Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Algarve, Portugal

Algarve is a magnificent place to go with its soft climate which is tempered by the Atlantic, delicious cuisines, soft sandy beaches, and mesmerizing coastal scenery. There are so many attractions and lovely things to do in this region from the dreamlike beaches to golf courses to coastal caves to charming old towns. Some of the best things to do in Algarve are listed below.

Beach Cave in Algarve Portugal
Beach Cave in Algarve Portugal

Top things to do in Algarve


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Explore Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade photo by Dronepicr via Wikipedia CC
Ponta da Piedade photo By Dronepicr – Own work, CC BY 3.0

This is the headland south of Lagos and it is a magnificent sight to behold with its tortured limestone stacks and cliffs which are honeycombed with natural arches and caves. The best way to take the view at one is to view from the headland as you will get mesmerizing views which stretches to Cape St Vincent in the west. You can then go back to Lagos to board a motorboat to explore the caves and creeks found here.

Surf on the Costa Vicentina

Beach Access at Costa Vicentina
Beach Access at Costa Vicentina

Portugal is a popular surfer’s paradise with a lot of beaches suitable for beginners and experts. If you have an interest in surfing or bodyboarding, then the best place to come is the Algarve Costa Vicentina which is designed as a national park by the Portuguese government. Millions of tourist and watersports lovers flock here every year.

Cruise on the “Leãozinho” pirate ship tour

Leaozinho Pirate Ship Cruise
Leaozinho Pirate Ship Cruise

This is another experience on its own as you will get to go on a boat cruise on a historic wooden pirate ship. You are going to set sail from Albufeira where you will get to enjoy the magnificent rock formations in the area and also see the fishing village without harbor at Armacao de Pera where you will stop to go for a swim and try out barbeque. You will surely have a memorable time on this tour created by local company Dream Wave.

Explore Cape St Vincent

Cape St Vincent
Cape St Vincent

Visiting here is among the top things to do in Algarve. Cape St Vincent is located in the southwestern point in Europe with a mind-blowing setting as it features a 75m cliffs above the ocean with scenic cinematic views of the rocky seascapes to the north and the east towards Sagres point. Some of the highlights of the trip here are the sightseeing at the lighthouse, shopping at the gift shops, exploring museums, etc.

Relax at Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha photo by Hugo Cadavez via Wikipedia CC
Praia da Rocha photo By Hugo Cadavez from Maia, Portugal – Férias 2014-09-11 005, CC BY 2.0,

This is a lovely beach that you should not miss as it combines the craggy coastal scenery of the Algarve with pristine sands and rolling surfs. This is the best place to take Instagram worthy pictures and you can explore the coast for secret beaches which is surrounded by huge sculptured rocks. This beach is also surfer paradise as the main stretch of the beach features consistent waves which surfers can ride. You can also visit the Fort of Santa Catarina located to the east of the beach.

Visit The Quinta do Frances Winery

Quinta do Frances Winery
Quinta do Frances Winery

Visiting the vineyard is one of the best things to do in Algarve and the best outlet to visit the Quinta do Frances which is close to Silves town. At the vineyard, you will go on a guided tour of the vineyard and its cellars and you can choose from the numerous range of vintage and local liquors.

Go sightseeing at Algar Seco

Algar Seco
Algar Seco

This is a top spot that you should not miss as you will get to see magnificent rock formations that are formed out of cliffs as it was eroded by the ocean which forms little caves, rocky outcrops, and caves. This attraction gives you the perfect chance to take Instagram worthy pictures while taking in the mesmerizing views of the caves.

Try out Quad Ventura quad biking

Quad Ventura quad biking
Quad Ventura quad biking

This is among the top things to do in Algarve as you will get to explore the rugged panoramas of the Algarve with quadbike. If you are looking for adventure, then you should not miss this experience as you will get to ride a quad bike while also seeing the mind-blowing unspoilt landscapes with mesmerizing skylines of the Algarve surroundings. You will surely get a nerve-wracking sensation trying this.

Go Dolphin Watching

dolphin watching
dolphin watching

You are going to see ocean boat trips at all the main marinas of the Algarve and the best thing to do in Algarve is to go on dolphin spotting which is memorable. You will get to see large numbers of common and bottlenose dolphins on your trip here. The highlight of the tour is that you will get to learn about dolphin habits and physiology.

Try out Algarve Food and Drink

Portuguese Custard Tart
Portuguese Custard Tart

This should not be a surprise to you that the seafood in the Algarve is mouth-watering and divine. You should ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to try some local cuisines while you are in this region. Some of the food to try out are Chicken Piri Piri, humble sardine, custard tart, etc.

Algarve Portual Beach
Algarve Portual Beach

Algarve is a fantastic region in Portugal with numerous places and landmarks that you can explore. You will surely not want to leave here with its lovely weather.

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