For those who want to discover the Algarve, the White House is an excellent starting place for day trips, some of them just a little further away.
Perhaps Lagos is secretly our favorite day trip in all of the Algarve. Its location in western Algarve makes it a bit far but you will be rewarded with a very Portuguese town with a nice center, beautiful fortifications and the most beautiful beaches in Europe! Lagos has always had a seafaring connection. During the 15th century it was the base for the ‘voyages of the Discoveries’ instigated by Henry the Navigator when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town. The sheer number of varied beaches in the vicinity of Lagos means that, even at the height of the summer, space can be easily found for a relaxing day under the glorious sun. Feel free to ask us about our favorite restaurant for a delicious lunch overlooking the cliffs.
Cabo de Vicente
When you drive even further west, you will meet the westernmost point of Europe. The jagged cliffs rise 60 meters from the ferocious seas and high above is one of Europe’s brightest lighthouses that can be seen 60 miles away. Take a sweater because the wind can be harsh. The actual cape is only the location with the lighthouse. In addition, there is another offshoot of the peninsula with the Fortaleza de Sagres. The place is majestic; grassland plains, rugged cliffs and high winds. Not a place for a day on the beach but an amazing destination for those who want to feel at one with nature.
V.R. de San Antonio and Ayamonte
A very nice day trip is the combination of East Algarve and the boat to Spain! The most eastern city of the Algarve is Vila Real de San Antonio, a nice village situated on the Rio Guadiana, which is the river that divides Portugal from Spain. If you stand on the far eastern edge of Vila Real you can easily see the Spanish coastline and the bridge over the river that connects the town to the pretty Spanish town of Ayamonte, on the opposite bank of the Guadiana. We can suggest a short visit for a tapas lunch and maybe a spot of shopping! To save driving, a ferry regularly crosses between the two towns – the journey takes around 15 minutes. Just remember that Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal!
This trip can also easily be combined with the beautiful old moorish town of of Cacela Velha. There isn’t a lot to do there it has to be said, but the village and the views are truly delightful.
Nature Walks with Louis
Nature lovers should not leave the Algarve without a walk with Luís, our enthusiastic nature guide. Luís Gonçalves is a born Portuguese from this region with a wealth of knowledge about local nature, the landscape and sustainability. He speaks very good English and he is a very nice guide! Through the eyes of Luis you see nature in a different way and you learn a lot about the Mediterranean landscape and the native animals.
The walks have a moderate-light profile and everyone with a reasonable walking condition can join. You can choose between walks in the hills, the Ria Formosa Wetlands or even go up the Sao Miguel Mountain. The walks mainly run along paved roads and narrow goat paths and there are occasional short stretches over rocks, where some step security is desired. The walks last about 3 hours. After the walks you can enjoy the packed lunch, after which you return to The White House for a relaxing afternoon and evening.
It may not look very obvious to travel from Portugal to Seville. But this enchanting city is located less than 200 kilometers from The White House. A pleasant change of scenery and a nice day trip destination. With UNESCO classing three sites in Seville as World Heritage Sites it’s no wonder that many tourists visit Seville and see the historical landmarks. There are plenty of sights to see like the Alcazar Palace and the Cathedral with its large gold altarpiece. The city will keep any visitor fascinated from start to finish. In addition, you can take a walk in the tranquil parks and gardens, hidden among the beautiful buildings, for some fresh air or visit one of the many museums take you on a cultural journey through the Sevillian history. From the B&B it is only 5 minutes to the highway and from there on it is actually just one straight drive to Seville. 2 hours away and you’re in another (Spanish) world …