Leisure

 
Paintball

 

Paintball is a unique game of action, strategy and coloured ammunition...

 

Abseiling and Zip Wire

 

Descending from forbidding heights would be impossible were it not for techniques using ropes...

 

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

 

To feel the caress of the wind on your face, see the horizon suddenly expand...

 

Rock Climbing

 

Undertaken in complete harmony with nature, this is a sport that challenges both body and mind...

 

Balloon Rides

 

The dream of flying across the sky in a large brightly coloured balloon is now much more accessible than many people dare to think...

 

Caving

 

Below the earth, there exists an exciting world, immersed in obscurity and mystery...

 

Algarve Stadium

 

The Algarve Stadium is a top-class venue for the playing of sport, owing to the multi-purpose nature of its design...

 

Professional Training Facilities

 

With warm temperatures between 15º C and 31º C, little rain and plenty of sunshine...

 

Football

 

The mild winters with plenty of sun and warm temperatures attract many European football

 

Tennis

 

Tennis is a clear example of the Algarve’s successful investment in sports tourism...

 

 
Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex

 

Furnished with the latest equipment, the Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex is the site selected by athletes and clubs of various sports...

 

Athletics

 

At this time, the Algarve boasts six sports facilities that fulfil every need for athletics...

 

Touring on horseback

 

With an exceptional location, wonderful natural conditions and a warm climate all year, the Algarve...

 

Hunting Reserves

 

Southern Portugal is a perfect place for people who enjoy hunting as a sport because of...

 

Orienteering

 

A land of contrasts and captivating countryside, the Algarve is the ideal place to practise orienteering...

 

 

Donkey Rides

 

Sweet-tempered, friendly and obedient, donkeys provide a fun ride and are an original way...

 

Safaris

 

The word ‘safari’ is synonymous with adventure. Take a safari and explore the mountain ranges of the Algarve...

 

Footpaths

 

Walking the footpaths and trails of the Algarve allows you to share precious moments with nature...

 

Mountain Biking

 

Riding your mountain-bike through the Caldeirão range or through a landscape composed of the saltpans...

 

Fishing underwater, game and line

 

One of the favourite pastimes of inhabitants of the Algarve, as well as visitors, is fishing with a rod...

 

 
Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex

 

Furnished with the latest equipment, the Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex is the site selected by athletes and clubs of various sports...

 

Athletics

 

At this time, the Algarve boasts six sports facilities that fulfil every need for athletics...

 

Touring on horseback

 

With an exceptional location, wonderful natural conditions and a warm climate all year, the Algarve...

 

Hunting Reserves

 

Southern Portugal is a perfect place for people who enjoy hunting as a sport because of...

 

Orienteering

 

A land of contrasts and captivating countryside, the Algarve is the ideal place to practise orienteering...

 

 

Donkey Rides

 

Sweet-tempered, friendly and obedient, donkeys provide a fun ride and are an original way...

 

Safaris

 

The word ‘safari’ is synonymous with adventure. Take a safari and explore the mountain ranges of the Algarve...

 

Footpaths

 

Walking the footpaths and trails of the Algarve allows you to share precious moments with nature...

 

Mountain Biking

 

Riding your mountain-bike through the Caldeirão range or through a landscape composed of the saltpans...

 

Fishing underwater, game and line

 

One of the favourite pastimes of inhabitants of the Algarve, as well as visitors, is fishing with a rod...

 

Golf Clubs and Academies

 

Known and appreciated by amateur and professional golfers throughout the world...

 

Golf courses in Western Algarve

 

A region renowned throughout Europe for golf, the Algarve has golf courses of recognised quality...

 

Golf in Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura

 

Known as the “Golden Triangle”, Vale do LoboQuinta do Lago andVilamoura form one of the most sumptuous areas of the Algarve...

 

Golf in Vilamoura

 

Occupying a privileged location in Portugal, Vilamoura is regarded as a unique European golfing venue...

 

Courses in Eastern Algarve

 

The quality of courses in the Algarve is recognised throughout the world...

 

Golf Courses in Central Algarve

 

Created in the middle of truly dream-like locations, many of the Algarve’s golf courses...

 

Top Golfing Destination

 

When considering playing golf in the Algarve, it is a key point that it is the southernmost region of Portugal...

 

Terra Estreita Beach

 

A combination of natural beauty and excellent beach facilities, Terra Estreita in Santa Luzia...

 

Marine activities in Tavira and Lagos

 

Many Algarvian beaches have suggestions for you if you wish to have an activity-oriented holiday...

 

Beaches for waterskiing, ‘speed boating’ and jet skiing

 

The Algarve also offers opportunities to practise waterskiing, speed boating and jet skiing...

 

Windsurfing Beaches

 

Windsurfers will find the Algarvian beaches perfect for the sport...

 

Beaches for kitesurfing and Parasailing

 

Beaches along the Algarvian coastline have learnt to adapt to modern trends...

 

Wild Nature

 

The Vicentine Coast, considered Portugal’s greatest coastal paradise...

 

Stretches of sandy beach

 

Bordered by golden sand dunes, which are followed by cliffs carved out by erosion...

 

Islands

 

In this area, the regularity of the coast is interrupted by a network of islands...

 

Beaches with Cliffs and Caves

 

The Barlavento coastline is composed of majestic cliffs and ravines...

 

 

Beaches with nightlife

 

Especially in warm summer months, many Algarvian beaches are open all night...

 

River Beach of Pego Fundo

 

 visit to the ‘Deep Algarve’ can also mean a refreshing day-out to a beach...

 

Beaches in the Sotavento (Eastern Algarve)

 

In the extreme East, the Algarve returns to the natural landscapes where life is more traditional...

 

The first beaches to be discovered

 

It was at the beginning of the 20th Century that the beaches of the Algarve were first discovered...

 

Beaches of the Vicentine Coast (Costa Vicentina)

 

The Vicentine Coast, located in the South-Western Nature Park, has beaches which are true gems of Nature...

 

Portimão Beaches

 

Every year, thousands of holidaymakers descend on Portimão for their holidays because of the wide range of activities...

 

Beaches of Lagos

 

The Lagos region has emerged as one of the most diversified areas in the Algarve...

 

Beaches in Albufeira

 

Located in the centre of the Algarve, Albufeira is one of the most charismatic tourist destinations...

 

Romantic Beaches

 

The Algarve’s vast array of beaches includes some which will leave lovers with unforgettable moments...

 

Naturist Beaches

 

With naturism growing in popularity, the Algarve offers excellent facilities..

 

Acessible beaches

 

Beaches which adhere to the Accessible Beach project and comply with its requirements are awarded the “Accessible Beach” flag...

 

Less frequented Beaches

 

In the Algarve, you can enjoy the sun and the sea on quiet and practically deserted beaches...

 

Clean beaches

 

During the year, the Algarve invests in making beaches attractive...

 

Gold Standard beaches

 

Approximately half of the beaches achieving Gold Standards are in the Algarve...

 

Blue flag beaches

 

With the highest number of beaches attaining the distinction of the Blue Flag...

 

Award-winnig Marinas

 

Marinas and other leisure resorts flying the Blue Flag demonstrate their adherence to the standards of environmental...

The Classified Sites of Fonte da Benémola and Rocha da Pena

 

Fonte da Benémola and Rocha da Pena are protected nature conservation areas which support ecosystems of great ecological interest.

 

Sites of Ecological Interest

 

Places where you can see different bird species nesting include the Alvor EstuaryPaul de Budens and Leixão da Gaivota...

 

Serras de Monchique Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão

 

Acting as a gigantic amphitheatre, the MonchiqueEspinhaço de Cão andCaldeirão hills form a protective barrier...

 

South-West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park

 

Here is a natural sanctuary in which the seashore is interrupted by steep cliffs, beaches and sand dunes...

 

Nature for Enjoyment

 

The generosity that Nature has bestowed upon the Algarve is a privilege best enjoyed on relaxing walks...

 

The Wetlands of Sapal de Castro Marim

 

Next to the mouth of the Guadiana River, the Marshland Nature Reserve of  Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António...

 

Ria Formosa

 

The Ria Formosa Nature Park is a unique lagoon system that is continually changing because of the movements of winds, currents, and tides...

 

Lighthouses

 

A link between land and sea, companion to fishermen and mariners, the lighthouse sends out warning: “land approaching!” 

 

Saltpans

 

Saltpans paint the landscape white in places which are still used today to carry out a thousand-year old activity...

 

Almond trees in blossom

 

Heralding the arrival of spring, almond blossoms bathe the Algarve in an unforgettable and dazzling show...

 

 

Lookouts

 

The sheer diversity of the Algarvian countryside is easier to appreciate when seen at distances which allow wide enough views to enjoy...

 

Ponta da Piedade

 

With a magnificent view of the Atlantic and the shapes of cliffs carved by the sea and time...

 

Mountain walks

 

From the Serra do Caldeirão, the Algarve emerges like an amphitheatre which descends gradually to the sea...

 

Water Dog

 

The Portuguese water dog was for a long time the fisherman’s inseparable companion, who helped him to fish and defended his boat and property...

 

The Iberian Lynx

 

A wild cat at risk of extinction, the Iberian Lynx (lynx pardinus) used to populate five regions in Portugal...

 

Fauna of the Ria Formosa and the Sapal de Castro Marim

 

The Ria Formosa Nature Park and the Sapal de Castro Marim Nature Reserve are outstanding ecosystems...

 

Sagres Biogenetic Reserve

 

The legendary Sagres promontory shelters a great biodiversity of species and natural habitats...

 

Orchids of the Algarve

 

At the beginning of spring, delicate wild orchids in bloom are admired by nature watchers in the Algarve...

 

Bird Watching on the Costa Vicentina

 

Countless birds reside here throughout the year, adding a special charm to the region where they live...