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Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

1. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

2. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

3. Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

Get an exciting introduction to the world of skydiving and free fall from 10,000 or 15,000 feet for the ultimate adrenaline rush! Ideal for first timers and those with little prior experience, the dive will be completed in safety with professional instructors who have thousands of dives worth of experience. Jump with an instructor and large parachute specifically designed for the activity. Experience the thrill and excitement of a free fall for up to 70 seconds and get breathtaking views of the coastline of the Algarve. Start with a short flight aboard a fabulous aircraft before you take your exhilarating leap. Your instructor will open the tandem parachute after 20 or 70 seconds of free fall. You will be offered an optional video and photo package taken by your tandem instructor during the experience for a unique souvenir to show to all your friends and family.

Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

4. Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

Cool off at Portugal's most exciting waterpark: Aqualand Algarve. Located between Albufeira and Portimão, Aqualand Algarve is a space of pure water fun, lasting the entire day. The park has something for everyone, from the "Children's Paradis" area with mini slides and activities for the most adventurous kids, while grown-ups can try out high adrenaline levels on “Banzai” with a vertical fall of 23m. Be it the sea waves in the Surf Beach wave pool or the speedy “Hydra”, with its three slides for simple and double floats, a great day is guaranteed. The park also features a semi-Olympic swimming pool, unique among the water parks in Portugal. With something for the whole family, your trip to Aqualand is sure to be a great day out.

Ponta da Piedade: Half-Day Cruise with Lunch from Lagos

5. Ponta da Piedade: Half-Day Cruise with Lunch from Lagos

Start your journey in Lagos marina by boarding the comfortable catamaran Freddie. Head to the Ponta da Piedade coast, where your captain will find the best spot possible to drop the anchor. Before lunch, jump into the water and taste the clear refreshing waters of the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy a complimentary lunch, including cheese and chorizo starters, followed by roasted chicken, salad and chips with drinks of your choice, including wine, beer, juice, water, and others. Savor a dessert of fresh fruit, cake or pastel de nata. Vegetarians can choose from vegetarian pizza or a salad. Drinks are free during lunchtime. Finally, return to the original boat and discover more secrets of this outstanding coast.

Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

6. Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

Taste the freshest oranges possible on this private day trip to Algarve orange country. Visit the Silves farmers market and have a walk by the Arade river, learn about orange farming at an orange orchard, taste an orange plucked straight from a tree, and enjoy a glass of just-squeezed orange juice. The tour starts in the town of Silves, the heart of Algarve’s orange country. Visit the farmers market and wander by the Arade river – its pretty views of the Roman bridge and the red-hued town are not to be missed.  Next, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of one of the largest orange orchards in the region, where you can learn about the farming process. The Algarve region produces what are considered to be the best oranges in the world, and the Silves area, in particular, is known for its sweet, fine-skinned, aromatic, and incredibly juicy oranges.  Your guide will instruct you on a variety of species, grown so that oranges can be enjoyed all year round. You’ll even get to pluck an orange straight from a tree and enjoy its delicious taste, farm-fresh. The tour ends with a serving of a delicious, naturally sweet, vitamin-packed glass of just-squeezed orange juice. 

Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

7. Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

Collect your scooter or convertible car in Praia da Rocha, and then take a scenic coastal route towards the legendary caves of Benagil to swim into one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. Marvel at the stunning cliffs along the coast as you make your way to Praia da Marinha, named by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Continue to Praia de Benagil, where you can leave your personal items safely as you swim into the stunning caves.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will lead in their own vehicle and stop at panoramic spots along the way. They will also accompany you into the caves and give you advice on how to swim in safety.

Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

8. Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

See the Algarve from a unique perspective as you travel around the wine-growing region in a Volkswagen T2 van. Your trip will be punctuated with a lot of history and local knowledge while you explore the beauty of the region.   After getting picked up from your accommodation, board the charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 2-hour wine tour. On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, visit a local winery (Quinta do Francês Winery, Monte do Além or Dos Santos). Upon arrival, be welcomed with a guided visit of the winery and the cellar, while you learn about its unique wines and how they are produced in the Demarcated Region of the Algarve. Later, enjoy a tasting of 4 delicious red, white, and rosé wines and feel free to purchase some extra bottles as souvenirs. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of your tasting.

Frm Portimão & Alvor: Private Tour by Convertible Car

9. Frm Portimão & Alvor: Private Tour by Convertible Car

Ride in a concertible car while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches of the Algarve. These guided tours go through various strategic points such as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Monchique, Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Alvor. Visit Algarve natural parks, river springs and mountains where you can enjoy a wonderful view over virtually the entire coastline. See Monchique garden, largely covered in eucalyptus trees, cork oaks, and pine trees. Its highest peak Foia (920 mt) offers a stunning panoramic view over the coastline and the ocean. Full-day tours also include lunch in a typical restaurant. There is also an opportunity for other activities like taking a dip in the sea, snorkeling or a picnic in a quiet bay. Your guide, while leading the tour, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way.

Algarve Cabrio Tours

10. Algarve Cabrio Tours

Enjoy driving a Cabrio or riding a scooter while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches of the Algarve. These guided tours go through various strategic points such as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Monchique, Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Alvor. Full-day tours also include lunch in a typical restaurant. There is also opportunity for other activities like taking a dip in the sea and snorkelling. Your guide, while leading the tour on his own vehicle, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way. These tours can be a perfect introduction to first time visitors or they can offer a deeper insight for tourists re-visiting the region.

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What people are saying about Alvor

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 806 reviews

Crew was great. Very friendly and helpful. The cave tour was just the right size group and we were able to get close into the caves. Lunch was delicious and having umbrellas on the beach was so enjoyable! The trip was even longer than expected!

Fabulous trip. Well organised and easy to find the meeting point. The trip allowed us to explore the caves (from a difference) and allowed us time to paddle board and swim in the sea! Highly recommend!

Brilliant experience, best feeling ever, and it’s an experience to cherish for life. The instructors were professional and were very helpful in calming nerves.

This is such a good trip! Well worth the money the crew can’t do enough for you our best day on holiday

Great trip! Very knowledgable about the winery and great range of wine available to taste!