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From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

1. 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: Arade River and Silves History Tour

2. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, the Arade was the scenery of important merchant trades, and was sailed by many cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, and Moors, among others. Ships came to carry minerals, oranges, cork, wood, figs, almonds, carobs, fish, salt, among other various riches of this region.

From Portimão: Sunset Boat Trip with Wine

3. From Portimão: Sunset Boat Trip with Wine

Marvel at the beauty of the Algarve coast and watch the sunset from aboard a sailing ship.  Leaving from the Marina of Portimão, sail towards the picturesque fishing village of Alvor. On the way, see the small beach of João de Arens, hidden between mesmerising rock formations.. Relax at the end of your day with a complimentary glass of wine, fruits and snacks. Fell free to go for a swim in the middle of the sea, far away from the crowds.

Lagoa: Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Lagoa: Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Your experience begins as you are welcomed to Morgado do Quintão for a walk around the estate to observe the vineyards. This will also include a brief introduction to the local grape varieties. Following that, enjoy a tour of the grounds throughout a wine-tasting experience that explores the history of the estate, as well as the terroir-driven wines. You will also learn of the estate's plans for the future as they continue to create Algarve’s landmark wines. Your guides will also tell you all about Algarve’s local grape varieties as you enjoy a tasting 3-4 of their wines. As you sample the wines you can learn about how they're made, as well as how to best pair them with food.

Lagoa: Morgado do Quintão Estate Lunch and Wine Tasting

5. Lagoa: Morgado do Quintão Estate Lunch and Wine Tasting

Located between Silves, Monchique, and Lagoa, take your seat at on the estate of a family-owned property with some of the oldest vineyards in the Algarve. Join in a tasting experience that explores the history of the estate, its unique terroir, and its exciting wines while you savor a simple, hearty Algarvian farmers' table lunch.  Gather under a 2,000 year-old tree overlooking old negra mole vines, inside a vintage olive press, or inside the main house and share a simple but tasty multi-course menu paired with 3-4 wines.  After the casual lunch, delight in fascinating stories of Algarve’s landmark vineyard estate over coffee or as you stroll the property in the presence of the resident vineyard manager.

Portimão: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

6. Portimão: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

Sail from Marina de Portimão and enjoy the natural beauty of the Algarve coast. Swim and snorkel in the crystal waters and enjoy a Champagne toast on board. Depart from Marina de Portimão and sail to Marinha Beach, visiting about 20 caves along the coast, including the famous Grotto of Benagil, one of the ten natural wonders of the world. Make stops at beautiful beaches and paradisiacal caves with plenty of free time to relax and explore. Enjoy time to snorkel or swim in the sea, followed by a toast on board with Champagne or soda.

From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

7. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

Be dazzled by several paradise beaches along the Algarve coast and if you are lucky you can see schools of dolphins along the way. This area of the coast is referred to as the Barlavento region, where placid warm waters and golden sand are framed by natural sculptures carved out of the cliff. Caves and subterranean caves, caused by erosion, sometimes unite these beaches and provide excellent sites for explorations. One of these sites are the caves of Benagil, which are among the ten natural wonders of the world. At Marinha beach, you can see caves, subterranean canals, and natural arches. The cliffs are limestone with fractured and fissured tones, which exhibit a remarkable diversity of curious rocky patterns including arches, grottos, leixões, and algares. There are a diversity of marine habitats that house colorful hedgehogs, anemones, octopuses, cuttlefish, and seahorses. This beach is considered one of the hundred most beautiful in the world. 

From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

8. From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

Enjoy a pickup from your accommodation and board a charismatic Volkswagen T2, complete with a road trip playlist, for a guided nature tour. Explore the Algarve in a unique way with 4 sightseeing stops. Choose the private option to book a tour guide for just you and your family. Begin by stopping at Marinha Beach. Here, you can walk through the cliffs and vegetation, see an “algar” and the famous natural arches in the sea. Then, proceed to Praia do Carvalho, which was once only accessible by sea, with its only entrance by land through a staircase carved among the rocks. After, visit Algar Seco, complete with its curious rock formations which are easy to navigate. Finally, enjoy the scenery that is presented to you at the Ponta do Altar cliffs. Your trip will be punctuated with history and local knowledge, and no rush, there will be plenty of time to explore the beauty of the trip and the places you will visit.

Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

9. Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

After pickup from your accommodation, board a classic Volkswagen T2 for a 4-hour flavor tour and get ready to see and taste the Algarve in a unique way. Punctuated with fascinating history and local knowledge, discover the rich palates of Portugal’s southern coast, complete with a road trip playlist. Start with a stop at the Convent'Bio. This space belonged to the Carmelitas Calçados d 'Alagoa Convent and was founded in 1551 under the influence of Queen D. Catarina. The space was abandoned before being recently recovered and transformed into a local store, café, and biological market. Whilst there, drink orange juice or tea. Following that, visit the picturesque Market of Silves to discover and taste some new Algarve products. Then, have a nice picnic with local products. After, proceed to Quinta do Francês to admire its unique views, before encountering one of the most famous wine producers of the Algarve. Conclude the experience with a tasting of 3 different flavored wines.

From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

10. From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

Depart Portimão harbor and your skipper will take you along the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. Spot stunning rock formations and secluded beaches along the way, including the world-famous Benagil Caves. Swim in the crystal clear water, if you want, and take scenic pictures of the landscapes. On the way back, the skipper will take you further away from the cliffs so that you might see dolphins and marvel at the cliffs as a whole from a larger perspective.

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What people are saying about Portimão

This was worth every penny! Shoutout to our amazing crew, Jose, Miguel, Gonzalo, Moises, Joao, and the captain! They take you to see amazing views while on a relaxing catamaran with a bar on board. Then they take you on a smaller boat in the caves where you can’t get to on your own! Then you get to enjoy an amazing BBQ with more than enough food and drinks and they even had options for vegetarians. The crew is so fun! Book this if you’re looking for a good time!

Lovely, knowledgeable guide. Relaxing trip up the river, Time for lunch in silves or some sightseeing, We we’re lucky to have other nice interesting company on the boat which made the trip very enjoyable, Belgians,Americans, English/welsh and Irish….and we all got on and shared oranges and wine….Bankers, teachers, air traffic controllers, psychotherapist, dentist and book editor!!!!”when the weather is fine, there’s no finer time for messing about on the river”

Highly recommended Pedro the guide on the boat was brilliant such a nice down to earth man knew his boat and the river I travelled with my wife daughter and 6 year old grandson there enjoyed every thing about quite boat travel very safe brilliant

Really great experience. So informative, informal but a real elevated experience. We even had a resident kitten just on our tour. Highly recommend and the nibbles we’re gorgeous too.

Amazing day out. Staff were brill. Food was amazing and the day was planned perfectly