic views over the city, Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries and more.

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