Discover Secrets of the East ( Visit Salt Pans, Olhão, Santa Luzia and Tavira)

A complete tour from Olhão to Tavira, appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa and enjoy a typical lunch!


Tour Description

The Algarve has much to offer it’s visitors – a wonderful climate, golden beaches, tree-cloaked mountains, cosmopolitan resorts…..Less well known perhaps is the fact that the Algarve is also one of Europe’s most fascinating areas from an ecological perspective.

We propose an unforgettable visit to a salt pan where you will be able to see how the finest salt in Portugal is produced. Be ready to be dazzled by the brightness of the neat rows of salt pans that constitute an age-old tradition in the area and that produce the finest table salt in Portugal.

Beyond these, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands and sand banks that provide shelter to numerous species of migrating birds. This park is one of the most impressive in Europe with a rich and varied flora and fauna.

Our next stop is Olhão – a traditional fishing village, renowned for the cubeshaped white-washed houses, contrasting with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its huge selection of fish.
After visiting the market in Olhão it is time to recharge your batteries enjoying a typical lunch in a Restaurant, where you will be delighted with the freshness of the fish served!

After lunch, we will pass by a tiny, traditional fishing village – Santa Luzia. There you will see the pots used to catch octopus – an ingenious device!

Our final stop is Tavira – the queen of the Algarve coastal towns. See the Arab fortress, the Roman Bridge dating from the IV century and visit at least some of the towns 22 churches!

An unforgettable day is guaranteed!

Recommended to bring:

Comfortable clothes and shoes, water, sunscreen, sunglasses.


Curiosities about olhão, santa luzia and tavira:


Olhão, Santa Luzia, and Tavira are charming towns in the Algarve region of Portugal, each with its unique character and attractions.

Olhão is famous for its markets, especially the Olhão Municipal Market (Mercado Municipal de Olhão), which offers a vibrant array of fresh seafood and local produce. It’s a great place to experience authentic Portuguese cuisine.

One of the town’s architectural landmarks is the Cubo House, a modern cube-shaped building that stands out amid the traditional whitewashed structures.

Olhão is a gateway to the stunning Ria Formosa Natural Park, known for its diverse ecosystems, salt marshes, and beautiful islands accessible by boat.

Santa Luzia is often referred to as the “Capital of Octopus.” The town is famous for its octopus dishes, especially “Polvo à Lagareiro” (octopus roasted in olive oil), a must-try local delicacy.

Tavira is known for its Roman Bridge (Ponte Romana), a historic landmark that crosses the Gilão River. It’s a picturesque spot and a symbol of the town’s history. The Tavira Castle (Castelo de Tavira) dates back to the Moorish era and offers a glimpse into the town’s past. Visitors can explore the castle grounds and enjoy panoramic views of Tavira.

All three towns offer a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making them popular destinations for visitors exploring the Algarve region in Portugal.


Discover the secrets of salt production!

Visit the vibrant Olhão Market!

Enjoy lunch with fresh fish!

Lose yourself in the streets of Tavira!

Detailed itinerary

Tour Info

What's included:


We only make pick-ups for this excursion in the areas of Olhos de Água, Albufeira, Praia da Galé, Armação de Pêra, Carvoeiro, Praia da Rocha, Portimão and Alvor.

Not included


Tuesday and Thursday at 9h00AM


7 Hours

Group Size

Minium 2 persons

Price Info

Price per person - 102€