29.03.2011 - 29.03.2011 19 °C
Our bus tour through western Algarve began in the town of Silves where we explored an old Moorish castle and cathedral. Our tour bus then climbed the Monchique mountains to Foia the highest point of the Algarve. The summit was foggy and obscured our view but we enjoyed the hospitality of the inn keeper at the summit who introduced us to Portuguese Fire Water – a combination of alcohol and diesel fuel! We made our way down the mountain to our lunch stop where a 3 course meal was provided along with Red and White Wines and liquors including the infamous Fire Water.
After lunch we visited Cape Saint Vincent, the most south-westerly part of Europe known as the end of the world. The light house and fishing harbour were captivating and the view was breathtaking. Lagos was our last stop and we wondered through St Antony’s Golden Church – the altar was covered in 24 Karat Gold... truly amazing.
Also visited the museum and wandered the streets along the indoor slave market (the first in Europe). Our tour guide, Anna, was very informative and our driver, Marcos, kept us all entertained with his assurances that all Portuguese women have mustaches and hair under their arms!