3. Albufeira: Olhão Market, Tavira, Faro & Ria Formosa Day Trip
Take a private day trip from Albufeira to the eastern Algarve. Go shopping at Olhão Market for local products, then follow your guide to Tavira City to admire the long beach. Visit the Islamic Museum to see the archaeological collection before exploring Faro Old Town's cobbled streets. After pickup at Albufeira, visit the Municipal Market of Olhão, which was built in 1912 and inaugurated four years later. Admire the iron and glass architecture of the building and its brick structure. See the fish, fruit, and vegetables on sale at this market, and buy things if you want. Continue to Tavira, a city on the River Gilão on the Algarve coast, near the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Admire the beach and marvel at the salt flats that attract flamingos, spoonbills, and other birds. Gaze at the castle and the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, which houses the tombs of 7 knights. Afterward, go to the Islamic Center of Tavira Museum, which was inaugurated in 2012, and explore an archaeological collection from the Islamic period. Next, head to Faro to admire the neoclassical Arco da Vila. Learn how the monumental arch leads to the old town's cobbled streets near the 13th-century Cathedral of Faro. Take in the wonderful view over The Ria Formosa, a salt marsh that extends across many municipalities in the Algarve. Discover how the natural park stretches across Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of approximately 18,400 hectares from your guide's commentary. Afterward, return to Albufeira for drop-off at your hotel.