The almold blossoms in the Algarve are famous. They usually start to flower around the end of January beginning of February.
Tavira town is really worth a visit. Then eat at the "Casa do Polvo" ( 100 ways to eat octopus) and then take the little train to "praia do barril".
Alcoutim is on the spanish border about an hour drive from Estoi. You can kayak and zip line across the river to Spain. Mertola is another 20 minutes north on the guadiana river. We took this trip in early May when all the wildflowers were in full bloom.
Estoi hosts a very special festival called "Festa da Pinha" every year. For a week before the festa the whole town is involved in picking flowers and grasses to decorate the horse drawn carriages and tractors that will travel to a picnic spot 30 kms away and then return late at night into the village to the awaiting crowd. It is a really fun event in the year and a celebration of a good harvest.
museu in sao bras de alportel of algarve crafts and farming equipment.
Some photos of the town of Estoi and the beautiful "palacio de estoi" where you can go for a coffee or a meal and enjoy the gardens. The is a small palace and gardens that have been turned into a pousada. You don't need to be a guest to enjoy the building and gardens.