Portugal

Algarve

The southernmost region of Portugal is known for its beaches and golf resorts in the Mediterranean. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now their central coastline between Lagos and Faro is lined with high-quality villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The region's western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.

Top Tours & Activities in Algarve

Boat Tour From Portimão To The Benagil Caves On The Manguito Yacht

The best 3 hours boat tour to the Benagil caves departing from Portimão. Join us and have great fun with our lovely macaw mascots!

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Cruise To Ponta Da Piedade – Snorkeling, Swimming In The Ocean & Visiting The Caves

Come and visit the beautiful Ponta da Piedade seen from the sea. One of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve coast.

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Birdwatching In The Algarve’s Ria Formosa

This is an exciting tour through Portugal’s Ria Formosa.Enjoy a tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago and discover the best of the Algarve bird life with an expert local guide.

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Traditional Balloon Flights In The Algarve (Shared Flight)

Live your dream... and enjoy the real ballooning adventure in the blue skies of portugal!

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Algarve Golden Coast – Boat Cruise In Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Witness the amazing rock formations and beaches of europe's best kept secret. Join our team on this beautiful half day cruise which will be the highlight of your holidays!

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Albufeira Dolphins And Caves Cruise

Come and live the ocean emotion while you watch amazing ocean caves and try to find wild dolphins!

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Kayak Cave Explorer Tour In Lagos, Portugal

Follow us on this exciting Kayak guided tour to the famous beaches and caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore these amazing and ancient rock formations.

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Jeep Safari Central Algarve With Lunch

Amazing safari by Land Rover with experienced driver looking beyond the tourist spots. Probably the best day of your holidays.

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Top 7 Things To Do in Algarve

1. Faro

A popular destination for sun-seekers, Faro has a reputation as being an overrun party beach town for much of the year. Visitors who use it as a base to explore the more remote areas of the Algarve in the off-season will experience much more of what southern Portugal has to offer; but those looking for no more than a tan and cocktails won't be disappointed. In winter, it is a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern Europe with plenty sun shining in the town with Iberian and Moorish-influenced architecture. The people are more friendly than other parts of Europe. Many speak a bit of English, but are very appreciative of any attempts at Portuguese.

2. Lagos

Lagos is a historic and lively city that is situated on the beautiful Western Algarve coastline. As a holiday destination, Lagos offers visitors glorious beaches, buzzing nightlife and a charming historic centre, which has retained its traditional character and charm. Within the Lagos region is an abundance of varied sights and activities, which makes the city a fantastic destination for tourists who want more than just great beaches and glorious weather for their holiday.

3. Sagres

Sagres is home to the most impressive landscape in the Algarve. The force of Nature is so strong in this south-westerly tip of continental Europe that visitors will soon understand why ancient settlers deemed it sacred, how it lured 15th Century Portuguese explorers to set sail into the unknown and how it has managed to retain its original striking beauty.

4. Albufeira

Albufeira is a coastal city in the southern Algarve region of Portugal. It’s a former fishing village that has become a major holiday destination, with sandy beaches and a busy nightlife strip. Local fishermen now use the modern marina, also a base for diving, dolphin-watching and boat trips. It's surrounded by candy-colored apartments, with a waterfront promenade.

5. Vilamoura

First, there was a coastline of fabulous, long sandy beaches and then there was Vilamoura.Unlike many of the Algarve’s coastal resorts that started out as traditional fishing villages, the sophisticated resort of Vilamoura was purpose-built with the most discerning holiday maker’s requirements in mind. Environmentally conscious development, attractive landscaping and tasteful design led to the creation of this quality resort that is home to every sport, leisure, entertainment and amenity imaginable and one of the Algarve’s most sought after holiday destinations.

6. Tavira

In the Algarve, archaeological remains have been discovered tracing settlement back over 6,000 years. However, it was under the Roman empire that the southern coastline was settled in a more organised fashion. The city of Balsa was established in the 1st century ad on the route between Ossonoba (Faro) and Baesuris (Castro Marim). Its main activities were then fishing and fish salting. Benefiting from a favourable geographical location, between the Algarvian hills and the course of the Gilão river, it was also chosen by the Moors for settlement between the 8th and 9th centuries. It was then named "Tabira", root of the current Tavira. However, there is no conclusive evidence linking Balsa and Tabira to exactly the same site...The Christian Reconquest took Tavira in 1242 under Paio Peres Correia, a knight of Sant'Iago. Two years later, king Sancho II gave these lands to the Order for their reorganisation and settlement. Also in the 13th century, the Castle and walls were strengthened and the Church of Santa Maria (Saint Mary) was built.

7. Portimão

Traditionally an important trading and fishing port, Portimão has now become one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destinations and a modern city offering fabulous beaches, proximity to the natural beauty of the Alvor estuary and plenty of animation.The attraction of the area lies in the amazing diversity of its countryside and beaches. Holidaymakers in search of sun and sea will have the choice of longer beaches, such as the much-loved Praia da Rocha, or any one of the smaller, more sheltered ones like Prainha, lying westwards of the city.

Good to know

Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro
Time Zone
GMT+1
Country Code
+351
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. Of course, autumn is another best time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.
"24 hours later and I am still excited!"
This flight was really perfect! Besides the amazing landscapes, the whole flight was very safe and smooth and included some acrobatics in the end that brought some adrenaline. Totally recommend it :D

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-06-10
"very good experience"
It was an amazing experience and i will do it again soon :)

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Suz, 2017-06-18
"The best thing that we did in the Algarve!!"
The tour was amazing!! Everything... the reservation... the amability of Inês... then the boy that took us around was the best!! He explain lots of things, took us everywhere... He helped us with the pictures that we took!! Was really amazing!! The best thing that we did in the Algarve!! Thanks for everything
"I'll recommend you to anyone!"
Thank you so much for your help, it was easy to find the right place! And also the boat trip was so nice, with a nice boat, some music and the three parrots, excellent !! For sure money well spent, and I'll recommend you to anyone going to south Portugal!! Thanks again!
"The tour was amazing"
The tour was amazing, a bit too fast, but we enjoyed it very much. Carlos is a fantastic captain also. Thank you very much for the great experience!

From Visit To The Caves Of Benagil – From Armação De Pêra, reviewed by: Barbara, 2017-08-09
"Best kayak tour in Lagos!"
This tour was amazing. You get on the boat inside the marina and from there they take you to the beautiful Ponta da Piedade and you get on the kayaks and go exploring the caves! This way you keep your energy for the important part. Professional crew and everything works just fine. Recommend it a lot for all ages.

From Kayak Cave Explorer Tour In Lagos, Portugal, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-08-19
"The most complete boat tour"
This boat tour was awesome! Besides the beautiful views you get from the boat, you have access to many water toys, SUP, kayaks, etc. The lunch was very good and you could chose between roasted chicken, tuna salad and a veggie dish. Was very relaxed and we had a great time. Recommend it very much!
"Todo muy bien."
Han disfrutado mucho y el mar estaba perfecto. Muchas gracias!!

From Kayak Tour In Ponta Da Piedade, Lagos, reviewed by: Carmen, 2017-08-20
"It was great! Thanks so much!"
It was great! Thanks so much!

From Benagil Caves Trip, reviewed by: Gera, 2017-08-20