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Activities in the Algarve

The Algarve is not just Beach & Sun... here you can find some suggestions of what to do and visit in the Algarve, besides sunbathing in the spectacular beaches that this southern region is proud to have.

Golf in the Algarve

The Algarve boasts some of the best golf courses in Europe. If you regularly practice this sport, or would simply like to try the feeling, you can visit one of the many courses. Here are some of them: Salgados (Salgados Beach); Golf Balaia (Albufeira); Vilamoura has some of the best golf courses, such as the Old Course, Pinha, Laguna, Millennium, Vitória; in Carvoeiro area you can find Gramacho course and Vale da Quinta; Silves golf course; Portimão area has the Morgado course, Parque da Floresta and Boavista couses.


Algarve for children

All over the Algarve you will find several attractions that will give you the guarantee of a good day out. Kids or adults, everyone's going to love the following locations: Zoomarine theme park (Guia); Water Park Slide & Splash (Lagoa); Aquashow Water Park (Quarteira); Aqualand Water Park (Alcantarilha); Family Golf Park (Vilamoura), Science Centre (Faro); Crazy Golf (Algoz); Fiesa Sand Exposition (Pera); Zoo of Lagos.

History in the Algarve

The Algarve has a rich history, proven by various historical traces and of great value that deserve a visit during your holiday. Some examples are: Castle of Silves, Castro Marim Castle, Fortress of Sagres, Megaliticos Monuments of Alcalar (Portimão), Old Town of Faro, Roman Ruins of Milreu (Estoi). 

Museums in the Algarve

There are several museums that you can visit in the region. Here we mention a few:

Municipal Museum of Lagos: A trip through the Neolithic times to the present. Discover the history of the region.

Museum of Archaeology of Albufeira: Pre-history, Roman period, Visigothic and Muslim Periods, Modern age.

Tavira Municipal Museum: History and Cultural heritage of Tavira (archaeology and sacred art).

Faro Municipal Museum: Located in the former Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, this is without a doubt the most comprehensive Museum in the Algarve.

Archaeological Museum of Silves: A jewel of Islamic heritage in Portugal.

Municipal Museum of Loulé: Several exhibitions in the Museum, Archaeology and traditional cuisine.

Museum of Portimão: A sample of Industrial and ethnographic Heritage of Portimão.

Nature in the Algarve

The Ria Formosa Park is one of the most beautiful natural resources and protected areas of the Algarve, due to the variety of its ecosystems and singular location. With an extension of over 60kms, this incredible natural paradise starts in Ancão area (along the Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago) and ends in Manta Rota (nearVila Real de Santo António). It works as a shelter for migratory birds and rare species.

There are many areas worth exploring for those who enjoy hiking. A good starting point is the Environmental Education Center of Marim, Olhão, where there are organized easy hikes with a nature guide, and where you will meet the enormous variety of environments that exist in the Ria Formosa, such as salinas, freshwater ponds, Roman ruins, tide mill, etc.


Surf in the Algarve

Why not try this popular sport? The Algarve has several certified surf schools that can give yourself or your kids, fun lessons in which your body learns to master the waves of the sea. SAGRES is one of the most popular areas in the world for the practice of this sport. In Faro area, more specifically on the island of Faro, you can also contact with the Nautical Centre that offers surf and windsurfing lessons, as well as the possibility of seing the beautiful Ria Formosa as never before.. Kayaking!

Boat Trips in the Algarve

There is no doubt that it is through a boat trip that you get to know some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve coast. There are stunning caves that are only accessible through this means, there are trips to see dolphins on the coast or boat trips to relax and watch the sunset. On the marinas of Vilamoura and Albufeira you can find several boat trip companies. Lagoa (Carvoeiro) and Lagos are the 2 best areas to do a boat trip as the coast has the most secluded and stunning points. In Lagos, the caves of Ponta da Piedade are famous worldwide for its beauty.

Algarve festivals and events

Here we point out some of the many traditional, gastronomic and musical events that happen in the Algarve during the year, with special mention for the summer:

FIESA-International Sand Sculpture Festival. May to October

Salir Corn Cob Festival – May

Popular Saints Quarteira - May and June

Med Loulé Festival - June

Concentration Moto Clube Faro - July

Party Ria Formosa in Faro – July / August

Ria Formosa Seafood Festival in Faro – July / August

FATACIL (Handicraft, Tourism, Agriculture, Commerce and Industy) in Lagoa - August

Seafood Festival in Olhão - August

Sardine Festival in Portimão – August

Silves Medieval Fair - August

Fetaal – Craft Fair and Equestrian Art of Lagos - September

Algarve Inland

Some of the most stunning landscapes and villages are located inthe interior of the Algarve. One of them is Alte, once named one of the Portuguese villages of portugal ". Its peacefull location, nature environment and friendliness of the habitants, make it a hotspot.

It is just 20 minutes away from Loulé, Moorish city with a beautiful moth Arab market.

Enjoy it and visit also the neighbouring Salir town. Enjoy the view around the ruins of the Arab Castle as well as the hospitality of the locals who will give you a taste of the amazing bread, chouriço and medronho. If you go towards the beautiful Monchique mountains, stop in one of the many viewpoints and admire the landscape. 

Algarve Cities

Most of the visitors of the Algarve know its many beaches, but not necessarily the cities.

Beyond the capital, Faro, a city rich in history, scenic beauty and natural (don't miss the Faro Island and the Ria Formosa), we strongly recommend that you visit the cosmopolitan city of Portimao, as well as the tourist centres of Lagos and Albufeira, the cities of Loule, Vila Real de Santo António and Tavira. In Tavira you can visit some of its 37 churches!


Shopping in the Algarve

Shopping can be a great way to explore the life of a region – the Algarve is no exception. In various locations you can find the most reputable brands, craft items, leather goods, accessories, wines and other popular items.

Some of the most popular places to shop are: weekly market of Quarteira (Wednesdays), weekly market of Loulé (Saturdays), Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve Shopping, Downtown of Faro, Forum Algarve in Faro, Mar Shopping in Loulé, Tavira Shopping, Portimão Aqua Shopping and downtown area, Old Town of Albufeira, Vilamoura Marina, etc. 

Adventure in the Algarve

There is a huge variety of sports and adventure activities you can experience during your holidays: diving, ecokart, indoor kart, skydive, enduro tours, adventure park tours, jeep safari, among many others. Panoramic tours or hot air balloon. Contact us if you want more information in these areas.


Horse Riding in the Algarve

If you like horseriding, why not try it on the beach or other natural areas? There are several equestrian centers that organize these tours (properly monitored by a professional). Contact us if you want more information in this area.


Luxury in the Algarve

Some of the world's famous come to the Algarve on holidays, or spend several seasons a year in luxury areas. Some examples are the areas of Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago, which are worth a visit not only for the natural curiosity that the theme "celebrities" awakens, but also by the wonderful beaches that these resorts have, as the beaches of Ancão, Golden Dunes, Vale Garrao, etc.

Vilamoura is also the capital of elegance, with a perfect marina, 5 star hotels, shops of different famous brands and good nighclubs. 

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