10 Brilliant activities in the Algarve
The Algarve is known for its gorgeous Atlantic beaches and lush golf resorts. With whitewashed fishing villages and a coastline lined with luxury villas, bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to take a sunshine break.
Take a boat trip or snorkel in Ria Formosa Natural Park. This unique coastal lagoon in central Algarve, was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal in a peoples vote in 2018. You can see the largest community of seahorses in the natural environment here. The park covers 18,400 hectares and encompasses a barrier island system stretching 60 km between Ancão and Manta Rota in the eastern Algarve. Essentially, it is a lagoon separated from the sea by a coastal dune system and an important wintering ground for birds from northern and central Europe, as well as being an important stopover for migrant birds flying between northern Europe and Africa.
Visit Cape St. Vincent, the southern-most point of Europe. Take a scenic drive up the Vicentine Coast and enjoy the spectacular views.
Hike part of the Via Algarviana Trail. The 300km long route crosses eleven of the sixteen municipalities of the region. It’s a great way to discover the diverse natural landscapes and culture on foot with stops in gorgeous villages en route. www.viaalgarviana.org
Enjoy a day relaxing on the beach, doing nothing but chilling. From sandy beaches to deserted islands and award-winning beaches like D.Ana, Meia Praia, Praia da Marinha and Falésia beach, the choice is yours. Don’t miss a visit to the impressive Benagil Cave and the iconic Ponta da Piedade rock formations in Lagos.
Learn to surf or body board with the locals at Odeceixe Beach in Aljezur on the west coast. Whatever level you’re at – total beginner or total surf dude, the Algarve offers beaches to cater for all levels, with surf schools dotted along the coastline.
Sip the finest local wines from full bodied reds to delicate whites. Produced across the region, discover them via The Rota Dos Vinhos do Algarve (The Algarve Wine Route). rotadosvinhosdeportugal.pt
Cycle on the Ecovia trail to discover the wonderful, natural landscape. Highlights include the lush greenery of the Costa Vicentina Nature Park, the birdwatching haven of the Alvor Estuary, and the majestic cliffs of Sagres.
Wine and dine! There are loads of restaurants to choose from Michelin Star to authentic tiny cafes. Nothing beats an alfresco lunch in the sun, especially when it’s local sardines or fresh seafood. In Portimão it’s hard to resist the lovely riverside restaurants.
Play a round of golf on one of the stunning courses in the exclusive ‘Golden Triangle’ of the Algarve: Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. Discover why the Algarve was voted the World’s Best Golfing Destination by the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
Take a walk through history. Visit some of the beautiful villages like picturesque Alte or Alvor for a glimpse into traditional rural and coastal living. The region’s sixteen municipalities each have their own identity but are bound together through their religious and cultural heritage.
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Tourism website: www.visitalgarve.pt