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From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

1. From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Algarve region on this boat tour departing from Armação de Pêra. Travel in the company of an expert team and experienced captain for a safe and comfortable journey. Along the way, visit 10 caves and 15 deserted beaches which are only accessible from the sea. Admire the Captain's Cave, Praia da Marinha, Albandeira Arch, and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the rugged coastline between Armação de Pêra and Benagil. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the unique landscape of this region before arriving at the highlight of the trip, the world-famous Benagil Cave. On the way back, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the boat trip.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

2. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

Leaving from the Marine de Lagos, you’ll be taken on a thrilling 1.5-hour ride into the Atlantic Ocean in search of wild dolphins. The high success rate and professional crew make this a must-do tour while in Lagos.   Hop on board the boat and then relax on the bench seating. Take advantage of the extra viewing room, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The marine biologist on board will help identify the dolphins and interpret their behavior. They’ll be collecting data while on board for the purpose of preservation and conservation of these beautiful animals, as well as passing their knowledge on to you. Every trip is a meaningful excursion that provides great memories and education, as well as supplying scientific data to help future conservation projects.

From Albufeira: 4x4 Off-Road Safari & Vineyard Wine Tasting

3. From Albufeira: 4x4 Off-Road Safari & Vineyard Wine Tasting

During the afternoon cross picturesque villages, orange groves and dense forests of cork oak, know the true essence of the Algarve. An adventure off road in 4×4 vehicles driven by experienced professionals. Enjoy the sublime panoramic views along paths traversing hills and valleys, where you will see the cork trees and learn a bit about the cork process. Learn the culture, stop in a local winery for some wine tasting with bread, cheese, jams and smoked ham. A fun and memorable experience for families, individuals and groups! A day to remember.

Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

4. Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

Your 6-hour cruise begins in the morning with a departure from the Albufeira marina. Heading to the west, you’ll hug the Algarve coast as you take in the beautiful scenery of this part of Portugal. You’ll transfer to a dinghy and then disembark at a secluded beach that’s inaccessible by land. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities, sip refreshing drinks, and enjoy a unique meal prepared by the crew. During your time at the beach you’ll have water and beach sports equipment available, including stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and balls, rackets, and other beach games. After a BBQ lunch you’ll have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the deserted beach and the calm, translucent sea.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

5. From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

Start with pickup from your hotel or resort and travel by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle through the Algarve countryside. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of cork trees, groves of orange trees, and picturesque villages throughout the journey.  Visit a family-owned winery and take a guided tour of the vineyard and wine cellar. Learn about the history of wine production in the region and the winemaking process. After the tour, enjoy tastings of red, white, and rosé wines produced onsite.  Then, travel to the charming town of Silves. Enjoy some free time in the town and take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets to the impressive Moorish castle which is located at the top of the town. After some time in Silves, return to your hotel in Albufeira.

Loulé: Quinta da Tôr Winery Tour with Wine Tastings

6. Loulé: Quinta da Tôr Winery Tour with Wine Tastings

Visit Quinta da Tôr, a local family-owned winery in Algarve, and learn more about wine making as well as what makes it so special in the Algarve region. Taste 4 different wines from the winery with traditional bread and olive oil from the region. Algarve is known for its amazing beaches, golf courses and famous caves, but for some years now the wineries have become one of the highlights of the region, gaining recognition both nationally and internationally. During your tour of the winery you will not only see the facilities of the winery, but also learn more about the unique climate here: the low temperatures in the winter and high temperatures in the Summer, which allows Algarve to have a good and balanced maturation of the 7 grapes that its land has to offer (Touriga Nacional, Sirah, Carbernet Sauvignon, Aragonez, Siria, Arinto, Chardonnay). After your tour, indulge in a wine tasting with 4 different wines selected around your choice of wine class and type. Select from the groupings: Classic Wines, Oaky Wines, Brave Wines, Premium Wines and Golden Algibre Wines. Taste the regional bread and olive-oil with your wine.

Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

7. Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

Navigate the waterways between the barrier islands of Ria Formosa off the coast of Olhão and discover a paradise of nature. Enjoy great views of the Farol Bar and Santa Maria Lighthouse on Farol Island. Stop for lunch in the fishing village of Culatra, home to about 1,000 residents with shops, a school, church, medical office, and even its own football pitch. Savor the local fresh fish at a typical restaurant or go for a nice picnic on the beach. Continue to Armona Bay and island, where you will stop for another 30 minutes to appreciate the nature. Return to Olhão, passing close to several tuna factories and the fishing harbor. See a larger area of Ria Formosa than most other tours, and benefit from the expert knowledge of your skipper to learn about the flora and fauna.

Faro: Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train

8. Faro: Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train

Relax and enjoy a Faro tour on a special tourist train. During this tour, you will visit beautiful and important monuments of the city, including Old City, the Jardim Manuel Bivar, Igreja da Misericórdia, Sé de Faro, Teatro Lethes, Igreja do Carmo, Igreja São Pedro, Zona Comercial da Baixa de Faro, pass by the lagoon Ria Formosa and the new town. Via a multilingual audio system, learn curious facts and secrets as you pass by each location. Your ticket is valid for a full day, so you can stop at any of our stops, explore the surroundings and hop back in to the next stop. The stops are: Praça D. Francisco Gomes (where our tour starts), Jardim da Alameda, Ermida de Santo António, Mercado da Cidade e Igreja do Carmo.

Sagres Natural Park: Sunset Tour by Jeep

9. Sagres Natural Park: Sunset Tour by Jeep

Do you like to explore, be surrounded by nature which has not yet been corrupted by man—then this tour is for you. Discover cliffs double the height of Cape St.Vincent on an exclusive and unique visit to see Portugal’s best sunset. This tour will take you to the Vila de Sagres, Cape of S.Vicente, an off-road secret beach spot, and another secret spot with 140 meter high cliffs to see the sunset. See the beautiful scenery while enjoying Portuguese wine and a typical chorizo with bread or cream cake.

Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

10. Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch

Get off the beaten track and into the heart of the Algarve on an exciting Jeep Safari. Travel through outstanding landscapes, visit a small distillery, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. Hop in your jeep for a safari through southern Portugal. You'll go down dales, across streams, and traverse meadows as part of this exciting adventure. Marvel at the scenery of an area almost untouched by time. Enjoy driving down winding earthen tracks to some of the most fascinating places in the Algarve. Visit tiny white-washed villages where time seems to stand still. Stop by a local distillery where the brave can taste “Medronho”, the very potent local drink. Enjoy watching honey produced the old way in this traditional environment, then finish off your adventure with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

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What people are saying about Algarve

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,227 reviews

What a fantastic evening! João was the perfect guide. Personable, funny and full of wonderful stories and history. He introduced our group (which was a fabulous group btw!) to more refined versions of Portuguese cuisine, family fare which was sumptuous and warming to the core, to a local bar with delicious foods making the mouth water and a shot of local “moonshine”. We topped the evening off with a coffee and sweets and chatted with our new friends. Highly recommended this tour.

Absolutely LOVED this wine tour. It was the highlight of my trip in Algarve. Absolutely beautiful vineyard and very informative tour of wine making. The ticket is such good value with 4 glasses of wine and free bread & olive oil. I can’t recommend this enough!!

It was so much fun, well worth the money. The time on the beach was the perfect amount, food was good, and the guides made it a great time! Highly recommend

Great tour guide! Very knowledgeable about the area and local history. She even got us reservations and travel to a fantastic restaurant in Portimão.

Very friendly and helpful tour guides and a lovely winery . Would thoroughly recommend this trip.