MSA Educational Post Tour 2022

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Sunday, May 29:  Lisbon to Lagos, overnight Lagos Tivoli Resort, Lagos

Monday, May 30:   Lagos. Visit Cabo da Sao Vincente, Silves.
Overnight Lagos Tivoli Resort, Lagos

Tuesday, May 31: Depart Lagos for Serra da Estrela. Stop for Lunch in Evora.
Overnight the
Pousada Serra da Estrela.

Wednesday, June 1: Visit the Serra da Estrela Mountains visiting Linhares, Sabugal and Belmonte.
Overnight The Pousada Serra da Estrela.

Thursday, June 2: return to Lisbon with stop at Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaca.

The tour will commence with a visit to the Algarve with two nights at the four-star Tivoli Hotel/Resort in Lagos. Among sites we will see are Cabo Sao Vicente, the most southwestern point of the European Continent, Sagres, where Prince Henry the Navigator may have launched his ships of discovery, the magnificent coastline and beaches of the Algarve and the Roman/Medieval/Moorish city of Silves with it’s Almohad Castle, Gothic medieval cathedral, and Archaeological Museum. On Tuesday morning we depart Lagos for two nights in the four-star historic Pousada Serra da Estrela high in the mountain town of Covilha.The following day we will tour the Serra Estrela Mountains visiting the medieval towns of Linhares and Belmonte, the latter being the birthplace of the discoverer of Brazil, Pedro Alverez Cabral. The final night, a farewell dinner will be provided in the Pousada.

On the June 2nd return to Lisbon, we will visit three of the crown jewels of Portuguese architecture: Tomar’s 12th century castle and convent of the Knights Templar’s and 16th century Manueline cloister, the magnificent Dominican Gothic Abbey of Batalha, and Portugal’s largest church and first Gothic structure in Alcobaca. It was built in the 12th century by Portugal’s first king, Alfonso Henriques for the Cistercians. In the 13th century King Dinis enlarged the Cistercian monastery and built a Gothic cloister.

The tour begins and ends in Lisbon. Arriving Lisbon late afternoon on Thursday, June 2.

Day One

The Algarve is the southern most region of continental Portugal.

The name “Algarve” is the name given by the Muslims to the region to the west of Andalusia.  It comes from Arabic: Gharb Al-Andalus,the West of Al-Andalus.

The Algarve coastline.

The Lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente - Cape St. Vincent

The Port of Largos

The walls of the ancient town of Lagos where we will be staying Sunday and Monday nights.

Pool at Tivoli Lagos Resort


Tivoli Hotel/Resort in Lagos

The Algarve Coast near Lagos

The beaches near Sagres 

Where Prince Henry the Navigator may have launched his ships of discovery