Get active in the Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most popular tourist areas in Portugal and it caters to tourists of all ages and tastes.

If you love tennis and golf, then the Algarve has all the courses and courts you could possibly need. But you can also find many other sports and physical activities to take part in here.


Examples include quadbiking in the beautiful Algarve countryside. The terrain varies from forests to hillsides and wide trails with amazing coastal views.

You can also see Algarve from the air if you choose to go skydiving, paragliding or hot air ballooning. Ballooning will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the landscape while skydiving might mean that you see it all at high speed!  You can paraglide and land on one of the beautiful beaches here.

On the beach itself, there are water sports like windsurfing, sailing and diving. The Algarve has plenty of dive schools, where you can go for a one-off accompanied dive or do a course and get your PADI certificate. While you’re diving there is a lot of sea life to be seen, of course, but there are plenty of shipwrecks to explore too.

And when you’ve finished whatever activity you’ve spent the day doing and built up a hearty appetite, Portugal has some fabulous local dishes to try. There’s a big emphasis on seafood on the Algarve, grilled sardines being a particular speciality. And for those people with a sweet tooth, try the many sugary pastries like the pastel de nata (egg custard) or puddings like the leite creme (known in France as crème brulée) or Fiovos de ovos – egg yolks drawn into threads and boiled in syrup. It may sound strange, but it’s delicious!

To get to the Algarve, most people fly to Faro, which is a city well worth spending some time in while you’re there.

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