The Central Algarve is a mix of traditions, landscapes, scents, and colors. With this tailored Self-Drive road trip, you’ll be able to explore independently routes along the shore and through the mountain hills.
From the core of the Algarve’s most famous resort, Albufeira, we invite you on a wonderful journey into the contrasts of this region, rich in culture and heritage.
We’ll show you how to reach secret coastal spots where you can dive in clear waters, roam between the canals of the Ria Formosa, or paddle along the beaches of Albufeira.
From Paderne, with the quaint white houses and decorated 18th-century chimneys, to Alte and the cool refreshing waters of Fonte Grande and Fonte Pequena.
We’ll take you to see Boliqueime, on the slopes of a hill, at the beginning of the Barrocal – the area between the coast and the mountains. It was the centre of commerce trade for figs, almonds, and carobs, and, of course, the famous sweet and juicy oranges from Algarve!
Experience the contrasts of Loulé with the traditional handicrafts and Arab-inspired designed municipal market building that some say it’s one of the most beautiful markets in the world!
Drive to Salir, a village on the edge of the Serra do Caldeirão, whose origins are lost in time and Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, in search of the tile makers who have been there for centuries.
Discover an unknown side of Albufeira as you wander through the narrow lanes, searching for the traditional places where the local cuisine is rich and original.
Take with you the views of Senhora da Rocha, the cliff over the boardwalks of Carvoeiro, and a remembrance of what the pottery design of Porches tells about Portuguese history.
Try xarém (maize porridge) with crackling pork, or mountain soup. Experience goat and sheep cheeses or homemade sausages that are perfect as starters. Try the local medronho brandy that is the ideal accompaniment for sweets, which are made with local produce that reflect the village’s heritage – honey, figs, and almonds.
Have in mind that many before you have come here, fallen in love with the country, and stayed. Some come back every year. Others have never been here.
But be certain that you’ll see the Central Algarve as many have not. Through our knowledge and your eyes, the memories that you’ll create will be unique and your own to tell…