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Spain & Portugal 2-Centre Holiday

This holiday to Spain's Costa del Sol and Portugal's Algarve will suit those who want to explore both countries while enjoying a relaxing vacation.
In Costa del Sol we stay 6 nights at the lovely seaside resort town of Torremolinos situated on the inviting Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel here will be the lovely “all-suites” Sol House Costa del Sol  located directly on the seafront promenade and famous Carihuela Beach, steps away from the luxurious Puerto Marina with its sleek white yachts and charming sailboats, along with many unique art galleries, shops and restaurants.  The hotel lobby is beautifully designed with polished marble floors and natural wood décor.  There are 5 outdoor seafront pools (one is heated during the winter), an international buffet restaurant and a nightly entertainment program with a variety of live music and shows.  Guest suites feature a large picture window and sliding doors out to a private terrace or balcony (mountain view). There is a separate living area with sofa and bedroom (queen or twin beds), and complementary Wi-Fi.  

After our stay in 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 all have a 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.

Itinerary / Excursions

 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.
Situated in the 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.
A tour through 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.
Known for its impressive monumental heritage, Seville boasts beautiful gardens at Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza de España and the typical, delightful district of “Santa Cruz” (the former Jewish Quarter). We also see the 15th century Cathedral, the largest Gothic Church in Christendom, with its magnificent chancel, carvings and paintings.
(Half day tour). a visit to elegant Alte - a typical Algarve village of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcrafted chimneys and narrow, cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The church is at the centre of the village and 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.
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.
(Half day tour). 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.
 (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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