YOU CAN DO AROUND THE HOTEL
If you want
to see more than the, admittedly magnificent, beaches and sea
of the Algarve, we suggest some places you really should not
Algar Seco, located some 350 m from the hotel, overlooking the
sea, and surrounded by magnificent rocky coastline.
Carvoeiro's main church, XVIth century in true Manueline
Beaches - Carvoeiro, Centeanes and Carvalho.
The region's capital boasts some splendid monuments - the
Cathedral, the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, and some
extremely interesting museums such as the Museu Infante Dom
Henrique and the Museu Etnográfico.
São José Convent, an XVIIIth century building, with a chapel
boasting a gilt wood-carved altar. At the door, the old
revolving panel, used to receive unwanted babies. The convent
now hosts a variety of events and exhibitions.
Lagoa's main church, a XVIth century building, of which only a
Manueline doorway exists, was rebuilt towards the end of the
XVIIIth century. Note the elegant baroque façade and
23 km from the Tivoli Almansor, Lagos was formerly the capital
of the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, and was the
last port before the Portuguese caravelas set off for their
long sea journeys, during the great Discoveries of the 16th
century. The Governor's Palace and the Portas de Portugal e do
Postigo are attractions not to be missed.
Other places of interest are: the Museu Regional, the Pau da
Bandeira Fort and the old Slaves' Market.
The Lagos Marina is the first stopover for boats coming in
from Western Europe to the Algarve, and is thus much sought
after on the way in and out of the Algarve by sea.
Wander amongst the charming townhouses, clustered on the
hillside, discover the wealth of little churches and stop for
a refreshing break at the nearby Monchique Spa.
In this fishermen's town, a visit to the main church (Igreja
Mãe) and the Town Hall is a must. Just outside the town, you
cannot miss the bustling Praia da Rocha, but do not forgo the
lesser-known Roman ruins of Abicada.
Five centuries ago here in Sagres, Prince Henry the Navigator
founded the Navigation College, essential to the Portuguese
Discoveries and seafaring future. The famous Sagres fortress
with its wind rose - a giant rose-shaped compass, of 43 metres
in diameter, is well worth a visit. At continental Europe's
south westernmost tip, the imposing St Vincent Cape stands
guard, a vast horizon in which sea and sky are one.
Silves Castle - considered Algarve's most important castle and
built on Roman and Phoenician fortifications. In the wide
courtyard, a deep well and two cisterns - the Dogs' cistern
and the Enchanted Moorish Damsel cistern.
The Nossa Senhora dos Mártires chapel - built in the 7th
century as a sepulchre for Portuguese crusaders killed during
the first siege of Silves.
Fábrica do Inglês - a popular leisure attraction in itself,
together with the recent Cork Museum.
Apart from the irresistible golden beaches nearby, Tavira
itself is authentically and vividly picturesque with its views
over the River Gilão and its Roman bridge. The typical Algarve
rooftops and chimneys are unique - stroll along the Travessa
de Dona Brites, where the medieval houses with Gothic doors
and windows will enchant you.
The Algarve's main bustling resort is where it really all
happens: beaches, marina, bars, restaurants, shopping arcades,
casino, innumerable hotels, several golf course, riding
centre, tennis courts and shooting range. Who could wish for
Famous for its ceramics and pottery, and where you can
actually watch the pieces being made and painted.
places of interest
Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Almancil (the magnificent church
of São Lourenço, a true Baroque masterpiece), Alte, Cacela,
Castro Marim, Estombar, Loulé, Moncarrapacho, Ponta da
Piedade, São Bartolomeu de Messines, Vila do Bispo and Vila
Real de Santo António.
Aquatic and Leisure
ZOOMARINE – LIFE IN THE OCEANS
A spectacular OCEANOGRAPHIC PARK PACKED WITH EDUCATIONAL
ENTERTAINMENT located in Guia, near Albufeira. On show are
dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles, exotic and aquatic birds,
alligators and tropical fish. Zoomarine is recognized for the
exceptional quality of its shows and exhibitions and for its
recent DOLPHIN INTERACTION PROGRAMME. A unique opportunity to
get to know and interact with bottlenose dolphins under
specialized professional supervision. 90-minute programme
including lecture on dolphins, the extraordinary ambassadors
from the oceans. Also includes preparation, equipment and
contact with the dolphins in the water for approximately 30
Wild life from around the world together with many local
species have found a natural and extensive habitat in the
village of Barão de S. João, in the Algarve mountains.
Entertainment park in Algoz with mini-golf (Krazy Golf &
Jungle Golf), petting-farm, pony rides, fun fair, swimming
pool, restaurant and “Amazonian” park with crocodiles, snakes,
turtles, lizards, mammals and birds. When weather permits,
live shows are given with the reptiles.
Considered one of Europe's best waterparks, it is located a
few minutes away from Lagoa, Praia do Carvoeiro, Portimão and
Praia da Rocha and has fun and games for all the family.
- THE BIG ONE!
The Water Park is normally open from May to September. Our
doors are open to the public daily from 10.00 a.m. Entrance
prices are minimal and available on request from your Rep or
suggest some tours?
ALTE - (afternoon)
Pass through the magnificent Algarve inland scenery until you
reach Alte, one of Algarve's most picturesque villages, and
stop over at Querença, a small village, half-hidden on the
SAFARI (with lunch)
Experience the thrill of true 4 by 4, across rivers and
streams, or relax and swim in the crystal clear mountain lakes
A guided tour in the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, passing
through OLHÃO, with its Moorish influences, the fishing
village of SANTA LUZIA, the Roman ruins at ESTÓI and the
charming SÃO BRÁS DE ALPORTEL (Museu Etnográfico).
Departing from Portimão, discover the marvellous beaches and
rock formations of the Algarve coast, on board a catamaran,
with the utmost comfort and safety.
SEVILLE (1 day)
Spend a day discovering this fascinating historical city,
founded by the Romans, with its unique people and culture.
HISTORICAL ALGARVE - (1 day)
Visit Silves's Moorish Castle, the Cork Museum, Monchique with
its handicrafts, Lagos, so closely linked to the Portuguese
Discoveries and Sagres.
THE GUADIANA RIVER
An unforgettable 2 in 1 trip combining cruise and safari,
along the Guadiana River.
information and bookings, contact the Tivoli Hotel's
Concierge, who can also provide you with more information on
other activities such as:
Golf - Tivoli Almansor is located close to some of the
Algarve's best golf courses and we our clients have access to
special conditions and prices. Visit our Golf Page.
Riding - riding school some 3 km from the hotel, offering
Deep sea fishing