Do you want to explore Algarve, the most visited region in Portugal, and discover all of its wonders in a different way? If that’s the case, read below the best Algarve tours so that you can have a memorable stay.
Best Algarve Tours
Dolphin watching and sea caves
If you love nature in its purest state, then know that this is one of the best Algarve tours. Climb aboard a boat in the marinas of Albufeira (click here or here) or Olhão (click here), and go discover places inaccessible by land and admire the beautiful dolphins that wander these Atlantic waters!
Know that, in addition to an experienced captain who knows the waters of this area like no one else, occasionally you will also have on board a marine biologist who will give you a unique perspective on the maritime life of this region and, in particular, on the dolphins that usually swim in this area.
Enjoy more than two hours of this activity and admire unique places such as the magnificent cave of Benagil and other caves that can be found along the coast, between Albufeira and the beach Praia do Carvoeiro.
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Exploring Ria Formosa
Do you want to explore one of the most beautiful Portuguese natural parks, the Ria Formosa Natural Park? If that’s the case, don’t hesitate and book one of the following activities!
With departure from Olhão, go on an adventure through the waters of Ria Formosa, a natural park constituted by some islands and, as you would expect, fantastic beaches. You will have time for everything and, in the summer, you can even take the opportunity to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of this region.
In addition to this beautiful 5-hour boat tour, know that you will be accompanied by an experienced guide that will tell you more about islands like Culatra and Armona and inform you about the wonderful landscape and environmental richness of this protected area.
One of the highlights of this activity will undoubtedly be a lunch break that will include grilled fish as well as the tasting of clams that are caught in the region. Don’t miss it!
If you want to discover Ria Formosa by bicycle, know that this 5-hour activity is ideal for having a different day in Algarve. Whether with family, friends or even alone, discover by bike an easy trail and some wonders of this natural park close to the city of Faro.
You can adjust the itinerary to your needs and do just 8 km or, more demanding, with a length of 30-40 km; along the way, make the stops you want to admire the scenery, take pictures or simply rehydrate yourself.
Unique boat tours in Algarve
Do you want to explore the waters of the Algarve coast in an original way? If that’s the case, discover below the activities that you can book and that will make your stay in the region unforgettable.
My first suggestion will be perfect for families as it will be aboard a boat that reminds us of other times when pirates and privateers used to rule the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
When booking this activity, you are guaranteed to enjoy 2 hours of pure fun, admire the beautiful beaches and rock formations of Albufeira and surroundings and, if you want, go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Undoubtedly, one of the activities in Algarve that you cannot miss!
The next activity is considered one of the favourite boat tours for anyone visiting Algarve and which I also recommend.
On this 6-hour tour departing from Albufeira marina, know that you can admire the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve coast while an experienced captain will give you more information about the region. But the highlight will be when the boat docks at a private beach where you will have the opportunity to go for a swim and enjoy a magnificent barbecue. An experience you won’t forget!
Departing from the Vilamoura marina, board a luxury sailboat and enjoy this 2h30 experience perfect for families or groups of friends who want to admire the Algarve coast in an original way. On this tour between Vilamoura and Albufeira, discover some beaches only accessible by sea, admire the rock formations and much more!
Are you staying in Faro or nearby and want to enjoy a magnificent sunset aboard a small boat? If that’s the case, book this activity and know that you will have the boat just for you and your family or better half. During this 3-hour tour, the captain will let you do some of the tasks inherent in navigating the boat for a more complete experience.
If you are staying in Vilamoura or surroundings, choose this activity. Depart from Vilamoura’s marina and take the opportunity to go for a swim in the warmer days. You can also admire some beaches like Falésia and, of course, enjoy the fabulous sunset.
Other activities in Algarve
In addition to dolphin watching, exploration of Ria Formosa and unique cruises, there are other activities you can book in this region that is one of Portugal’s most touristy regions.
My first suggestion is for an activity that will take you to discover the beautiful landscapes of Algarve in a vintage Volkswagen, the Kastenwagen. When booking this activity, know that you can choose the location that suits you best: Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portimão, Carvoeiro or Lagos.
Experience a magnificent sunset while travelling in a vintage Volkswagen van through the beautiful Algarve region! Choose the pick-up place and enjoy 2h30 of pure magic, where the colours of the sunset paint the horizon and provide a unique atmosphere, perfect for romantic moments, but not only!
Do you like photography and admire the wonders of the night? If that’s the case, book a night photo tour with an experienced guide, good music and lots of entertainment. Being one of the ideal activities for couples, families or friends, keep this special memory of your stay in Algarve. Try it!
Leave from Lagos in a vintage Volkswagen van in a trip to the western Algarve heritage. On this 4-hour tour you will have the opportunity to discover some less-known but not less interesting points of interest such as the menhirs of Padrão and Milrei, the Promontory of Sagres, the Cape of São Vicente and the dinosaur footprints at the beach Praia da Salema.
Discover one of the most beautiful places in Algarve in an original way: kayaking in Ponta da Piedade. During this 2h30 activity, take the opportunity to explore the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic along with the beautiful rock formations found at this point of interest. With a unique perspective on Ponta da Piedade, this will undoubtedly be an activity you will not want to miss.
Albufeira is one of the destinations of choice for those visiting Algarve, but not everyone knows the true beauty of this area. In this unique activity, my suggestion is that you explore the trails by bicycle along the cliffs and more, on a tour that can go from 8 to 40 km and that lasts for 5 hours.
As already mentioned, Algarve is a very beautiful region, but many people only travel to the south of Portugal to enjoy its beaches. What I propose during your stay, is that you rent a bicycle and discover the various trails along the cliffs, explore the cities and more! You will have mountain bikes, city bikes, enduro and even tandems at your disposal, which you can pick up at the store in Faro or that can be delivered to your hotel, inside or outside the city.
Do you want to try something different during your stay in Algarve? If that’s the case, book a cooking class and learn some tricks you can take with you and use when cooking for your family and / or friends. During these 4 hours, you will have the opportunity to go to the local market, prepare a meal (fish and seafood or octopus cataplana) with products from the region and, of course, enjoy a unique lunch.
If you want to know how to prepare a typical bread from the Alentejo and Algarve regions and a tasty roast, book this cooking class. In this activity, you will go to a farm in Tavira and have the opportunity to help with the various stages of preparing the bread and the meal in a wood oven, all in the company of an experienced cook.
In the western Algarve, you will have the possibility to discover one of the most renowned estates with regard to wine production in Algarve. Here, you can do a workshop with wine tasting and try one of the products that most distinguishes Portugal in the world. In this unique 3-hour experience, you will have the basic information and training to be able to evaluate and distinguish good wines and you can even bottle your own wine that you will take as a souvenir.
As an alternative to the previous activity, you can have a gastronomic experience in a wine farm located in Lagoa. In this experience, you can enjoy a three-course lunch, taste 3 or 4 wines and, of course, take a guided tour of this beautiful property.
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