Day 1 – Arrival at Lisbon airport and pick up the car. Proceed to Alcácer do Sal. The ancient town of Alcácer do Sal, overlooking the river Sado, is dominated by the hilltop castle built on the site of a fortified construction dating from as early as the 6th century BC. It was used as a stronghold by the Romans and later rebuilt by the Moors who took the town in 715. Overnight at Pousada D. Afonso II.

Day 2 – After breakfast, departure to Santa Clara-a-Velha. Grândola and Santiago de Cacém are places where you should spend some time visiting. Driving southbound along the litoral coast you can visit places as Porto Corvo, Almograve, and Odemira. Overnight at Pousada Sta Clara.

Day 3 – Your journey will continue to Sagres. Arriving in Aljezur, you can admire its castle built by the Moors back in the 10th century and conquered by the Portuguese in the 13th century. From the top, you can also enjoy the quietness of this relaxed city. Your trip will continue to Odeceixe, where you can enjoy the Costa Vicentina. This area of the Portuguese coast is remarkable by its beauty and also because it is a protected area. Due to this, the area is not touristy and you can find real quite places and enjoy excellent meals made with fresh fish or seafood. Overnight at Pousada Infante.

Day 4 – After breakfast, prepare yourself now for another quite day of sightseeing. Head now towards Lagos where you’ll have the chance to walk along the historical centre. With a long history as a fishing port (the Romans already used its natural harbour), Portimão has developed in the last decades, as most of the Algarve, into a tourist centre, being filled with hotels, restaurants and a lively commerce. If there is time the town of Loulé presents a thriving crafts market (workers carving wood, weaving hats or painting pottery and tiles), being particularly animated on Saturdays, when gypsies run a simultaneous outdoor sale. Overnight at Pousada S. Brás.

Day 5 – On this day you can start your journey passing by Alcoutim, Mértola and also the city of Beja before getting to Évora. This cosy city, still surrounded by its old city walls, will attract you for its medieval appearance and it will be difficult to stop walking around the very narrow streets of its historical centre. Beside several other monuments to be visited (such as the Cathedral, Saint Francis church and the old University) it is also in Évora that is located one of the most significant traces of the roman occupation in the Portuguese territory: Diana’s temple. Overnight at Pousada Lóios.

Day 6 – When you leave Évora, you must head on in direction of Vila Viçosa. Everything around Vila Viçosa’s peaceful broad streets lined with orange and lemon trees seems to be made of marble. Benches, pavements, framing of windows and doorways, and even the toilets in the bus station are made of this shining “white gold,” the local marble from the enormous quarries outside the town. Before you arrive at Arroiolos you will pass by Estremoz. A city surrounded by abundant marble quarries and famous for its hand crafted small charming clay figurines. During your visit it will be worth to go up the hill of the old castle (which has in 1967 been transformed into a Pousada) and enjoy the view over the plains of Alentejo. Overnight at Pousada N. Srª Assunção.

Day 7 – Departure to Palmela where you’ll get the chance to visit the Castle from the 12th Century from where you’ll be able to see almost the whole peninsula of Setúbal and both Tejo and Sado Rivers. Here, you’ll understand the strategic importance of this structure in medieval times. Then, hit the road towards Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a very well known place because of its wines and pastries: Tortas de Azeitão! Back to the road, go now to Sesimbra, a famous fishermen village where you can have a great lunch, by the seaside, with fresh fish and seafood! After this moment of relaxation in harmony with nature, take the road to Setúbal. Overnight at Pousada S. Filipe.

Day 8 – In the morning departure to Lisbon and take the opportunity to visit the capital of Portugal before you take your plane back home. Deliver the car at airport.