The region offers something for everyone, steeped in history, boasting all modern amenities for a luxury holiday, offering superb sports facilities, great local cuisine and is a very family orientated culture. PHOTO GALLERY (Photos courtesy of Turismo do Algarve)
The 160 kms of Algarve’s coastline offer some of Europe’s most spectacular beaches, many being holders of the prestigious Blue Flags. Choose from broad expanses of white sand, small cove beaches backed by red cliffs, beaches where cosmopolitan beach parties are a summer constant, to the pristine, deserted beaches of the Western Coast.
Away from the coastline with its modern resorts, it is worth exploring the inland regions with the lush vegetation of the Monchique Mountains, traditional villages like Alte and Cacela Velha and the small villages that dot the course of the River Guardiana such as Alcoutim.
The Algarve has something for everyone with the N125 and the A22 Motorway linking East and West Algarve together meaning the entire region of the Algarve is easily accessible to explore.
Vilamoura is only a 20 minute drive from the Algarve’s only airport, Faro; easily reached by direct flights from Europe’s regional airports. Vilamoura is a unique leisure and recreational tourist destination offering a wide variety of activities and facilities for a fun filled, family holiday. The Vilamoura Marina with over 1000 berths hosts a range of restaurants, bars, boutiques and entertainment is considered the heart of Vilamoura, framed beautifully by the sandy beaches stretching along the coastline on either side.
The Marina offers visitors many activities including boat trips, cave trips, water sports, dolphin watching and deep sea fishing. However, there are many other activities on offer in Vilamoura including a range of sports such as tennis, clay pigeon shooting, lawn bowls, horse riding and mini golf, plenty to fill an Algarve activity holiday. Golfing holidays to the Algarve are very popular and Vilamoura has 6 golf courses to choose from, this and its central Algarve location means it is easy to combine playing other courses in the region in a golf holiday.
Algarve Jeep Safari – Portimão
You are taken away from the coastal resorts into the Algarve countryside where you learn of the local flora and fauna, of the old traditions and customs still practiced in this area, of the secrets of harvesting the cork trees of their precious bark. You visit a small farm, sample some local honey and see where the “medronho” is distilled. Medronho is a very potent local drink made from the berries of the arbutus tree. The day includes a tasty lunch of chicken piri-piri in a local restaurant.
Algarve Racing – Portimão
The motor racing circuit brings you International racing events throughout the year including Le Mans and the FIA GT Championship. The Autódromo offers a range of driving experiences on the main circuit and on the go kart track.
Algarve Airsports Centre – Lagos
Flying lessons, micro light training and hot air ballooning.
Algarve Seafaris – Vilamoura
Half day, full day and sunset cruises on board a yacht or catamaran are an alternative to lying on the beach soaking up the sun. For a more interactive experience explore the grottos, go dolphin watching or try your hand at big game fishing.
Hobie Kayak Tours Algarve – Olhão
Explore the coast line and Ria Formosa Nature Park by spending the day on the water. To make the adventure less strenuous the kayaks have been designed using the patented mirage drive pedalling system, reducing splashing and saves your arms!
Take to the tracks and trails to explore the true Algarve on 4 x 4 quad bikes.
Lagos Zoo – Lagos
Plenty of animals to see with a multi media room, library, handicraft shop, bars, restaurants and children’s play ground also on site.
Atlantic Riders – West Algarve
Fancy learning how to surf, then Atlantic Riders offer both beginners and advanced lessons.
Sunsation Sea Leisure – Albufeira
Based in Albufeira Marina, boat trips for cruises and fishing trips are the main services offered. Parasailing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, dolphin watching and sunset cruises.
Algar Experience – Albufeira
An alternative way to explore the Algarve coastline and caves on board “Belize” a catamaran type vessel with a stopover for a BBQ lunch on the beach. The opportunity is also offered to have a sunset and floating dinner cruise, or the “Belize” is available for private hire and special events.
Beach Hut Watersports – Praia de Luz
If exploring the West of the Algarve then cave tours, watersports and children’s days are all organised here.
THEME, ADVENTURE & WATERPARKS
Leisure park with different speed go karts for all ages and experience including the mini Formula 1 cars for children aged between 3 and 6. Alongside the 760 metre go kart track there are trampolines, radio remote controlled cars, mini boats, rodeo and buggy safaris.
Braveland Adventure Park – Moncarapacho
There are a lot of activities to choose from upon entrance to Braveland for all ages. For youngest visitors there are bouncy castles and trampolines. There is an adventure circuit, the climbing walls, slide, archery and some water pistol fun. There are hiking and orientation trails, kayaking, beach volleyball, BTT, paint ball, group games, adventure bridges, table tennis and treasure hunts. For the more adventurous there is a high ropes course.
Zoomarine – Albufeira
Plenty to see and do at this park focusing on conservation with large swimming pools, green areas, amusement rides, 4D Cinema and aquarium/museum. A must see is a dolphin display with the handlers that take place at appointed times during the day or for the ultimate experience swim with the dolphins in a one on one experience.
Aquashow – Quarteira
Olympic size swimming pool and lots of slides including “Hallucinating” the biggest water coaster in Europe and giving the biggest splash whilst travelling at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour!
Aqualand Water Park – Between Albufeira and Armação de Pera.
Features slides for all ages, snack bars, a mini park with specially trained attendants for small children.
Slide & Splash – Lagoa
One of the number of water parks within the Algarve with all types of slides for all levels of thrill seeking. Also on site, large swimming pools, wave pools, children’s multi lane slides, rapid river, ice cream parlour, restaurants and gift shop.
ontechoro Fun Park
Family run, fun park with a number of restaurants, sports bar, extensive 18 hour mini golf course, bouncy castles and much more.
Krazy World Zoo – Algoz
Educational and interactive Animal Park with a range of birds of prey, exotic birds and reptile shows, where children can come close to the animals including their handling. Other family fun includes the mini golf, pony rides, krazy karts, bouncy castles and motoquad track.
ARTS & CULTURE
Meinke Flessman Art Gallery – Lagoa
This Dutch artist favours paintings of animals are appreciated by experts and amateurs, young and old alike.
Museu de Portimão – Portimão
Located in a former sardine canning factory this museum regularly holds historical, cultural and art exhibits as well as general culture displays of both local and national content.
This castle features on the Portuguese flag and was once an Arab stronghold of which the walls, barbican tower and main gates remain. Nearby there is a medieval bridge and water mill with its sluice, both worth a look within the immediate area.
Hermitage of Guia
This country church is a beautiful baroque building from the 17th Century dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
“Capela dos Ossos” – Chapel of Bones – Faro
This chapel in the Igreja do Carmo is unique and decorated with the skeletal remains of 1.245 former monks.
Adega do Cantor Wine Tasting – Guia
Take a tour of the vineyard and winery where you can taste Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova wine. Tours are an hour long and tasting is by appointment.
Further information available from the Algarve Tourist Office.