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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 Praia da Marinha, the 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.

Sagres Natural Park: Sunset Tour by Jeep

3. 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.

Lagos: Ponta da Piedade Cave and Coastal Tour

4. Lagos: Ponta da Piedade Cave and Coastal Tour

Explore the caves and rock formations of Ponta da Piedade on a cruise trip from Lagos. Visit the tiny grottoes with your guide on a smaller boat for ease of navigation. Swim or snorkel in the water with the gear provided. After boarding the 'Mananita', a traditional Portuguese boat, admire the breathtaking views of the coast of Lagos. Visit a rock formation that dates back thousands of years, and marvel at the rock details that have been sculptured throughout time by waves and marine life. Relax while the skipper navigates the crystal waters close to the coastline. After dropping anchor, hop onto a smaller boat to view the caves and wildlife up close. If you're feeling adventurous, go for a swim or explore the outstanding marine life with a snorkel.

Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

5. 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.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

6. From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

Discover inland locations not easily accessible on foot or by public transport on a half-day ATV tour of the Algarve countryside from Albufeira. Soak up sweeping views as you rumble along rural trails and benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide.  Spend more time riding as you rumble through off-road trails and observe the beauty of the untouched nature. As a special highlight, visit the historic Paderne Castle, an ancient fortification constructed in the 12th century by Berbers.  Along the way, stops are made for photography and time to relax time. The trails are sure to be challenging for all levels of experience.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves

7. 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.

Fuzeta: Dolphin Observation Tour

8. Fuzeta: Dolphin Observation Tour

Your dolphin watching activity will depart from Fuzeta Island. It is a tour that offers a 95% probability that you will be able to find and observe dolphins that live near the Ria Formosa. The tour lasts 2.5 hours, where within this time limit, the travelers and skipper responsible for the boat will leave the Ria Formosa Natural Park in search of such this beautiful and friendly creature. Keep your eyes open! When the boat gets to the open sea it will be time to look for the dolphins. The skipper is very experienced and knows exactly where to find the dolphins. At the conclusion of your tour, you will pass back through the Rio Formosa to return back to your point of origin.

Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

9. 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.

Albufeira: Safari Excursion in the Algarve Mountains

10. Albufeira: Safari Excursion in the Algarve Mountains

Venture off the beaten path – literally – on an off-road adventure through Portugal's Algarve region. See beautiful landscapes, chat with local vendors, and snap pictures of the regional architecture. The day starts with pickup from a central meeting point. From there, you'll travel through traditional villages with stops to admire wooden windmills, Roman-era irrigation systems, and medieval monuments. Stop at a local market to try some regional products such as liqueur, honey, and jams, all made from fruit from the surrounding plantations. To cool off, jump in a traditional canal that's fed from water from the Algarve mountains. At the end of the adventure, your guide will bring you back to the meeting point.

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4.6 / 5

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Recommended boat tour! Nice guides! We saw some dolphins. The captain went to various spots where they knew dolphins were sighted that day. The guides were very considerate of the animals so as not to stress them. When the boat was standing you could take pictures at the railing without any problems. We got some information about the dolphins during the tour and shortly before the end and the guides were also happy to answer any questions. Also recommended with children!

Amazing wine tasting experience in an absolutely stunning location, much better than any other wine tasting tours we have done. Owners were very knowledgeable welcoming and friendly with the added bonus of fantastic high quality delicious wine. Learnt about the whole process of making the wine, and also the olive oil that they also make themselves. Highly recommend a visit.

A very special experience. Away from the tourist boats, Sam and Rui made us a very nice and intimate tour. We visited the entire coast, we saw all kinds of formations, we entered caves and natural arches, etc. Something we will remember all our lives.

Great boat. Knowledgeable guide and beautiful scenery and birds. A great tour!

Very friendly guides, a very good experience, great wine. Highly recommended!