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Things to do in the Algarve

Algarve Adventures


If you are coming to the Algarve and would like help planning your holiday please ask us for suggestions and advice.

Family holidays, parties of friends, stag and hen dos, sports clubs or corporate enquiries are all welcome- we have lots of experience and knowledge of the local area and are happy to help!
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About the Algarve

The Algarve in southern Portugal is one of Europe's top holiday destinations. Its long golden sands, warm waters and distinctive towns draw visitors eager to relax and have fun in the sun.

There are so many interesting things to do in the Algarve it is ideal for families, friends and individual travellers. A great destination for sport and nature lovers it has lots of activities on offer all year round including water-sports, extreme sports such as paragliding and blo-karting, cycling, horse-riding, walking, dolphin watching, fishing and birdwatching to name just a few. Its top quality golf courses are so popular that it has been repeatedly named the world's best golf destination.

Algarve camper
Algarve camper van hire!
Our modern and nippy campervans are a great option for independent, adventurous and budget travellers in Portugal's beautiful Algarve.


The international airport at Faro gives quick, easy access and cheap flights are often available within the EU. Many visitors love the laid-back lifestyle so much that they decide to buy a holiday or permanent home here. There are large ex-pat communities living here yet the Algarve retains its unique, Portuguese identity.
Adventure and Adrenalin


Algarve Quad Bikes
Algarve quad bikingA fun day out through the picturesque Algarve landscape across a variety of terrain from wide open trails with magnificent panoramic views to narrow, winding hillside and woodland trails. Those seeking adventure and an adrenaline rush will not be disappointed!

Buggy Tours near Silves
Algarve buggy toursGet off road and get dirty! Head off the beaten track and discover the Algarve's wilder side on 500CC all terrain buggies. One or two people per buggy. No previous buggy experience required but drivers must have a driving license.

Algarve Adventure Park
adventure parkThis tree top adventure park is a fantastic day out and a great addition to our Algarve adventures! With 4 courses designed to suit different ages and abilities you can tackle 50 fun and challenging obstacles. Then challenge your friends to around on the paintball course or refuel in the relaxing picnic area.

Blokarting in the Algarve
Algarve blokarting Up for a race? Take one of our wind powered blokarts for a spin- they're fun, fast and easy to control. a few minutes training, a practice lap or two and you?re off! Our Algarve blokarting centre is based in the region's beautiful west coast and is open all year round

Buggy Tours near Loule
Algarve buggy tourCombine the thrills of offroad driving with the chance to discover more of the Algarve. On each tour you will have lots of fun exploring hidden corners of the Algarve and getting dirty! We'll take you to places most visitors never see and couldn't find by car.

Aerial: Flying High!


Algarve Skydiving!
algarve skydivingEvery holiday should have at least one truly memorable experience and you'll never forget the exhilaration of an Algarve skydive. The Algarve boasts one of the Europe's most scenic jump spots with a view that stretches from lands end to the plains of Spain. Go on we dare you!

Hot Air Balloon Rides
hot air balloons Join us for a trip you'll never forget. Take to the skies and soar over the sea and beaches, green and tranquil countryside, historic villages and bustling towns... A romantic, exhilarating, extraordinary experience! All ages are welcome and VIP flights are available.

Paragliding in the Algarve
paraglidingLooking for adventure in the Algarve? Come paragliding! We offer tandem flights, paragliding courses and equipment hire. You'll receive expert tuition from a qualified instructor so no experience is neccessary. We fly in the hills and from cliff tops for amazing views over the sea and countryside.

Paramotor in Portugal
paramotorTake to the skies of Portugal by paramotor or paratrike! Our expert pilots can show you spectacular views over some of the country's finest beaches and coastal scenery and give you a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Take a Microlight Flight!
microlightSee the western Algarve by microlight. Experience the thrills and views as never before! Civil Aviation Authority approved Microlight School established since 1985 doing trial flights, UK NPPL lessons and course packages with accommodation. Top quality tuition made fun by first class instructors. Great coastal flying in the sun!

Floatplane Flights
floatplane From the skies to the seas our Algarve floatplane flights are a one-of-a-kind experience! Flying with an experienced and CAA approved flight instructor you can enjoy spectacular coast and country views, spot dolphins from the air and, conditions permitting, experience the thrill of landing and taking off on water!

Scenic Flights
scenic flightsCharter a light plane for a sightseeing flight for you and your friends- an unforgettable trip and surprisingly affordable! We also have pilot training and hour building available and can tow a banner to deliver your message in a dramatic fashion!


Bird Watching

Bird Watching Holidays in the Algarve
Algarve bird watchingThe Algarve attracts a wealth of bird life from the famous White Storks to the beautiful Purple Gallinule. Our holiday has been specially designed to give you the chance of enjoying the very best of Algarvian spring birding with daily excursions throughout the region in search of southern Portugal?s resident and migrant birds.


Boot Camps

Algarve Bootcamps!
Algarve bootcampChoose your package and get fit! Results orientated training with a top trainer, tailored nutrition and accommodation either in a private villa just for our groups, a relaxed surf hostel or go luxury with sea front accommodation in one of the Algarve's most beautiful resorts!
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Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing in the Algarve
Algarve canoeing A great way to explore, discover the beauty of the Algarvean countryside and of course cool down on hot days! Our relaxing canoeing day trip takes you inland away from the hustle and bustle of the coast to the tranquil Arade river. Families and beginners welcome.

Sea and Lake Kayaking
sea kayakingExplore quiet waterways, uninhabited islands and lakes and come close to nature on one of our Algarve kayak tours. A relaxing and peaceful day out, ideal for couples, families, nature lovers, bird watchers and photographers

Climbing

Rock Climbing in the Algarve
Algarve climbingUp for a fun, challenge? Come rock climbing in the Algarve. There's routes for beginners, intermediate and experienced climbers and no shortage of phenomenal views. Once you're tried it you'll be hooked!

Cycling

Cycling in the Algarve
Algarve cyclingOur Algarve cycling tours are a great way to explore the region's diverse countryside and coastline. We have trips for both occasional and keen cyclists and also offer cycling holidays and mountain biking. Discover why the Algarve is fast becoming a cycling favourite!

Western Algarve Bike Trips
Algarve cyclingFun days out for everyone including the famous and scenic downhill bike rides in Monchique to exhilarating mountain biking in the western Algarve coast and countryside. Our guides will help you appreciate the flora and fauna, to discover hidden corners and relax in dramatic landscapes with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.


Diving

Scuba Diving in Carvoeiro, Algarve
Algarve diving Diving trips off the dramatic west coast of the Algarve- discover a spectacular underwater world with boat dives, shore dives, wreck dives, night dives and more. PADI courses from absolute beginners to dive master. Accomodation available.

Scuba Diving in Albufeira, Algarve
Algarve diving Daily departures to more than twenty spectacular dive sites with trips for both novice and experienced divers: reef diving, cave diving, deep diving, wall diving, night diving, wreck diving and diving at artificial reefs. PADI courses for all levels. Beginners and kids welcome.

Scuba Diving in Vilamoura, Algarve
Vilamoura diving Our PADI registered Vilamoura diving centre offers you the chance to discover the underwater treasures of the Algarve from fascinating marine life to intriguing shipwrecks and take PADI diving courses from complete beginners to dive masters. Diving all year round. Beginners and kids welcome.

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Guided Tours

Algarve Side Car Tours
Algarve quad bikingThe quirkiest and coolest guided tour in the Algarve! These private tours stand out from the crowd and can be fully personalised. With a friendly, knowledgeable guide it is more than a tour it is an experience, a new way for you to discover hidden beauties and learn more about what interests you most whether it is the region's landscapes, culture, history, nature, food or nightlife.

Discover the Ria Formosa!
Ria FormosaThe Ria Formosa is one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal! Explore the lagoons and islands by boat or kayak and observe wild dolphins and a wide variety of interesting marine birds, go fishing or even snorkelling with sea horses!

Jeep Tours of the Algarve
jeep tourGuided jeep tours of the Algarve, come on a voyage of discovery! Half day and full day tours, fantastic landscapes, history, gastronomy, culture and more. Can be combined with a visit to water or theme parks, surfing etc.

Fishing

Fishing in Vilamoura
big game fishing in VilamouraCome and try the superb fishing in Vilamoura at the heart of the Algarve. Here the warm currents flowing from the Mediterranean Sea mingle with the cool waters of the Atlantic and attract many fish. We offer big game fishing- the area is especially renowned for sharks, reef and family fishing trips.

Fishing in Lagos
big game fishing in LagosFully equipped fishing boat available for private charters and public boat trips. Do battle with sharks, marlin and tuna on our big game fishing trips or catch something tasty for the barbecue on a coastal trip!

Horse-Riding

Discover Holistic Horse Riding in the Algarve
holistic ridingAt our organic farm in the Western Algarve you can discover a whole new way to connect and communicate with horses. We offer holistic riding lessons, countryside treks, moonlight rides and adventure camps for children. Experienced, novice or nervous riders and children are all welcome. So if you want to ride in harmony with your horse.

Algarve Horse Riding Holidays and Lessons
horse ridingA fantastic location for riding with an abundance of sandy tracks through pinewoods, meadows, close to golden sandy beaches and a beautiful nature reserve. Set in the Algarve's most luxurious holiday resort the Algarve horse riding centre is a British run riding school with qualified instructors and trek leaders who speak English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and German.

Horse Riding and Driving in the Western Algarve
carriage drivingThe western Algarve horse riding and carriage driving centre enjoys an idyllic setting at the edge of the Costa Vincentina nature reserve- with endless tracks to explore the perfect getaway for horse lovers! Riding and driving lessons available. Also country cookery lessons from a professional chef!

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Sailing and Boat Trips

Sailing in the Algarve
Algarve sailingCome sailing in the Algarve and leave the cares of the world behind! On board our modern sailing yachts you can just relax and enjoy the sunshine and sights or learn more about sailing and take your turn at the helm- it's up to you!

Ria Formosa Boat Tours
Ria FormosaOur Eastern Algarve and Ria Formosa boat tours are a wonderful way to explore this astonishingly beautiful and diverse coastline. The Ria Formosa natural park is comprised of sand dune islands, marshland, saltpans and freshwater lakes and is a haven for an astonishing variety of flora and fauna. Beach picnics and island dinners available.

Dolphins and Caves Boat Trip
Algarve boat tripsCome on the Albufeira dolphins and caves boat trip and explore the intriguing grottoes and rock formation of the Algarve coast and head out to sea in search of dolphins- a fun trip for the whole family.

Vilamoura Sailing Courses and Charters
Vilamoura sailingVilamoura sailing centre offer cruises, skippered and bareboat charters and RYA acredited sailing courses on fabulous, modern sailing and motor yachts. Tuition on your own boat also available.

Vilamoura Boat Trips
Vilamoura boat tripsFun and memorable Vilamoura boat trips for the whole family- choose between dolphin and caves boat tour, parasailing, barbecue and sunset cruises or the Rocket powerboat. Group bookings welcome. Also private hire of catamarans, speed boats, luxury yachts and jet skis.

Albufeira Boat Tours
Albufeira boat tripsJoin us on one of our relaxing boats trips in Albufeira aboard our historical 'pirate' ship. Sailing to the some of the most beautiful spots along the Algarvian Coast, with time to anchor for a swim on hot days and a bar onboard this is a fantastic, affordable day out for the whole family.

Lagos Boat Trips
Lagos sailingCome and sail a world famous coast in some of the prettiest boats around, enjoy a beach barbecue, look for wild dolphins or try your hand at fishing.

Portimao Boat Trips
Portimao boat tripsSail out of the historical harbour of Portimao aboard our pirate ship! A cruise onboard is an adventure that will appeal to big and little kids alike. Caves cruises, sightseeing and barbecue cruises available.

Sailing Courses and Charters, Albufeira
Albufeira sailing We have a beautiful, modern 11.4m sailing yacht to charter in Albufeira for day and half day cruises or for an RYA sailing course. A wonderful day out with your family or affordable and intensive sailing tuition with lots of hands on experience, fantastic scenery and delicious Portuguese cuisine.

Walking

Walking Tours in the Algarve and the Alentejo
walking in PortugalOur walks are designed and led by experienced, enthusiastic walkers who want to show you each region's most beautiful scenery and give you a taste of its history, culture, wildlife and gastronomy. We offer relaxing guided and self guided walking holidays.

Water Sports

Kite Surfing in the Algarve
kitesurfingLearn to kitesurf in the Algarve where the wind and sun make for great conditions all year round. Our Algarve kitesurf lessons are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to intermediate kite surfers. Discover one of the Portugal's top kitesurfing locations.

Coasteering in the Algarve
coasteeringCome and have a go at coasteering in the Algarve, the ultimate coastal adventure in some of the most spectacular surroundings in Europe! Swimming, climbing, cliff jumping, sea caves and more!

Stand Up Paddle in the Algarve
SUPSUP is one of the coolest, fastest growing new watersports and the dramatic Algarve coastline is ideal for it. Sea, lagoon and river tours and lessons available. Easy to learn!

Yoga

Yoga Holidays in the Algarve
Algarve yoga holidaysCome and join us on a relaxing Algarve yoga holiday or short break and discover the tranquil countryside at the heart of Portugal's sunniest region. We want you to go home refreshed and inspired after a few days of fun and challenging yoga, good company, great food and gorgeous scenery.

Western Algarve Yoga Holidays
Algarve yoga holidaysSpecialist retreat and yoga holidays in the Algarve. Set in a quiet valley on the beautiful south-west coast you can combine expert yoga and ayurveda tuition with surfing, cookery or detox programmes. Treat yourself to a feel good holiday!

Parties in the Algarve

Algarve Stag and Hen Parties
Algarve partyWe will help you have the best hen or stag party in the Algarve with stress-free planning and lots of fun on the day. From cruises to bar crawls, sky diving to go karting and everything in between!

Albufeira Bar Crawls and Parties
Albufeira partiesWelcome to Albufeira, the party capital of the Algarve! A great destination for stag and hen parties and holidays with friends. Check out our bar crawls, pool parties, boat parties and more!

Accommodation in the Algarve

Algarve Boutique Hotel
algarve boutique hotelAdventurous or relaxing holidays on the Algarve's spectacular west coast! This charming boutique hotel enjoys a fantastic location on the outskirts of a traditiona fishing village near Aljezur and the Cape St Vincent natural park. Ideally located for walkers, surfers, horse riders and anyone looking to get away from it all!

Vilamoura apartment within minutes of the marina
apartment in vilamoura Ideally located and attractive 2 bedroom ground floor apartment in central Vilamoura in the Algarve with a shared pool. Two minutes from the beach and Marina with all the amenities on your doorstep. This apartment is within 5 minutes of all 6 first class golf courses in Vilamoura.

Algarve Holiday Cottages
one of the cottagesSet in tranquil countryside above Loule, our holiday cottages are the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. The cottages are surrounded by mature gardens with a pool and jacuzzi. There's lots to see and do and its only a short drive to the beaches and bright lights of the coast. We also offer specialist bird watching holidays.


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