There’s a reason I made the south coast of Portugal my permanent home: it’s one of the most beautiful, photogenic places in the world. There are endless cliffs, beaches, and seascapes. There are plenty of beautiful little villages. There are photos around every corner.
In the spring of 2024, I’ll be running a photography workshop I’m calling “Sunsets and Stars”. And if you’d like, you can join this Algarve photography tour along with the Lisbon and my Madeira photo tour!
Then, in the late summer of 2025, I’ll be leading another trip that’s a bit of a mix of the stunning west coast of Portugal, the epicness of Alentejo, and the beauty of Lisbon.
Info for both of these photo tours below.
Astro Photography in June
With the core of the Milky Way directly behind some of the best views in Portugal, June is the perfect time for an astro photography workshop. The trip will focus mostly on the Algarve, but also venture into Alentejo.
Algarve 2024 – Costs / Info / What’s Included
Dates: June 24 – July 1, 2024
Algarve + Madeira: June 24 – July 10
Start/End City: Lisbon, Portugal
8 Days / 7 Nights
€3,200 with accommodation included
Accommodation is on a twin share basis. The single supplement for this trip is €1,000
€2,200 without accommodation
€3,500 Madeira/Lisbon add on
All Transport on tour dates
3 Meals a Day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Optional accommodation (can book independently if preferred).
Photography instruction by Brendan van Son
All park entry fees.
Airport transfer from Faro to Lagos
What’s Not Included:
Transport to/from Faro, Portugal
Visas for travel (if needed)
June 24 – Arrival at Lisbon or Faro airport. Transfer to Lagos.
June 25-30 – Photography locations in the Algarve and Alentejo
Locations include: Praia do Camilo, Praia Marinha, Cabo Sao Vicente, Mertola, Praia Castelejo, and many more.
July 1 – Transfer to Airport – tour ends
If continuing to Madeira, info follows below
July 1 – Sunset in Lisbon
July 2 – Full Day Photography in Lisbon
July 3 – Fly to Madeira
July 3-9 – Photography locations in Madeira
Photo locations include Pico de Ruivo, Funchal, Fanal Forest, Magic Tree, Ponta de São Lourenço, Levada dos Balcões, and much more.
July 10 – Tour ends after breakfast
If you’re ready to book, you can pay your deposit (€800). The deposit will hold your space on the workshop in Portugal. The final payment will be requested around 90 days before the tour starts.
If the trip is listed as sold out, please contact me at brendanvanson at gmail dot com to be added to the waitlist.
To book the Algarve + Madeira itinerary, please pay the deposit. I’ll be in touch with the details for the full itinerary.
The tour will be based in Lagos, Portugal. Lagos is central to all the best photo locations in the area.
Which airport should I fly to?
If you fly to Lisbon there will be transport included on the arrival and departure days of the tour. However, you are also welcome to fly to and from Faro airport which would save you some travel time.
Can my non-photographer partner come?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is it will depend on how much the partner wants to be involved in the exploration. If you have a partner that wants to join, but doesn’t want to join the photo excursions, please email me and we can discuss.
What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation is either a villa for the group, or a minimum 3-star hotel in Lagos. The accommodation will depend on how many participants choose the hotel option, and how many choose to stay independently.
What will the average day look like?
The goal of this trip is to mix a bit of landscape photography with some astrophotography. Our average day will look like this: 12h – Wake up and have breakfast 13h – 16h – Freetime and photo editing / workshops 16h-18h – Location scouting, exploring. 18h – Dinner/Lunch 19h-21h – Sunset photography 21h-23h – Picnic Dinner and potentially change locations 23h-03h – Astrophotography 03h – Sleep
Is my deposit refundable?
The deposit is refundable up to 90 days before the trip’s start date, but does incur a 10% fee.
What is the single supplement?
The included accommodation on this trip is booked on a twin share basis. That means that if you’re booking solo, you’ll be paired with a roommate of the same gender. If you’d like private accommodation for the trip, you’ll need to pay for the single supplement. On this particular trip it’s €1,000.
Photos from This Part of Portugal
This part of Portugal has an endless amount of photography locations. In fact, though I’ve lived here for over 3 years, I still haven’t had the chance to photograph it all. We will, however, make the most to photograph the best of the best.
So, many of the photos you see below will be photographed on this trip.
To join this trip, please pay the deposit. If the trip is listed as sold out, please send an email to brendanvanson at gmail dot com to be placed on the waiting list.
The deposit holds your space on the tour. The final payment will be due April 1st, 2024.
If you want to join one of our workshops but can’t join us in Portugal, check out some of our other trips. We have some spaces still open to places like Greenland and Namibia. Check out the entire offering of photo workshops and tours here.
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