The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

The Palm Springs of Portugal Tour - SOLD OUT

The Palm Springs of Portugal Tour - SOLD OUT

Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May 2024

Start time/place: 7 pm/Aeromar Hotel, Praia de Faro

Finish time/place: 1pm/Aeromar Hotel, Praia de Faro

A three-day tour led by Richard Walker will visit the Art Deco and mid-century modern architecture of Faro, Faro beach and neighbouring Olhão. The tour will include local towns and beach community and mainly walking.

Thursday evening, the tour will start 7 pm at the 1970s Hotel Aeromar on Faro Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We will be greeted with an introductory talk by Richard Walker. You will then have the freedom to dine in the hotel or nearby local restaurants.

Friday morning, we will take the half-hour ferry (cost not included) across the Ria Formosa lagoon. We will have a walking tour of Faro Town seeing Art Deco architecture followed by the incredible number of mid-century modern buildings which are mainly the work of the celebrated Algarve modernist architect Manuel Gomes de Costa (1921-2016). We will also be visiting interiors together with talks by architects, residents, enthusiasts, and experts.

Saturday morning will start early in Faro with a 10-minute train ride (cost not included) to the neighbouring town of Olhão, originally called Cubist Town, because of the whitewashed Moorish architecture, where there is a quayside market and more unique buildings to see. After lunch, there’ll be more visits in Faro town, before we head back to the island and the hotel for the evening cocktails and buffet event (cost not included).

Sunday morning will be a walk ‘From Bauhaus to beach house’ looking at the modernist architecture on Faro Beach. The tour will end at 1 pm, after which members are free to have a relaxing afternoon with a choice of sunbathing, walking or exploring the extraordinary landscape and 10-mile sandy beach.

Richard Walker is an artist and resident of Metro Central Heights and Faro.

He has previously led several visits for the Society.

If you decide to stay at the Aeromar Hotel the C20 Society has negotiated a group rate, which can only be obtained once delegates have booked the event and quoted the booking code included in our event booking confirmation.

Members’ price £250 

excluding all travel, accommodation and meal costs

Numbers are limited to 20

C20 Society are not liable for any other costs including travel, accommodation and meals. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance, and read our cancellation policy and disclaimer click Here.

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: Edificio Tridente 1970s (Gomes da Costa) Image: R Walker 


Booking Closed

Unfortunately, booking is closed for this event and we are no longer able to accept new bookings.

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