Suroeste de Portugal

Photo Tour
The unknown Southwest Coast of Portugal
11 - 17 November

The unknown Southwest of Portugal
This photo tour focuses on the area of southwestern Portugal, with its beautiful cliffs of the Algarve with the stunning colors of the rocks and beaches, the pristine beaches and rock cliffs of the Alentejo Natural Park, and the bucolic-looking interior with its rolling hills and mountains, white villages, farms and cork oak forests. Our accommodation is a strategically located and charming rural hotel.  

This journey takes us through the most varied and contrasted landscapes on routes that begin where the paths of the travel brochures end, an intense experience with a mixture of culture, photography and nature. The trip aims to take participants to the most interesting places in these landscapes, at the most spectacular and photogenic moments.

About the workshops: 

The trips and workshops are organized by teachers with proven experience in landscape and night photography and are aimed at a wide audience; from those who are interested in knowing interesting places, the amateur photographer with a desire to learn or profile his/her knowledge to the professional, interested in expanding her/his photographic portfolio.
The workshops seek to familiarize participants with the different theoretical and practical aspects of landscape and night photography and prepare them for the different situations and possibilities on the locations. The photographic sessions are in that line focused on learning and applying the concepts previously treated in the theoretical workshops. The photo sessions also allow the participants to know spectacular places from the natural, cultural and landscape point of view, and spend a pleasant stay in them, accompanied by expert photographers with good knowledge of the area who will be at the full disposal of the attendees to answer any questions and facilitate appropriate advice.
The workshop or journey also includes viewings of the pictures taken by the students, in which the technical and aesthetic aspects of the images are commented with advice on how to improve in both aspects. Although it is not required, it is recommended to participate with basic knowledge of photography to get more out of the trip.

Recommended (photographic) material:
Although it is not essential to attend, it is recommended to go with a digital camera to get more out of the workshops. As complementary materials we advise to bring a tripod, polarizing filters, gradient and neutral grey filters (of different densities), trigger cable, lens clean kit, batteries and charger, umbrella and rain cover (just in case) for the camera and front.
To move around the photographic locations it is essential to have good footwear, preferably hiking boots.
To get to the photographic locations some itineraries pass through unpaved roads, normally passable for cars in normal conditions and in some cases it would be necessary to do some hiking on foot so we recommend that the participants are accustomed to walking in the nature and that they have a minimum physical condition and agility, to be able to reach the locations and enjoy them.
The realization of the photographs depends largely on the weather of the locations.  Al Andalus Photo Tour reserves the right to modify schedules and routes in case circumstances require it (e.g. Rains, poor condition access roads) in benefit of the participants and the photos to be taken.


Day 1:
Arrival at Faro airport (south of Portugal). Transfer to our comfortable charming rural hotel in a beautiful setting. Depending on the time of arrival, we can visit the first beaches for a photo session.

Day 2-6:

These days we visit both the many photogenic beaches of the Algarve coast, with the jagged rocks and colorful cliffs, some with natural rock arches and huge boulders in the middle of the beach. At this time of year, the beaches are very calm and particularly photogenic. Our other base is the unspoiled rocky coast of the Alentejo Natural Park, where there is also much to see and photograph. Huge cliffs, big waves exploding in the great rock formations at the southwestern tip of the Mediterranean, particularly beautiful erosion forms in sandstone, shorelines with beautiful rock details,... in short, all the ingredients are present for a beautiful and interesting photographic journey with still little portrayed photographic locations.

Day 7:Transfer to Faro airport and return.

Duration: 7 days (6 nights)

Participants:6 minimum, 12 maximum.


The trip includes:
Accommodation in double room with bathroom. Single room supplement

Meals (breakfast, picnic and dinner).

The first day includes dinner, the last day includes breakfast and lunch.

Accompanying professional photographer.

Landscape photography workshops.

Viewing of the photos of the participants. (Faro) to hotel and locations.

Transport from Airport

Does not include:



Travel or cancellation insurance.

Final note:The realization of the photographs depends largely on the time on the ground. Al Andalus Photo Tour reserves the right to modify schedules and routes in case circumstances require it (eg rains, poor access roads) for the good of the participants and the photos to be taken.

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