12 days in Algarve Itinerary

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Fly to Sevilla, Bus to Tavira
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Tavira
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lagos
— 7 nights
Bus to Seville, Fly to Valencia

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Tavira — 4 nights

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao and Praia de Cacela Velha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tavira: Faro (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Faro Cathedral, &more), Praca Marques de Pombal (in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and Ilha da Culatra (in Olhao). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), stroll around Ria Formosa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tavira driving holiday planner.

Valencia, Spain to Tavira is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Valencia in November since evenings lows in Tavira dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos — 7 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Step off the beaten path and head to Odeceixe Beach and Praia da Oura. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Olhos de Agua (Praia da Falesia & Praia dos Olhos de Água), Aljezur (Praia do Monte Clérigo & Arrifana Beach) and Armacao de Pera Beach (in Silves). There's much more to do: slough off your stress at Aguadream Mediterranean Baths, don't miss a visit to Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lagos sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Lagos, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Algarve travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.
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